Ambon Island, Maluku Province Indonesia
Ambon Island, part of Maluku Province, is one of the poorest regions of Indonesia.
One third of its people live on less than a dollar a day.
In 1999, a drawn-out conflict between Christians and Muslims killed 5,000 people and left 70,000 homeless. The legacy of the clash has embedded poverty and ongoing resentment. The area is also prone to earthquakes – the latest in September 2019 destroyed homes and left thousands living without power and clean water for months.
Our partner in Ambon, the Protestant Church in Maluku, is a model for the way we build peace and beat poverty around the world.
The featured project this year has two aspects: supporting small business start-ups and peacebuilding, detailed below.