Responding to the great Tsunami that hit Indonesia in December 2004, Norma Nashed wrote an article in the local newspaper with a promise that after the media sound subsides and the relief agencies leave, her promise to the children in Indonesia was that they will not be forgotten. Immediately she started delivering on her promise by raising awareness and funds in 2004 while she was on vacation.
Restore a Child now sponsors seven orphanages in Indonesia, through partnership with YAPI (Yayasan Advent Peduli Indonesia). In Medan, North Sumatra, in Singkawang, Kalimantan, in Kawangkoan near Manado, Sulawesi, and the Kupang orphanage in Nusa Tenggara; Ambon, Jogya; Slapure in Purwodadi
The orphanage in Medan was the first to open on January 3, 2006. Restore A Child and our partner, HELP International, contributed to the completion of the home for the director and his family and together supports 270 children in seven orphanages. Since 2005, 35 students have graduated from high school and are attending university with the help of Restore a Child and YAPI. Twenty have graduated from university and are now working and want to give back to their community.
Restore a Child believes in sustainability and therefore has started funding agricultural projects as well as poultry, fishing and soap to generate income. Excess produce of corn and beans are being sold. We are focusing in 2014 on planting 800 fruit trees in the seven orphanages we support listed below:
Medan Orphanage is located in North Sumatra, currently we have 32 children. This is the first orphanage with the funding from Hope for Humanity and YAPI. But Restore a Child sponsors the children in all the following orphanages. Nashed visited this orphanage in 2013 and will be visiting again in November 2017.
Singkawang Orphanage is located in West Kalimantan. Currently, a big house is being rented to accommodate 22 children.
Kawangkoan Orphanage close to Manado, North Sulawesi. They have 64 children. Restore a Child built the May Hasso Home for 42 orphan girls in addition to the three buildings they had. We also built Restore a Child Training Center in 2016 and in 2017 it opened. 32 young people graduated in computers and sewing and it is open for young people in the community. Nashed visited this orphanage in 2013 and will be visiting again in November 2017.
Kupang Orphanage it is located in Timor. We have orphans from East and West Timor, the victims of civil war in that area. Currently we have 36 children. We built a fence around the whole land to protect trees and agriculture from the cattle. A second Restore a Child Training Center is being built in 2017. Nashed visited this orphanage in 2013 and will be visiting again in November 2017.
Jogya Orphanage is located in Central Java, currently they have 16 children.
SLAPUR Orphanage is located at Purwodadi, East Java. Currently they have 67 children. Several students received government recognition for academic achievement. The students are doing great work in agriculture also. Nashed visited this orphanage in 2013 and will be visiting again in November 2017.
Ambon Orphanage was dedicated in 2013. There will be many children who are victims of religious war. The facility can accommodate 36 children was constructed in 2014.