Working Towards a World without Poverty

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Photo by Julius

More than 836 million people worldwide live in extreme poverty and struggle to fulfill their most basic human needs like access to water & sanitation, basic health care and good nutrition.

Indonesia, an emerging middle-income country, has actually halved the national poverty rate to 10.9% since 1999.

Yet, in a population of 252 million, 28 million Indonesians still live below the poverty line. Furthermore, 40% of the population remains vulnerable to falling into poverty, living just  above the poverty line.

A majority of these people live in remote, rural regions of Indonesia – places that SurfAid works.

SurfAid’s programmes contribute to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda – Sustainable Development Goal #2 – No Poverty. Poverty is caused by more than a lack of income; it is exacerbated by hunger and malnutrition, limited access to basic services, and social exclusion due to isolation.

In addition to improving access to clean water & sanitation, basic health care, and improved nutrition, SurfAid trains communities in small business development.

Photo By Taufik

Planting nutrition gardens achieves food security, and excess yield supports micro-businesses. With sufficient surplus, local markets are set up.

The success of SurfAid’s agricultural microenterprises has resulted in a partnership with a local university and government to train other communities in entrepreneurship. As a result, many community members are venturing beyond the business of vegetables and into other products like coconut oil, copra, cat fish (where there is enough water), eggs and rubber.

Community members are generating income through these small businesses to both sustain their village health posts, as well as increase household income.

Join SurfAid as we build capacity into the fabric of the communities we work with, empowering them to move themselves out of poverty.

Photo by Yulius



What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

In 2000, the world set out on a plan to tackle inequality in its many forms through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was an ambitious 15-year plan, with solid progress made in some areas by 2015, but significant work remaining.

After years of global planning and review, in 2016 the world began working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with measurable targets set to be achieved by 2030.

SurfAid’s programmes contribute to a number of the SDGs as we do our part to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.