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Indonesia

Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 229,965,000 (2009)
National language: Bahasa Indonesia
Per capita income: US$ 2,230/year (2009)
Life expectancy: 71 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
80% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
52% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 39/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Indonesia is a long string of over 10,000 islands that is located on the Equator between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Roughly three times the size of Texas, it's the world’s largest archipelagic nation. It is also the most populous Muslim nation in the world today.

Recent natural disasters, including the tsunami in 2004 and a series of more recent earthquakes and volcanic activity, have wreaked havoc on Indonesia's population and economy — destroying homes, families and jobs.

The Indonesian economy is most famous for its export of rubber and rubber-based products, but also sells electronic goods and some agricultural products. Nearly half of the population relies on agriculture, the main crops being rice, tapioca, peanuts and rubber. The textile and footwear industries are also particularly large and important employers.

Plan's programs in Indonesia directly benefit over 55,000 sponsored children and their families in more than 400 communities, focusing on increasing children’s access to health care and education. Plan is also one of the lead organizations in responding to the recent natural disasters. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.