Jakarta, the most populous urban center in Southeast Asia at 9.6 million people, is also home to 360,000 people living in slum communities. As those communities are often “squatting” on public land, many of the children in them are not registered and thus do not have access to public services such as education and healthcare. It is common for children, and youth in particular, to resort to street labor, such as begging, busking, jockeying and vending in order to help support their families.


Teman Baik (“Good Friends” in Indonesian) responds to these obstacles with a holistic street-based program aimed at ensuring children, youth and their families are able to claim their rights to well-being and self-development. Working in seven cities zones, on the streets and in communities both during the day and at night, Teman Baik protected and empowered over 3,494 marginalized young people and caregivers in 2017.


A comprehensive street outreach program, Teman Baik focuses on providing immediate support to marginalized children and families, with particular regard to increasing economic self-sufficiency. To achieve this, the program supports caregivers and youth to obtain skills and to generate stable income through micro-enterprise development and job placement. This support is linked with comprehensive social work to ensure that young children are supported to go to school.


Teman Baik implements ChildSafe Agent training and local campaigning in Jakarta, as well as the ChildSafe Travelers campaign with partners in Bali. Through collaboration with local hotlines, the program’s rapid response team provide assistance to reports of children in distress and in 2017 directly protected 514 children as a result.


In 2017:

  • 1,410  children, youth and family members were worked with
  • 393 children accessed education
  • 44 youth linked with skills and employment
  • 18 caregivers supported for micro-enterprise and employment

Annual budget in 2017:


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Contact details:

  • Gedung Pos, Ruko 1-B, Jalan Tebet Barat Dalam Raya No. 1, Kelurahan Tebet Barat, Kecamatan Tebet, Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia 12810
  • +62 21 837 84031
  • indonesia@friends-international.org