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
To empower vulnerable youth across Indonesia to become independent, contributing, and responsible members of society
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 the co-founders Mee Kim and Gouri Mirpuri with the support of World Education (www.worlded.org), a Boston-based non-profit organization founded to address the lack of skills, opportunities, and hope amongst 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 16 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 with other organisations involved with street children. Some who attend The Learning Farm are illiterate whilst others have graduated from high school. Many are without the security of a family unit whilst others come from single parent families or impoverished households. Some have experience with drug addiction and have spent time in prison whilst others have simply never experienced being away from their villages.