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Snapshot of Indonesia


of people live below the poverty line


mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births


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

22 May, 2019

12 Fascinating Photos of Tiny Homes in the Developing World

The 'tiny home' movement is making its way across the world—but tiny homes are nothing new. People have lived in tiny homes for much of human history. Here are 12 fascinating photos of tiny homes from around the world. .. Read more

12 Apr, 2018

What Possessions Do Children Living in Poverty Treasure Most?

From remote, isolated tribal communities to bustling cities and crowded slums, 10 children in our Child Sponsorship Program share their treasured possessions. These are their beautiful, surprising and funny answers... Read more

27 Feb, 2020

Birthdays Around The World

As children, birthday parties are memorable occasions! But when families barely have enough to support basic needs, birthday celebrations are often a luxury they can’t afford. .. Read more