Indonesia has the highest percentage of children growing up in an institution in the world. About half a million of its children are in care, many spending their childhoods in appalling and unregulated conditions.
It is a myth that children in orphanages have no parents. 94% of children in residential care in Indonesia have at least one living parent.
Most are there because their parents can't afford to feed, clothe and educate them. Mothers and fathers are forced to make the agonising decision to put their child in an institution in the hope that they will have a better future, but for many children, life in an orphanage is damaging to their development, and leaves them vulnerable to abuse.
Children who grow up in residential care homes are more likely to suffer from stunted growth and behavioural problems and have a lower IQ than those raised at home or in foster families.
The nurture and care I received was not of the highest standard. I hope that in the future, care for the children in the orphanage will be much better.