Jakarta Street Kids Make Dreams Come True with Entrepreneurship Program i

Street children in Jakarta dream for a good job and a better future. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Unwin).

By : Michelle Unwin | on 10:13 AM May 14, 2013
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Street children in Jakarta dream for a good job and a better future. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Unwin). Street children in Jakarta dream for a good job and a better future. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Unwin).

A Jakarta-based non-governmental organization Sahabat Anak, has a project underway to help about 500 marginalized children realize their potential through entrepreneurship. Called KADO (Karya Anak Indonesia – the work of Indonesian children), the project was launched in February.

Selection and training of 250 adult volunteers to help with this project was finalized by April 21. And now, project KADO is in the implementation phase. The volunteers — along with the marginalized children — selected for this project, met for the first time on the last weekend in April.

During each of the two hour sessions, Desi and Samuel, the hosts for the day, had everyone excited in the courtyard of Museum Mandiri in Kota Tua. The sounds of dancing and singing came first followed by the collaboration of the groups thinking about their project and what they can create.

The project aims to create a product, a service or a display that can benefit their environment. KADO is about encouraging the children to learn self-development skills that can be used to bring their own dreams to fruition.

This phase of the project goes for two months with each of the groups focusing on creating something they can sell. The final stage of the project will be the big reveal at this year’s Sahabat Anak Jamboree, on Aug. 24-25.

The concept for this project came from last year’s jamboree where 1,000 marginalized children were surveyed to find out what they dreamed of. Over half of the kids dreamed for a good job and a better future. Not much to ask and within reach given the right nurtured environment.

The gift of having skills that enables you to make your own dreams come true is truly a gift worth having — especially for marginalized children.

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