Last Updated: 24/09/2020

Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, announced that it will reinstate wide-scale social restrictions as a second wave of infections threatens to overwhelm its health system. Indonesia has officially reported more than 8,000 deaths from COVID-19, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia.

Compassion child development centers remain closed for activities, though some have reopened for administrative purposes and preparation for the time when children will be allowed to return. Mentors and tutors are bringing food supplies to children’s homes weekly and are helping some families plant gardens at their homes. Church partners are using a variety of ways to minister to the children, including delivering handouts, broadcasting on the radio, and livestreaming lessons. Older students have helped tutors and church staff record video lessons for younger children. Since the beginning of the pandemic, staff members have distributed 657,504 food packs and 530,909 hygiene kits and provided medical support to 42,697 individuals.

A Message From Compassion Indonesia’s National Director

Hear from Handoko Ngadiman, National Director of Compassion Indonesia, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Indonesia.

Updated: 20/08/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Indonesia?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Indonesia, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Indonesia are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 657,504 food packs and 530,909 hygiene kits to children and their families!

Are Children Receiving Letters?

The majority of letters are delayed in Indonesia, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

Are Gifts Being Delivered?

Gifts continue to be distributed in Indonesia, although they are currently delayed. In some communities, staff have needed to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will be notified whether a gift has been designated as a child gift or family gift. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognizing that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

Story From the Field

After losing his job in 2018, Jonson worked sporadically as a day laborer. His income was inconsistent, and every week the family carefully counted out Jonson’s wages, hoping there would be enough to buy groceries for their family of five.

But when the COVID-19 outbreak reached Indonesia, there was no work for Jonson at all. He and his wife, Marlina, had no savings, no safety net and no way of feeding their three sons.

“I was worried about how my parents could provide food for me and my siblings,” says Dhandy, the couple’s middle child. But because Dhandy attended a Compassion center in their community, the family did not have to figure out how to survive alone. Staff from the center distributed groceries to the family, as well as vegetable seeds, so they can grow their own food and have a source of income.

“We don’t know when this pandemic will be over. It will more sustain [them] if each family is empowered to grow their own vegetables at home," said center director Junio. Marlina and Jonson have planted their seeds and expect their first harvest in the next month.

“The support from Compassion's project is beneficial,” says Dhandy, “not only for my brother and me but also for my parents too. I can see them smiling and busy in the garden, which makes me happy.”

How can I pray for Indonesia?

Join us in praying for the people of Indonesia as they enter their dry season — a prime time for forest fires that could damage air quality and thwart quarantine measures.

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