Let us introduce you to Ibu Eliyah

Each day there is so much going on at Sahabat Anak. With the upcoming Drive Books Not Cars fundraiser, charity events and regular tutorial classes around Jakarta it is hard to keep up to date with all that is happening.

But we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the real life stories from the families and children that Sahabat Anak is working with daily.

Let us introduce you to Ibu Eliyah:

Ibu Eliyah's house in Prumpung, Jakarta

Ibu Eliyah is married to Pak Kaduki, they have two children Madroji and Daniah. Ibu Eliyah works as a street vendor selling toys around the Kampung Melayu area in Jakarta. She has been working as a street vendor for 10 years and the income is “enough” to fulfil the daily needs of the family.

Each day before she sells toys, she first helps her husband to prepare the things that he needs to also work as a street vendor, selling snacks. Madroji and Daniah also help their dad each day before they go to school. They have experienced many hardships while working as street vendors. Sometimes they don’t sell much during the day, or are caught by the police because they are selling things inside the bus station (kamtip). Other days it is hot and sunny or it can be pouring with rain. But nothing will stop them from working and raising money for their family.

Ibu Eliyah with her children Madroji and Daniah

Ibu Eliyah is proud of her son Madroji, as he is already a senior student at a vocational school. She is very grateful to the volunteers at Sahabat Anak Prumpung for their support and helping her children access education. She continues to encourage her son to always prioritise education, especially at this time in his life. Ibu Eliyah is also very proud of her son as he is now helping to teach the younger children at Sahabat Anak Prumpung. She is proud that Madroji is trusted by the Sahabat Anak volunteers and that Madroji can learn to be responsible. Ibu Eliyah is proud that her daughter is taking her education seriously and that she also encourages the other children in the Prumpung area to value education.

Thank you Sahabat Anak! (written by Anissa – 10th grade)

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About Sahabat Anak

Sahabat Anak is a non-profit organisation that provides quality education and children’s rights advocacy in an effort to encourage and inspire Jakarta’s street children to escape urban poverty. The movement began in 1997 after a group of university students made a commitment to make a difference in the lives of Indonesia's street children. As a volunteer-based organisation, Sahabat Anak aims to involve as many members of the community as possible to help improve the lives of street children.

Posted on 01/16/2012, in Bahasa Inggris (English), Sahabat Anak News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Tinggalkan komentar.

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