Sponsor a Child in Indonesia
- ChildFund came to Indonesia: 1958
- Population below poverty line: 13%
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Located in Southeast Asia between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. It is the world’s fourth most populous country, its third largest democracy and home to the world’s largest Muslim population. There are at least 400 volcanoes of which 130 are active.
Since the late 1990s, the country has made significant strides in improving its infrastructure, but poverty is still a challenge with economic disparities remaining between provinces, districts and rural areas.
Early Childhood Development
In most of our areas of work in Indonesia, we have opened birthing centers that provide prenatal care and skilled attendance at births. We also offer nutrition advice, vaccinations, newborn care and education to improve health and infant feeding and hygiene behaviors. Our work with infants in our working areas, such as South Sumatera, Central Java, Jakarta, and East Nusa Tenggara, is widely acknowledged. We have established Early Childhood and Care Development centers to provide an educational foundation for children under five by providing them with learning materials, facilities and nutritious meals. We also provide home-based support for children living in remote areas. We work with tutors and provide trainings and curriculum development.
Quality Learning, Alternative Learning
“We focus on building relationships between teachers and students and providing a safe place where learning can flourish.”
ChildFund provides quality learning opportunities and enhances achievements in basic education with a focus on learning outcomes. In order to create social, participatory and learning opportunities for all children, ChildFund Indonesia puts into practice programs that promote alternative basic education, child-friendly schools and participatory school governance.
In Indonesia, we support community-based special classes for boys and girls who face challenges in their studies and provide them with dedicated tutors and books so they can finish their basic education.
In areas where we are currently supporting child-friendly schools, we focus on building relationships between teachers and students and providing a safe place where learning can flourish. In Indonesia the inability to pay school fees can cause students to drop out. In these instances, we help students and their families remain current with their tuition, as well as help them purchase program supplies.
We also provide students with an opportunity to exercise their voice, thereby having the ability to influence parents, teachers, the community and local governments.
Engaging with Youth
Leadership and livelihood skills for youth involves working with youth groups to provide them with opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership and engage in market-driven livelihood skills development. In Indonesia, we support our children’s development through after-school programs, including in journalism, music, art, sports, culture and tradition. Youth also participate in leadership training, child commissions, child forums, peer education and community awareness. This approach helps children be drivers of their own success.
ChildFund trains young people to be leaders and advocates in the community. One of our achievements in East Nusa Tenggara led to the formation of the Children and Youth Networking of Eastern Zone. The network often serves as host for local activities, such as developing peer facilitators for reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, taking part in leadership trainings for youth and representing child and youth in meetings. This involvement has influenced policy change in East Nusa Tenggara provinces.
ChildFund brings considerable experience and expertise in humanitarian assistance, particularly in child protection and psychosocial assistance. We have responded to several natural disasters in Indonesia, including the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, 2008 Padang earthquake and 2010 Mt. Merapi volcanic eruption in Yogyakarta.
The child protection programs implemented within days after natural disasters focus on normalizing activities. This includes distributing food and hygiene kits for children and establishing Child Centered Spaces, which provides a safe environment for children.
ChildFund Indonesia is actively involved in ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Project, a regional activity undertaken in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. The activities in Indonesia include resources mapping of all stakeholders in disaster risk reduction efforts in Indonesia, policies and regulations review on disaster management in Indonesia and development of a network with other agencies in disaster risk reduction activities.
Sponsor a child in Indonesia and make a difference in a child’s life.