SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children grow up with the care, protection and relationships they need to become their strongest selves (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia).

Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, consisting of over 17,000 islands. With a population of 270 million, it is the fourth most populous country in the world. Indonesia is home to 1,300 distinct ethnic groups. One third of the population lives on the biggest island, Java. Although Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia, inequality grows between rural and urban populations, and between the different islands, divided in provinces. The country is also a high risk area for natural disasters.

SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Indonesia since 1972.

Children are at risk

With more than 80 million children, Indonesia has the fourth largest child population in the world. Despite Indonesia's rapid economic growth, the country is struggling with various problems that affect children the most. About 12% of all children in Indonesia live in poverty. In addition, children in Indonesia are victims of widespread human trafficking and violence. Geographically, Indonesia is also one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, and children are the most affected by these disasters
Children are victim of sex trafficking

Child trafficking

Child trafficking, forced labour and exploitation have been a problem in Indonesia for decades. The country is not only a country of origin, but also a destination and transit country. Children are trafficked for mining, domestic and sexual exploitation. Exact figures cannot be given as these crimes often take place behind closed doors. However, it is estimated that about 80,000 children are victims of sex trafficking in Indonesia. Children who have grown up without parental care have a higher risk of becoming victims of traffickers.

Children were affected by the last natural disaster

Natural disasters

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Not only earthquakes, but also floods, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions are a danger to the people living on the many different islands. Disasters can lead to children growing up without parental care or a home. In the 2018 earthquake, 665,000 children were affected – which is one third of all people affected. These children have to fend for themselves or often take care of their siblings, making it difficult for them to escape the vicious cycle of poverty.

Of children experience violence


62% of Indonesian children experience violence in their lives. In fact, three out of five girls and one out of two boys experience emotional violence. Children are not only affected by violence at home, but also at school, where teachers use violent forms of physical and emotional punishment. One of the causes of this violence is sometimes attributed to the social acceptance of violence in education.

Together we can make a difference for children in Indonesia

Adults and children
Are supported in the community
Learn at our kindergartens and schools
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
In the aftermath of the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004, SOS Children’s Villages provided care for the affected children. Mistahul, a young woman who lost her mother in the tsunami, lives at the SOS Children’s Village and dreams of becoming a teacher, to give back to the community. “I want to teach children who live in isolated areas. So that they have more knowledge of the world” (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia).

Let’s keep on protecting children and young people!

Many children have been able to find a safe and secure home. With your help, we can continue to change their lives