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.