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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 among provinces, districts and rural areas.

ChildFund has served children in Indonesia since 1958.

Healthy Beginnings

Little boy playing.

In most places where ChildFund works 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, hygiene behaviors and infant feeding. We have established Early Childhood Development centers to provide an educational foundation for children under 5 by providing them with learning materials, facilities and nutritious meals. We also provide home-based support for children living in remote areas.

Quality Learning, Alternative Learning

ChildFund provides quality learning opportunities 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 we provide them with dedicated tutors and books so they can finish their primary 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 and 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

Building leadership and livelihood skills in youth involves working with youth groups to provide them with opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership and engage in market-driven livelihood skills development. ChildFund’s after-school programs include 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 and leaders in their communities.


Emergency Response

ChildFund brings considerable experience and expertise in humanitarian assistance, particularly in child protection and psychosocial support. We have responded to several natural disasters in Indonesia, including the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, the 2008 Padang earthquake and the 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 provide safe environments for children.

ChildFund Indonesia is actively involved in ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Project, a regional disaster risk reduction effort that includes the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia.


ChildFund International has earned high ratings from Charity Navigator, the American Institute of Philanthropy and Charities Review Council.

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