Jakarta Java

Introduction

The IHF Jakarta Center is located in an eastern suburb of Indonesia’s Capital City. The center is in a fairly large house on a quiet street of private houses. The IHF Jakarta Center is a Children’s Home to a small number of children. The building is also used as an education center, offering free English, Math, Computer, and Special classes on a daily basis.

Poverty in Indonesia’s Capital City

In any capital city, huge disparities between people with different socio-economic backgrounds can be quite prevalent, and Jakarta is no different. Most of the children who attend the IHF Center come from impoverished families, often travelling 1-2km on foot to get to the center. However, most of them are in reasonably good health, well-nourished, and receiving loving care from their parents and relatives.

Family Structure in Jakarta

About 25% to 50% of our IHF students are born to non-Jakartan parents. Because these families lack the support of immediate family members, the children often miss a year of school while the family transitions from their hometowns to Jakarta. The current family structure in Jakarta means that sometimes the children do not come to Jakarta until months, and even years later, after the parents have settled into their new life in the capital. These children often have a hard time adapting to the new city’s school system. If the family suddenly finds themselves struggling financially, the parents may send the children back to the village, which disrupts their educational progress yet again.

To tackle this issue, IHF Jakarta collaborates with the local and expat communities to receive a continuous influx of teaching volunteers to instruct students on different academic levels. Volunteers also hold a variety of classes and workshops, providing students with the opportunity to experience a well-rounded education in all subjects.

The IHF Jakarta Center is a Children’s Home to a small number of children. The building is also used as an education Center, offering English, Math, Computer, and Special classes on a daily basis.

Meet the Jakarta Family

This year, Jakarta has 46 active volunteers in total, 33 Teacher Volunteers, 5 Local Volunteers, and 8 At Home Volunteers.

Location

The Jakarta center is located in a large house on a quiet street. There are three classrooms
in the house, one for each subject. There are children, other volunteers and local staff
staying at the center. 

Sponsorship Goal

Our Jakarta family has a big goal this coming month. We must get 14 classes sponsored by June 2020. Please help us reach this goal. Do you have 15 friends and relatives that will contribute 30 dollars a month and together sponsor one of our classes? Please talk to you Book club, Fitness club etc….. So we can achieve our goal of 14 Class sponsorship by June 2020!

Ongoing Events

  1. Charity Update

Holding charity during Ramadan is an age-old tradition for most Indonesians. Last month, we went around the city and realized that even though we see big houses, luxurious hotels and high-rise buildings in this city, there are, sadly, still many people who are homeless, hungry, and trapped in abject poverty. On the main road of Cipinang (100 m away from IHF Jakarta Center), many children have resorted to child labor and street begging while they should be in school or playing with their mates while old men and women carry huge heavy trash bags on their back after picking waste and scraps. That’s one of the reasons we came up with the idea of doing charity, not only for IHF children but also for the people in need around us.

The charity we conducted last month is proof that there are many people in the world who care for each other. More than 17 million Rupiah was collected by the last day of the charity event. What a surprise! That number exceeded our expectations. The kind of donations varies. Besides money/cash, there are people who donate meals, cloth masks – in regard to the virus outbreak, dates (dry fruits) and cakes. From the collected donations, we handed out 117 food supplies plus cloth masks, 30 meals, and 50 pcs takjil. Words are certainly not enough to express our gratitude to the contributing donors and volunteers who went out of their way to achieve this!

 

  1. Eid Al-Fitr

After 30 days of fasting, we celebrated Eid Al-Fitr. Eid Al-Fitr is a religious holiday, celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan. Eid Al-Fitr takes place on the first day of the tenth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and Muslims are not permitted to fast on that day.

On this special day, the Muslims gather in a big mosque or a large field to do an Eid prayer in the morning. Afterwards, they open their houses for family and friends to join the celebrations. They will shake hands, hug, say prayers and ask forgiveness from each other. Most people usually serve traditional dishes and cakes for the guests who visit.

Sadly, since the number of covid-19 cases is still rising, we are urged to stay at home and abide by the social distancing rule. We are not allowed to open the center even though many students and volunteers want to come over. This year is so excruciatingly unusual for all Muslims all over the world.

Fortunately, there’s always something to be grateful for. Some friends sent cakes and cookies to the center. On that day, we also took the opportunity to visit one of our local volunteers who live near the center, Dania. It was a pleasure to meet other people and of course we kept obeying the rule: no gatherings of more than five people.

Past Events

Pass the Book

We have a book selling project though Instagram account “Pass the Book”. We open donations in book form and then sell them online. This involves collecting good quality novels (mostly in English language) from our donors. Each book costs vary, from IDR 20.000 – IDR 150.000

Macrame Keychain

Our fundraising team will also be creating another online selling project at the end of the month dubbed ‘Macrame Keychain Project’. By using colorful yarns, we braid them and create cute little keychains, Macrame! During this quarantine period, our At-center volunteers are focusing on producing these keychains and selling them through Instagram & Shopee (Indonesian e-commerce platform).

If you are interested in donating and or purchasing our products, please let us know by sending an email to jakartacenter@ihfonline.org.

Read Jakarta Volunteer Manual Here: