COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Indonesia

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Indonesia

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

Indonesia has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia. Large-scale social movement restrictions and other measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 remain in many areas; however, some cities, including Jakarta, have relaxed restrictions and reopened some public spaces amid the rise in infections. Schools in low-risk areas are set to start reopening with limited students in July.

Compassion child development centers remain closed. Staff members have created online lessons for children and are beginning to make home visits, in which they check in on families while following social distancing guidelines. Center workers are staying in contact with beneficiaries online and are also releasing videos and local radio announcements. Despite strict mobility restrictions, they have managed to distribute emergency supplies, including soap, clean water, vitamins, garden seeds and groceries. Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have distributed 285,741 food packs and 260,388 hygiene kits and provided medical support to 15,376 individuals. Compassion health specialists are providing videos and flyers on disease prevention and hygiene.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Indonesia’s National Director

Hear from Handoko Ngadiman, National Director of Compassion Indonesia, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Indonesia.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

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 285,741 food packs and 260,388 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

Ni Putu Suartini, a tutor at a child development center near Bali, couldn’t face the thought of the precious children she used to see every week being alone. She knew many of the parents of those children had lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, and she decided to join with other Compassion workers to deliver food to the children in their community.

“I couldn’t just stay home knowing that our beneficiaries are struggling to get food,” says Ni Putu. “My friends and I at the project worked together as a team to buy groceries and distribute them to each house.”

Ni Putu says the group has been following local guidelines, but she still worries that she may catch the virus. But she knows that many of the children she serves are left alone and hungry now that they can’t come to the center for Compassion activities.

“We can’t help them much, but through this activity, we want to let the children know that we love and care for them. We try our best to reach them during these difficult times,” she says.

How can I pray for Indonesia?

This month, will you join us in praying for peace as the government sends out the army to enforce the quarantine in Indonesia? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Indonesia
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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