Closing the gap between rich and poor in Indonesia


Save the Children partners with children, communities, local organisations and the government to transform the lives of Indonesian children and their families.

Our programs in Indonesia deliver long-term and sustainable benefits for children. We establish effective programs to address issues related to child protection, health, education, livelihoods, emergency response and disaster risk reduction.

ethiopia-factsWhy we work in Indonesia

Indonesia’s growing economy makes some people question why the country still needs help. We believe it’s vital to continue working in Indonesia to support the many children and their families who have not benefited from this economic progress. 

More than 32 million people continue to live below the poverty line and half of the population live on the poverty line. Families who live on the threshold are vulnerable to sudden changes, such as increased food prices or disasters, and can easily slip below the poverty line.

Living conditions for children in different provinces also vary greatly. For example, while two thirds of families in Bali have access to clean water, less than 10 percent of families in Papua do.

We’re helping children get a better education

While most children enrol in primary school, many drop out. Poor teaching and facilities, bullying and harsh punishments are cited as reasons many children don’t continue their education. 

We’ve been working with teachers in three Indonesian provinces to improve the quality of teaching, helping them engage children and promoting alternative forms of classroom discipline. We also improve school buildings and supply engaging school materials to help children learn.

Working together to help children in Indonesia

As a global network, Save the Children International has an emergency response team on permanent standby, and emergency supplies stored in warehouses in disaster-prone areas. Through our combined efforts, we’ve also trained teachers to make education a vital part of helping children recover in the aftermath of a disaster.

Our programs also improve the lives of children whose parents cannot take care of them. We work with the Ministry of Social Affairs to make sure children are cared for within a family setting wherever possible. When this isn’t possible, we make sure institutions follow national standards of care.