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.