A homeless man gets a spot of the sun outside Ciracas Sports Hall in East Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Jakarta Cares for Its Homeless

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

MAY 01, 2020

The Ciracas Sports Hall in East Jakarta has been converted into a temporary shelter for homeless people to stop them from sleeping rough out on the streets and protect them from coronavirus infection. 

The provincial government is planning to turn the city's many sports centers – called GOR – into more shelters for homeless people.

The Ciracas Sports Hall has enough space to fit 100 makeshift beds. 

Many homeless people from all parts of Indonesia come to Jakarta during Ramadan and the Idul Fitri holiday to beg or find seasonal work as scavengers. 

Homeless families are often found sheltering on sidewalks next to their wooden carts where they keep their meager belongings. They are known in the city as "manusia gerobak" ("cart people"). 

Now some of them have found accommodation at the sports centers, where health workers and volunteers are put on standby 24 hours a day to give them assistance. 

In the morning the volunteers lead them to do exercises outside before the health workers give them a medical check-up. They are also given free clothes and fed with healthy food three times a day.  

Authority leads the homeless as they sunbathe outside Ciracas sport hall in East Jakarta on Friday (01/05). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An officer leads a morning exercise outside the Ciracas Sports Hall on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A health worker conducts medical check-up to a homeless man. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A health worker checks a man's pulse. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Authorities help a homeless man enter the sport hall. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A homeless man is wheeled into the sports hall. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Inside the Ciracas sport hall, is able to house 100 bed for homeless. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Inside the Ciracas Sports Hall, which can accommodate 100 beds. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A health worker performs medical check to a homeless. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A health worker checks a woman's temperature. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A homeless sleeps inside the Ciracas sport hall. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A homeless man sleeps inside the sports hall with a mask over his face. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother accompanies her children play around inside Ciracas sport hall in East Jakarta on Friday (01/05). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Homeless children play inside the hall. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two homeless man relax on a makeshift bed inside Ciracas sport hall on Friday (01/05). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two men relax on their makeshift beds inside Ciracas Sports Hall. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother and her child sit as they sunbathe outside the Ciracas sport hall in East Jakarta on Friday (01/05). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman and her child sunbathe outside. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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