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A surge of COVID-19 cases has led to over 175,000 active cases and 30,770 related deaths in Indonesia as of 3 February 2021 – the highest death toll in Southeast Asia. The country has experienced 1.1 million infections and new cases are rapidly rising in the four most populous provinces. Health experts warn that some hospitals are on the brink of collapse and are forced to turn away COVID-19 patients. Schools are closed. Social distancing and face masks are mandatory in public places. Restrictions on large-scale gatherings and nonessential travel vary in each province, city and regency.

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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.

    The status of Compassion church partners ranges widely. 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 over 1.13 million food packs and 841,000 hygiene kits and provided medical support to nearly 85,000 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's provision for and protection over children, staff and families affected by recent flooding and landslides.
  • God's comfort and peace for baby Hope's family, as they grieve her passing.
  • God would comfort Julio's family, as they grieve his passing following an automobile accident.
  • God's strength and wisdom for Ferry as she prepares for a heart operation.
  • God's strength and encouragement for Gebby as she continues to receive treatment for leukemia.
  • God's healing over Natariang's bone cancer and guidance for the doctors who are working out treatment options.
  • God's wisdom for the doctors seeking a diagnosis for Dafa's intestinal pain.
  • God's protection and peace over the staff, children and families of ID0435.
  • God's comfort and peace for the community grieving the loss of their leader's passing at IO0490.
  • God's wisdom, guidance and encouragement for the National Office staff as they make decisions.
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

Crisis Reports from Indonesia

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    Flooding in Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia (Crisis Update) 07 Apr, 2021

    The situation

    On 4 April, Timor Island (around Kupang, East Sumba) was impacted by strong winds and flash flooding of up to 2 metres. The winds caused trees to fall and power outages.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 16 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 12

    New information

    The local church staff are checking on the children to determine impact to their homes and families from the recent strong winds and flooding. Some families have temporarily moved to another area to live with friends and relatives.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the protection and provision for all affected church partners, children and families.

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    Flooding in Sabu, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia 03 Apr, 2021

    The situation

    There has been heavy rain in the area since March and in early April Sabu Nusa Tenggara experienced flooding of up to 2 metres, which impacted many homes.

    Global Compassion impact

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

    New information

    The local church staff are checking on the children to determine impact to their homes and families. Some families have temporarily moved to another area.

    Prayer

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

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Please note: Due to the current pandemic, many 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.
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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

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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