Grobogan Programme Unit
Area: 1,976 sq. km
Targeted areas: 19 sub-districts, 280 villages (Plan assisted areas: 3 sub-districts, 17 villages)
Sponsored children: 7,500
Located in Central Java Province, Plan Indonesia’s programme unit in Grobogan lies between limestone mountains, which dominate the entire district. There is a pronounced dry season, and water availability is an issue. Agriculture is the main source of income.
Plan has been working in Grobogan since 2003 and currently supports 7,500 children and families. Our programmes include water, sanitation and hygiene, youth economic empowerment, child protection and disaster risk management.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
An assisted village has successfully created a controlled sewage system. The government has replicated this success in non-Plan areas. At the school level, Plan is helping set up public latrines, sewage systems and biogas technologies.
Plan also works to raise public awareness on hygienic and healthy living patterns and supports the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme for reducing open defecation. CLTS is a way of mobilising communities to take the lead in eliminating open defecation by getting them to analyse the problem and come up with their own solutions. Plan has conducted a hand-washing-with-soap campaign. Many Grobogan villages have been declared open defecation-free.
Youth Economic Empowerment
With its partner, Plan conducts life skills basic training to prepare 15-25 year old young people to access decent and safe work or entrepreneurship according to their capacities. Young people also have increased understanding on gender equality.
Plan provided financial education to high school students so that young people are aware of financial management.
Plan has raised public awareness of child abuse and other children’s rights issues. In the last 2 years, Plan has become partners with the local Women’s Empowerment agency to create a child-friendly district. Now, at the national level, Grobogan has been declared child friendly.
Plan has started to focus its programmes on increasing community-based child protection coverage.
Disaster Risk Management
Plan has started to implement a school-based disaster risk reduction programme in Grobogan district with the goal of improving the percentage of elementary schools that have a preparedness system, which can include a schedule for regular drills, a disaster risk map and a contingency plan.