Indonesia Children

About Indonesia

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. Indonesia has more than 76 million children, the fourth largest child population in the world.

Facts About

More than 255 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 13 years

29 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $9 a day

Our Work

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

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 16,683
from harm

supported 25,137
in times of crisis

provided 58,450 children
with a healthy start in life

gave 3,059 children
vital nourishment

Sponsor A Child

Since 2013, Save the Children in Indonesia has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Indonesia continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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