Chevron has supported response, relief and recovery efforts after natural disasters in Indonesia. These are some examples of how our local partnerships have helped to restore access to health care and basic human needs, as well as implementing efforts for lasting recovery.
Shaping the Future of Development in Aceh
In response to the earthquake and tsunami disasters that affected the northern part of Sumatra in 2004, Chevron’s immediate response was to provide assistance including food, clothing, potable water and $2 million raised by employees. In addition to the immediate response assistance, in partnership with the Government of Aceh and various partners, Chevron also provided longer term support through the Chevron Aceh Recovery Initiative.
The company’s approach focused on developing public-private partnerships to deliver economic growth and capacity-building programs through education, vocational training, micro enterprise and small business development. Seven districts and three cities in Aceh Province and the Nias Island benefited from Chevron’s assistance, and more than 100,000 people in Aceh have been helped by the company’s efforts to date.
Education and training are central to building capacity and sustaining long-term economic development in tsunami-affected areas. Chevron and its partners have invested in a number of focused education and vocational training projects to address both immediate and longer term needs, including the foundation of the Politeknik Aceh.
A joint initiative of Chevron, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Aceh-Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency, Politeknik Aceh opened its doors to students for the first time in 2008. The 9,000 square meters, 450-student facility was officially opened on February 23, 2009, by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Politeknik Aceh offers degrees in mechatronics, information technology, industrial electronics and accounting.
Chevron has spent approximately $6 million on the polytechnic, fully funding the construction of the facility. We contributed a total of $14.7 million for disaster recovery, which included the funding for the polytechnic and roughly $9 million to support long-term economic development and sustainable-growth initiatives. In addition, we were able to use contributions to secure $15 million in partner funding. For instance, we partnered with the Indonesian Red Cross to provide organizational and human-capacity building for medical staff; with JHPIEGO to provide midwifery training in a cluster of villages in Aceh Besar; and with the Indonesia Heritage Foundation to provide teacher training and to open 30 new preschools in Aceh.
Chevron Earthquake Recovery Initiative
We also provided immediate aid and recovery support in the aftermath of the natural disasters in Yogyakarta, West Sumatra and West Java.
In response to the Yogyakarta quake in 2006, we helped rebuild the state-run Kalongan Elementary School in Sleman, Yogyakarta and provided technical assistance to Bero Elementary School No. 1 in Klaten, Central Java, during its reconstruction.
We provided support to the victims of the earthquake in West Sumatra that struck in 2008. Chevron, its employees and their families helped reconstruct the Aie Angek State Elementary School No. 6 in Tanah Datar Regency.
Then in 2009, many parts of West Sumatra, including the province’s capital Padang, and West Java were affected by another devastating earthquake. Using the experience from Aceh and Yogyakarta, we launched our Chevron Earthquake Recovery Initiative , which, in addition to providing emergency relief, focused on recovery and reconstruction in the education sector.
Two schools were selected for assistance, the Padang No. 5 State Technical Vocational School and the Nan Sabaris No. 21 State Elementary School in West Sumatra. Meanwhile, in response to the West Java earthquake, Chevron helped rebuild state-run Cipanas Elementary in Sukabumi and Garut No. 23 State High School in Pakenjeng. As a result of our immediate response, students were able to move back into their classrooms and out of the emergency tents they had been using as temporary classrooms.