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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, youths face high levels of unemployment. Children’s participation in decisions relating 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 their 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.
All children realise the right to quality basic education through quality principals and teachers, and good teaching-learning facilities and school management.
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.   
Child survival 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

Plan Indonesia has made substantial progress towards its goals. This includes the promotion of school health programmes in more than 200 schools, support for 950 community water systems and raised awareness of HIV and/AIDS.  
Plan has worked with 700 schools to improve the quality of education and lobbied the national government on child rights. Focusing on youths, Plan has facilitated vocational training and business skills training to members of around 800 villages.  
In 2008 Plan Indonesia kicked off its disaster risk reduction programme, which helps children and communities to prepare for emergency situations, such as by identifying safe areas where they can shelter during floods.
Read more about our successes here.