affiliated partner – Indonesia NTT and NTB: PEKKA

PEKKA Education and Community Development Fund: NTT and NTB, Indonesia

Project Established: 2015

indigo foundation is excited to partner with Indonesian organisation PEKKA and the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights to support the PEKKA Education and Community Development Fund.

PEKKA was established in 2001 and supports women heads of household in 20 provinces through programs aimed at education, health, access to justice, livelihood and women’s leadership in the community.

PEKKA members are amongst the poorest of the poor with almost half (49%) of PEKKA households represented in the poorest 20% of Indonesian society with an income close to the Indonesian poverty line of Rp 270,000 (AUD27) per person per month. With this income, it is almost impossible for PEKKA heads of household to support their children to continue to senior high school and university.

The PEKKA Education and Community Development Fund aims to establish and develop a sustainable fund to support children in communities where PEKKA works with scholarships to continue their senior high school and university education.

The World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights  has partnered with indigo foundation and PEKKA to provide seed funding to start the project in NTB for the academic year commencing in 2015.

Working with PEKKA Education Committees the scholarship fund will initially start in NTT and NTB in Indonesia. These provinces have high illiteracy rates, are geographically remote but benefit from strong PEKKA community organisations and capable leadership.

For more information on PEKKA’s work in Indonesia, see their website and this article by PEKKA National Coordinator Ibu Nani.

To donate to this important project, please go to indigo foundation’s secure donations page through givenow and in the comment section please indicate that you would like your donation to go to PEKKA.

background

Pemberdayaan Perempuan Kepala Keluarga or PEKKA is an Indonesian civil society organisation that supports women heads of household in 20 provinces through programs aimed at education, health, access to justice, livelihood, microfinance and women’s leadership in the community. PEKKA was established in 2001 and has a national secretariat based in Jakarta with over 80 staff and over 1350 PEKKA groups at village level.

The PEKKA Education and Community Development Foundation would complement the other areas of PEKKA’s work:

  • Education: PEKKA runs adult literacy programmes that support the parents as well as early childhood education programmes.
  • Womens’ Leadership: PEKKA Education Scholarships will support young women who aspire to hold leadership positions in their community.
  • PEKKA Centres: In NTB and NTT there are 6 PEKKA centres where PEKKA has bought the land and built the centre as a place where women can come and participate in all of PEKKA’s programmes. The PEKKA Education Scholarships would enable the scholarship recipients to assist other children with their studies one night a week at the PEKKA centre.
  • Access to justice: Over the last five years, PEKKA paralegals have supported more than 65,000 children to receive birth certificates. A birth certificate is a formal requirement for registration at school, sitting the national examination and for entry into university.
  • Strategies to overcome child marriage: Across Indonesia, 19 out of every 100 girls living in poor households are married at 17 years of age or younger. 18 of these 19 girls do not have a birth certificate. Almost none (1/1000) of these girls will complete 12 years of education. PEKKA Education Scholarships aim to provide girls and boys from poor households with the opportunity to complete 12 years of education and progress to tertiary education if possible.
  • Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods: PEKKA programmes build independence and skills that increase women’s income and their ability to support their children in obtaining secondary and tertiary education.

PEKKA achievements

One of the requirements for school, and particularly university, enrolment is a birth certificate for the child. The PEKKA organisation has provided training to hundreds of its members across Indonesia on working as paralegals to provide legal information and assistance. Over the last three years, PEKKA paralegal members have assisted over 100,000 children, women and men to obtain legal identity documents.