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Ministry Highlight: East Indonesia
Posted By Web Team On October 7, 2011 @ 1:11 am In Country Staff | 7 Comments
We began our ministry in East Indonesia in 2005 with the Child Sponsorship Program, and in 2006 we started the Child Survival Program.
Georry Nefiantuty Suardi (Tuty) joined the ministry in East Indonesia as country director in 2005. Before this, Tuty served as program manager in the Bandung office.
Prior to joining Compassion, Tuty served as a program manager and trainer for the Indonesian Christian Church Training Center, and as a consultant in human resource development for the Fidicia Consulting Group.
Tuty is the founder of the Youth Empowerment Station in Jakarta and the Youth Leadership Movement in Manado.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Christian University of Duta Wacana, a master’s in development management from the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines, and a master’s in holistic child development from the Malaysian Baptist Theological Seminary in Penang, Malaysia.
Implementing Church Partners
Implementing Church Partners are local churches in East Indonesia with whom we work to deliver child development programs and ministry in the field.
The “field-based partnership facilitator” approach has been helpful in minimizing cultural barriers, because the partnership facilitator is able to focus on the cultural issues and deal with each partner strategically.
Another challenge we face is that denominations are fairly divided. When we open a new child development center in a new area, neighboring churches belonging to different denominations are often suspicious of our program and partnership. But in time, denominations are usually able to build solid relationships with each other.
Child Survival Program
Another region of the country teaches a certain type of flower making while another offers cake, bread and pastry making. Generally these skills are taught once or twice a month. If Complimentary Intervention funds are used for income-generating activities, then these classes are usually taught once a week.
Pregnant mothers also receive prenatal care, and children and mothers receive immunizations. If medication is needed, there is often a charge, but it is nominal.
In remote villages, the nearby community health center sends staff members to perform checkups, and they pay specific attention to mothers and children. Every six months we typically pay for routine medical checkups done at the development center by either a general practitioner or a pediatrician. We also pay for ultrasounds for pregnant women.
If a program participant is ill and has unusually high medical expenses, we will pay the majority of those expenses. Hygiene items such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo are also provided.
Some development centers also provide food to the mothers during home visits. We teach mothers how to cook nutritious food for their families using simple, inexpensive ingredients.
During home visits, we sometimes cook together with the moms, ensuring they fully understand how to prepare the food correctly and cleanly.
Children are also encouraged to learn to play appropriately in groups. The purpose of all these activities is to develop their social skills and their self-esteem, so they will not be overwhelmed when they enter the Child Sponsorship Program.
Mothers in the Child Survival Program need to master at least one income-generating skill, and have the necessary skills to parent their children properly and manage their families well. Also, we hope that the mothers have developed a faith in Christ.
We would also like to expand into Kalimantan (the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo), because there are many pregnant mothers and children under five. In this region, mothers adhere to the traditional way of delivering babies which is extremely high-risk.
Child Development Through Sponsorship
Your sponsorship of a child in East Indonesia provides a variety of benefits.
Children are very busy with school during the weekdays, so we conduct our activities in the afternoons after school.
If a child has not been given a vaccination prior to registration, the child will go to the local health clinic or to the hospital for the needed vaccination, and the Implementing Church Partner will cover the cost if needed.
These activities are offered according to the teachers’ availability and the interest level of the children.
Because of this, we offer income-generating skills such as farming and English.
Our core Child Sponsorship Program, while comprehensive, does not address all obstacles to a child’s healthy development. The Complementary Interventions program was created to work with our holistic child development model to provide additional services, such as our AIDS Initiative, funds for Bibles, disaster relief and water projects.
Typical Complementary Interventions
Complimentary Interventions funds are used for curriculum, prevention and treatment of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, water projects, and non-formal education.
Highly Vulnerable Children
In East Indonesia, most of our highly vulnerable children suffer from severe child abuse or parental neglect. In order to address these needs, we work closely with the Implementing Church Partners to reinforce the importance of child protection.
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