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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.

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Hundreds of Thousands of Children Live On The Street! What Is Your Choice?

Dian giving a speech at the recent opening of Sahabat Anak's new secretariat and Children's Activity Centre - Rumah Sahabat.

In life, we cannot escape choices. From the moment we wake up in the morning we are faced with many options: Which clothes should I wear? What to eat this morning? Which road should I take?  There are times when I doubt that I am choosing the right thing. There are even times when I regret the choices  I have made. But one thing I do believe is right and I do not regret  is the choice to be a volunteer at Sahabat Anak. Read the rest of this entry

Why do you volunteer?

Sahabat Anak is an organisation driven by the commitment and passion of volunteers. Some volunteers at Sahabat Anak have been volunteering with us for 10 years. They have given up their precious spare time to hang out with, teach, mentor and encourage underprivileged children in Jakarta to aim for a better future. This is what a few had to say about volunteering:

SimSim volunteer co-coordinator of  Sahabat Anak Prumpung:

“I volunteer because I want to be friends with the children. I want to be involved in their life as a person, as a Sahabat (best friend). I think they are precious and they help me to appreciate life more through their eagerness to learn and by grabbing any opportunity that we offer them. 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

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