Compassion began its ministry in Indonesia in 1968 with the Child Sponsorship Program. Between 1984 and 1985, because of financial integrity issues we terminated our largest partnership which resulted in the closure of most of our child development centers in the country. But in 1988, the Child Sponsorship Program was expanded once again.
We started the Leadership Development Program there in 2005 and the Child Survival Program in 2009.
Handoko Ngadiman became the Indonesian Country Director in 2010 and comes to our ministry with more than 10 years of leadership experience.
Handoko has served in high-level roles, including as the Vice Executive Director of the Institute for Community and Development Studies in Jakarta, and as the National Director of Habitat for Humanity Indonesia.
At present, Handoko is also Chief Operating Officer of the nonprofit arm of Abbalove Ministries, a position he’s held since October 2008.
In addition to his professional background, Handoko holds two master’s degrees. He has a Master of Arts degree in Mission and Development Practices from the Oxford Center for Mission Studies and Wales University in the United Kingdom.
He also has a master’s in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, the Philippines.
Implementing Church Partners
Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Indonesia with whom we work to deliver child development programs and ministry in the field.
- Spiritual Climate
Indonesia is primarily Muslim, with 86 percent of the population being Muslim and just a little more than 5 percent being Protestant, although many believe the number of Christians is actually much higher and they are gaining in influence.
Our Implementing Church Partners don’t usually face any opposition. But in some highly concentrated Muslim areas, churches have difficulty gaining legal status.
- Unique Challenges
Because Indonesia is primarily Muslim, it affects how we approach ministry and minister to the children. We have to be sensitive about how we teach Christianity to children from different religious backgrounds.
In some areas, such as Timor, Sumba, and Nias, we face poor infrastructure, compared with Java Island. This creates challenges in how to minister in the area, including having fast communication.
Implementing Church Partners provide rooms for child development center activities, human resources, and support from the congregation.
- Partner Development Activities
We provide training for pastors and child development center workers.
Child Survival Program
- Caregiver Literacy
Typically classes are held once a week. Caregivers engage in group discussion, presentations and seminars.
- Income-Generating Skills
Skills taught are baking, cooking, knitting, handicrafts, breeding and farming.
Classes are held every week, or in some programs, quarterly.
- Health Care
We encourage mothers to receive prenatal care and immunizations at local clinics. The Child Survival Program reimburses them for these costs, including delivery.
- Nutritional Support
Through the Child Survival Program we teach caregivers about balanced diets. We also give mothers additional nutritional groceries every time the implementers visit their homes.
- Involvement of Fathers
There are parents’ meetings for fathers to attend, as well as a Child Survival Program parents’ community.
To encourage involvement of fathers, we ask the mothers to write a letter to their husband about what they have learned in the Child Survival Program.
- Transitioning Out of the Child Survival Program
To determine whether or not children are ready to transition into Child Sponsorship Program, our staff assess whether or not families have met the desired outcomes of the program.
- Areas of Expansion for the Child Survival Program
We would like to expand into west and eastern Indonesia because the needs are great there. Maternal and infant mortality rates are high, as are rates of malnutrition.
Child Sponsorship Program
Your sponsorship of a child in Indonesia provides a variety of benefits.
School children are busy with school during the week days. Each child development center arranges their schedule according to when children go to school. Typically they meet in the afternoons after school.
- Meeting Times
- 3 to 5 year olds: 6 to 8 hours per week
- 6 to 8 year olds: 6 hours per week
- 9 to 11 year olds: 4 to 6 hours per week
- 12 to 14 year olds: 4 to 6 hours per week
- 15 to 18 year olds: 4 hours per week
- 19 +: 2 to 4 hours per week
Children are given meals once to twice a week. Meals might consist of rice, meat, vegetables and fruit. The children also get a snack at least once a week. A snack might be cake, bread, a donut and milk.
Typical Indonesian foods that are rich with protein, such as “tempe” and tofu, are widely provided for the children.
The child development center arranges for groups of children to go to the nearest community clinic for basic medical checkups, dental checkups and vaccinations. Some child development centers are visited by a medical doctor every six months.
Children participate in a sports activity at least twice a month and they attend a spiritual camp at least once a year. Cultural activities, such as traditional dance, painting, singing and music, are held at least twice a month, especially for children more than 12 years old.
For community service, children participate in art ministry, music ministry and vocal performances in Sunday services.
We offer relevant activities, such as computer training and English courses, and practical skills training, such as automotive repair and sewing.
Formal schooling provides activities like this, but on a limited basis. These skills are useful to prepare children for work when they are older, so we make sure they have more time to learn them.
Parent meetings are held monthly or bi-monthly. These meetings focus on sharing practical parenting advice, trainings and workshops.
We hope to continue to expand in Sumatra and plan to expand in areas where Christians are concentrated, where we have potential church partners. These areas are also known for having a high concentration of poverty, drunkenness, child neglect and crime.
Leadership Development Program
- Universities Attended
Leadership Development Program students attend government universities.
- Location of Universities
Most the universities are located in the capital city or in other large cities, spread throughout West, Central and east Java, as well as Bali.
- Working Students
Most students do not work while in the university.
- Service Opportunities
Students engage in Leadership Development Program campaigns to help Implementing Church Partners motivate children to focus on their education.
The Leadership Development Program students give their testimonies to challenge the younger children to have dreams and plans for their own future.
- Leadership Development Program Meetings
Leadership Development Program students meet all together twice a year, in January for a New Year’s camp and in August for a summer camp.
- Specialty Curriculum Topics or Resources
Leadership Development Program curriculum topics include time management, study skills, effective communication and public speaking, conflict management and reconciliation, as well as interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence skills.
We connect our Leadership Development Program students with the Navigators student fellowship in the university to find mentors. We also facilitate the students to have one-on-one mentoring with our staff.
- Career Placement Assistance
We do not offer any formal career placement assistance, but we share information about job openings and opportunities in the marketplace.
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, Bibles for all children, disaster relief  and water projects.
Complementary Interventions in Indonesia include nonformal education and provision for major medical and health needs.