YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU) is one of the units under the Christian Foundation for Public Health (YAKKUM) with the main mandate to carry out crisis response and community-based disaster risk reduction (DRR). YEU has experience in humanitarian response since 2001 through participatory methods in various humanitarian interventions, DRR, and climate change adaptation initiatives to crisis-affected communities, taking into account the rights and needs of at-risk groups.

As of 2023, YEU has assisted more than 500 villages in Indonesia and continues to work with a network of 400 CBOs across Indonesia. YEU also has experience in crisis responses in Gaza/Palestine, Timor Leste, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Nepal. 

YAKKUM stands for Christian Foundation for Public Health, which was established in 1950 to proactively provide health-related interventions to the public and promote a holistic and healthy environment for the welfare of communities.
YAKKUM is in charge of 3 directorates:

  1. The Academic Directorate which manages the 3 Institutes of Health Sciences(STIKES). 
  2. The Directorate of Health Services which manages 12 hospitals and, 13 clinics.
  3. The Directorate of Community Health Development and Humanitarian (PKMK), which consists of YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU), YAKKUM Rehabilitation Center (PRY), and CD Bethesda YAKKUM. 

Jalan Kaliurang Km. 12, Dusun Candi 3 no. 34
RT 03/RW 06, Desa Sardonoharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55581
Tel/Fax : +62 274 882477
Email : yeu@yeu.or.id 
Website : www.yeu.or.id 

In its operations YAKKUM is categorized as a social institution so it raises funds to carry out its humanitarian interventions. The following are YEU funding sources:

  1. Independent business. YEU has a professionally managed training center, training packages and facilitators to support the operational of YEU's humanitarian interventions.
  2. Fundraising. YEU receives funding from various churches, partner organizations, within and outside the country, who are committed to working with YEU.
  • Church-based donors, within and outside the country, who are partners of YEU in carrying out humanitarian interventions in crisis responses and disaster risk reduction programs.
  • Humanitarian organizations who are committed to collaborating and cooperating with YEU in carrying out humanitarian principles. 
  • Individual donors.


YEU's humanitarian staff are selected based on their competence and experience in accordance with the job requirements.  YEU applies 2 strategies to ensure staff are having competence in assisting local communities in crisis management and disaster risk reduction programs;

  1. Recruit staff based on the competencies needed
  2. Recruit staff from the community and local partners who will be provided with necessary capacity building, knowledge, and skills in crisis response and disaster risk reduction. 

YEU staff are very diverse in terms of background and religions. The selection of staff by YEU is purely based on work competence regardless of ethnicity, religion/belief, race, or groups.

Each response area, either during crisis responses or in assisted locations for disaster risk reduction programs, will be led by a Project Manager or a Team Coordinator with a team consisting of staff/volunteers based on the needs of humanitarian interventions.

No. It depends on the expertise and skills needed according to the applications for certain positions.

1. Emergency Response

YEU conducts emergency response in an inclusive manner and encourages communities to actively participate in the delivery of relief interventions, such as needs assessment, relief distribution and monitoring. YEU targets at-risk groups, including the person with disability, the older people, women, children, people with chronic diseases and those who are marginalized. YEU ensures participatory, inclusive and gender-equitable emergency response in its relief delivery.

2. Disaster Preparedness

YEU applies a localized and inclusive approach in its efforts to strengthen community resilience and preparedness for disasters and climate change impacts that affect communities. YEU facilitates a series of initiatives to promote local leadership by organizing community groups, conducting risk mapping, analyzing vulnerabilities and capacities, and prioritizing resilience efforts. YEU also promotes the integration of preparedness measures into local development planning and budgeting to be more inclusive, transparent, and accountable. This process enables diverse representation and access to opportunities and resources, as well as inclusive decision-making processes around matters that affect communities.

3. Climate Change Adaptation

  • Community Resilience in Coastal Areas. Building community capacity in emergency response and to strengthen community resilience in the face of hazards that may occur in coastal areas, such as mangrove conservation.
  • Climate Adaptive Agriculture. In collaboration with relevant partners, YEU facilitates capacity building of farmers to identify climate change events, recognize its impacts, initiate seed multiplication of drought-resistant local varieties for food security purposes, as well as proper production and use of organic fertilizers and biopesticides.

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