Children hug Sabrina Bensawan as they arrive at Saab Shares Study House in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, on Feb. 1. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

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BY : YUDHA BASKORO

FEBRUARY 08, 2019

Sabrina and Elena Bensawan are the founders of Saab Shares Study House, a free after-school program designed to provide underprivileged children with better access to education.

The Jakarta Globe visited the two sisters at a small rented house on Jalan Dolar in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, on Feb. 1. The study house offers books, musical instruments, art equipment, mentoring programs and other educational services to both children and their parents – all for free.

Sabrina says family, especially mothers, are key to children's happiness and success.

"We run a women's empowerment program to teach mothers the right skills to bring up their children. We teach them cooking, sewing, how to do makeup – they can choose what they want to learn. We also have seminars and coaching sessions that are more intense and personal. Our aim is to really change their lives," she said. 

Children come to the house at 10 a.m. They usually hug Sabrina and Elena before rushing to the library to read books, play music or sing songs. They were learning an English song during the Jakarta Globe's visit. 

Saab Shares Study House's mainly focuses on character-building, health and women's empowerment, which are crucial to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty in Indonesia.

This year, the institution also plans to extend its charity network by organizing a program to improve the quality of life for children in Papua.

Sabrina Bensawan is seen reading a story book to her students in Saab Shares Study House at Cengkareng, in West Jakarta on Friday (01/02) She founded Saab Shares in 2014 when she was 16 years old. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sabrina reads a storybook to her students in Saab Shares Study House in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, on Feb. 1. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sabrina Bensawan is seen reading a story book for her students in Saab Shares at Cengkareng, West Jakarta on Friday (01/02) She is the youngest receiver of one of worlds most prestigious award Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of The Year 2018, Forbes 30 under 30 2019, chosen as National Role Model by President Joko Widodo. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sabrina was 16 years old when she and Elena founded Saab Shares in 2014. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Saab Shares students sitting in front of their art work on Friday (01/02) Students learn about the importance of respecting diversity. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Saab Shares students sitting in front of their artwork. They learn about the importance of respecting diversity. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Saab Shares student learning to play angklung in Cengkareng, West Jakarta on Friday (01/02) Angklung is a traditional musical instrument made of bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. Learning to play music is important to build a personality and improve language competence for children (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students learn to play the angklung, a traditional musical instrument made from bamboo tubes attached to a frame. Learning to play music is important to building character, while it also improve language competence in children (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sabrina and Elena Bensawan taking photos together with their student in study house at Cengkareng, West Jakarta on Friday (01/02) Sabrina and Elena want to their students have a good attitude and great knowledge so they can reach their big dreams in the future. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sabrina and Elena pose for a photo with their students. They want the students to have a good attitude and great knowledge so they can achieve their dreams for the future. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Saab Shares students are seen reading a book with puppet hand doll in Cengkareng, West Jakarta on Friday (01/02) Saab Shares placed great emphasis on education, health, and empowerment of women. All three are crucial to break vicious circle of poverty in Indonesia. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students are seen reading a book with a hand puppet. Saab Shares places great emphasis on education, health and the empowerment of women to break the poverty cycle. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Elena Bensawan playing domikado with students in Saab Shares at Cengkareng, West Jakarta on Friday (01/01) The Domikado is a hand clapping game. Its requires approximately four or more people to play. Game that teaches intimacy and compactness. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Elena plays domikado with students. The hand-clapping game, which requires four people or more people to play, teaches intimacy and connectedness. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
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