Jakarta is one of the most populous cities in the world. Walking on the street of this metropolis, one can easily feel the energy of this fast-growing economy. However, one can also easily see the part of the population that has few resources to rely on. Substantive amount of school-aged children, whose family could not afford their education, live and wander around the streets, struggle to survive by singing, begging, vending things to tourists, or pilfering. They have little to expect for their future, unless someone extended a helping hand. Lucky for some, the joint program of Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM) and ADOC Project changed their fate and that was how Selvi and Debbi got out of the street.
Selvi is a girl coming from Sumatra. When she was 11 years old, she ran away from home and went to Jakarta to see the big city. Shortly afterwards, she had to live on the street because she could not support herself. Wandering on the street and engaging in dishonorable activities such as stealing, she knew that she was walking down the wrong path of life but had no way to escape the plight.
Debbi was another street child. Because her parents had to work in Jakarta, she was raised by her grandparents in Flores. In her eyes, they were her true parents. However, when Debbi was seven years old, her parents suddenly brought her to Jakarta. Debbi didn’t want to go to Jakarta but had no choice. She tried very hard to get along with her parents, but still couldn’t adapt to the new life with them after two years, during which
she missed her grandparents badly. So she ran away from home. However, without money to go back to her grandparents’ home, Debbi soon became street child in Jakarta and searched through garbage for food.
Fortunately, one day, Selvi and Debbi respectively met a staff member of Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM), an organization that has been working to get children off
the streets of Indonesia for 40 years. They were invited to KDM and, after being told that KDM could offer food, shelter and education to underprivileged children, they immediately agreed to stay with KDM. The days of being haunted by cold, hunger, and threat to life was over for the two girls. Furthermore, they got the opportunity to be educated in KDM, learning math, science, social studies, foreign languages, and cooking.
What was more joyful to them was that an ADOC center opened in KDM. In June, 2009, the ADOC was set up and the ADOC Secretariat donated 20 computers and a server. All of the children were anxious to try using the computers. With the help of the training programs, they first learned to type, and then to use computer applications such as Microsoft Office, Movie Maker, Adobe, and Photoshop. In addition, they could access the world by surfing the Internet, writing emails, and interacting with friends on Facebook.
Selvi is so glad that the ADOC Project in collaboration with KDM brought her back to the right path, and helped her make friends with people around the world. To her, learning to use computer has not only opened a window of knowledge, but also made her life more colorful.
Debbi loves to attend computer classes such as Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe InDesign CS4, WordPress and Blog.com provided by ADOC. Besides, she also learned to type, and surf the Internet. Debbi found that she could easily search for information she wanted and interact with people online. She even thought that she could do business on the Internet, and firmly believed that someday her dream would come true.
Receiving education used to be a far away dream for Selvi and Debbi, not to mention using computer to reach the world. But the ADOC project helps realize their dreams by greatly increasing their competitiveness in the job market, opening their minds and changing their lives. They all feel very grateful for what the ADOC has provided to them, and would like to express their most sincere appreciation to ADOC.