Response to Flood, WVI Opens Infant and Young Child Feeding Kitchen

06 Jan 2020

The health cadres from Integrated Health Post (posyandu) share complementary food for children affected by the flood.

#PeduliBanjirJakarta - Major floods hit the Greater Jakarta area on January 1, 2020, due to high rainfall that occurred on the night before. Based on a report released by the National Agency for Disaster Management per January 4, 2020, there were 92,261 people evacuated while 60 people died.

As a child-focused organization that is responsive to emergencies, Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI) responded to Greater Jakarta Flood by initiating Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) kitchen in South Cipinang Besar, Balimester and Kampung Melayu, located in Jatinegara district, East Jakarta

IYCF in emergency is conducted by considering that children, especially under-two children, are the most vulnerable groups during the emergency. To ensure that they receive nutritious food, posyandu (integrated health post) cadres accompanied by WVI cook complimentary food to distribute to children in the morning and evening for seven days starting 2 to 8 January 2020 in various evacuation points.

Imah, one of the PMBA cadres admitted that she was happy to be involved in this activity.

“I am happy to help people affected by the flood, especially children through IYCF kitchen, hopefully, what  I am doing now will be useful for all of us especially children,” said Imah.

To this day, WVI is responding in the Kampung Melayu sub-district, Bidaracina sub-district, Cipinang Besar Selatan sub-district, and Balekambang sub-district. As a first step, WVI will distribute non-food assistance in form of children kit, cleaning kit, and clean water. To ensure that children affected by the flood receive psychosocial assistance, WVI will establish Child-Friendly Space for children affected by disasters in the evacuation camps. Within three months, under the SINERGI team, WVI will encourage government and community’s health and flood preparedness.

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