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Indonesian children overlooking collapsed houses after an earthquakeIndonesian children looking over collapsed houses after an earthquake

Issues affecting children

Plan’s strategy in Indonesia is dedicated to helping marginalised children reach their full potential.

Many children suffer from limited access to, and quality of, primary healthcare services.  There is also low availability of drinking water and sanitation in many areas.

Indonesian children also face challenges at school. Awareness about the importance of early childhood care and development is low and primary education in remote areas is often weak.

After leaving school, youth face high levels of unemployment. Children’s participation in decisions related to their own development is limited and children in the most difficult circumstances struggle to survive. Disasters are an ever-present risk in Indonesia and most communities are vulnerable to a disaster’s devastating effects.

Our programmes and goals

Plan works to address these issues through:
  • Child protection and participation: Children participate in and benefit from all forms of services that protect, promote and uphold their rights.
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene: Children, their parents and communities promote Community-led Total Sanitation campaigns to ensure clean and healthy living.
  • Disaster risk management: Communities build responsive and resilient cultures to reduce disaster risks.
  • Early childhood care and development: At the household level, parents and caregivers have improved knowledge of basic health issues and early child development.
  • Youth economic empowerment: Young people, especially girls in Plan’s working areas, are economically empowered through life skills, financial education and microenterprise development.

Our progress

During 2013- 2014 Plan Indonesia has developed community risk management in 26 villages, involving 804 children and 908 adults. Safe school campaign has been involving more than 7,000 children and 8,500 adults in three districts.

Plan carried out disaster responses in 14 disasters benefiting 14,000 families or 56,000 people.

Focusing on youths, Plan has facilitated vocational training and business skills training to 1,200 young people, mostly female.

In early childhood care and development more than 500 motivators received basic training on early childhood care and development.

In water, sanitation and hygiene sector, the open defecation free program has reached 166 villages, serving almost 200,000 families including 5,000 disabled people.

Read more about our successes here.