Help us fight illiteracy and bring the joy of reading to kids in Eastern Indonesia with Taman Bacaan Pelangi

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that all kids should have access to great books.

A middle school teacher married his former student after 7 years of dating, why’d Indonesian media frame it an inspirational tale?

A middle school teacher married his former student after 7 years of dating, why’d Indonesian media frame it an inspirational tale?

Instead of asking whether it was appropriate for a middle school teacher to date his very young and impressionable student, almost every Indonesian media outlet chose to frame the...

Unmasked: Topeng monyet may be banned in Jakarta, but dangerous monkey pet trade persists

Unmasked: Topeng monyet may be banned in Jakarta, but dangerous monkey pet trade persists

No matter how cute they may look, monkeys simply aren’t suitable pets for humans and it is always an act of cruelty to keep them as such.

#UninstallGojek and the high cost of supporting LGBT rights in Indonesia

#UninstallGojek and the high cost of supporting LGBT rights in Indonesia

Lately, it feels like we’re teetering dangerously close to reliving the worst of the LGBT moral panic that swept Indonesia in 2016.

The Vape Life: Blowing shapes, chasing clouds, and riding Indonesia’s e-cigarette wave for profit

The Vape Life: Blowing shapes, chasing clouds, and riding Indonesia’s e-cigarette wave for profit

It was three years ago when Deborah Chen first realized her hobby — creating vape cloud trick videos for Instagram — had the potential to make money. At the time, she was...

Stunting is the most heartbreaking, and avoidable, crisis facing Indonesia’s children || Opinion

Stunting is the most heartbreaking, and avoidable, crisis facing Indonesia’s children || Opinion

"Every day, 14,000 children are born across Indonesia. Of those 14,000 children, more than 5,300 are likely to be stunted. In fact, every third child born in Indonesia—more than...

Losing face: What the Ratna Sarumpaet farce means for her and Prabowo Subianto’s presidential campaign

Losing face: What the Ratna Sarumpaet farce means for her and Prabowo Subianto’s presidential campaign

While Indonesians won’t vote for their next president until April’s election, it may turn out that the outcome was cemented by a political scandal involving Ratna Sarumpaet in...

‘Proud to have known you’: Heroic air traffic controller Anthonius Gunawan Agung’s colleagues remember him

‘Proud to have known you’: Heroic air traffic controller Anthonius Gunawan Agung’s colleagues remember him

Colleagues of the Palu earthquake hero Anthonius Gunawan Agung remember him with fondness.

Shackled for years, now free: Indonesia helps people with mental conditions find new lives

Shackled for years, now free: Indonesia helps people with mental conditions find new lives

Shackling people with mental health conditions has been commonplace in Indonesia for years. But there is some hope.

Donate to the victims of Indonesia’s devastating tsunami-earthquake through these trustworthy charities [UPDATED]

Donate to the victims of Indonesia’s devastating tsunami-earthquake through these trustworthy charities [UPDATED]

Here's an updated list of trustworthy organizations that are working to get aid to the estimated 2 million survivors in Sulawesi who are still in urgent need of assistance,...

Help us fight illiteracy and bring the joy of reading to kids in Eastern Indonesia with Taman Bacaan Pelangi

Help us fight illiteracy and bring the joy of reading to kids in Eastern Indonesia with Taman Bacaan Pelangi

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that all kids should have access to great books.


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