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Ministry Highlight: Indonesia
Posted By Web Team On October 21, 2011 @ 1:03 am In Country Staff | 12 Comments
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.
Our Implementing Church Partners don’t usually face any opposition. But in some highly concentrated Muslim areas, churches have difficulty gaining legal status.
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.
Child Survival Program
Classes are held every week, or in some programs, quarterly.
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.
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.
Typical Indonesian foods that are rich with protein, such as “tempe” and tofu, are widely provided for the children.
For community service, children participate in art ministry, music ministry and vocal performances in Sunday services.
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.
Leadership Development Program
The Leadership Development Program students give their testimonies to challenge the younger children to have dreams and plans for their own future.
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.
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