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Rembang Programme Unit

Area: 1,010 sq. km  
Population: 585,749 
Targeted areas: 14 sub-districts, 394 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. The estimated annual income in Rembang is Rp 6,000,000 (US$600) per person.

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

Programme highlights


Plan is revitalising integrated village health posts and has trained 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.

At school, students are trained and encouraged to live healthily; 64 of them are now 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.


In partnership with schools and school committees, Plan has set up 38 safe and comfortable classrooms, complete with child-friendly furniture, and is promoting the “joyful learning” system of teaching. Joyful learning is a method where students can learn lessons in a fun situation, with their teacher encouraging participation in problem solving in a fully decorated classroom and less-formal sitting arrangement.

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. Also, 23 safe and comfortable classrooms  have been set up.

Plan also organises education for illiterate people, mostly women.

Sustainable livelihoods

Plan is helping 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 reduction

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.