About Red Nose Foundation




What is Red Nose?

Red Nose Foundation (RNF), or Yayasan Hidung Merah, is a non-profit arts and education outreach organization based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Established in 2008, the foundation works to help local underprivileged children build dreams.

Currently the foundation operates two learning centers across Greater Jakarta: one in a poor fishermen community in Cilincing on the shores of North Jakarta and the other in a trash scavengers’ slum in Jurangmangu Timur, South Tangerang.

In these two learning centers, the foundation provides 120 hours of arts and education classes to over 300 underprivileged children every week. By teaching these children circus skills and other arts while honing their mathematical and English-speaking abilities, we hope they will develop the confidence and courage to accomplish any dream they have for their future.

Through the two learning centers, numerous events held across the city, as well as Red Nose Relief tours to various conflict-ridden and disaster-affected areas across Indonesia, the foundation has reached over 75,000 people across the archipelago.


Our Programs

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 programs. The three major programs that serve as foundational structure to RNF’s outreach are: 

Through these pillar programs, RNF has reached more than 80,000 children and their families since the organization’s inception. In 2014, the Arts and Education Outreach Program had 280 participants, 335 scholarships were successfully secured and implemented, and the Hidung Merah Performance Troupe performed for more than 6,400 children.

None of this would have been possible without the full dedication of RNF’s staff, sponsors, and supporters. 

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Our Future Hopes

As the foundation continues to grow, it will hopefully gain more prominence in public awareness and, in turn, its reputation will soar higher. Currently, the foundation is well known among a number of communities in Jakarta and often attracts the attention of local and regional media.

In the international scene, Red Nose Foundation has established partnerships with circus organizations across the globe. As a founding member of the Asian Social Circus Association (ASCA), with members spanning from Kabul to Canberra, the foundation is concerned with the capacity development of social circus organizations across Asia and the Pacific regions. The foundation believes that social circus can be effectively used to help empower underprivileged children across Asia through developing self-reliance, confidence, trust, and ultimately building happiness and hope for a better future.

In 2015 and beyond, the foundation aims to expand ever more and increase its impact on the lives of underprivileged children in Jakarta. Within the first six months of the year, the development of the North Jakarta Community Center for Children will be complete and RNF will move into this new purpose-built facility.

The two-story building will host four classrooms, a library, a computer lab, a staff room, and a 125 square meter gymnasium for sport and circus training.

In 2015, the foundation will embark on several international trips, including a trip to an international juggling festival in Myanmar and intensive training courses in the United States and Australia.

With the support of its sponsors and supporters, RNF will continue to provide children with a safe place to explore new possibilities, experiment, get educated, and have fun.

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