Indonesia has a population of 247million. There are many urban areas in Jakarta, including slums, where children are either vulnerable or so poor that their parents can’t afford to educate them. They are caught in the poverty cycle with no escape.
This project seeks to help impoverished children and teenagers, in two different locations, out of poverty by giving them the opportunity to go to school and provide them with vocational skills training that will enable them to earn an income and change the course of their future.
Two primary schools in urban slums are supported by the project. One school is constructed in a dumpsite, where parents work as recyclers, and children are at risk of being drawn into work and out of school. Children completing education will have more employment options. Specifically, they will not become employed in the dump and other very low paid work, and will not become trapped by debt. Health improvements will enable better school attendance.
The project aims to break the poverty cycle for 100 students from 3 marginal communities in Jakarta with 33 graduating per year. Indirect beneficiaries in the two communities number 500.
Recently monitored by GDG, the two small schools have been well constructed and basically equipped and staffed. These schools are embedded in very poor slum conditions, but standout as hopeful and positive influences in these communities. In-Country partner, YCARE, is well established, with good staff and proven track record. An effective education model of small class sizes and motivated teachers is operated by YCARE. They also run other similar schools that are looking for further support.