Opportunities for Vulnerable Children

The Challenge

  • In Indonesia, an estimated 1.5 million children have disabilities, yet fewer than four percent have access to any educational services.
  • Children with visual and hearing impairments, intellectual and cognitive disabilities and physical disabilities often do not receive educational opportunities.

HKI Solution

  • Opportunities for Vulnerable Children reflects Helen Keller International’s original mission when it was founded in 1915 -- to help soldiers blinded in WWI.
  • Today, Opportunities for Vulnerable Children addresses the lack of access to and quality of education for children with visual and hearing impairments, intellectual and cognitive disabilities and physical disabilities in regions of Indonesia.
  • HKI provides training and technical assistance to more than 2,000 teachers, school headmasters and families in Indonesia to build their capacity to address the specific needs of disabled children.
  • Helen Keller International’s efforts have resulted in significant increases in government funding for inclusive education on the national and provincial level.
  • HKI's Opportunities for Vulnerable Children program has led to major policy changes that have resulted in immediate and long-term improvements to student access to support services.