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Project information

Pasar Minggu - deprived area of urban Jakarta, Ind

Alleviating proverty by working with local community to improve nutrition, health, hygiene; skills training (sewing) microcredit, preschool education to give disadvantaged children a head-start. We undertake Training of Trainers in health and education

1 year plus follow-up

Charity information: The Foundation for Mother and Child Health

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  • Need


    Problems caused by poverty. Illness and stunted development due to malnutrition and a lack of knowledge amongst parents. Lack of income amongst women - need skills and microcredit.


    By training existing community health workers, we find that communities' health improves, aand children begin to thrive. Each project is tailor-made - in W Timor we have also initiated communal vegetable gardening, fish and chiken farming to improve diet. In Sumatra we have funded rebuilding of pre-school, trained CHWs from 15 villages. See our Facebook page for photos. Separate project in slums of Mumbai making a huge difference; also sewing training amongst refugees at UNHCR in Baku Azerbaijan

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Alleviate effects of poverty in this urban community - malnutrition and lack of knowledge.


    » Training of Trainers - improve calibre of local Community Health Workers
    » Assess children - weigh and measure - intensive feeding for those below 5th percentile, as WHO recommends
    » Provide health, hygiene and nutrition education classes for parents

    What success will look like

    Success will be showing that children are no longer malnourished; their height and weight will be within normal limits. Parents will show improved knowledge of healthy practices.

    Aim 2

    Give disadvantaged children a head-start in education


    » Training of trainers - train preschool teachers at our existing preschool.
    » Provide quality pre-school education for under-5s in this poor community.
    » Provide sponsorship for school expenses - books, uniform, to enable these children to complete primary education

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing that children who have benefitted from our interventions achieve better at school that would have been expected, and value opportunities afforded to them.

    Aim 3

    Improve women’s ability to generate income


    » Provide skills training - sewing - using previous trainees and volunteers to teach women to sew
    » Provide help with designing saleable products - and a market
    » Make microcredit available for purchase of sewing machine to start business and earn money

    What success will look like

    Success will be a number of women who have acquired the skills to generate income and improve their families' life. They will have been able to repay their sewing machine loans.

    Aim 4

    Improve environment


    » Encourage community to decide its needs and priorities. Use free local labour.
    » See W Timor digging of well, fish and chicken farming, vegetable gardening
    » See Sumatra rebuilding community centre after earthquake for pre-school & health centre

    What success will look like

    Success will be a community confident and experienced in deciding for itself what changes it needs to make, and able to bring them to fruition, using voluntary labour and teamwork.

  • Impact


    The target community will have been helped to lift itself out of extreme poverty; children will be healthy, well-nourished, thriving at school and will reach their potential. We have a proven track record with previous projects which demonstrate the success of our interventions, in urban and rural Indonesia, in the slums of Mumbai and amongst the refugees at UNHCR in Azerbaijan.


    We have 10 years of experience in dealing with various unexpected scenarios and are confident that we can adapt to cope with most situations which might arise. Indeed, natural disasters - the 2004 Tsunami and 2009 earthquake - have led to new projects for us.


    Through project updates on our website and Facebook page, through newsletters and by email. Annual Report and Accounts from FMCH will be available.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Salaries Employ 3 trainers and 1 organiser for 1 year
      £2,000 Food Intensive feeding for 50 children for 1 year
      £5,000 Rent Rent premises for various activities
      £3,000 Preschool teacher training and equipment
  • Background


    Pasar Minggu is a poor area of South Jakarta, Indonesia. Local doctors have heard of our success in neighbouring Cipete, and have asked us to start a new project.


    Low-income families - especially children under 5, through intensive feeding programme and pre-school education (a head start) - parents benefit from improved knowledge and income potential - skills / microcredit. Whole community benefits from encouragement and help to improve environment. Well-nourished children can achieve their potential at school and beyond.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working in the area since 2000; our staff are local, speak the language, know the people, work with existing infrastructure and healthcare workers to improve their calibre. Our admin costs are very low - nearly all money donated goes straight to benefit these poor communities. Almost no UK admin costs - trustees volunteer, no offfice rental costs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    General manager overseeing all our projects. Currently in Washington-invited to address conference re our Develpoment projects. Our original employee

    Community Health Worker

    Re-trained by FMCH to deliver health hygiene and nutrition education to low-income families, dramatically improving children's and parents' prospects.