Help Save Children in Indonesia

Indonesia is the world’s largest country comprised solely of islands; the island of Java is one of the most densely populated places on earth. As an archipelago, Indonesia struggles with resource distribution among its regions and an inadequate infrastructure – resulting in children living in poverty.


A tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption caused destruction to coastal towns in Sunda Strait, Indonesia.

We’re particularly concerned about the safety and wellbeing of children, who are especially vulnerable in tsunamis, often being swept away in floodwaters.

Children caught up in disasters like this need your help. You can support global disaster relief efforts with a gift to the Children’s Emergency Fund. DONATE NOW

Our over 40-year commitment to Indonesia’s children remains strong, and – with your generous support – we are there for them now.

In late September, a catastrophic magnitude 7.5 earthquake and 20-foot-high tsunami caused massive damage and loss of life on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Indonesia’s children are at their most vulnerable right now, especially the many girls and boys tragically separated from their families or orphaned.

You can help ensure the urgent needs of children are given the top priority they deserve. Your gift helps reunite children with their families, provides lifesaving supplies and keeps girls and boys safe in our child-friendly spaces.

Learn more about the facts, our work and how you can help.

The Challenge for Children in Indonesia

Widespread poverty, political instability and poor resource distribution affects children in Indonesia – they need your help.*

  • 94% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 14% of school-age children are out of school
  • 26 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 7% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 11% of people live in poverty
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Our Work for Children in Indonesia

Save the Children has worked in Indonesia for more than three decades. We’ve responded to nearly all of the natural disasters that occurred – including the 2004 tsunami, volcanic eruptions in 2010, and an earthquake in 2016 – providing immediate relief to children and families after a disaster.

Sponsorship programs in Indonesia began in 2014, helping to transform the lives of children; in 2016, we reached 21,206 children and adults in need. We work with the Sumba government to implement health screening in schools, to develop a health and nutrition curriculum and to train teachers on ways to integrate health into their lessons. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, enrollment for girls in sponsorship schools rose by nearly 5% over 2015. And student attendance is on the rise, climbing to 83%.

What’s more, our Youth Employment Programs are making a difference in the lives of youths aged 15-24, helping them acquire the skills that will open doors to employment and economic opportunity. Nearly 5,000 youth have completed employability skills training, and nearly 3,600 have been enrolled in vocational training in West Java Province and Lampung Province. Our goals through 2018 are to deliver skills training to more than 30,500 in-school and out-of-school youth, to place at least 18,000 youth in jobs and to help 400 start their own businesses.

December 26, 2018 marks 14 years since the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami devastated Indonesia and other countries in the region. Learn about our recovery efforts. READ MORE

  • Protected 45,079 children from harm
  • Supported 30,822 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 23,315 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 11,438 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 9,132 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Indonesia

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Indonesia, and around the world, survive and thrive.

Sponsor an Indonesian Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child in Indonesia and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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