Mercy Huts exists to benefit local people living in poverty in Indonesia through the provision of education, employment and training. This will be achieved through the development of beachfront retreats for holiday-makers that give back to the local community. The first of these is located in Rote Island, Indonesia. Rote Island Huts is almost complete.
Inspired by our love for Indonesia, we hope to empower communities living in poverty in remote Indonesia. We believe in promoting human rights, preserving the environment, and helping create a sustainable, community-based tourism industry. We want to give others the opportunity to enjoy beachside holidays that empower indigenous communities – to enjoy holidays with purpose.
Mercy Huts was established in January 2012 when Matt & Nat Thistlewaite teamed up with Sally & Paul McMahon. We shared a mutual desire to empower people living in poverty in remote Indonesia. In 2010 we were personally impacted whilst visiting communities in East Indonesia. This region is the most severely affected by poverty and has the highest malnutrition and infant mortality rates in all of Indonesia. Locals live on less than US$1 per day. Tourism is currently being promoted in East Indonesia and can often have negative impacts on remote communities. Click on the buttons below to see how Mercy Huts hopes to be part of the solution in reversing these alarming statistics. Or Meet the Team behind the project.