International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC Programs in Indonesia

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Aceh operates programs in child protection and development, water and sanitation, and health and economic development. Eighteen months after the tsunami, we have reached approximately 260,000 persons in four districts: Aceh Besar, Aceh Jaya, Aceh Utara and Nagan Raya. The IRC has:

• provided 153,000 persons with safe drinking water;
• inoculated 400,000 children in the polio vaccination campaign in Aceh;
• treated over 58,000 persons through IRC mobile health clinics and re-equipped local clinics;
• distributed $1.3 million in grants to 179 livelihoods projects directly benefiting 24,000 community members;
• restored more than 1,600 wells;
• built and repaired more than 1000 latrines;
• trained more than 900 teachers and teacher-trainers in child-centered methodology;
• signed partnership agreements with 39 communities affecting 12,000 people;
•  and established 26 community development boards to carry out Community Managed Recovery projects.

These achievements were made possible by the generous support of donors like the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office, Stichting Vluchteling, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID).

Child and Youth Protection and Development
The IRC is working with Acehnese organizations and authorities to support education and child rights, and encourage the participation and development of youth in their communities. The IRC is working with education authorities and its local partner, Aceh Bangkit, to improve teaching standards and adopt methods that recognize children’s developmental needs. The IRC is also working to promote children’s rights through advocacy and a referral system that allows access to counseling and protection services and support.

Environmental Health
IRC water and sanitation experts support internally displaced persons in temporary living centers by trucking in water and helping them maintain sanitation facilities. The team also helps people return to their home villages by ensuring easy access to safe drinking water and permanent sanitation. We work with local authorities and hospital staff to meet safe water standards and promote hygiene. In addition, we partner with local government to support the reconstruction of vital infrastructure. The IRC has built access roads, a bridge, and is currently constructing a traditional market in the city of Calang.

The IRC has helped the provincial health office in Aceh to reactivate standardized training for midwives and has built 23 home clinics. The clinics will encourage more midwives to practice in villages, thus reducing the number of women who die during childbirth in remote locations. The IRC also works with the Indonesian Midwives Association to improve reproductive health standards and develop their own organizational capacity to meet the needs of mothers and children. In addition, the IRC works with provincial and district health offices to help them meet community health needs,  and provides support for nutrition programs for children as well as coordination initiatives.

Community Driven Regeneration
The IRC is working with communities in Aceh to identify their recovery and reconstruction needs and is providing funds to meet these needs. Community mapping exercises have allowed locals to highlight areas they want to develop and activities they want to pursue, from access to safe water to the creation of roads and drainage systems. Community development boards are working to design, manage and monitor such projects with IRC support. The boards are accountable for the use of funds, and their activities are carried out in a transparent and effective manner. The IRC is currently working with over 40 communities and will issue approximately $2.4 million in community grants in 2006. 

The IRC is mainstreaming protection in all program areas to aid disaster-affected persons, limit their exposure to threats, guarantee equal access to humanitarian aid, and maximize accountability. The IRC also works with networks of Acehnese and international NGOs to respond to protection concerns and advocate on behalf of tsunami and conflict-affected communities.

Last updated July 20, 2006