Mentawai Islands Earthquake Response and Recovery

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Mentawai Islands, Indonesia


Cipta Fondasi Komunitas (CFK Indonesia), a Christian organisation that was formed following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami to deliver relief and development to poor people in Indonesia. Their name means 'Creating Foundations for Community'.


When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Mentawai Islands in October 2010 the result was devastating. The disaster wiped out homes, clinics, schools, crops and roads and left 11,000 people internally displaced. Even before the earthquake, the Mentawai people were marginalised and isolated, reliant on food, supplies and trade from the mainland which is a 12 hour journey by public boat.

What few roads exist are in poor condition, and there are hardly any local services like communications networks or schools. Now, living in camps away from their livelihoods, people are struggling to provide for their families, and a lack of clean water and sanitation facilities leaves them and their children vulnerable to diseases.

This project is working to end poverty in the Mentawai Islands by:

  • training and assisting community leaders to care for people living in camps, and develop action plans for rebuilding their homes.  
  • working with the leaders and the village churches to select and train volunteers and village midwives to improve the health services to people living in the camps.  
  • encouraging each volunteer to monitor and be responsible for training 10 households in what they have learnt on health and nutrition. 
  • improving nutrition by providing training in vegetable gardening which can also reduce reliance on imported foods when families move back to their villages to. 
  • establishing regular campaigns on health, sanitation, nutrition and vegetable gardening in schools.