Report: 2015 Bags for Friends Program
The Tas Untuk Sahabat (bags for friends) program that was launched in March 2015 and ended in October 2015 ran smoothly. We would like to express our thanks to all our friends who participated. The bags funded by your 100,000 IDR donations have been distributed to targeted children chosen by Sahabat Anak’s partners – not only in Jakarta and its surrounding areas, but also to children in remote areas of the archipelago.
The distribution was done in several ways, including through friends who purposely travelled to areas where some of the children live, or through others who had commitments in relevant areas anyway. Some bags were also sent to children, by land and sea.
This program has been Sahabat Anak’s second program to reach out to rural areas. The Kutu Buku – Kampanye Untuk Berbagi Buku (Book Share Campaign) program that was successful in 2014 was our reference for doing this, a project with similar characteristics but in a different form. With the purpose of promoting education, books and bags were the immediate choices. We are hoping that through this donated gift, children will be more motivated to study, as their knowledge will increase thanks to the books and they will go to school in high spirits bringing those books in a modest but meaningful bag.
A total of 725 bags were sent to 8 rural areas in Aceh, Mentawai, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Lombok and East Java. Furthermore, by the end of 2015 we had distributed another 200 bags to five of Sahabat Anak’s partners’ areas.
We hope that this simple gift will be a good start to a long-term relationship with our friends who are pursuing the same mission as Sahabat Anak in remote areas. And we hope that children who have received these bags can feel the support behind them from all our friends who were involved in this program.
Below is a report of recipient areas of Tas Untuk Sahabat.
March – October 2015
December 2015 – January 2016