Why World Vision is in Indonesia

In Indonesia, 2019 brought political unrest, floods, and tribal violence—but also a new presidential cabinet featuring reform-minded youth, giving many hope for the future. E-commerce continues to bring economic growth to many islands. According to the World Bank, about 10% of the population lives below the poverty line, and tribal conflicts have displaced thousands. Over 4,000 cases of child abuse were recorded in 2019. Because Indonesia consists of thousands of isolated islands, equitable development is a logistical challenge. But thanks to the generosity of donors, on these remote islands schools are being built and renovated with new classroom resources for improved learning. And seeds planted by sponsors in the past are beginning to bloom: Roslinda, a sponsored child, is serving as a delegate at the U.N.’s forum on sustainable development in New York, while others are making short films for a campaign to end violence against children. Parents and community leaders are being trained in positive reinforcement and rights advocacy to prevent violence against children.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Indonesia

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Several communities in Indonesia are making changes to better protect children after learning about child protection strategies.
  • More than 100 children now have access to key government services after receiving their birth certificates.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • More children are growing well after healthcare workers monitored children's growth and provided treatment for malnutrition. Schools also provided meals for kids, and caregivers learned to provide healthy meals at home.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Children attended reading clubs where they could strengthen their reading and writing skills outside of the classroom.
  • Girls and boys were given more access to after school activities, including sports, to help them explore their interests and stay healthy through exercise.

Prayer Requests from Indonesia

World Vision's staff in Indonesia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • For all political parties and ethnic groups to unite against child abuse.


  • For religious tolerance, and for the people of Indonesia to open their hearts toward World Vision as a Christian organization.


  • For children to have more opportunities to speak up for their rights and have greater exposure to broader perspectives.


News from Indonesia

From the Field

2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history, was caused by a massive undersea earthquake. Nearly 230,000 people died, and millions more lost everything. World Vision raised more than $350 million and mounted the largest disaster response in its history, providing relief and rehabilitation in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, and Myanmar over 10 years.

From the Field

7 of the worst disasters in 2018

As these seven of the worst disasters in 2018 show us, children and families around the world experienced tremendous pain and suffering this past year. But there remains a glimmer of light in each of them. Hope has not been snuffed out.