nearly every 10 minutes
We make three activities:
Emergency : Jakarta Poverty Charity
Education: Jakarta Poverty Informal School
Empowerment: Jakarta Poverty Empowerment
Jakarta, Indonesia: capital of Southeast Asia’s largest democracy and the fourth most populous country in the world at 238 million (2011 data). Home to over 23 million people, the Greater Jakarta Area (Jabodetabek) is the largest megacity in Asia and the third largest in the world.
To outsiders, Jakarta is a shining example of Indonesia’s development. To businesses, it is a thriving market with a skilled labour force and skyrocketing consumption rates. To its middle class, it is a city that is still able to provide everything they need, despite stressful levels of congestion. But to its poor, Jakarta presents a very different picture.
Jakarta’s poor live in the scattered pockets of urban slums and witness a very different side of the city. To the poor, Jakarta is a city where basic services are out of reach and decent job opportunities are scarce. Despite their best efforts, they struggle even for minimum subsistence. How can a city growing so fast leave so many behind?
Nusa Dua, Bali. The United Nations, along with 25 countries hailing from the Asia-Pacific region and surrounding areas, convened in Bali on Thursday to discuss post-2015 Millennium Development Goals plans for poverty eradication.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who opened the Regional Meeting and Stakeholder Consultation on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, said that the process will involve massive efforts worldwide and require extensive data collection, lengthy consultations with various stakeholders, constructive debates and a myriad of analyses and projections.
“The result of this work will determine whether in the coming decades, the world’s seven billion people — and counting — will march together towards a world of greater peace, progress and prosperity. On the other hand, it will also determine whether we will instead fall into the trap of rising inequity, conflict and desperation,” the president stated.
Yudhoyono said that the meeting will determine whether the community of nations can, once again, work together to design and achieve a new set of development targets, or lose the valuable momentum thus far achieved. “And it will decisively determine whether, in a world full of uncertainties and emerging vulnerabilities, our collective future will be better than the past and present.”
The international community has righteously embarked on the Millennium Development Goals project since 2000, he said.
“The MDGs are rare and historic because the world community had never before agreed to a set of global development targets with a specific time frame. The MDGs are unique because it was not imposed by one country or group of countries on others: they are voluntary objectives, designed by all nations, agreed by all, for the good of all. Countries — large, medium and small — take part in the MDGs as mutual stakeholders.”
The president says that Indonesia has successfully reduced the number of people living in poverty to 11.9 percent of the population in 2012 from 20.6 percent in 1990.
“We have achieved primary universal education for children, and in fact, we have a compulsory of nine years primary and secondary education. Infant mortality has been reduced from 68 per 1,000 births in 1991 to 34 in 2007,” he added.
Yudhoyono said that despite the success of many countries in reaching the MDGs, overall, the goal to eradicate poverty remains a serious challenge.
“Today, the location of poverty is shifting. A Brookings Institute [study] shows that in 1990, 80 percent of the people living in poverty were located in stable, low-income countries. Today, this number declines to 10 percent.”
“Somewhat, this is an encouraging development. Yet, at the same time, other categories of countries are confronted by increased poverty. The research also shows that 49 percent of people living in poverty are now located in stable middle-income countries, and 41 percent in fragile states,” said Yudhoyono.
The meeting in Nusa Dua signals a preparation for the High Level Panel of Eminent Person on the Post (HELP) 2015 Development Agenda in Monrovia in February 2013.
Sjeline Lukiman says:
Jakarta is becoming more and more unbearable for all inhabitants, rich or poor, especially for the poorest of the poor. The richest can always go to Bali or Singapore, even Hongkong or California, they don’t have to suffer like the ones who can’t afford their life-style. Jakarta wealthiest will become richer, because they have properties outside Indonesia. The minute the Rupiah depreciates, they become richer because of their second, third homes are in Singapore or Australia or callifornia become more expensive.The children of the wealthy also have better education, they speak and write in English and now they even master Putonghua Chinese. They came home from USA or UK with knowledge and ideas, and they have friends in many parts of the world and share ideas of business opportunities, arts and life styles. These kids see the world as a whole. The poor and the lower middle class homes struggle to send their children to good schools. With limited knowledge and outdated knowledge, they will continue to be left behind, this is frustrating for them. They pray and work harder, but their ability to get ahead though possible, but is very limited. If the government really want to make Jakarta a better place to live in, it needs to built schools which teaches sciences, languages, history and ethics and most importantly the students need to be encouraged to read books written in English or any other major languages by good writers. In 1960s-70s, students read and write, to-day I can’t find a niece and nephew (about 40 of them) who are university graduates (mostly top ones like the University of Indonesia and ITB) who read news papers on daily basis. Reading books ? only dutch educated ones during colonial times who are still reading for entertainment.I myself went to convent schools in the 60s-70s. Most of our teacher were foreign Catholic Jesuit priests or Ursuline nuns who are chosen to educate due to their academic ability and firm ethical values. Now education in Jakarta has become industries to cater the local middle class.If schools aim to earn money instead of educate the young to be thinking people, Jakarta will only suffer the consequences. Most Jakartans entertain themselves by hanging out in the Jakarta malls. Book fair in Jakarta ? you can count the visitors. Fashion fair ? the whole place will be congested. They adopt foreign life-styles, but not their habits such as reading, writing to express their opinions on crucial matters. They tweet more on less necessary things. The less educated one will shout on the streets to express their views. The answer for Jakarta is still good education, education and education. Yesterday I told my niece that her school motto “In Serviam” is in Latin and it means “I will serve”. She was surprised (I was surprised that she didn’t know that) She did not know that those are Latin words , let alone its meaning. She is now in grade 10 in this numero uno girl school in Indonesia. Got the picture ?