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A surge of COVID-19 infections has led to 83,285 active cases and 18,000 total fatalities in Indonesia as of 6 December—the highest death toll in Southeast Asia. Many of the new cases are from four provinces on Java, the most densely populated island. Schools and large public gathering areas remain closed; however, public transit and access to essential services are widely available. Social distancing and face masks are mandatory in public places.

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COVID-19 in Indonesia

How is Compassion currently operating in Indonesia?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Some Compassion child development centres have reopened with small group meetings for children and youths but many remain closed.

    While a few are open for normal program activities, many are able only to meet in small groups for limited activities, and most are ministering only through home visits. 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 about 900,000 food packs and 693,000 hygiene kits and provided medical support to 67,000 individuals.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    The majority of letters are delayed in Indonesia, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your sponsored child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed in Indonesia, although they are currently delayed. 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:

  • God would comfort Agrecia, Tiara, Kerensia, Wahyu, Gideon, Valencia, Carlise, and Nadine’s families as they grieve the passing of their loved one.
  • God's comfort and healing as Dede recovers from his appendectomy.
  • Wisdom and guidance for Ferry’s doctors as they seek to operate and corrected his heart condition.
  • God would heal Nias from her bone cancer.
  • Doctors would be able to diagnose and treat what is causing Dafa’s intestinal pain.
  • Tomi would completely recover from typhus.
  • Wisdom and guidance for the doctors who are treating and operating on Yustina’s tumor.
  • God’s favor would be on the pastor and staff of ID0304 as they build an office building to serve even more children in their community.
  • Pastors and staff on the islands of Sabu, Rote, and Alor as they help provide the parents and caregivers with the health check-ups and mosquito nets they need to keep their children healthy.
  • God’s will would be accomplished in the upcoming election.
A welcome gift in Indonesia

A welcome gift in Indonesia

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Crisis Reports from Indonesia

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    Flood in Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia (Final Crisis Update) 17 Dec, 2020

    The situation

    Heavy rain caused flooding in Medan from 4—6 December.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 17

    New information

    The affected families were supported by the church with such things as food and clothing. The families are able to go back to their daily activities now.


    Thank you for your prayers for the affected children and families.

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    Flood in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, Indonesia 10 Dec, 2020

    The situation

    There has been heavy rain since October and recently the water embankments broke and caused flooding in the lowlands.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    Compassion assisted children from IO0117 were impacted by the flooding. The local church is assessing impact and will provide more information soon.


    Please pray for the safety of children in this area.

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    Flood in Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia 04 Dec, 2020

    The situation

    Heavy rain caused flooding in Medan from 4—6 December.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: not yet confirmed

    New information

    Some children from IO0557 were impacted. The local church partner staff are doing an assessment and providing the affected families food and other hygiene items, as needed.


    Please pray for the protection and provision of the affected children and families.


Please note: Due to the current pandemic, most child development centres in Indonesia are temporarily closed. 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.

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


mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births


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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