Child protection - Psycho-social support
Active in Indonesia since 2009, when the country was badly hit by the earthquake, Terre des hommes (Tdh) has lead activities of child protection and psychosocial support. In 2010, more than 3,404 people benefited from the project implemented
Terre des hommes started to intervene in Indonesia following the earthquake that shook the Sumatra Islands on September 30 2009, in collaboration with Terre des Hommes Holland, in place for many years in the region. Hundred of thousands of people were affected, especially children. After a first emergency intervention, Terre des hommes has reoriented its project on a longer-term approach.
Pretty little Indah, proud to go to school and help her grandmother.
Indah is five years old and lives with her grandmother in a village in the Padang Pariaman district, which was badly hit by the earthquake in September 2009. Indah, "Beautiful" in Bahasa (the Indonesian official language) is a pretty little girl. She was quickly able to attend the children's centre run by Terre des hommes Lausanne together with Terre des hommes Holland. Every day at 8 am, she arrives at the centre, beaming, often shoeless but clutching a plastic bag with her books, pen and lunch. And she threatens her grandmother with tears if she does not come with her often enough to view all her latest work, and her friends, and everything she has learnt.
In this centre, Indah can play in peace with other children from the region. The youth workers are starting to teach them reading and writing, giving the centre an infant school side, up to now non-existent in the whole area. Like this, Indah will be prepared for primary school when she is seven, and her grandmother is helped with the school enrolment for the little girl. The youth workers are also helping this lady so she can cope with this expense, which oblige her to work in the fields, despite her advanced age.
The whole family and the community attend as well, for instance, meetings on child protection. Indah is equally happy at such moments, as she can then help her grandmother: she shows her how to wash her hands and brush her teeth correctly, and even tells her about the healthy and varied food she should eat to grow up well, although her diet is so far composed entirely of eggplants.
COORDINATOR: Michela Miele - INTERVENTION AREAS: Padang - PARTNER ORGANISATIONS: Terre des Hommes Netherlands, Bina Vitalis - 2010-2011 BUDGET: CHF 813,797.-