Who are we?
The Java Village foundation focuses on health, education and economic independence for the most vulnerable inhabitants of the Indonesian village of Cisarua. We stimulate and support local initiatives to break the vicious circle of poverty and to work together for a brighter future.
Our relationship with the village goes back to the beginning of the nineteen eighties when the young anthropologist Mies Grijns, who is now our chair of the Java Village Foundation, conducted field research among the tea pickers in the area. She and Titi Setiawati, her research assistant, have always stayed in contact with the village. They are central to the work of our foundation, and know better than anyone else the ways we can support the villagers to build a better existence.
The foundation bases its activities on the demands, needs and priorities of the villagers. We focus mainly on the most vulnerable groups in the village: children, youth and women who are the wage-earners of their families, ensuring that the offered will improve self-reliance and solidarity.
In the film you can see and listen to Mies Grijns’ story about her commitment to the village.
How can you help us?
Another way to support us is by doing your online shopping via Doel Shop and choosing Java Village as your charity, as a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Java Village. The same applies for online book purchases via YouBeDo.
Java Village welcomes volunteers who would like to help Java Village with its charity work. If you would like to be kept informed about our activities, please subscribe to our Newsletter, which is published four times a year.