Indonesia, with its 17,000 islands, has the largest number of Muslims of any country in the world.

    Economic disparities are stark. Rural poverty is widespread, especially in the East where over 30 million live on less than $2 a day. Unofficially, estimates suggest that 100 million people across Indonesia live on or less than $2 a day.

    Less than half of the rural poor have access to clean water and only half of rural children complete secondary education.

    The country is vulnerable to natural disasters. The Tsunami in 2004 killed an estimated 130,000 people. Volcano eruptions and earthquakes - occurring almost yearly - have regularly caused large losses of life since.

    Ummah Welfare Trust has initiated a long term project to build approximately 100 earthquake-proof houses for the most poor earthquake victims of the Western Sumatra region who lost their property in the 2004 disaster. Each house costs £4,000.

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