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In July 2021, Indonesia was the global epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, with daily reported cases reaching over 55,000. Indonesians have been deeply affected economically and emotionally by the pandemic and its restrictions, with reports of violence against children dramatically increasing.

Our local Indonesian church partners have continued to serve children in poverty by offering home-based care or gathering in small groups. Many centres are now returning to their usual activities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have been able to deliver over 2,205,000 food packs and 1,468,000 hygiene kits to Indonesian families in need.

Watch the video below from our Indonesian neighbours to learn more.

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Country update

How is Compassion currently operating in Indonesia?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Many child development centres in Indonesia are operating differently during the pandemic. Some are able to gather in small groups, while others 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.

  • 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. Local workers will meet with the child and their family and help them to use the funds to purchase something that meets their greatest need.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for the children, families and local church partners we serve in Indonesia!

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray for comfort for Syaloomicha’s family as they grieve their young daughter’s passing
  • Pray for wisdom for Trisno’s doctors as they work to treat his contracted spleen
  • Pray for wisdom for caregivers and staff as they work to keep children in their care safe from harm
  • Pray for courage, hope and strength for Inri as she learns to adapt to her prosthetic arm
  • Pray for the success of an upcoming training event for the project staff
  • Praise God that the recent efforts to repair and rebuild homes for those affected by the Seroja cyclone went smoothly
  • Pray for the protection of Indonesian children, families and staff as they face extreme weather events
  • Pray for wisdom and confidence for students preparing for their assessments and exams
  • Pray for 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: many child development centres in Indonesia are still operating at varying capacities due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our local church partners continue to deliver holistic child development to registered children through home visits, small group activities and virtual methods where possible.

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

177

mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

14%

of households lack access to basic sanitation services

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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