A Beautiful Togetherness at Sahabat Anak Jamboree XIX
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” – Richard Bach
Sahabat Anak held its 19th annual Jamboree (JSA XIX) at Ragunan Camping Ground on 29 – 30 August 2015, with the theme of “I Love My Family”. The Jamboree was a 2 day-1 night camping event filled with various educational activities.
The event was also the conclusion to a campaign run by Sahabat Anak, which was driven by the fact that family is the best agent to fulfil children’s rights. Leading up to the Jamboree, Sahabat Anak, through a team of Family Mentors (KPK), had conducted socializations and provided intensive guiding to families of Jamboree participants. The team visited the families to help them find solutions to problems faced by parents, their children and other family members.
The friendship woven between the KPK team and parents during the visits, and between the mentors and the kids during the series of JSA XIX activities, has promoted the understanding of the role of family in the fulfilment of children’s rights. JSA XIX was participated in by 600 kids from 23 areas of greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek), 300 mentors, and 200 committee personnel and helping team. Together, they created a deeper meaning of togetherness during the event.
A different concept
Based on the theme “I Love My Family”, all the activities and games held during the Jamboree were about togetherness and the meaning of family, with all members of each tent taking part in every game. This was different to last year’s Jamboree – last year, all games were a competition between tents.
One of the most exciting games was Moving Mountain: a mentor is asked to get on a piece of tarpaulin, and then he/she is lifted and carried by some of the kids to the finish line. Trust, teamwork, and good cooperation are essentials in order to reach the finish line. Those are also the essentials for building a happy family.
The kids also partook in an activity called Tenda Aspiradi (Aspiradi Tent). Together with the mentors, the kids were asked to confide to each other about their families and write their thoughts down on the tree of hope. There were some touching lines written by the kids. Nur, from Grogol, wrote that she wants to get a Bachelor’s degree and get a job, so that her parents can enjoy their old age without working anymore. Adul, from Buaran, wrote that he wants his mother to quit smoking, so that she won’t get sick and will be able to take care of him. Some people who read these wishes shed a tear.
It would not be a complete Jamboree if the kids were not invited to have fun in the evening during stage performances. The Jamboree evening stage always looks like a fancy concert. All the kids and their mentors gathered in the middle of the field to dance, sing, and enjoy a funny and entertaining magic show. Some kids from several areas got a chance to show their dancing skill on stage. The spirit of togetherness and excitement was in the air that night.
Hundreds of flowers as a sign of love
Two days and one night never seem like enough for the kids and their mentors; but, a goodbye must be said. A beautiful farewell was organised by the committee as a thank you for the tent coordinators and all mentors for all their work over the past three months. All the mentors and the kids were encouraged to meet again in the tutorial areas.
During the closing ceremony, hundreds of flowers were secretly distributed to the kids for them to give to their tent coordinators and mentors. Many became quite emotional as they received their flowers, hugging as if they wouldn’t let their togetherness end. The atmosphere was even more moving when they were asked to embrace each other while singing a song Sahabat (Best friend) from Lumier.
“Best friend, you are the one who is always there; you are the one who is always faithful. I will be there, I will be on your side, I will be faithful. You and I, will never be apart.”
Thank you for the unforgettable 2 days of togetherness, Friends! Thank you to all the committee who have worked very hard for about six months to prepare the Jamboree; the supporting Friends who have donated money, food, gifts, equipment; and the media who have spread the spirit of the “I Love My Family” campaign.
See you all again next year!
(Dina Disi Siahaan)