Indonesia

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Halo / Hello from Indonesia

Language: Indonesian

Indonesia is known for its beaches, mountains, wildlife and volcanic islands. In this tropical paradise, however, many people struggle with poor nutrition, and secondary-school attendance is low. Compassion-assisted children experience these realities daily. But at the Compassion center, there is hope.

Indonesia Stats

POPULATION: 269,536,482
87.2% Muslim
7% Protestant
2.9% Roman Catholic
1.7% Hindu

154,663
CHILDREN SERVED

658
CHURCHES SERVING

34
YEARS SERVING INDONESIA

A boy smiles and swings on the playground

A boy smiles and swings on the playground.

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A boy pushes a wheel with a stick

A boy rolls a tire with a stick down the hallway at his child development center.

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A group of children stand in front of a colorful wall and give a “thumbs up” to the camera

A group of children stand in front of a colorful wall and give a “thumbs up” to the camera.

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Two young men sit smiling on a tree limb over water

Two young men sit smiling on a tree limb over water.

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A young girl performs a cultural dance

A young girl performs a cultural dance.

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Children have a sack race

A group of boys race in brown sacks at their child development center.

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A young lady stands holding a soccer ball

A girl stands in her neighborhood while holding a ball.

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A group of children wearing traditional Indonesian dress have lunch together

A group of children wearing traditional Indonesian dress have lunch together.

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A young girl stands outside her home

A young girl stands outside her home.

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A group of teenagers sit outside

A group of teenagers sit, eat and laugh together.

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COMPASSION IN INDONESIA

When do children visit the Compassion center?

  • Children ages 3 to 5 years old go to the center for 6 to 8 hours a week.
  • If a child is age 6 to 14, he or she goes for 4 to 6 hours a week.
  • Students age 15 and older attend 4 hours a week.

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT IN INDONESIA

Issue: Most children in Indonesia complete primary school, though the quality of education is not always high. The attendance rate drops when children reach secondary school. Just 76% of boys and 78% of girls in Indonesia attend secondary school.

Response: Education is a priority at Compassion centers. Tutoring, access to textbooks, and other educational opportunities encourage children to stay in school. And as children get older, they can explore vocational opportunities to help them become financially self-sufficient as adults.

Prayer Point: Pray that the children we serve will stay in school — that they and their families will prioritize education for a future free from poverty.

A girl reading a book in her school

Compassion centers promote education by providing tutoring and school supplies necessary for success.

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Visit the Compassion blog to learn more about our work in Indonesia.

Did You Know?

Indonesia is a stunningly beautiful country made up of more than 17,000 islands!

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Life in Indonesia

Indonesia Fast Facts

Official Name: Republic of Indonesia

Form of Government: Presidential republic

Capital: Jakarta

Population: 269,536,482

Official Language: Indonesian

Currency: Indonesian rupiah

Area: 735,358 square miles (1,904,569 square kilometers)

Compassion has been working in Indonesia since 1968. These Indonesia facts and statistics provide a good picture of the reality of poverty and how child sponsorship through Compassion is making a difference.

Poverty is a problem in the country of Indonesia but with your support, Compassion is working to change this. The Indonesia facts tell a difficult story, but Compassion is bringing hope in the midst of the difficulties. Our programs are changing the statistics one child at a time.

Don't let the hopelessness of poverty overwhelm you. You can make a difference to a child in Indonesia today!