Where We Work - Indonesia

Our Work in Indonesia

Since 1976, Save the Children's reach has grown enormously in the country. Today, we work to improve the lives of children in 14 provinces across Indonesia. Our program approach now brings long term and sustainable benefits to more Indonesian children and we work to establish effective, self-sustaining approaches to issues related to child protection, health, education, livelihoods, emergency response and disaster risk reduction. Save the Children partners with children, communities, local organizations and the government of Indonesia to transform the lives of Indonesian children and their families.

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Give Fish

With fish-farm training, a stock of baby fish, fishing pole, fishhooks, lines and fishing net, a family can feed themselves and start a business to escape poverty.


Give Bees

Save the Children provides bees, a bee suit, a hive and weekly training to help a family raise bees and harvest honey for a stable income.


Give 2 Goats and a Sheep

Farm animals keep families fed and provide valuable income. As herds grow, families have even more potential to lift themselves out of poverty.

Educate a Girl

Educate a Girl

For less than 20 cents per day, a girl can receive the books, learning materials and school access needed to learn and thrive. The results are life changing.

Challenges for Children

Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, home to some 240 million people. Widespread poverty, political instability and regional separatism hinder Indonesia’s development. The severe inequity of resource distribution to many parts of the country affect children disproportionately in their early and developing years. Natural disasters plague the country, which was hard hit by the epic earthquake and tsunami of late December 2004, causing widespread devastation in Aceh Province. Indonesia has more than 76 million children, the fourth largest child population in the world.

Health and Nutrition

Malnutrition threatens the health and well-being, and ultimately the future, of Indonesian. In Indonesia, national data indicate 28% of children under 5-years-old are underweight for their age. And the stunting rate in children is 37% — an indicator of chronic undernourishment.

In Indonesia, funds will help improve feeding practices, health education and early childhood development services. Interactive feeding sessions and cooking demonstrations will teach families how to make healthy, affordable choices and improve their feeding practices and care for young children. In addition, programs will enhance children's early cognitive and social development to improve their nutrition, health and education status.

Emergency Response

Save the Children has worked in Indonesia for more than threes decades. In recent years, it has responded to nearly all minor, medium-sized and major natural disasters in the country. In addition to providing immediate relief to children and families after a disaster, we help communities prepare for emergencies and reduce risks posed by disasters in the future.

The Asia tsunami of December 26, 2004 struck Indonesia with what could be called the biggest catastrophe in modern history. Thanks to the outpouring of support from donors, the once devastated province of Aceh is a remarkably different place than in the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami. Today, it is bustling with vibrant communities, new businesses and bright hopes for the future. Read a comprehensive report about our efforts: REBUILDING LIVES AFTER THE TSUNAMI: THE CHILDREN’S ROAD TO RECOVERY

In 2010, Save the Children provided relief supplies to families who have sought refuge from the ongoing eruptions of Mt. Merapi. We worked around the clock to protect children still in harm’s way of Indonesia’s deadly volcano. Save the Children distributed more than 7,100 hygiene kits to families who have sought refuge in temporary shelters. We also provided 12,000 face masks to children in schools in Boyolali District and another 6,000 face masks to evacuees in camps.

Indonesia Facts and Statistics

  • Population: 250,160,124
  • Infant Death Rate: 26 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Life Expectancy: 71 years
  • Poverty Rate: 18%
  • Underweight Children: 19.6%
  • Human Development Rank: 121
  • Maternal Death Risk: 220 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Girls' Education: 13 years
  • Clean Water Access: 82%


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2012 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2012; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; Population: CIA World Factbook 2012; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program

Last Updated June 2014