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Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, announced that it will reinstate wide-scale social restrictions as a second wave of infections threatens to overwhelm its health system. Indonesia has officially reported more than 8000 deaths from COVID-19, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia.

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COVID-19 in Indonesia

How is Compassion currently operating in Indonesia?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Compassion child development centres remain closed for activities, though some have reopened for administrative purposes and preparation for the time when children will be allowed to return.

    Mentors and tutors are bringing food supplies to children’s homes weekly and are helping some families plant gardens at their homes.

    Church partners are using a variety of ways to minister to the children, including delivering handouts, broadcasting on the radio, and livestreaming lessons. Older students have helped tutors and church staff record video lessons for younger children.

    _Since the beginning of the pandemic, staff members have distributed 657,504 food packs and 530,909 hygiene kits and provided medical support to 42,697 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:

  • For God's comfort and peace upon the family and centre staff of IO0292 as they grieve the passing of a child.
  • For God to bring comfort, peace, provision and protection to a child and their family as they grieve the passing of their father.
  • For God to continue to protect the children, families and staff members in Sorong, Dumoga, Bolaang Mongondo and North Sulawesi from additional flooding and provide them with the supplies they need to rebuild their homes.
  • For God to bring healing to the family members affected by COVID-19 and comfort for those who are grieving the passing of their loved ones.
  • For God to be with Pastor Nelson’s family and church community as they grieve his passing and remember how he faithfully served children and families in their community.
  • For God’s wisdom for the National Office staff as they make decisions during this COVID-19 season.
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Crisis Reports from Indonesia

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    Flooding in Melawi City, Nanga Pinoh District, East Indonesia (Final Crisis Update) 23 Sep, 2020

    The situation

    There is no more flooding in Melawi and life is back to normal.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 34

    New information

    All affected families are back in their homes and healthy. The local church supported them with food and medicine.


    Thank you for praying for the affected children, families and church partner staff.

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    Flooding in Melawi City, Nanga Pinoh District, East Indonesia 13 Sep, 2020

    The situation

    Heavy rain started on 12 September and led to flooding by the next day. The water level of the Melawi River rose, and homes and roads were flooded. Access to the city is currently cut off due to the flooded roads. The local government and disaster agency set up a shelter and public kitchen.

    Global Compassion impact

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

    New information

    Local church partner ID0636 is located in the flooded area. They are assessing impact and providing support, as needed including food, blankets, clothes and medicine. Some affected families are in their homes, while others are temporarily living with relatives.


    Please pray for the safety and provision of affected children, families and church partner staff.

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    Flood in North Luwu, Indonesia (Final Crisis Update) 28 Aug, 2020

    The situation

    There is no more flooding in the Luwu area.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 0 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 14

    New information

    Local churches provided basic items and food for the affected families. They are now able to do all their daily activities.


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

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    Flood in North Luwu, East Indonesia 11 Aug, 2020

    The situation

    Heavy rainfall caused the Saluampak River in Mari-Mari Village, South Subang, North Luwu to overflow, which caused hundreds of homes to be flooded.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: unknown Number of Compassion assisted children affected: unknown

    New information

    The staff of ID0857 are assessing impact to children and their families.


    Please pray for the safety and provision of affected children and their families in this area.


Please note: Due to the current pandemic, most 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.

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


mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births


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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