Indonesia (Asia)

About the country

Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Indonesian children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.

Compassion's work in Indonesia began in 1968. Compassion also began working in East Indonesia in 2004. Currently, more than 106,300 children participate in more than 555 child development centers.

Population: 241 millions
Life expectancy: Male 67 years, Female 72 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 4,2%
People with HIV/AIDS: 110.000
Drinking water sources: 78%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 55%
Literacy rate: Male 93%, Female 82%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 28%

Child Sponsorship Program

Child Sponsorship Program in Indonesia

Compassion began its ministry in Indonesia in 1968 when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.

Each child development center arranges its program schedule according to when children go to school. Typically they meet in the afternoons after school.

Children participate in extracurricular sports activities at least twice a month. They attend a spiritual camp at least once a year. Cultural activities like traditional dance, painting, singing and music are held at least twice a month, especially for children over 12 years old. For community service, children participate in art ministry, music ministry and vocal performances in Sunday services. Child development centers offer additional activities for adolescents, such as computer training, English courses and practical skills education in automotive repair and sewing.

Parent meetings are held monthly or bimonthly. These meetings focus on sharing practical parenting advice, trainings and workshops.

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