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Indonesia currently has the most COVID-19 cases per day of any country in the world, at over 55,000 as of July 17th. The infection rate continues to rise at an alarming rate. So far, over 10% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated, up from about 5% last month. The government has extended a partial lockdown several times. Schools are closed, shops have limited hours and the capacity of some public places is limited. Masks and social distancing are required and travel is limited. Indonesians have been deeply affected economically and emotionally by the pandemic and its restrictions, with reports of violence against children dramatically increasing.

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Country update

How is Compassion currently operating in Indonesia?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Centre status varies widely throughout the country. Roughly one-third of centres are able to gather in small groups, while around 40% of staff are primarily doing home visits. Staff members continue to make home visits and phone calls to provide assistance to children and caregivers in areas where they are not able to gather in person. Mentors and tutors are bringing food supplies to children’s homes weekly and are helping some families plant gardens at their homes. Since the beginning of the pandemic, staff members have distributed nearly 1.7 million food packs and over 1.1 million hygiene kits and have provided medical support to over 183,500 individuals.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    Letters are currently being delivered in Indonesia, although delivery to and from your child may take a bit longer than normal. We encourage you to continue writing your child, as all children need words of hope and encouragement now more than ever before. Thank you for your ministry!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed in Indonesia. Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver, if necessary. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognising that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for children and families in Indonesia who have been impacted by COVID-19—and the local staff and churches who continue to serve them in difficult circumstances.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray that God would comfort Rugian and her family as they grieve the passing of her baby.
  • Pray for comfort and strength for Natanel’s parents and family as they grieve the passing of their son.
  • Pray that God would provide jobs for the children’s parents and caregivers as they struggle to provide for their families.
  • Pray that God would heal children, family members and staff who are ill. Pray that God would comfort those who have lost loved ones from COVID-19.
  • Pray that God would heal both of Dyandra’s parents from cancer.
  • Pray for a quick recovery for Sri as she continues to heal from her operation.
  • Pray that God would give wisdom and provision to local church partners as they prepare to build 400 homes for the children and families in Seroja who lost their homes.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment for Indonesia’s leaders as they make decisions.
  • Pray that God would continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A welcome gift in Indonesia

A welcome gift in Indonesia

Since he was a young boy, Toni had one dream: to be an entrepreneur with his own chicken farm. He never imagined he would achieve his dream at 19 years old amidst a global pandemic. As COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on Indonesia’s economy, daily workers like Toni’s parents have been among the hardest hit.   Read more open_in_new

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Please note: Due to the current pandemic, many child development centres in Indonesia are operating at varying capacities. Our local church partners continue to meet the urgent needs of the children through home-based care.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Indonesia

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 5 visit the Compassion centre for six to eight hours a week.
  • Children aged 6 to 14 attend for four to six hours a week.
  • Students aged 15 and older attend for four hours a week.
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Compassion Program Activities in Indonesia

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Compassion assisted children in Indonesia typically attend program activities at their local child development centre on Saturdays and Sundays. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Indonesia.

8:00am - A time of prayer and devotion.

9:00am - Spiritual lessons where children sing songs and learn Bible stories. They are given complete Bibles once they enter middle school.

10:30am - Break time where children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships.

11:00am - Social-emotional lessons from conflict resolution to developing healthy self-esteem. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

12:00pm - Lunch time where the meal usually consists of rice, meat, vegetables and fruit. Milk is provided for young children. Typical Indonesian foods that are rich with protein such as ‘Tempe’ and tofu are often provided. Children are given meals once or twice a week.

1:00pm - Health lessons where children are taught practical health and hygiene tips.

2:00pm - Letter writing and career planning. Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests, setting realistic goals for their future.

Children also often have opportunities to join in extracurricular activities such as sporting activities, painting, singing, computer training and English courses. Older students receive practical skills training in areas like car repair and sewing. Every year parents are offered parenting classes.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Indonesia

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mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

39%

of people lack access to improved sanitation

Indonesia is the fourth-most populous country in the world, and its urban growth rate is enormously high. Infrastructure and resources are under constant pressure, with the conservation of Indonesia’s forests and peat lands a particular struggle.

Many of Indonesia’s more than 17,000 islands are at high risk of earthquake and volcanic eruption. Hundreds of thousands of families have been displaced and severely affected by natural disasters in recent years. Unfortunately, the number of children living on the streets has dramatically increased as a result, and many of these children suffer abuse through exploitation and child trafficking.

While poverty and low living standards persist throughout Indonesia, particularly in rural areas, there has been progress in the past decade.

Indonesia elected the Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, as President in 2014 after decades of military and autocratic rule. Mr Widodo, a former furniture maker known as an advocate for the poor, ran on a platform of reform, promising to eliminate corruption and modernise the nation.

Despite its growth as an emerging economy, Indonesia is the world’s fourth-most unequal nation, with its population’s richest one per cent controlling 49.3 per cent of its total wealth. President Widodo announced a new focus on addressing economic inequality in 2017, and the outcomes of that shift will be hugely important for the millions of Indonesians who still live in poverty.

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