Despite of Indonesia’s remarkable economic growth in the last decade, the country still faces poverty and inequality issues. Today, there are about 84% Indonesians with monthly spending less than CAD100. Disparity between the rich and the poor is widening each year. Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country, still depends much on agriculture and aquaculture to feed its people. Agriculture provides jobs to around 42 million people in the country. Studies have shown that by increasing the skills of agricultural labourers will lead to the improvement of agricultural productivity and income. Meanwhile, in rural Indonesia, the education sector suffers from an acute shortage of resources which significantly undermines the quality of service delivery to children. There are predominantly two types of institutions providing education and care services in rural areas; a) formal education system with budgetary support by the government; b) informal education system including traditional Islamic boarding schools and Pesantren contributions and occasionally through the Social Responsibility element of the corporate sector. Despite serious resource constraints, the latter enrolls almost 15% of the Indonesian school eligible children living in peri-urban and rural settings. The most disadvantaged institutions are the ones located in ultra-resource-poor communities; even when they present the only source of some form of education and care for the poor, marginalized and also orphan children.
Islamic Relief’s Response
IRC will a) promote agriculture, aquaculture and poultry rearing as an income generating activity for 6 orphanages schools and; b) create and strengthen marketing linkages and enterprise building capacities among supported institutions in order to achieve sustainable impact.