The start of 2014 has not been easy in Jakarta. The capital of Indonesia was inundated with rain in January, and flooding forced nearly 40,000 people from their homes.
As we watched the situation develop, we immediately thought of the mothers we work with in the west of the city, which was awash with floodwater.
In normal conditions, our Hati Kami program provides Mother Support Groups and education about breastfeeding and infant care to help new mothers provide proper nutrition for their children. Now, where were these mothers?
When we arrived in Kalideres subdistrict, we found out: A semi-constructed warehouse had been transformed into a temporary refuge for flood victims. The condition was far from comfortable. The unfinished concrete floor was still rough and dusty. There was no electricity or privacy — nearly 100 people were crowded into an area with an open, makeshift kitchen. Families were huddled together to sleep on secondhand tarp...
What Myanmar Could Learn From Indonesia - Huffington Post (blog)