Simokerto Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Parents learned how to open savings accounts and set aside money for their children's health and education needs through our partnership with a local credit union. We helped seven youth obtain apprenticeships, empowering them to learn a trade and earn a decent living. To reduce malnutrition, we supported nutrition clinics with training and equipment and facilitated the placement of interns from a local university that is partnering with us to launch innovative nutrition programs. Four community meetings were held with health clinics to encourage the clinics to better coordinate healthcare services and improve access to quality care. 415 children participated in child rights activities promoting good character and moral values. The activities also sought to boost children's confidence and leadership abilities. We organized community meetings to raise awareness of the local government's child-friendly city initiative and worked with leaders from six communities to develop strategies for implementing it. The child-friendly city initiative seeks to make the community a safer place where children are respected, protected, and participating.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Protection|Disability|Advocacy|


  • Indonesia>East Java


  • Health
  • Protection

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