Love, Dreams and Struggles

Those are the 3 most important lessons I have learned from the volunteers, but most of all, the kids at Sahabat Anak Grogol in the past 5 years.

Group picture with Sahabat Anak Grogol

Group picture with Sahabat Anak Grogol

Their limitations do not stop them from dreaming.
Their limitations do not stop them from trying to build a better life for themselves and their families.
These limitations are simply obstacles in their path and can be overcome.

Of course there are times when these kids fall into despair, but the volunteers at SA Grogol are always there to hear their problems, to support them and help them strive. To show them love.

We live in an evermore self-centered and individualistic world. Having the opportunity to know these kids’ realities and being able to help at SA Grogol has been for me like a breath of fresh air, it has opened my eyes, heart and mind.

I began my involvement with SA Grogol by teaching English and Maths to the kids there, and I am also involved in the Committee of SA Jamboree. My efforts and time seem infinitely small when compared to what I get in return from these kids and to what I have learned from them.

With the kids at the 19th Sahabat Anak Jamboree

With the kids at the 19th Sahabat Anak Jamboree

In my profession as a model, I sometimes complain because of the long working hours, feeling tired and exhausted after a long day of work. A sudden panic attack because of a difficult stage or painful shoes. Then I remember. I remember how strong these kids are; their lives are truly complicated, filled with daily challenges regarding things most of us take for granted. Their spirits grow stronger and stronger, and that makes me stronger. It motivates me to push myself.

Playing together with the kids at Sahabat Anak Jamboree

Playing together with the kids at Sahabat Anak Jamboree

But the biggest motivation of all, the greatest satisfaction, is when I see these kids reach their goals. Bunga is now an economics graduate. Basiroh and Eka are now attending university and working to maintain themselves and helping their families throughout their studies. Muji has reached his dream of being involved in the cosmetics industry and is at the same time teaching dance to younger kids. There are others who are walking the path towards reaching their dreams and goals. These kids have managed to step out of their path and make their own. Some may say they were destined to be borned as street kids, but they changed that destiny and made their own life.

As Lina Tjindra said, “Though there are some who stop in the middle of their journey, the success of 1 or 2 kids in reaching out their dreams makes it all worth it”.

We are not able to help everyone, but we can begin by holding 1 small hand, walking together towards that dream, and together help in shaping a better nation. Because at the end of the day, it is all from us, by us, and for us. Let’s help them, let’s help ourselves, let’s help the future generation, by doing something simple. Something we all can do.

Enjoying fun moments with the kids at Sahabat Anak Jamboree

Enjoying fun moments with the kids at Sahabat Anak Jamboree

I am Laura Muljadi and this is my story.
Now is your turn to write yours.

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 10/06/2015, in Bahasa Inggris (English), Pengalaman, Volunteers. Bookmark the permalink. Tinggalkan komentar.

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