IHF operates an Education Center in the Indonesian city of Medan.
The IHF Medan Center has the highest number of students attending classes on a regular basis. The center offers daily English, Computer, and Math classes for students, ranging from SD1 level (first year primary school) to SMA (senior high school) level. There are also IHF Education Program (TEP) students who live in Patumbak, a small, impoverished village outside of Medan.
Medan’s Diverse Communities
Medan is the third (3rd) largest city in Indonesia. The city has diverse communities that reflect its cultural history. Many tribes call Medan home including the Bataknese, Javanese, Melayunese, Chinese, Indian, Acehnese, and Padangnese. No other city in Indonesia has the unique cultural diversity that Medan offers.
Many of our students are raised in single-parent families, either by single mothers (whose husbands are deceased and) who work as housemaids, or by pedi-cab drivers and other laborers who make below-living wages.
With this type of family structure it is difficult for people to offer their family financial security, especially when their entire income is solely dependent on whether they are able to find customers each day. Some of the students who attend our IHF Medan Center have no other option but to live with their grandparents after their parents abandon them.
At IHF Medan Center our goal is to help the children from these impoverished families be the next great leaders by encouraging their academic and social development. Our volunteers work hard to empower the children by giving them knowledge and confidence. We want to help raise them up to be adults who will be competitive applicants for successful positions within society, allowing them to break the poverty cycle once and for all.