ABOUT THE LEARNING FARM
we are an organization empowering vulnerable youth
The poor and vulnerable youth of Indonesia have been deeply affected by the country's economic crises and lack both education and economic opportunities.
WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THAT
Empowering vulnerable youth to become confident, resilient and skilled farmer entrepreneurs.
Establishing a safe, nurturing learning environment
Instilling essential life skills and core values through the learning medium of organic farming
Developing environmental responsibility
Creating a sustainable network of alumni who are actively engaged with the community
Ensuring continuous staff developments
Maintaining accountability to all stakeholders
"Teaching youth how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of any education"
- Alice Waters
The Learning Farm was established in 2005 by co-founders Mee Kim and Gouri Mirpuri to address the lack of skills, opportunities, and hope among vulnerable youth.
Lacking education, skills and support these vulnerable youths are at risk of being trapped in a cycle of poverty, crime, drugs and HIV/AIDS.
We want to
Reduce the number of vulnerable youths in Indonesia
Minimise environmental degradation
Improve an individual's employability skills
Reduce rural-urban migration
Ensure food security
The Learning Farm youth, whose ages range from 17 to 24, come from diverse backgrounds from the streets of cities such as DKI Jakarta, Ambon, Bogor and Bandung plus regions like West Java, Timor and Sulawesi.
The majority of these young people come to The Learning Farm through a referral system from other organizations. Some of The Learning Farm's students are illiterate, while others have completed high school. Many lack the security of a family unit, while others come from single-parent or impoverished households. Some have been in the big city doing menial jobs, while others have never been away from their villages.