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.
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
We also provide students with an opportunity to exercise their
voice, thereby having the ability to influence parents, teachers, the community
and local governments.
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
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.