Medan, is where CDRM&CDS headquarter is located, with Simalingkar Village as its’ main project area. Simalingkar consists of two villages with total area of 850 ha that is prone to erosion, typhoon, and drought. Although this area is not as poor, marginalized or at risk to the effect of natural disasters as the other targeted areas, there are poor and marginalized people and groups who can and should benefit from both their proximity to CDRM & CDS office.
Pakpak is a region located in the main land of North Sumatera province, about 200 km away from Medan, the provincial capital. Pakpak is a poor and under developed region, and is vulnerable to landslides and erosion. Although Pakpak is an agriculture area, more than half of its area is protected forest, and only small percentage of its population owns land for farming. CDRM & CDS presence in this area is to build the capacity of the communities in disaster preparedness, and also empower them to understand their basic rights in relation to the development process and improving their livelihood.
Nias is the name of the islet that lies about 125 km off the western coast of North Sumatera Province. Currently Nias is divided into four districts: Nias, South Nias, West Nias, and North Nias, and one municipality: Gunung Sitoli. It covers an area of 5,121,32 km2 with a total population of 756,762. Nias is vulnerable to disasters, such as: earthquake, tsunami, flood, and landslide. CDRM&CDS works in 15 villages and serves community members, aims to build their capacity on disaster preparedness, development process and improving their livelihood.
Mentawai is a chain about seventy Islands, lies approximately 150 km on the West Sumatran coast across Mentawai straight. There are four main Islands, making up the chain including Siberut, Sipora, North and South Pagai, surrounded by many smaller ones. It covers an area of 6,011 km2, and very vulnerable to earth quake and tsunami. Most of the populations (68,097) live in these big Islands, relying on agriculture and animal husbandry as their main livelihood. CDRM&CDS works in 9 villages and serves community members, aims to build their capacity on disaster preparedness, development process and improving their livelihood.