CARE’s presence in Indonesia began in May 1967 as CARE International Indonesia with initial activities covering food distribution, school feeding programs, and small infrastructure projects in Central Java. In the 1980’s CARE’s programme focus expanded to include community development, particularly in health, environment and water and sanitation.
As a humanitarian agency, CARE consistently engaged in emergency responses to various disasters that hit the country, including some major ones such as El Niño, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Padang and Yogyakarta earthquakes, and the most recent one, the Palu earthquake-tsunami. Through its humanitarian responses, CARE had gained a well-respected standing in the humanitarian and development community in Indonesia. and had many examples of success in influencing government at various levels where it had also some successes in multiplying the impact of its work by promoting the replication of successful programming approaches. Today our work in Indonesia focuses on emergency response, disaster risk management and gender justice & social inclusion.
As part of CARE’s global commitment to diversification and local capacity strengthening, Yayasan CARE Peduli was created in July 2018 as the national entity to continue CARE’s presence in Indonesia. This transition allows greater alignment of CARE’s programmes with national priorities, impactful and sustainable programming with high local ownership, and strengthen our commitment to localization through investing in and building local capacity.