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BACKGROUND

Indonesia is a vast sub-tropical archipelago consisting of approximately 17,508 islands spanning between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Although many of these islands are unpopulated, Java is approximately the size of Tennessee (48,842 sq miles) and contains approximately 1/2 the population of Indonesia with over 170 million people.

With such a large population, disease and decreasing environmental conditions are prevalent. Communicable diseases are a major cause of mortality. For example, nearly 250 people die each day of tuberculosis (TB), with over half a million new cases estimated each year (WHO GTB 2009). Pollution is also at crisis levels making it impossible to find safe drinking water. Almost 15% of all children’s deaths are caused by diarrhea and other water borne diseases.

To address these concerns, Pelita Indonesia was founded in 2003 by citizens of West Java, Indonesia as a social organization with the mission to assist the poor of Indonesia in overcoming poverty and increase the level of overall health.

PURPOSE

Pelita works in cooperation with the Indonesian government at both the national and local levels, as well as national and international partners, to facilitate the empowerment of communities through the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental development projects.