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Snapshot of Indonesia

16%

of people live below the poverty line

126

mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

39%

lack access to improved sanitation

Sarah J Rahardja

Letter from Compassion Indonesia Director Sarah Jeanin Rahardja

Dear Sponsor, Greetings from Bandung! First, allow me to introduce myself. I am Sarah Jeanin Rahardja, Compassion Indonesia Country Director. This year is my 16th year working with Compassion. It is a great blessing for me to be a part of this ministry; I have an opportunity to witness how God works through churches and children in Indonesia and enlarges His kingdom through the sponsor-to-child relationship. My favourite things to do now are to spend my time with my two daughters—and I’m learning how to crochet!

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The Successful Chefs

In a cooking class made up of mostly girls, Tian and Hery are the rare boys among them. “I was motivated to be a chef by my own passion [I’ve had] since I was a little child,” says Tian. “I began to see this is a necessary skill I need to master to help my family in our financial struggles,” says Hery. In the tourist city of Solo, Indonesia, one Compassion centre is training up their teenagers in a cooking vocational program to match the needs of the city.

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Stories from Compassion in Indonesia

18 Jul, 2019

Watch What Happens When a Child Learns She Has a Sponsor

For 18 months, Halena has prayed for a sponsor. Watch the moving moment when she hears she has a sponsor at last. .. Read more

30 Apr, 2020

Inspiring Mothers Who Defied all Odds

When it comes to their children, a mother's love can defy all odds and overcome impossible hurdles. Here are five stories of mums in the Compassion family that are an inspiration to us all... Read more

15 Aug, 2019

Win a Portrait of Your Sponsored Child by 8-Year-Old Artist Honor Adams

Meet talented eight-year-old Honor Adams—the potential artist of your next painting!.. Read more