28 million people live below the poverty line in Indonesia. Though one part of the country is home to tall buildings and fast cars, other parts house shanty-towns made of wood, plastic, and cardboard boxes.
On a daily basis, the poor have very little access to food, healthcare, and clean water. Nearly three million children suffer from acute or severe malnutrition, and 37% of children under 5 are stunted.
Since parents are unable to afford school fees, children often miss out on an education. Instead, children as young as seven are forced to work on the streets sorting through rubbish they can sell to pay for their next meal.
What We Do
We support 500 students across 2 schools in Indonesia. One is an orphanage that provides housing and religious education for children, while the other is an Islamic boarding school that provides children with a core Islamic education. Between them, these children receive 870 school meals every day. That's over 317,500 meals a year.
Providing this community with school meals gives parents an incentive to send their children to school. It takes children out of the slums and gets them back into classrooms. In the absence of parents, these schools become even more important.
With an education under their belt, children are more likely to become employed adults who can provide for their own families.
Both schools are free and rely entirely on donations to remain open and running.