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
Prumpung is an area in Jakarta which has complex problems. It is a very dense and crowded area with a rather unique society. The residents usually work as sculptors at Merak Port, buskers near the traffic lights, laundry service or by selling fried snacks on the street. Read the rest of this entry
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
The Sahabat Anak Clinic is one of our latest programs which commenced in 2011. The aim of the clinic is to visit the eight Sahabat Anak Tutorial Areas and a some of our partner organisations who are in need of health services.
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
Bored on a Sunday afternoon?! Come down to Cijantung for the “Creation of Indonesian Youth 2!” It will be an afternoon filled with performances by the children from Sahabat Anak Cijantung. Be prepared to be amazed, dazzled and just overall entertained. Read the rest of this entry
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