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The Declaration of the Sahabat Anak Movement

The Sahabat Anak (SA) Movement believes that every child is a precious and worthy being who is equal to all other human beings.

The SA Movement appreciates, respects and fights for children's basic rights, which are to live, to grow, and to be protected while also participating in civil society.

In English Sahabat Anak means a child's friend. As our name suggests it is through our friendship with children that we fight for their basic rights. We invest our time, energy and resources into helping children access their right to education and a life free of poverty, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or social class.

Jakarta, Sunday 17 February, 2008

The 10 Rights of an Indonesian child

(as stated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989)

Every child in the world has the right:

  • to play
  • to education
  • to have their rights protected
  • to a legally registered name
  • to a nationality (to belong to a country)
  • to nutritious food
  • to health care access
  • to relax and play
  • to equality
  • to participate in their country’s development

Let’s be their friends

Based on the experience of many of Sahabat Anak’s volunteers when dealing with street children, they have concluded that it is not just material things that they need. Special care, a willingness to listen, taking time to chat and giving them compassion are the real essential needs of less fortunate children. They need someone to be a FRIEND.

Most philanthrophic acts only focus on the tip of the iceberg. Giving out free meals, free medical checkups and taking them to amusement parks all have temporary effects. Hunger will return after finishing the meal. They will eat unhealthy food again once they run out of the vitamins given. Solitude strikes again when they return to their  humble house.

Stop Giving Money Campaign

We “Waste” IDR 1 billion Every Day

Did you know, that we, residents of Jakarta, waste money – in form of small changes – that tallied up to a 10-digit number every day on the street? Let’s count. The number of street children in Jakarta and its surroundings based on the data from National Commission for Children Protection in 2008 is 30,000. Their daily income varies between IDR 50,000 and IDR 150,000 (especially in a crowded tourist area in North Jakarta). If we take the lowest number, which is IDR 50,000, and times it with 20,000 children, then we have given small changes and coins (IDR 100, 500 or 1000) of IDR 1.000.000.000 or 1 billion rupiah per day!

We make them stay on the street
The calculation above raised an ironic question. We could be the one who make those children stay on the street. By begging, busking, cleaning your car window, or handing out blank envelopes – one child at a primary age can earn almost the same amount of monthly income as a diploma graduate. It is very easy for them. They don’t have to go to school and apply for jobs, because the earning is similar.