Higher education for youth in Indonesia

Funding required: $51,000

This project will help: 21 Compassion-registered students in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Estimated completion date: September 2022

It was always dark in Maria’s* house. Raised in the slums of Yogyakarta, Maria’s family of four lives in a makeshift, one-room dwelling with no windows and no indoor plumbing or drainage. Maria and her family regularly carried their waste down to the river, as they had nowhere else to put it. Small portions of rice were often all they had to eat. She still remembers that hunger.

Maria’s life changed entirely when she enrolled in Compassion’s assistance program at age nine. She and her family learned about hygiene, received food assistance and Maria learned that she is valued and loved. A bright and dedicated student, she excelled in her studies and began to dream of becoming a nursery school teacher.

Education is a critical factor in helping families break free from poverty. However, higher education in Indonesia is very expensive. Students cannot rely on their families to support these costs, as most adults are day labourers who earn barely enough to live on. If Maria is unable to pursue higher education, she will have to find work to help support her family, but without any skills she will struggle to get decent work.

You can help promising students like Maria develop the skills they need to pursue their dreams and break the cycle of poverty. Youth who receive opportunities for post-secondary education will also continue to receive spiritual development at their Compassion centre. This is an important aspect of Compassion’s holistic program, which seeks to nurture Christian leadership. Youth participate weekly in our holistic development curriculum, facilitated by caring Christian community members. They study the Bible, develop Christ-like character, learn leadership skills, serve their communities in love and participate in Christian worship and prayer. Thus, youth are discipled to become Christian leaders who will influence their communities for Christ.

*Maria’s story is a composite, typical of a student in Yogyakarta.

Give the gift of education and help promising students reach their potential.

Higher education

Help students in Indonesia pursue their dreams and secure their futures.

Summary: Your gift of higher education will help 21 bright and dedicated young people in Indonesia pursue their dreams and secure future employment. This will allow them to be self-supporting and break the cycle of poverty.

  • Child development centres impacted: IO-739, IO-775 and IO-774
  • The problem: Compassion-assisted students wishing to pursue further education face the barrier of high costs. Education can help families break free of poverty, but it is very expensive. Most of the students’ parents are day labourers who struggle to sustain daily living and cannot support their children’s education expenses. If unable to pursue higher education, children will have to find unskilled, low-paid work to support their families, continuing the cycle of poverty.
  • What is provided through this gift:  
    • Post-secondary education tuition fees for 21 registered Compassion students in the programs of their choice:
      • Chemistry, Accounting, Counselling, Engineering, Mathematics, Business Management, Medical School, Public Administration, Tourism, Pharmacy, Sociology, Information Technology, Finance, and Food and Beverage Services
    • Support and encouragement from Compassion centre staff


  • Local contribution: US$36,518.11
  • Monitoring: The partnership facilitator will supervise and evaluate the program and will prepare interim and completion reports. Each Compassion centre director will oversee the program implementation. Students will be monitored for scholastic excellence, as well as for conduct and attitude. They will also use their skills to volunteer at their Compassion centres and motivate other children.
  • Handling of funds: Centre directors will be responsible for handling funds and will ensure appropriate payments are made to post-secondary institutions on time.
  • Follow-up: The partnership facilitator and centre directors will work in tandem to ensure the success of the program. It is hoped that at least 50 per cent of the students will find gainful employment after completing their education.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.