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Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction after Earthquake in Indonesia

On 21 November 2022, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the southwest of Cianjur district in West Java, Indonesia. The quake claimed more than 600 lives and more than 100,000 people were forced to flee. Together with the local partner organisation YEU, AWO International supports the people in reconstruction and integrates disaster preparedness measures for the affected village communities.

Two women are standing in front of a tent, which is their temporary shelter.
Mother and daughter in front of their current accommodation. The house was completely destroyed by the earthquake.

To support the earthquake-affected villages in Cianjur, we are working with the local partner organisation YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU). The aim is to improve access to basic services and to improve disaster preparedness for the most vulnerable population. Due to the earthquake, many people have lost everyday items such as kitchen utensils, but also identity cards and important documents. Therefore, YEU distributes vouchers to affected families so that they can buy the kitchen utensils they need. In addition, YEU works with the government to facilitate the procurement of new identity documents through home visits or mobile services.
The project also assesses and rebuilds the homes of at-risk groups, such as the elderly and people with disabilities, for accessibility. For example, steps are replaced by ramps and narrow doors are widened to make them more accessible for wheelchair users. As needed, accessibility support is then provided so that these groups can live independently, safely and with dignity.
The project also aims to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. The project also aims to raise awareness of disaster risk reduction, including climate change adaptation and environmental protection in villages. To this end, YEU trains disaster response groups. These support the village in processing protective measures and create evacuation routes.


YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU) was established in 2001 with a mandate to provide inclusive emergency response and build community resilience through community-led approaches to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Through the nationwide implementation of numerous projects for disaster-affected populations, YEU has extensive experience in participatory action. The focus is particularly on the rights and needs of vulnerable groups. These include children, women, older people, people with disabilities and minority groups.


Project Strengthening the preparedness capacities of communities affected by earthquakes and landslides through integrated recovery and inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction initiatives
Place/Region Cianjur District, West Java, Indonesia
Partner YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU)
Target group Disaster-affected households with the most vulnerable groups (older people, people with disabilities, pregnant women, etc.) and other community members including local officials and leaders
  • Distribution of kitchen utensils with the help of cash vouchers and facilitation of issuance of identity cards for vulnerable groups
  • Accessibility assessment and support to install accessibility features (handrails, ramps, good lighting, etc.)
  • Disaster risk reduction awareness raising, workshops, mapping, planning and establishment of a disaster task force
Duration März 2023 – Dezember 2023
Budget 150.000 Euro
Sponsor Aktion Deutschland Hilft, AWO International

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