in barracks, then in new villages (records)

A play center is...

a safe area where children can play freely. Playing allows children to grow up and rise, it promotes learning and self-confidence.

The goals

The main mission for CDE is to make Adista organization autonomous, so that its efforts become self-sustaining. Strengthening Adista means ensuring that the local population, already disadvantaged and impoverished by years of civil war and a tsunami, can depend on the continuity of activities that favor the comprehensive development of the child and his or her environment.


In a few figures, the project benefits:

  • More than 1,200 registered children
  • More than 2,000 participating children aged 0 to 16 years (46% girls, 54% boys)
  • More than 760 families and 11 communities
  • 9 group leaders, 6 persons in charge of the centers, 6 community liaison officers, and 6 supervisors


On 26th December 2004, an earthquake of a 8.9 magnitude off the island of Sumatra caused a huge tidal wave, which hit 5 countries around the Indian Ocean.

On Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, in Aceh, the area closest to the epicenter, the damage was enormous: more than 130,000 dead persons were formally identified, 37,000 were listed as missing, and 500,000 to 700,000 were displaced ; over 60,000 houses were destroyed, 1,662 schools were severely damaged and 764 were destroyed. People settled in temporary camps, in tents or barracks.

Moreover, this gigantic tidal wave occurred after 30 years of a civil war with a basis in economic, political and religious demands. On August 15th, 2005, the Indonesian government and GAM (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, "movement for a free Aceh") signed an agreement in Helsinki, in which they undertook to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

The situation in Banda Aceh evolved significantly in late 2007 and early 2008. The reconstruction programs ended, resulting in the departure of many international NGOs and in the creation of associations under Indonesian law, which aimed to continue the activities that had been initiated.

Despite the closure of several camps for displaced persons, the return to their new homes of affected families, the reopening of schools and resumption of economic activities, the trauma generated by the tsunami remains.

Role of Chemins d’enfances

CDE provides financial support and continuous training to Adista’s staff and thus contributes to the formation of the communities’ resource persons, who are essential to the sustainable development of these villages.

Through its strategy and organization department, Chemins d’Enfances supports Adista in the fields of organization, administration, fund raising, income-generating activities and management of structures, with the aim of ensuring the association’s autonomy.

Through its psychosocial department, CDE works with Adista to improve existing activities and evaluate their impact and to start new programs.

The partner

Adista is an Indonesian organization located in Banda Aceh. It runs 6 play centers, all of them built according to the traditional Aceh house pattern. These centers welcome children 5 days a week and offer them the following activities :

- socio-psychological support : free play, advice to children and families...
- school support : pedagogical games, library, school support...
- artistic and cultural activities : dance, music, handicraft... community activities

Adista’s centers emphasize the ESAR classification which defines the organization of play spaces :

  • Exercise games
  • Symbolic games
  • Assembling games
  • Rules games