Working With Children in Indonesia

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.
  • 30 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1,534 children in Indonesia received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 3,569 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation

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.
  • 401 malnourished children in Indonesia were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 179 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 190 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families

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.
  • 8,305 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 97 clubs are in place for children and youths to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 77 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children

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.
  • 41 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 632 youths and adults were equipped to earn increased income through apprenticeships, or vocational and business training
  • 1,013 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children

Discover Another Country