East Halmahera

East Halmahera's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

Child Protection
East Halmahera is in a region isolated from most media and outside information sources, making it difficult for parents to educate themselves about what’s best for their children. As a result, child well-being is not well understood or prioritized. In fact, many in the community believe that children should contribute, working as miners or stone breakers or missing school to watch their younger siblings. Some children are left home for days at a time while their parents are at work.
Children also lack opportunities and spaces to express themselves and their dreams. They’re not encouraged to speak up or participate in conversations that affect them and don’t have clubs or groups where they can come together. Unfortunately, programs dedicated to supporting the healthy physical, emotional and spiritual development of children are non-existent in East Halmahera. Other issues that threaten the well-being of children include poor nutrition and instances of violence or abuse.
Child Protection
  • 13 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 55 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 44 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 14 children participated in community meetings
  • 5 children or youth facilitators in the community now have basic knowledge to facilitate children facilitation skills
  • 4 programs were initiated by children's groups
  • 6 child-led initiatives put in place to strengthen life skills and the protection of children.
  • 2 community actions related to child protection issues
  • 69 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 20 parents and caregivers have improved knowledge of parenting skills on child development
  • 5 age appropriate learning materials are now available for each child in the early child development centres
  • 253 preschool-aged girls and boys are enrolled in early education, so they can be better prepared to enter primary school.
Health and Nutrition
  • 4 community-led monitoring and dialogue or lobbying processes and meetings on health issues were conducted by communities
  • 965 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
  • 12 households with children under five years old were able to provide food through home-based food production
  • 20 children were referred for specialized treatment
  • 2 local communities with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, helping ensure that more girls and boys will be prepared for and protected in a crisis.
  • 2 disaster preparedness committees are now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 4 water and sanitation committees received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.
  • 47 households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
  • 47 appropriate sanitation technology and systems were developed
  • 67 people now have access to an improved drinking water source
  • 27 people now have access to improved sanitation facilities
  • 1 functioning water committee was formed
  • 67 households were registered to community water service
  • 8 action plans related to water and sanitation were developed by working groups
  • 7 action plans related to water and sanitation were implemented by working groups
  • 7 community groups committed to change their sanitation behavior in response to triggering activities
  • 48 community health volunteers have completed facilitator training on community-based sanitation
  • 13 trained community health volunteers facilitating community based total sanitation in the community
Community Development
  • 9 shared plans were developed by community groups
  • 48 community members participated in community meetings
  • 1 village with disaster preparedness plan in place for health and nutrition issues
  • 13 churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 6 plans of action on capacity building were implemented
  • 10 partners and stakeholders were trained on institutional development, programming and partnering
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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current conditions

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The needs in East Halmahera

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

East Halmahera, Indonesia is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.