Working With Children in Indonesia

Update on Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

On Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:02pm, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, triggering a tsunami. At last report, more than 2,000 people have been counted dead and over 4,600 injured, while approximately 1,300 remain missing and more than 222,000 are displaced.

World Vision has programs in the area, and the Palu community, where Canadians sponsor 2,000 children, has been impacted. Thanks to the unwavering commitment and efforts of our emergency response staff, 100% of sponsored children in the region have now been now accounted for. However, we are deeply saddened to report that some of our sponsored children’s lives have been impacted. Please join us in mourning their loss and praying for their families.

World Vision has been working rigorously to provide support to those in need—particularly children and mothers—reaching over 17,000 people with nutrition, child protection, water, sanitation and shelter assistance.

  • Over 1,000 children have been receiving regular psychological support at child-friendly spaces set up by World Vision.

  •  More than 900 families have benefited from food distributions.

  • Over 600 families have received shelter and hygiene kits.

  • More than 500 families now have clean water.

Donate now to help vulnerable children and their families affected by this crisis with life-saving essentials like food, hygiene kits and more.

World Vision is continuing to work alongside the government, providing immediate needs for the most affected children and families with a special focus in health, nutrition and children protection.

All regular sponsorship activities, such as sponsor correspondence, Special Gifts and sponsor visits, have been put on hold in Palu until further notice.

For more information, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.

In 2015, a report from UNICEF showed that child mortality rates had significantly dropped in Indonesia. Improvements were attributed to the work of many development agencies, including World Vision. These agencies have partnered to upgrade health for children by providing immunizations, treating childhood diseases and encouraging breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life.

Ensuring children in Indonesia are safe and cared for continues to be a focus for World Vision. Abuse, bullying and gender-based violence threaten millions of boys and girls in this island nation. Our work includes teaching children, teachers, faith leaders and parents about children’s rights and ensuring that systems are in place to report and stop cases of abuse.

Your impact in Indonesia

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children were empowered through school classes, the arts, and sports events to gain confidence and speak up about issues that affect them in the community.
  • 2 children survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 33 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1,411 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 4,745 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 50 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.


  • To prevent waterborne illnesses we constructed new water tanks and trained children on sanitation and hygiene practices, including handwashing with soap.
  • 152 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 100 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 10,930 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 387 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 18 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • We supported local advocacy efforts to raise awareness about the importance of prioritizing education for children and to work with government to improve education.
  • 3,890 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 4,000 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 156 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 182 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 1,080 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • We helped households gain access to financial institutions to help increase family savings for education, health care and emergencies.
  • 62 young people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 395 individuals are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 153 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 5,519 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 516 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 1,697 people impacted by disaster or displacement received counselling to help them cope with trauma and stress
  • 528 people received daily essentials like shelter, cooking sets and hygiene kits, protecting families during emergencies
  • 17 child friendly spaces met the unique needs of children in emergencies, while providing safety and psychosocial support
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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