Indonesia: Using Natural Resources Responsibly

The Indonesian Protestant Church in Donggala (GPID) teaches adolescents ecological awareness and the knowledge to adapt agricultural methods to harmonise with God's creation.

A number of indigenous groups live in the remote mountainous region of the island of Sulawesi and some of them belong to the Indonesian Protestant Church in Donggala (GPID). Climate change is increasingly challenging their traditional way of life. Many people find it difficult to adapt to changing conditions. For example, even the traditional rather extensive use of forests is now gradually causing serious environmental problems such as soil erosion and flooding. There is often a lack of ecological awareness and knowledge about sustainable agriculture in harmony with nature. This is where GPID's project work comes in. 

Protecting livelihoods  

Adolescents are taught about the negative effects of illegal deforestation through lectures, seminars and practical training that focuses on alternative methods of cultivating food crops and the benefits of organic fertilisation. The Synod Assembly plans individual activities to be carried out jointly by pastors, environmental activists and other facilitators. The aim is to awaken and strengthen an understanding of the natural environment as God's creation.


255 million inhabitants with a youth unemployment rate of 20%

Taking responsibility for building the future  

The GPID's programme for empowering adolescents in indigenous communities intends to awaken an awareness for taking responsibility in creating their own future. Young women in particular are to be encouraged to take a more active role in planning their future. The aim is to create awareness of how to approach marriage, family and earning a living with knowledge, responsibility and planning - and also the realisation that such a better life should not negligently exploit the environment where all this is to take place.

Project goals

The Indonesian Protestant Church in Donggala assists the adolescents of indigenous population groups to develop a new awareness for a healthy environment and learn to better understand ecological relationships. The aim is to stop deforestation, which is often illegal, and to create the basis for sustainable agriculture, thus improving the economic situation. The Gospel is used to convey understanding and love for the natural environment as God's creation. In addition, young adults are encouraged to lead a responsible life based on Christian values.



Project Work

The first targets for the project are communities where no activities have taken place so far. A team is working on various activities such as lectures, discussions and the exchange of practical experiences on site. They intend to convey an understanding and love for the natural environment as God's creation. Practical methods are demonstrated to show the negative effects of illegal deforestation and provide alternatives for adapting agricultural methods. This also includes the use of organic fertilisers.  

Project Partner

The Indonesian Protestant Church in Donggala (GPID) is a young church. It was founded in 1965 to unite Christians from different ethnic groups. The GPID attempts to raise the level of education in the region and deepen Christian awareness through schooling and further training courses. Another area of its work is the care and education of orphans. The GPID currently has about 32,000 members in 170 congregations. 



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Djoko P. A. Wibowo

Liaison Secretary Indonesia

+49 711 636 78 -36

Angelika Jung

Head of Unit Fundraising

+49 711 636 78 -63

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