Service Above Self
Cilandak is located in South Jakarta, Indonesia. Cilandak Rotary was formed in early 2006 by members of the Cilandak Expatriate Community to address the needs of the many less fortunate people of Jakarta. Initially based at the Cilandak Commercial Complex, the group has recently relocated to a more central location at the Hotel Kristal Business Centre, Cilandak Barat.
Indonesia has a population of over 240 million people with up to 140 million of those people living on the small island of Java.
Political instability, slow economic reform and corruption at all levels of government and business has slowed economic recovery in recent years. Transparency International ranked Indonesia 143rd out of 180 countries in its 2007 corruption perceptions index. Improvements are being made however have not been fast enough to make a significant impact on unemployment and stagnant wages growth. Increases in fuel and rice prices have worsened poverty levels. As of 2006, an estimated 17.8% of the population was living below the poverty, defined by the Indonesian government as purchasing power parity of US$1.55 per day (household income). According to the 2006 estimates, nearly half of the population was living on less than US$2 per day.