Posted by RedMission Indonesia On July - 9 - 2011 7 Comments

Lina is 7 years old. At the age when most kids start going to school, Lina starts her day in Jakarta’s city streets and intersections.

Lina is among many children in Jakarta, who lives in poverty and sacrifice education for work. Life is tough for Lina. At a very young age, her parents expect her to help her family makes ends meet – a big responsibility for such a young child.

Working on the streets is very tough for a young girl like Lina. She is constantly exposed to many dangers, from health hazards, abuse by law enforcement officials, as well as the danger of being raped and getting infected with sexually transmitted diseases

Like many other street children, Lina doesn’t have much option. There’s no place for cry babies in Lina’s world. Lina and many other street children learn to fend for themselves in the harsh street of Jakarta to earn as little as $1 a day to eat and get by.

According to National Commission for Child Protection (NCCP), Jakarta alone has some 40,000 street children, compared to 15,000 before the 1997 economic crisis. As life becomes increasingly tough for many families in Indonesia, children have often been sent out onto the streets by impoverished parents who can’t support their families, and as a result, are deprived of an education. Children working as beggars, food hawkers and garbage collectors are a common sight on the streets of Jakarta.

The issue of street children in Indonesia is complex and there is sadly no single solution for it. The street children are getting younger and younger. Once, they were ten years old and above. Now, you see children as young as one year old being carried by older siblings on the street corners. Some main reasons these children roam the streets are: they either have no home or known families, are escaping from poor and cramped conditions at home, or are part of a family that lives on the streets. For whatever reason they exist, it is heartbreaking to see children like Lina struggle with life.

On July 23rd, Indonesia will be celebrating Children’s Day. But for kids like Lina, there is little about their childhood worth celebrating. Poverty has denied them of their right to an education. Without an education, their chance of breaking out of their life in poverty is minimal.

If you have the passion to help children like Lina get the proper education they deserve, join RedMission Indonesia’s cause now.

RedMission Indonesia

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7 Responses so far.

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    It is very sad to see Indonesian children in unfortunate situations. The government needs to do something about it too!

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