A commitment as a child protection institution
2014, known as a hot year due to the political climate, has passed. As there is a new government, a new order, a new system, renewed spirit, and a new mental revolution 2015 should be welcomed with optimism.
However, being optimistic does not mean forgetting the needs of those less fortunate in our society. These needs still have to be addressed and the gap diminished little by little, so it doesn’t slow down the growth of the nation.
The data of the children’s standards of living in the country is still not good.
- 4 million children live in very poor households.
- 2 million toddlers are abandoned.
- 2 million children are abandoned.
- 230 thousand children live and work on the streets.
- Almost six thousand children are going through legal processes
(Ministry of Social Affairs, 2011)
The government’s blue print, particularly the regional government of DKI Jakarta, in the short term (1 year), medium term (3-5 years), and up to long term (10 years and over) – has not been outlined in detail to the public.
However, during one meeting with the government of DKI Jakarta, they mentioned their four commitments to the people of Jakarta:
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We need to remember that these commitments are only for the people registered in the Special Capital Region (DKI). So, for those not in this area they will be handled by either the central government or by their hometown.
Sahabat Anak is an institution committed to fulfilling the rights of children especially marginalized ones in the greater area of Jakarta (Jabodetabek). It realises the need to strengthen the foundation of its services. This means Sahabat Anak’s commitment will step up from a children’s rights fulfillment organisation (needs based) to a children’s protection organisation (rights based).
This escalation in commitment means the services, principals and program activities Sahabat Anak does, will all have the same goal of child protection.
For example, birth certificates for the children who do not have one – the program is no longer about advocating about a child’s right to their identity but it is now about securing their identity.
Without a birth certificate, a child faces difficulties getting into school, to get treatment in a medical clinic, to be hospitalized, getting a diploma, applying for a job, to get married, to participate in politics and much more. A child has the right to all of these things, this is what is meant by rights based.
The data shows about 40 million Indonesian children do not have a birth certificate (Puskapa UI, 2014) which highlights the urgency to realise this new agenda.
One of Sahabat Anak’s commitments, as a child protection institution, is in writing a Child Protection Policy (CPP) and implementing it in 2015. The policy covers all areas, from individuals to institutions and companies. It also covers media that Sahabat Anak engages with.
The involvement of parents and community figures in the areas where the tutorial kids are living, are also involved in supporting the above idealism. These targets and plans are not easy, but they are not impossible.
The support from hundreds of volunteers, tutorial children who have grown up and now participate in Sahabat Anak’s organisational structure, the government, similar NGOs, education institutes, religious institutes, and also the media will enable the commitment that is written on paper to manifest in reality.