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Located in Southeast Asia between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the Republic of Indonesia is the world's third-most-populous democracy, its largest archipelagic state, and the largest Muslim-majority nation. Indonesia contains the most historically active volcanoes of any country in the world – some 76 – and is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, which affect poor and marginalized communities disproportionately. The recent rise in the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters in Indonesia increases the vulnerability of the most deprived families and undermines hard-won development gains. Indonesian children are the most severely affected by disasters and are often overlooked in the design and implementation of emergency responses.

ChildFund has served children in Indonesia since 1958.

ChildFund Indonesia’s Safe Maternity Program is helping to reduce the number of maternal and infant deaths and to better meet the needs of mothers and newborns living in Indonesia, offering nutrition advice, vaccinations, newborn care and education to improve health, hygiene behaviors and infant feeding. Our Early Childhood Development centers provide an educational foundation for Indonesian children under 5 through learning materials, nutritious meals and safe environments where the youngest can play and learn. Disaster risk reduction activities further strengthen young children’s awareness of their surroundings and empower them to better cope with natural disasters in Indonesia.

ChildFund aims to help children gain access to quality education in Indonesia. We promote safe, healthy and protective environments for Indonesian children at school, encouraging child participation both at school and at home. Our teacher training program has improved child-centered teaching and increased access to grants to help these schools improve infrastructure and learning. Indonesian children in our programs are also building their literacy skills though the Reading Improvement Program, which provides more access to reading resources through school and community libraries, and involves parents in encouraging their children to read. Our Aflatoun program uses school and child forums to teach financial planning and interpersonal skills. Finally, ChildFund Indonesia has implemented the Indonesian Education and Health Department’s “Little Doctor” program to increase children’s awareness and skills on the importance of health as well as personal and environmental hygiene.

ChildFund youth programs provide access to vocational training opportunities that allow youth to improve their employability. And, through our child forums, ChildFund offers a range of after-school training opportunities to develop disaster preparedness, livelihood, leadership and life skills to help them as they enter the labor market. For students who drop out of school early, we help them navigate government programs that offer alternative learning classes so that they can still pursue higher education in Indonesia. Teens in our programs are also trained as counselors and peer educators to raise awareness on issues related to reproductive health and HIV and AIDS, helping young people to be better informed and make responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. As the youth in our programs transition into the workforce, we continue to provide mentorship that helps them navigate early adulthood successfully.


 

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March 24 Maulidur Rasul
May 25 Waisak Day
August 17 Independence Day
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Folklore Indonesian Folktales
Novel Sitti Djaoerah
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Documentary Shadows and Illuminations
Documentary Where Heaven Meets Hell
Non-Fiction Aceh, Indonesia: Securing the Insecure State
Music Discover Indonesia
Cookbook The Indonesian Kitchen



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