Through your generous support, Lutheran World Relief has worked in Indonesia since providing aid to communities devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. One way is through supporting farmers to strengthen and protect their livelihoods from climate change and other challenges. In Bulan Julu, the Starbucks Foundation has helped LWR to mobilize coffee farming communities to form creative cooperatives that provide access to capital and markets, sharing resources to reach economies of scale for rural farmers.
Now, your love for your neighbors in need is helping these cooperative networks to support their members through the challenges of the novel coronavirus pandemic. On the hillsides of towering volcanoes, cooperatives that were originally set up to collect and produce coffee have been put to use in spreading information to farmers and laborers about how to keep safe from infection, and that emergency food assistance is available.
Your love has also made food distribution possible for your neighbors in Indonesia. The distribution was spread throughout a whole day, so that family members from each of the 2,234 households could collect assistance without creating a crowd. Cooperative workers took pains to sanitize and wash hands as much as possible before goods such as rice, cooking oil, sanitizing supplies and masks were distributed, along with instructions on how to stay healthy even as waiting, and worry, fill days once consumed by farming.
Though COVID-19 has changed the way we support Indonesia’s farming families, our commitment to serving our most vulnerable neighbors will remain the same — until your love reaches every neighbor.