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Red Nose Foundation

Red Nose Foundation’s mission is to support the educational and personal development of children living in underprivileged circumstances, and to promote the empowerment of youth through arts while assisting them to become positive contributors to society.

Red Nose Foundation (RNF), or Yayasan Hidung Merah, is a non-profit arts and education outreach organisation based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The foundation was established in 2008 and works to help local children build dreams. Red Nose Foundation strives to be the pioneering force behind creative education advocacy and rehabilitation. Red Nose Foundation offers a safe place for children to explore, experiment and be educated.

Currently Red Nose Foundation operates two learning centres across Greater Jakarta: one in a poor fishing community in Cilincing, North Jakarta and the other in a scavengers’ slum in Jurangmangu Timur, South Tangerang. In achieving its goal to improve the quality of life of underprivileged children and the communities in which they reside, RNF runs a number of different programmes. The three major programmes that form the foundation of RNF’s outreach are:

Arts and Education Outreach Programme.

The foundation’s flagship programme that currently provides 120 hours of arts and education classes for nearly 400 underprivileged children across Jakarta every week;

Formal Education System Support Programme.

The foundation’s attempt to create systematic change by working within the channels of education and government organisations. This programme encompasses school renovation projects and full scholarships and partial scholarships provision for students.

Hidung Merah Performance Troupe.  The foundation’s programme for advanced students to gather with like-minded teenagers and children from several international schools and arts-based foundations to share skills and experiences. The troupe also holds Red Nose Relief tours to conflict or disaster-affected areas.

The aim of these programmes is to develop the children’s confidence and courage, and to help them accomplish the dreams they have for the future. Through the two learning centres and through numerous events held across the city, as well as through Red Nose Relief tours to various conflict and disaster-struck areas, the foundation has reached over 125,000 people across the archipelago.

As the foundation continues to grow, it hopes to gain more public awareness and in turn enhance its reputation. Red Nose Foundation will continue to provide children with a safe place to explore new possibilities, experiment, and get educated while having fun.


The Red Nose Foundation can be contacted through [email protected] , or call +62 (21)769-1162. Check out their website at

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