COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Indonesia

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Indonesia

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, has begun to loosen COVID-19 restrictions, citing a decrease in new and active cases in the city. Indonesia has officially reported over 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia. As of Oct. 15, there are nearly 65,000 active cases.

Compassion child development centers 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.

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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. Watch this video for a detailed explanation of how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion centers and how local partners are caring for each registered child during this season.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Indonesia are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 657,504 food packs and 530,909 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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As Indonesia and the rest of the world battled the COVID-19 pandemic, 16-year-old Triana and her family were struggling to put food on the table. Many parents of children in Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program have been laid off from work, including Triana's father and mother.

As a daily laborer, her father's income is now sporadic or nonexistent. Her mother used to work every day at a small restaurant in town, earning less than US $70 a month. Her paycheck kept the family afloat and had to cover the family's needs as well as their children's education. However, since the pandemic struck in March 2020, she has been out of work.

Triana dreams of one day finding a job and helping her family, including her three siblings. But she knows she needs to get an education first. So while she waits for school to reopen, Triana spends much of her time in the family’s garden.

Before the pandemic, Triana and all the youth at her child development center were taught how to plant vegetables at home. “We do this program to give the children an understanding of how they can be helpful to their parents,” says Pastor Jandoko, leader of Compassion’s local partner church. Now, as parents have been laid off and are struggling financially, he continues to encourage the children and families to maintain their vegetable gardens.

Through the training, Triana developed a keen interest in home gardening. She’s growing garlic, tomatoes, celery and other produce. Her mother is so happy to see how her daughter's efforts in the garden are helping to feed the family. Compassion and its church partner support Triana’s family and all of the children in Compassion's program by distributing groceries and home gardening supplies as well.

“Receiving gifts from sponsors really motivates me to pursue my dreams. I wish to be a teacher one day,” says Triana. But now, she is grateful for having learned home gardening so she can help provide for her family during this challenging time.

How can I pray for Indonesia?

Pray that God will bring healing to the family members affected by COVID-19 and comfort for those who are grieving the passing of their loved ones. 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 COVID-19 Relief Fund
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