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Bridge of Hope, Indonesia

Empowering local people with microenterprise and transforming children through education rather than scavenging rubbish for a living.


Indonesia BOH Medium

Bridge of Hope (BOH) is a Christian development organisation that works with families trapped in poverty in the Manado region of North Sulawesi, East Indonesia. By assisting family businesses and facilitating community support programs, BOH seeks to empower communities to build a better future. BOH was established in response to the command of Jesus to love the poor and oppressed, regardless of religion or race. BOH seeks to be a practical expression of God's love and concern for the needs of all people.

BOH’s Micro-enterprise Development (MED) was chosen as a vehicle to help these displaced people to help themselves. It provides loans, financial services, training and technical assistance to develop micro-enterprises. In addition, BOH runs a learning resources centre at the Sumompo rubbish tip. Many children have left school to help their families sift through the garbage for anything of value. The learning centre encourages the children to return to school.

This video describes how Bridge of Hope is transforming people's live.

Transforming lives in Indonesia


Australia's neighbour is home to 222 million people scattered through an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands. Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous nation and the world's largest Islamic although secular state. With Indonesia being our nearest neighbour we are compelled to work together to build bridges of trust and relationships. Our Christian ministry partners in Indonesia encourage us with their faithfulness.

Our ministry partners are involved in a broad spectrum of activities including tertiary education, health care and Micro-Enterprise Development (MED). Supporting national Christian workers and students in Indonesia through our Partnership Alliance is also an on-going opportunity.


Indo STT Indo Community
Australia UNDP 2015 Human
Development Index
2nd of 188 Global Rank 110th of 188
82.4 years Life Expectancy at Birth 68.9 years
13 years Average Years of Schooling 7.6 years
Population earning below
$1.25 / day (PPP)
$42,831 Gross Domestic Product
per capita (2011 PPP USD)