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Grobogan Programme Unit

Area: 1,976 sq. km  
Population: 1,404,700
Targeted areas: 19 sub-districts, 280 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. The estimated annual income is Rp 2.3 million (US$240) per person.

Plan has been working in Grobogan since 2004 and currently supports 7,500 children and families. Our programmes include child survival and development, basic education, water and sanitation, youth economic empowerment, child protection and disaster risk management.

Programme highlights

Public health

Plan works with existing stakeholders to promote and implement a health programme. We also encourage active participation of health workers and cadres in the communities to maximise and improve integrated village health services (Posyandu).

Plan, the District Health Office and the District Technical Team in Grobogan initiated the formation of a team responsible for improving public health. The goal is that all boys and girls can enjoy their rights for improved health and development.

Basic education

Due to many school-aged children not having access to quality basic education, Plan focuses its programme on the number of schools that apply school-based management using 3 pillars (school management, public participation and the “joyful learning” method of making classrooms fun and inviting). School-based management teams have been set up to monitor a programme including school reconstruction, teacher training, provision of teaching materials, education exhibitions and workshops.


Priorities are water supply and sanitation. Plan has helped drill 175 wells and construct piping for 267 assisted villages. The villagers have been helped to form drinking water associations to monitor the situations in their communities.

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. Currently, 14% of  Kebumen villages have been declared open defecation-free.


Plan has introduced the concept of cooperative working in 2 villages. Elsewhere, Plan has helped villages develop collective irrigation systems. Organic farming has also been a success. Plan has started to focus on capital development for small-scale business and is targeting 15-24 year olds so that they can become economically independent.

Child protection

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 reduction

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.