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 city zones in Jakarta, on the streets and in communities both during the day and at night, and bringing child protection training and messages to other areas in Indonesia, the work of Teman Baik positively impacted over 40,000 marginalized young people and caregivers in 2019.


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. Campaign materials reached over 1 million persons in these areas in 2019. Through collaboration with local hotlines, the program’s rapid response team provide assistance to reports of children in distress and in 2019 directly protected over 1,000 children as a result.


In 2019:

  • Over 2,000 children, youth and family members were worked with directly
  • Over 400 children accessed education
  • 232 youth linked with skills and employment
  • 481 family members supported with employment training and placement

Annual budget in 2017:


Number of staff:


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