How do we really measure the well-being of a human? If we’re talking about the quality standard of a human life, then we will refer to the Human Development Index (HDI) standards reported each year by United Nation Development Programme (UNDP).
HDI is measured using 3 elements; first is health, which can be seen from a healthy lifestyle, longevity, and infant mortality rates. Second is education, a combination of elementary, primary and high school education with literacy skills. Third is economy, including income value and purchasing power.
We are left behind
The latest report from 2010, shows that Indonesia’s HDI is ranked number 108 from 169 countries. Within ASEAN countries, Indonesia is number 6 out of 10. We are behind Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, and even Malaysia, which was behind Indonesia previously. Read the rest of this entry
I still remember early this year when Rohanita, one of the teenage volunteers in Prumpung came to me and said that one of her 2012 new years resolutions was to see all the children in her ‘Learn To Read Class’ able to read and moving into the ‘Reading Class’. She hopes that all 12 of them would learn to read by the end of the year.
Among the 12 children, there is one child who always has our attention and who always makes us laugh. His name is Sadan. Sadan is different to the others because he is the only child who has been coming to the classes twice a week for the past year. We are so amazed and impressed with his eagerness to learn to read. Read the rest of this entry
Each day there is so much going on at Sahabat Anak. With the upcoming Drive Books Not Cars fundraiser, charity events and regular tutorial classes around Jakarta it is hard to keep up to date with all that is happening.
But we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the real life stories from the families and children that Sahabat Anak is working with daily.
Let us introduce you to Ibu Eliyah: Read the rest of this entry