ChevronChevron 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, in partnership with the Government of Aceh and various partners, we were able to contribute approximately $15 million for immediate relief and long-term rehabilitation program. We also supported the Business Startup Establishment project, which successfully created 6,000 jobs.
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 (CERI)
We also provided immediate aid and recovery support in the aftermath of the earthquakes in West Sumatra and West Java in 2009. We established the Chevron Earthquake Recovery Initiative, a $1.8 million school rehabilitation program that helped rebuild severely damaged schools.