The MFLF began a project in 2006 to reduce cannabis cultivation in Aceh, Indonesia through sustainable poverty alleviation. The project was carried out in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Aceh, along with the governments of Indonesia and Thailand. Funding was provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), The project not only helped the communities shift away from illegal cannabis production, but also contributed to the economic recovery of these communities that suffered from 30 years of civil conflict in Aceh and the massive 2004 tsunami. The Project consisted of three main components:
1) Malaria Preparedness Program at Lamteuba and nearby villages The local health team and villagers were trained to carry out a comprehensive malaria preparedness program, including malaria detection through mass blood screening, microscopic diagnosis, treatment and medication, and prevention through vector control. This enabled them to protect against malaria and extend the program to nearby villages. The project was been recognized by the Ministry of Health of the Government of Indonesia and the Provincial Health Office of Aceh as a model for replication throughout Aceh and elsewhere in the country.
2) Prostheses Program After 30 years of armed conflict, landmines left many with severe leg injuries requiring amputation. The MFLF cooperated with the Prostheses Foundation of HRH the Princess Mother, to establish a Prostheses Centre at the Zainoel Abidin Hospital, to train Acehnese amputees and medical personnel to produce artificial legs for fellow amputees. This Centre is now operated by the trained Acehnese amputees.
3) Sustainable Rural Development Centre at Maheng-Lamcot village The ‘Sustainable Rural Development Centre’ in Maheng- Lamcot Village, Aceh Besar District, is a one-stop learning and demonstration centre on irrigation, agriculture, livestock, and public hygiene. The learning centre received over 100 delegations in the few years since its establishment. Visitors included staff from national as well as provincial government departments, staff and students from schools and universities, and representatives from international organizations such as the European Commission, UN agencies and the World Bank.