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Rembang Programme Unit

Area: 1,014 sq. km  
Population: 597,262
Targeted areas: 14 sub-districts, 287 villages
Sponsored children: 7,500

Rembang is located in Central Java Province. It has coastal areas, lowlands and mountainous areas. Most of the people make a living from farming.

Plan has been working in the district since 2004, and currently supports 7,500 children and their families in 30 villages. Our programmes include early childhood care and development, water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection, disaster risk management and youth economic empowerment.

Programme highlights

Early childhood care and development

Plan is revitalising integrated village health posts and working to ensure that infants grow optimally, by training 250 health volunteers, 34 village midwives and 3 nutrition staff from sub-district health centres, as well as setting up 29 young people’s centres for reproductive health.

Plan has helped enhance the participation of children under 5 in early childhood education centres, and their parents are being trained in child-rearing skills and food preparation.

Some 40 pre-schools, 21 early-childhood centres and 37 safe grounds for under-5s have been equipped with more teaching and learning aids. In addition, 23 safe and comfortable classrooms were set up.

Water, sanitation and hygiene

At school, students are trained and encouraged to live healthily. In total, 64 students have been trained as peer trainers. At the community level, 1 village has been declared open defecation free. Plan is providing clean water through well-drilling and piping in 30 villages, managed by a water committee, so that 70% of the population can access clean water throughout the year.

Youth economic empowerment

Plan also trains more than 1,500 young people (mostly female), to get decent jobs and start their own businesses. Job market fairs were conducted to help Plan’s Youth Economic Empowerment project participants to get jobs. Plan helps families improve their income through organic farming practices and home industries such as food and furniture making, using local raw materials.

Child protection and participation

Plan has given widespread training on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and child protection law and is implementing a Learn Without Fear campaign in schools.

With Plan’s support, the district now has a free birth certificate system and the district head has decreed that the district and its villages should be child friendly. 99.1 % of Plan-sponsored children have birth certificates.

In July 2009, the district declared 30 of its villages (all Plan-assisted) child-friendly. In 2011 Plan helped establish child protection committees in 30 villages.

Disaster risk management

Plan has introduced communities and school students to disaster preparedness and 1 village now has a disaster contingency plan for potential landslides. The plan was simulated in the community. At school, disaster preparedness knowledge has been integrated into Boy Scouts’ extra-curricular activities.