COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Indonesia

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Indonesia

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

Indonesia currently has the most COVID-19 cases per day of any country in the world, at over 55,000 as of July 17. The infection rate continues to rise at an alarming rate. So far, over 10% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated, up from about 5% last month. The government has extended a partial lockdown several times throughout the summer. Schools are closed, stores have limited hours and the capacity of some public places is limited. Masks and social distancing are required, and travel is limited. Indonesians have been deeply affected economically and emotionally by the pandemic and its restrictions, with reports of violence against children dramatically increasing.

The status of Compassion church partners varies widely. While a small number are open for normal program activities, the majority are able only to meet in small groups for limited activities or are ministering only through home visits. Around 25% of centers are limited to making calls to check in on children and their families. 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 nearly 1.7 million food packs and over 1.1 million hygiene kits and have provided medical support to over 183,500 individuals.

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A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Indonesia?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Indonesia, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Center status varies widely throughout the country. Roughly one-third of centers are able to gather in small groups, while around 40% of staff are primarily doing home visits. Staff members continue to make home visits and phone calls to provide assistance to children and caregivers in areas where they are not able to gather in person. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, staff members have been able to distribute nearly 1.7 million food packs and over 1.1 million hygiene kits to children and their families!

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Ten-year-old Queeny often felt bored with all the free time she had when schools closed their doors due to COVID-19. Thankfully, her Compassion center devised a way to help her continue to learn: Every week, Queeny’s tutor would visit her at home, bringing four worksheets. Together they would review lessons on English and math, as well as complete puzzles and quizzes.

Now, restrictions have been lifted in Indonesia and Queeny no longer feels bored! While her tutor continues to deliver worksheets to her at home, she is also able to gather with her friends at the center, playing and learning in small groups.

“I missed meeting, playing and studying with my friends. I like to play football too,” says Queeny. “I couldn't wait to welcome my tutor to my house again. I want to be a doctor, so I will keep studying hard and keep learning.”

How can I pray for Indonesia?

Please pray for wisdom for families as they struggle to balance keeping themselves safe and finding work to support themselves. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Indonesia
Give to Compassion's Critical Program Needs Fund
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