Dear supporters and sponsors of Java Village. The year 2023 is well underway and so far it seems to be a good year for the village, although it didn't start well at all when a second earthquake hit the village in January. Most damage was able to be repaired and fortunately there where no serious casualities. As you can read further on in this Newsletter the projects are going well.

Annual Report 2022: we're an optimistic team

Our Annual Report 2022 can be found on our website, and there is a link below. The report gives a good account of our activities over the last year with a particular highlight being the saving groups, which we have been helping since they were founded between 2012 and 2015, and are now self-supporting. We are very proud of this, not least because it is the first Java Village project that has become able to proceed on its own.

2022 wasn't an easy year for the village. It started when most of the Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This was especially hard for the school-going youngsters as schools were only partially open and lessons were given on-line. The Learning Centre proved to be very useful, as it gave pupils help with their on-line lessons, with the result that they felt they were not entirely on their own. We would like to conclude that we’re an optimistic team full of good spirit, here in the Netherlands as well as in Indonesia. But of course we realise we could never keep up the good work without your ongoing support!

Please click here. for the full text of our Annual Report

Pasar Leiden on 26 August

Pasar Leiden (the Indonesian food and cultural market) will take place for the second time on Saturday 26 August, featuring many food stalls selling lovely Indonesian delicacies. Java Village also plans to be at the Pasar Leiden, which will be at the Lammermarkt in the centre of Leiden. Click here for more information on Pasar Leiden 2023

Students supported by Java Village

The current school year is nearly finished and we are pleased that we can write that all our students sponsored by the Sponsor a Student programme and the Maria Peters Scholarship are doing well and are most likely to pass their final exams or move up to the next class. We're very proud of them.
See how you can support our Sponsor a Student or Maria Peters Scholarship projects below.

Maria Peters Scholarship

This school year the first three students sponsored by this special fund could go to a senior high school to continue their school career. In the coming school year Hani, Hasya and Raisha will be joined by two or three new students. The Maria Peters Scholarship wants to give motivated students the chance to enter senior high school after completing junior high school.

The Maria Peters Scholarship was founded in memory of Maria Peters, one of the first supporters of Java Village, who sadly passed away in 2016. In honour of her, her family took the initiative, together with Java Village, to establish this special grant for excellent students.

How to support the Maria Peters Scholarship

If you would like to support the Maria Peters Scholarship, please go to support on our website.The costs for senior high school or vocational school are higher than those for junior high school, because the government asks a school fee for the second phase of secondary schooling. This means that the total costs for three years are €1650 (€550 per year per pupil), compared to €450 for three years of junior high school (€150 per year; there is no school fee for SMP, junior high school). Java Village has been supporting junior high school students for the last fifteen years through its Sponsor a Student (SaS) programme (see below). Understandably, senior high school is an even more heavy financial burden, and support for these students is highly appreciated.

Become a SaS Sponsor!

Please do not forget our Sponsor a Student project. This ongoing project supports young pupils so that they can continue their education after primary school. The village doesn't have a secondary school and many families can't afford the cost of going to a school outside the village. The Sponsor a Student project helps these families. Since the beginning of the project in 2008 Java Village has already helped 140 pupils to go to a junior high school. You can support a student by donating €12,50 per month or €150 per year. Please go to our website for additional information about how you can become a SaS sponsor.

Don't forget us when you are doing your online shopping!

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Shop online at your favourite stores via DoelShop.nl (in the Netherlands) or at ShopDonation (in the UK) and they will donate a percentage to Java Village! This is an easy way to support us, without any extra costs for you, making your online shopping even more enjoyable.
For details of how to shop and donate, please go to our website or use the links above.

Donations to Java Village are tax deductible


The Java Village Foundation has been acknowledged as an Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling, ANBI (institution serving public interest) by the Dutch tax authorities. This gives the opportunity to donate with fiscal benefits or leave assets to Java Village. Your donations to our foundation are tax deductible in the Netherlands. We explain how you can make use of this option on our website. Please click here.

Follow us on Facebook

Up-to-date news about Java Village is posted on our Facebook page. Visit it to find the latest information, photos of our projects and more that is happening in Java Village.

Friend of Java Village

With a minimum of €5 a month or €60 a year you can become a ‘Friend of Java Village’. With your support, we can guarantee and continue running existing projects and initiate new ones. Java Village organises social events, exclusively for all Friends and Sponsors of Java Village, where you can meet your fellow supporters of Java Village and enjoy Indonesian snacks. The Board will update attendees on ongoing projects and on new ones that are planned.

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