Sponsor a child in Indonesia
Located between Asia and Australia, Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago and fourth most populous nation. Most children who grow up here do not go to school, instead facing a childhood of forced labour or prostitution. SOS Children has been protecting young lives in Indonesia since 1970.
You can help an Indonesian child regain their childhood by sponsoring an child with SOS Children:
Desperation amid beauty
Indonesia's geographical diversity and natural splendour make it a beautiful country to call home, but life is hard for its people. Poverty is widespread in rural areas, where mobility and trade are limited by poor roads and communication. Around a fifth of people in Indonesia do not have access to clean drinking water, mostly in the countryside. Many people move to the city in search of work, but migrants are often disappointed and vulnerable to trafficking for forced labour and prostitution.
Children in Indonesia
Poverty forces millions of Indonesian children to abandon school and work instead to support their families. Often conditions are dire and pay is always appalling. Many young girls work as prostitutes, mainly after running away from home when early marriage fails. In rural parts, one in four children are forced to marry young, and often these marriages quickly end in divorce. Girls are unable to return to their families and many have no option but to turn to prostitution to make a living.
Our Work in Indonesia
SOS Children began work in Indonesia in 1970, and we currently run eight Villages across the country, with a ninth in progress near Yogyakarta near the capital Jakarta. Across our eight Villages, we provide lone children with a loving mother and a home where they can live till they are ready for independent life.
We provide education and vocational training to children from our Villages as well as the surrounding areas, giving young people a sound footing for future success. We offer support to fragile families who might otherwise break apart, along with medical care to children who would otherwise suffer from treatable illnesses and malnutrition.
In Jakarta, we run a travelling resources centre - the SOS Playbus - which offers a new way to learn and play. For many of the children the Playbus visits, new books are a rarity, while the hands-on workshop-style development methods the Playbus delivers are an entirely new experience for these children.
SOS Children's first Indonesian Children's Village was built in Lembang in western Java.
In 1984 we built a Village in Cibubur, on the outskirts of Jakarta.
Semarang was the site chosen for our next Children's Village in 1984. Located in the capital of central Java, on the north coast of the island, the Village has family homes for well over 100 children.
SOS Children Bali is situated about 20 miles west of the island's capital of Denpasar.
Following a devastating earthquake on the island of Flores in December 1992, SOS Children built a Village in the town of Waturia, opening three years later in 1995.
In 1999, heavy fighting in East Timor between government troops and independence fighters prompted SOS Children to establish an emergency relief programme as people fled the region. We provided shelter at SOS Children's Village Flores to 130 children from an orphanage in Dili, the capital of East Timor. The children remained in our care for the duration of the war.
SOS Children and the Boxing Day Tsunami
On the morning of 26 December 2004, a devastating tsunami caused by a massive earthquake struck coastal areas around the Indian Ocean. 130,000 people died in Indonesia and nearly 40,000 were reported as missing. Thousands of children were separated from their parents. The coastline between the cities of Banda Aceh and Meulaboh was the worst-affected area and many families fled the peninsula to seek refuge in nearby Medan.
SOS Children was one of the first NGOs to offer support to the survivors in Aceh province after the tsunami struck and we continue to provide long-term assistance in the area. Many children were orphaned and the loss of homes, infrastructure and possessions continues to affect communities.
SOS Children is still working to provide communities with the support they need to regain their lives, and has constructed three new Children's Villages in the Aceh region. The Villages, each beginning with 15 houses, are located in Meulaboh, Medan and Banda Aceh and provide hundreds of children with new families. We also constructed three nurseries and two mosques, allowing the continuation of learning and the region's proud spiritual tradition. Family support keeps fragile families together through financial support and expert guidance.
Life in SOS Children's Villages Indonesia
Twin brothers Yusri and Yusrani, like most of the children who live at SOS Children's Village Meulaboh, are survivors of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. They were just five when the powerful tsunami killed many people in their home town of Tanom, including their parents. Following the tragedy, their elderly grandmother did her best to care for them, but grief-stricken and poor, she found it difficult to cope. She decided the best thing to do was to bring them to live with a new mother and family at the SOS Children’s Village in Meulaboh, one of six built in Asia following the tragedy.
At the SOS Children's Village the boys have found a loving and caring home where they now live with their new siblings and SOS mother, who is also a tsunami survivor. They enjoy regular visits from their grandmother and are doing well at school.
SOS Desa Taruna Indonesia
Jalan Sari Endah No. 9
Tel: +62/22/201 28 81
Fax: +62/22/201 10 26