Category Archives: Children’s Rights

A Documentary on the Plight of Jakarta’s Street Children

In 2010, Al Jazeera filmed a documentary on the issues, dangers and lives of street children and their families living in Jakarta.

Aris Merdeka Sirait from the National Commission for Child Protection said that;

It is the Government and society’s responsibility, not to look at them [street children] as criminals, but to look at them as victims. Victims of dysfunctional families and of rampant poverty.

Together Jakarta’s community needs to continue working together for the good of the people. Street children do not deserve to be treated as delinquents and social misfits, they are victims of the life they have been born into.

Sahabat Anak continues to provide free education to street children in an attempt to break the poverty cycle and help them aim for a better life away from the streets.

Please take the time to watch this video and to learn more about the problems  facing Jakarta’s urban poor.

15 Children Received Their Birth Certificates!

The 10th of April 2012 was a memorable day for 15 children from Prumpung who finally received their birth certificates.

After going through a long bureaucratic process, with the help of the Sahabat Anak officer and Rohanita from Prumpung, the children can now enjoy their rights to have an identity recognized by the Indonesian Government. Read the rest of this entry

Partisipasi Anak: Apa Yang Hendak Dicapai?

UU No. 23/2002 tentang Perlindungan Anak – pasal 10: Setiap anak berhak menyatakan dan didengar pendapatnya, menerima, mencari, dan memberikan informasi sesuai dengan tingkat kecerdasan dan usianya demi pengembangan dirinya sesuai dengan nilai-nilai kesusilaan dan kepatutan.

Apa maksud dari pasal ini dan apa yang hendak dicapai? Dalam pasal 12 Konvensi PBB mengenai Hak-hak Anak (KHA) dinyatakan bahwa negara-negara pihak wajib memberikan kesempatan sesuai dengan aturan hukum setempat bagi anak-anak yang mampu menyatakan pendapat mengenai segala sesuatu yang menyangkut dirinya untuk menyampaikan padangan mereka dan pandangan mereka harus dihormati dan dipertimbangkan secara serius sesuai dengan kematangan mereka. Kewajiban ini terasa kontroversial jika dilihat dari konteks budaya di mana posisi anak biasanya adalah “mendengar” bukan “didengar”. Meskipun demikian, alasan di balik hak partisipasi anak sangat filosofis dan sangat mendasar. Read the rest of this entry

When I grow up, I want to be…

The Launching of Share Your Dreams!

As children we all have dreams. As one child from Sahabat Anak Kota Tua said “My dream is to become a doctor!”

Some children wish to be a doctor when they grow up, others wish to have a fast car, while others wish to have a big family. And even though our dreams may be unrealistic at times, like dreams to become Superman, dreaming is what gives us hope and the ability to imagine the future. All children have dreams, however, some children are never given the opportunity to voice their dreams. In Jakarta, street children face this reality every day. Their dreams to become a doctor is quickly squashed as they realise their parents cannot afford to send them to school, that they must work to help support their families and that even if they did have the money they do not have the right documents to enter school. Sahabat Anak has been working hard since 1997 to help give street children the opportunity to realise their dreams. Read the rest of this entry

Guru Funky, Lucu, Suka Nyanyi

Launching HSA 2012 “Suarakan Impianmu!”:

Saripah pernah dikata-katain sama temen-temen, Saripah berharap temen-temen tidak mengatai Saripah lagi. Karena Saripah (jadi) malu punya badan tinggi seperti ini. Tapi Saripah tetep semangat meskipun dikatain dan tidak marah sama temen-temen. Read the rest of this entry

Hari Sahabat Anak 2012: Suarakan Impianmu!

Anak dalam UU No. 23 tahun 2002 Pasal 1 adalah warga negara Indonesia yang belum berusia 18 tahun, termasuk anak yang masih dalam kandungan. Anak merupakan amanah dan karunia dari Tuhan yang harus dilindungi, titipan berharga bagi orang tua, bangsa dan negara, serta potensi kekayaan dan kesejahteraan bangsa kini dan di hari nanti. Read the rest of this entry

Sahabat Anak Day 2012 – “SHARE YOUR DREAMS!”

A child is defined under the Indonesian Law, UU No. 23 2002 Chapter 1, as a citizen of Indonesia under the age of 18 and it also includes a child in the mother’s womb. A child is a gift and blessing from God who needs to be protected, valued by their parents, country and nation and who will also be the future leaders of this nation. Read the rest of this entry

Anak-Anak = 37% Populasi Indonesia

Kenapa Sahabat Anak tanpa lelah terus mendengungkan kampanye pemenuhan hak-hak anak Indonesia, terutama kanak-kanak marjinal? Setiap tahun melalui Jambore Sahabat Anak dalam rangka Hari Anak Nasional 23 Juli dan Hari Sahabat Anak yang sejak digelar perdana 2008, kami terus membuat program inovatif (Sepatu, Nutrisi, Bermain) serta program lain yang selalu bersinggungan dengan kebutuhan anak. Read the rest of this entry

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