Programme areas and target groups

ZOA works on Sulawesi island in Central Sulawesi province :

  • Provincial capital Palu
  • Sigli district, Kulawi sub district , Villages of Toro, Bolapapo, Boladangku
  • Sigli district, Dolo Selatan Sub-District, Villages of Sambo, Jono, Wisolo, Ramba, Balongga, Bangga

ZOA works with communities affected by the series of earthquakes that hit Indonesia in September 2018. In Indonesia , ZOA is active in the sectors:

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • WASH
  • Shelter

What we do

After the earthquake and tsunami hit Sulawesi, the Indonesian Government invited International NGOs to support local NGOs to implement the relief interventions. ZOA decided to continue working with our partner from Lombok YBT (Yayasan Bumi Tangguh). Furthermore, 2 new partners were identified, TSA (The Salvation Army Indonesia) and IMDS (Indonesia Mennonite Diakonie Service).

Permanent houses Dolo Selatan

The initial emergency projects with YBT consisted of water and sanitation constructions combined with monthly food distributions, cash and some non-food items such as kitchen utensils, clothing and jerrycans.

The initial emergency project was followed up with a recovery project in Dolo Selatan district. The project supported by 3 different donors started late 2019 and consists of constructing 315 earthquake proof permanent houses with latrines to replace houses which were completely destroyed. Furthermore, the project is paying  attention to DRR which means preparing the villages for future disasters coupled with psycho social care for the victims still suffering from the consequences of the earthquake and water &hygiene activities.

Due to the Corona pandemic, activities involving group and community participations are put on a temporary standstill. Physical l activities such as the construction of houses continues but with special precautions introduced to make it safe for the involved masons  .

Field farmer schools in Kulawi

Working with  IMDS in the emergency phase, ZOA aimed to relieve the suffering of 250 earthquake affected families in Jono Oge in Sigi District by providing temporary shelter, trauma counseling and the installation of 7 water purification systems. Late 2019, IMDS started with a recovery project in Kulawi to improve the livelihoods of the poor rural communities who were hit by the consequences of the Earthquake.

The planned activities consists of setting up Field Farmer schools at which farmers are trained to us improved farming techniques to increase their yields of harvested crops. This is done by using new varieties of rice, improved planting techniques, using organic fertilizer and plague control and  storage. Moreover, a group is trained in homemade industrial production combined with packaging and marketing skills using local  products such as coffee, crackers, fruits and such more. Another activity is to integrate sustainable energy sources such as biogas using cow dung.  Also in this project, the Corona pandemic has slowed down activities. Senior IMDS staff returned to Java island and continue working on remote control while some local Kulawi staff stay present continuing  some of the day to day activities.

Hygiene promotion in Palu

ZOA supported the Salvation Army in the emergency phase by repairing the local hospital and 5 health centers after the earthquake. This was followed up by providing free healthcare for 23.800 poor and traumatized people in Palu and setting up mobile temporary clinics to provide medical care and trauma counseling for over 10.000 patients in poor and sparsely populated mountainous areas outside Palu.

Beginning 2020, ZOA started a project with TSA to provide hygiene and health promotion for some 60 primary and secondary schools in Palu and surroundings concentration on healthy food, personal hygiene, infectious diseases, clean water and more. However, schools are currently closed as a precaution to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 virus . As it is still unclear when the schools will open again, the project will be adapted into a more general public project directed at the prevention and mitigation measures concerning the Covid virus

Kitchen gardens in Kulawi

ZOA worked together with TEAR to set up a new project in Kulawi which is implemented by  local organizations YFH and YEU.

In  Food security, training for households in kitchen gardening to secure family food supplies in time of disasters is  given. To support the kitchen gardens and further  access to credit for livelihood needs,  Savings Groups are being  set up combined with financial literacy training. Concerning health, awareness around exploitation and abuse issues are raised in addition to the development  of safe spaces for vulnerable groups. And finally,  village-based mechanisms are set up and training to increase security concerning natural disasters is implemented.

Donors and partners

With funding from

EO Metterdaad, GDC from the Hersteld Hervormde Kerk, DORCAS and our constituency from the Netherlands.

In cooperation with

In Indonesia, ZOA works together with;

  • World Renew Canada  and local implementing partner Yayasan Bumi Tangguh (YBT). This relatively young Indonesian NGO was formed in 2017 with staff experienced in responding to tsunami and earthquakes.
  • The Salvation Army Indonesia (TSA) which has a presence of over 120 years in Sulawesi in education, hygiene and health.
  • Mennonites Diakonie Services (MDS) has its initials shared with North America’s Mennonite Disaster Service. It directs its humanitarian service into disaster response, conflict transformation and, environmental preservation and started becoming operational in 2004
  • TEAR Netherlands is a new partner of ZOA in Indonesia. Implementing partners of TEAR in Indonesia are Food for the Hungry Indonesia (YFH) and  YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU)