Indonesia boasts a tropical climate rich in biodiversity and abundant natural resources. Yet, there is widespread poverty throughout the estimated population of 252 million people. Leaders recognized that many poor families could not afford to provide for their children's basic needs or with basic education. Paganism, polygamy and a low view of women and children are all contributing factors. In order to reach out to these children, Word & Deed is partnering with Children of Light.

Children of Light: The Children of Light (COL) project was founded in 1998 by community and church leaders in West Timor, Indonesia. These leaders recognized that many poor families could not afford to provide their children with basic education of any kind and, in response, founded the Children of Light project which now provides Indonesian children from Christian families with access to Christian education (students supported range from kindergarten to university). Grades Kindergarten through Grade 12 are offered through COL established Reformed schools. Today, there are 1,500 students attending the schools. Just over 300 of these students are supported by the Sponsorship Program, but the school fees of the students who aren't in the sponsorship program are paid by their parents.


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