Focused Sector(s): Sanitation, Livelihood
Project: Sanitation and Livelihood Enhancement
Date and duration: December 2009 – June 2010 (7 months)
Location: Medan City, Medan Belawan Sub-district, North Sumatra Province
Beneficiaries: 900 villagers from 180 households


  • Belawan is one of the most densely populated villages in Medan City
  • Villagers earn around IDR 800,000 (S$80) per month
  • An increase in the cost of living has resulted in a number of problems, among which families are unable to send their children to school
  • A lack of proper sanitation facilities has led to health problems and environmental hazards
  • The coastal slum area has become a dumping area for garbage

Intervention and Impact

  • Built a community-based sanitation facility and conducted campaigns to promote community hygiene and good sanitation practices
  • Educated villagers on the proper use and management of toilet facilities
  • Conducted workshops on recycling garbage and how it can be a source of alternative income
  • By creating alternative livelihood opportunities, economic conditions were enhanced


Cost: S$112,764

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