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Kebersamaan yang Indah di Jambore Sahabat Anak XIX

“Ikatan keluarga sesungguhnya bukan hanya karena mereka sedarah, namun karena mereka saling menghargai dan menciptakan kebahagiaan satu sama lain.” –Richard Bach-

JSA XIX (1)

Untuk ke-19 kalinya, Yayasan Sahabat Anak kembali mengadakan Jambore Sahabat Anak (JSA) di Buperta Ragunan pada 29-30 Agustus 2015 lalu. Acara yang diisi dengan berbagai kegiatan edukatif dan camping selama 2 hari 1 malam ini mengusung kampanye bertema “Kucinta Keluargaku”. Kampanye tersebut digaungkan oleh Yayasan Sahabat Anak, karena mereka menyadari bahwa keluarga merupakan agen paling optimal untuk memenuhi hak-hak anak.

Sebelum kegiatan JSA XIX dilaksanakan, Yayasan Sahabat Anak melalui tim KPK (Kakak Pendamping Keluarga) juga telah mengadakan sosialisasi dan pendampingan intensif kepada keluarga-keluarga peserta jambore. Mereka mengunjungi keluarga tersebut untuk berbagi dan membantu mencarikan solusi terhadap masalah-masalah yang dihadapi antara orangtua dengan anak, juga anggota keluarga lainnya.

Persahabatan yang terjalin antara tim KPK dengan orangtua selama kunjungan dan kakak pendamping bersama adik ketika mengikuti rangkaian acara JSA XIX diharapkan dapat membantu mereka untuk memahami peran keluarga dalam pemenuhan hak-hak anak. JSA XIX diikuti oleh 600 adik yang berasal dari 23 area di Jabodetabek, 300 kakak pendamping, dan 200 sahabat panitia, serta tim kerja yang turut menanamkan makna kebersamaan dalam acara ini.

Konsep yang Berbeda

JSA XIX (6)Sesuai dengan tema kampanye “Kucinta Keluargaku”, seluruh kegiatan yang dilakukan di JSA XIX pun lebih menekankan pada kebersamaan dan arti sebuah keluarga bagi adik-adik peserta bersama kakak pendampingnya. Ini tentu berbeda dengan tahun sebelumnya, di mana setiap permainan dilakukan dalam bentuk kompetisi antar tenda. Kali ini, semua permainan hanya dilakukan oleh 1 tenda saja dengan melibatkan seluruh anggota timnya.

Salah satu permainan yang paling seru adalah Memindahkan Gunung. Dalam permainan ini, seorang kakak pendamping diminta untuk naik ke atas terpal, kemudian diangkat oleh beberapa adiknya dari garis start ke finish yang sudah ditentukan panitia. Rasa saling percaya, kekompakan, dan kerja sama pun dibutuhkan untuk dapat menyelesaikan permainan ini dengan baik. Sama dengan hal-hal yang dibutuhkan untuk membentuk sebuah keluarga yang bahagia.

Selain itu, ada pula kegiatan yang bernama Tenda Aspirasi. Di sini, adik-adik bersama kakak pendamping diminta untuk saling mencurahkan isi hati mengenai keluarga mereka dan menuliskannya di dalam pohon harapan. Berbagai kalimat menyentuh ditorehkan oleh adik-adik, seperti Adik Nur dari area Grogol yang ingin menjadi sarjana dan mendapat pekerjaan, sehingga ayah-ibunya bisa menikmati masa tuanya tanpa harus bekerja. Ada pula Adik Adul dari area Buaran yang ingin ibunya berhenti merokok, agar tidak sakit-sakitan dan bisa terus menjaganya. Tidak sedikit yang meneteskan air mata saat membaca harapan-harapan mereka.

Tidak lengkap rasanya kalau adik-adik tidak diajak bergembira bersama di malam panggung hiburan yang selalu tampak layaknya sebuah konser megah. Semua adik dan kakak pendamping pun berkumpul di tengah lapangan untuk bergoyang, bernyanyi, serta menikmati penampilan sulap yang lucu dan menghibur. Adik-adik dari beberapa area juga berkesempatan untuk menunjukkan kebolehan dance mereka di panggung JSA XIX ini. Semangat kebersamaan dan kegembiraan benar-benar terasa di malam itu!

 Ratusan Bunga Tanda Kasih
Waktu 2 hari 1 malam rasanya memang tidak akan cukup bagi adik-adik dan kakak pendamping untuk menikmati kebersamaan mereka, tetapi perpisahan harus terjadi. Sebuah perpisahan yang indah pun disiapkan oleh panitia sebagai ucapan terima kasih atas kerjasama para PJ Tenda, serta kakak pendamping selama 3 bulan terakhir. Namun, kakak pendamping dan adik-adik diharapkan tetap bisa bertemu dalam kegiatan belajar di setiap areanya.
Di akhir acara penutupan, ratusan bunga telah disebarkan kepada adik-adik secara tersembunyi untuk diberikan kepada PJ Tenda dan kakak pendampingnya. Keharuan pun muncul ketika mereka menerima setangkai bunga cantik dari adik-adik yang didampingi. Tidak sedikit pula adik, kakak pendamping, dan PJ Tenda yang terus berpelukan seolah tidak mau melepaskan kebersamaan mereka. Suasana pun semakin mengharukan ketika mereka diminta untuk berpelukan sambil menyanyikan lagu Sahabat dari Lumier.

Sahabat, kau yang selalu ada, kau yang selalu hadir, kau yang selalu setia. Aku kan berada, aku kan di sisi, aku kan setia, tak kan berpisah kau dan aku.”

JSA XIX (4) 

Terima kasih untuk kebersamaan yang tak terlupakan selama 2 hari ini, Sahabat! Terima kasih juga kepada Sahabat Panitia dan tim kerja yang sudah bekerja keras selama sekitar 6 bulan untuk menyiapkan semua keperluan JSA XIX; Sahabat Pendukung yang telah memenuhi semua kebutuhan dana, konsumsi, hadiah, perlengkapan, dan lainnya; Sahabat Media yang turut menyebarkan semangat kampanye “Kucinta Keluargaku”. Sampai jumpa di JSA tahun depan!

(Dina Disi Siahaan)

Dreams from Sahabat Anak Jamboree XVI: “I Don’t Want to Sing on the Street Anymore”

“Share Your Dream!” is the theme adopted by Sahabat Anak (SA) for 2012 to advocate the Children’s Right to Participate – in this case, by expressing their opinions/voices.  Decidedly, SA’s two biggest events Hari Sahabat Anak (HSA), a roadshow which took event from February to August, and Sahabat Anak Jamboree (SAJ) held on 7th– 8th July both adopted the same theme.

In a session in SAJ, the participants, who came from marginalized communities in 18 areas in Jabodetabek (Jakarta and the surrounding area), had a chance to write their hopes/dreams in the Wish Capsule and Banner.  Despite their conditions as street children or children of trash men, cart sellers, poor people or urban communities – they have passionate and optimistic hopes.

We categorized the total 1,192 wishes that came in into 5 categories based on  “The Pattern of Human Concerns” by H. Cantril, namely:

  1. Personal Character
  2. Economic Situation
  3. Work Situation
  4. Personal Issues
  5. Family Issues

From all the hopes they wrote, we found out that the biggest portion of aspiration (55%) falls under the third category: Work Situation.  We came into a conclusion that these children have the desire to have occupations that they deem good in the future.

Anisah (11): To be a government staff so that I can make my parents and family proud.

May (13): To be a vocalist in a band.

Mery (12): I want to become a female police so that Indonesia can be free from drugs and pickpockets.

Sidik (15): I want to be independent by studying while working so I don’t have to be a burden to my parents.

Ridwan (10): To be a spiritual leader preaching everywhere, in the TV, the Grand Mosque, the Agung Mosque, the Istiqlal Mosque, etc.

Arif (9): I want to be a national army to protect Indonesia from colonization by other countries

Faisal (13): I want to be an ojek driver.

Dedy (14): I want to be a soccer player so I can make a lot of money.

Vina (13): I want to be a doctor and cure my parents’ and my neighbors’ diseases.

Ramadhan (8): I want to become a police so I can help catch thieves.

Pempri (12): I want to be a bajaj driver.

Novita Sari (10): I want to become a midwife so I can help babies.

Wistin (7): I want to be a doctor in SA Jamboree.

Ari (12): I wish that my father had a better job than now, a trash man.

Chairul (17): I want to have a reasonable job so I don’t have to live on the streets anymore.

Enjoying Jamboree XVI

Furthermore, they also have strong wills to become better people.  These are expressed in the aspirations involving education, enhancement of skills and competence, as well as improved character quality.

Wahid (10): I want to please my mother by reading the Quran.

Sari (8): I want to love my mother and father.

Junia (10): I want to help my mother by washing dishes and doing laundry.

Shiva (8): I want to go to Benhil (an area in Jakarta) to buy clothes with my own savings.

(Unknown): I want to go back to school to please my parents.

(Unknown): I want to be able to speak English in a year.

(Unknown): I want to have a good rank at school and play or watch TV less.

(Unknown): I want to respect others and not speak without profanity.

(Unknown): I don’t want to sing on the streets anymore.

Drawing their dreams

The interesting thing is that despite their marginality, aspirations relating to economic situation, in the sense of owning luxurious goods, surprisingly came up the least.  We can assume that the most important thing for the participants are self development and good occupation in the future.

These are some insights we can share from our findings:

Participants of SAJ XVI have dreams that they would like to realize.  This is important! A research by McCabe & Barnett in 2000 concludes that teenagers who lack positive hope for the future and do not realize that each and everything they do now affect their future, tend to have more problems, such as criminal acts, pregnancies before marriage, etc.  McCabe & Barnett further found that children with clear goals have greater possibilities to experience upward social mobility, for example improved living standards.

Future occupations and characters are the two most important things for the SAJ XVI participants – this shows how they have the desire to keep improving themselves. So don’t lose heart and keep making efforts even when you face difficult children because deep inside, they have the desire to change and grow.

According to the data we gathered, the age range for SAJ XVI participants is 7-17 years old.  Based on Donald Supe’s career stages, the children are currently in the Growing (0-14 years old) and Exploration (15-24 years old) stages.  What can we do to help the children go through those stages well?

Here are the things we can do to help children in the Growing Stage:

  • Focus on their education so they can develop their cognitive skills and work ethic, both of which will be needed when they work.  This is what SA and partners are currently doing. Well done!
  • Share information about the kinds of work available in the market, starting from occupations of the people closest to them, such as parents, relatives, neighbors, volunteers, etc.  The kinds of jobs that we must share are jobs which are reasonable and proper, not the kinds of jobs which only make money (e.g. singing on the streets, begging, etc).  This process is important to help them in forming realistic aspirations.

Some other things which we can do to help the children from Exploration Stage are:

  • Share specific details involving different occupations: the tasks involved, required education background, skills required, etc.
  • When opportunities arise, it is best that that they can try and practice those tasks.  For example, a child who wants to be a teacher can teach his/her friends.  This will help them to assess their abilities and interests directly.
  • For children who are studying at school, we can encourage them to participate in extracurricular activities which interest them.

The next significant step after having a dream is working to realize it.  We can do this by first making a plan.  Nurmi, a scientist who studies future orientations, states that the ability to pan out future appears when the children reach the age of 10-11 and will keep increasing as they grow older.  This is important because according to Nurmi, the way someone views and plans their future affect the formation of self-identity and problematic behaviors which may appear in the future.

We can help the children from planning simple things such as forming a studying schedule, making a target for savings so they can enjoy their savings by writing it down to planning which school they should choose.  The small orderliness’s in their lives can help the children in planning bigger issues in their lives.

Such are the summaries of the wishes from SAJ XVI’s sharing session.  We hope this is beneficial for many.

“Share your dream? Yes! Then get up and reach your dream!”

 

*This article was abstracted from data mining by

Hanna Tresya and Nizar Zulfikar (members of Program Committee of JAS XVI)

 

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