Why do you volunteer?
Sahabat Anak is an organisation driven by the commitment and passion of volunteers. Some volunteers at Sahabat Anak have been volunteering with us for 10 years. They have given up their precious spare time to hang out with, teach, mentor and encourage underprivileged children in Jakarta to aim for a better future. This is what a few had to say about volunteering:
SimSim volunteer co-coordinator of Sahabat Anak Prumpung:
“I volunteer because I want to be friends with the children. I want to be involved in their life as a person, as a Sahabat (best friend). I think they are precious and they help me to appreciate life more through their eagerness to learn and by grabbing any opportunity that we offer them.
I agree with Sahabat Anak’s vision and I want to be a part of a group of people who promote it to the world and who invite and inspire as many people as we can to be involved.
I enjoy being a Sahabat to all of the volunteers as well. I have developed strong friendships with the other volunteers. Each volunteer is an inspiration to the other volunteers. Each Sahabat Anak Bimbel (tutorial area) encourages each other to do more and aim higher. Each child develops friendships with other children and as they grow up they also want to volunteer to teach the younger children.
All it takes to be a volunteer is to talk with the children, hang out with them and listen to them. Everyone can be a Sahabat for marginalised and street children. It is your friendship that they appreciate more than money thrown at them. I am privileged to have the chance to help marginalised and street children learn and grown while also being their Sahabat.”
Dian, Sahabat Anak Board Member and one of the original founders:
“Just like Sahabat Anak’s vision, I believe all children are equal. Children all over the world have the same right to live as children, and it’s not fair for a child when they must lose their rights just because they were born and raised in a poor family.
I personally have a strong calling to do something for these less fortune children. I was raised as a happy child, and I really want to see that they also have a good life as a child… and grow into a happy and mature adult.”
“I volunteer because it’s the right thing to do. There are 168 hours in a week, if you can’t give two hours of yourself to help encourage a kid then that says something about who you are as a person. Volunteering isn’t standing at a whiteboard teaching kids how to avoid run-on sentences. It’s encouraging them, telling them you’re proud of them, that they did a good job. Very Simple!”
Vina, Volunteer at Prumpung and Graphic Designer for Sahabat Anak:
“Basically I’ve had this passion to be involved with needy children since I was in Junior High school, I just didn’t know how or where I should go. Finally I met a friend (Simsim) who introduced me to Sahabat Anak. I was so interested in the organisation and started to volunteering at Prumpung. Even though I was not actually a brave girl to pass by the cemetery in Prumpung before I started volunteering there, now I am used to it. Hehe…
Anyway, it is all about love. I love those kids and I know I can’t give too many things to them but I can give them friendship and love.
I feel blessed in my life, I have skills and knowledge and talents, and I realised that it would be more meaningful if I could share them with others. In this case, with the kids.
I hope by giving them care, they understand what it feels like to be loved and that they can share their love with others.