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Daily new COVID-19 cases have been declining in Indonesia since January, but the rate was still nearly 5250 per day on 6th April. The country had administered enough doses to fully vaccinate about 2.3% of the population by that date. Vaccination is mandatory. Local governments can impose fines and stop social assistance payments to those who refuse. Mask wearing and social distancing are also mandatory, and large gatherings and travel are limited. The pandemic has taken a huge economic and emotional toll on Indonesian. According to the Indonesian Child Protection Commission, 42% of mothers and 32% of fathers said they have committed physical violence on their children in the past year.

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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?

    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. 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:

  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for the doctors as they treat and begin to prepare for Ferry’s upcoming heart operation.
  • Pray for the protection and provision of the children and families who were impacted by the recent flooding.
  • Pray that God would bring peace and comfort to the two children and their families from IO0679 who were recently diagnosed with serious medical conditions.
  • Pray that God would restore Natariang’s health, and she would be completely cured from bone cancer.
  • Pray for the emotional, physical and spiritual healing of a child in IO0437 who was rescued from an abusive situation.
  • Pray that God would provide for the 14 children and their families affected by the recent tornado in Salupao, Luwu and South Sulawesi.
  • Pray for the children and parent’s success as they grow and care for the vegetables and livestock provided to them through the food security program.
  • Pray for peace, continued healing and justice for a child as the court trial begins on their sexual abuse case.
  • Pray for that God would comfort Mikha, Jeyfi, Yolanda, Giovanni and Geraldi’s families as they grieve their children or family members’ passing.
  • Pray that God would continue to give wisdom and discernment to the local church partners as they continue to protect children in difficult and unsafe situations.
  • Pray for strength for the tutors and mentors as they continue to visit children and their families at their homes.
  • Pray that God would prevent COVID-19 from continuing to spread.
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A welcome gift in Indonesia

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Crisis Reports from Indonesia

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    Flooding in Sabu, East Nusa, Tenggara, Indonesia (Crisis Update) 19 May, 2021

    The situation

    The impact of the Seroja Cyclone on 4 April caused major damage in the Timor Islands due to heavy rain, strong winds and flooding.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 64 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 4323

    New information

    Local staff continue to assess the impact to children and families. Relief support is being provided to the affected church partners, children and their families, such as the provision of food, soap, medicine, clothes, blankets and home repair materials. Some children have now been able to return to their homes.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the recovery efforts in the East Nusa Tenggara area.

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    Earthquake in East Java, Indonesia (Final Crisis Update) 01 May, 2021

    The situation

    On Saturday, 10th April an earthquake of 6.1 on the Richter scale impacted Tambakrejo-Tamban Kabupaten Malang, Easy Java. Many homes and toilets were damaged. Some affected families are still living temporarily with friends or relatives while their homes are repaired.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 63

    New information

    The children and families affected by the earthquake are safe and well, and are receiving the support they need at this time.

    Prayer

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

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    Strong Winds in Deli Serdang, Indonesia (Final Crisis Update) 29 Apr, 2021

    The situation

    Strong winds on 14th April in Deli Serdang, Medan, North Sumatera have caused damage to some of the buildings at one of our Indonesian church partners - IO0103. The winds have now ceased.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 1 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 0

    New information

    The computer laboratory, indoor games room and office at IO0103 have been damaged. Local staff have received the necessary funding to make repairs to affected buildings.

    Prayer

    Thank you for your prayers for the church partner and their efforts to repair their building.

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    Earthquake in East Java, Indonesia (Crisis Update) 28 Apr, 2021

    The situation

    On Saturday, 10th April an earthquake of 6.1 on the Richter scale impacted Tambakrejo-Tamban Kabupaten Malang, Easy Java. There was another earthquake as a result on 11 April. Many homes and toilets were damaged.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 63

    New information

    Some affected families are living in neighbour’s homes or in tents, due to significant damage to their own homes. Local staff are assisting with repair and recovery efforts and are providing affected families with food and household items.

    Prayer

    Please pray for the safety and provision of the children, families, and church partners in this area following the earthquakes.

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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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