Bravo! Now Sadan Can Read!

I still remember early this year when Rohanita, one of the teenage volunteers in Prumpung came to me and said that one of her 2012 new years resolutions was to see all the children in her ‘Learn To Read Class’  able to read and moving into the ‘Reading Class’. She hopes that all 12 of them would learn to read by the end of the year.

Sadan

Among the 12 children, there is one child who always has our attention and who always makes us laugh. His name is Sadan. Sadan is different to the others because he is the only child who has been coming to the classes twice a week for the past year. We are so amazed and impressed with his eagerness to learn to read.

Usually the other children will come with their mum at least once or twice to the study house, but we have never seen Sadan come with his parents. Recently we learnt that Sadan lives with his grandma, father and his little brother. When we asked where his mum is, he replied, with an innocent smile, “my mum has gone” (passed away).

Another time we asked Sadan what is his favorite thing to do during the holidays, he said “to go to Indo Maret and buy Fanta with my father”. That innocent answer surprised us. This is something we can do everyday, however, Sadan has to wait until the holidays to enjoy a special treat of Fanta.

One day we asked him why does he come so often to the study house. He said he wants to study and learn how to read from the kakak (Volunteers) and he wants to hear the kakak read him a story.

Lately, Rohanita has felt a bit overwhelmed with the children in the ‘Learn To Read Class’. None of them have shown any progress and none of them have moved into the next class. We continued to encourage Rohanita to try her best. When we asked about Sadan, Rohanita grinned and said, “It seems like he can read, but every time we ask him to read he just nods and looks at the articles like he is reading them. It is like he is reading inside his head, no sounds, he just nods and his eyes move to the different lines.”

One Friday night, as usual, I saw Rohanita sitting in the middle of the children. All the children sat close to her to hear her read the story. And then I saw Sadan…but he was not in his normal class the ‘Learn To Read Class’! He had already moved to the ‘Reading Class’. I wanted to ask him about it but I was worried that if I asked him directly he would be too shy to answer me.

Kak Maria saw me and told Sadan to show me the little card that was pinned to his t-shirt and to read the card a loud. Sadan was a bit shy but he gave me a cute smile and said, “Kakak, Now I can read!” We all gave him a loud applause.

"Now I can read!"

Sadan, the diligent, faithful and cute Sadan! He is just one of the many children at Prumpung that we need to continually  support through volunteering our time and attention. There are still many children just like Sadan in Jakarta who need us to give them our time and love while teaching them. We believe that both the children and volunteers can learn something new when they come together.

We hope Sadan’s progress will continue to motivate Rohanita and the other teenage volunteers in Prumpung. We continue to volunteer our time because we believe these children are precious. If you would like to volunteer at Sahabat Anak please go to our website.

From Prumpung with Love

Kak SimSim

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 03/09/2012, in Bahasa Inggris (English), Prumpung, Volunteers and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Tinggalkan komentar.

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