PEKKA Education and Community Development Fund: NTT and NTB, Indonesia
PEKKA is a women’s empowerment organisation based in Indonesia with a membership of over 25,00 women ‘heads of household’ (including rural widows, abandoned and divorced women) in more than 800 villages across Indonesia. PEKKA has led campaigns and 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.
In 2017, indigo foundation will launch a new partnership with the PEKKA collective in Adonara, Eastern Indonesia. This partnership will initially focus on improving literacy and access to education for ‘PEKKA women’.
This partnership grew out a three-way relationship between indigo foundation, PEKKA and the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights to support the PEKKA Education and Community Development Fund – a fund to support children and young people in communities where PEKKA works with scholarships to continue their senior high school and university education.
Under this initial arrangement, the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights provided seed-funding in 2015 to start the program in NTB for the academic year commencing in 2016.