Taking a “Jalan Tikus” – the literal translation is ‘street rat’, but it’s slang for a ‘shortcut’, as in ‘taking the route a rat would to take when they wanted to get somewhere quickly’.
We came to Bandung to get the items requested by the Bina Anugrah Special School – a school for kids with some tough problems – downs syndrome, blind, deaf, physically handicapped, autistic, etc., etc.
The best way to get it is to just go shopping – so we did! President Edi (he was just called as the Branch President, so he’s no longer Brother Edi!) and our friend Ivan came with us and boy was it good they did! They really helped navigate the stores, pricing, logistics, etc. and President Edi drove which is always good.
We went to three stores – first to the toy store for educational puzzles, games, blocks, etc. (this was no ‘Toys R Us ‘ – but a ‘traditional’ store, small, cramped and disorganized!)
Then to the electronic store for the TV, etc.
Then to the medical supply store for a scale, walker and braille supplies.
Then it was off for the best part – Delivery! The school is having some work done, so we delivered the supplies to Ibu Iis’ home and she’ll keep it there until the school is done.
The Bina Anugrah School is too small to get any government help, so they have to rely on donations only. They are so out of room – and trying to make a little extra space with this construction, but it’s not enough. She told us there were 85 students who tried to get in when school started a few weeks ago, but they could only take 2 as they were full. We’ll get back to Bandung when the construction is finished and see the new things with the students.
So many great partners who do such great work, helping the many people who have little.
I had a long video, so I thought I would give this its own post. On the street of Bandung, is a small street cart selling Rujak (and also Lotek a cooked salad, and Karedon, the same salad, raw). Rujak is a sweet dish with fruit, some vegetables, shrimp paste, palm sugar, peanuts and all blended together. Sounds awful – but tastes pretty darn good!
Just average buildings along the train tracks on the way to Bandung
Saturday morning, 10 YSA’s (along with Elder and Sister Jensen, the office couple) gathered at the Al-Mubarokah orphanage for a service project to clean and paint the kitchen. Of the ten, seven had never painted before!
I will let the pictures tell the story:
These kids worked SO hard today! What a thrill and blessing it was to be with them. LOVE THE YSA’s!!!!!
Dr. Titi introduced us to this small orphanage near her hospital. Unfortunately, it’s taken several months for the project to make its’ way through the system and this last week was finally approved. We went back to confirm the list of things they need and also set up a YSA service project for Saturday, September 16. The YSA’s will clean and paint the kitchen and LDSC will provide a few things for the kitchen and the rest of the orphanage.
We went out to a “traditional market” with Dr. Titi to buy a few things the orphanage needs. A traditional market is where Indonesians shop – not bule’s! These stores were buried down very small streets, back rooms and up stairs!
We got plates and utensils, fans, rice cookers, pots and pans, shoes, etc. We will deliver them next Friday, the day before we take the YSA’s to work on the kitchen.
This is a great project at a needed facility. They were so appreciative of the items donated by LDSC. Tomorrow is the service project with the YSA’s to clean and paint the kitchen.
Patrick Cheuk is the Asia Area Welfare Manager and we were honored to have him visit Indonesia this week. He was previously over Seminaries and Institutes and he had not been in Indonesia for five years and this was his first visit as Welfare Manager. He arrived Tuesday at noon and we spent the week visiting almost all of the Jakarta-area projects:
Limbs for the Limbless
Community Eye Screening
LDSC has a project with Gadja Madah University to perform eye screenings around Central Java. We had asked them if they would consider using the Church Building in Bogor (a suburb of Jakarta) and they agreed. The response was terrific! LDSC distributed 300 pairs of reading glasses and 350 pairs of prescription glasses!
The Learning Farm
TLF is a great program teaching disadvantaged kids organic farming, English, math and assorted life skills – getting along, working together, patience, etc.
The Refugee School
The “original” Refugee School is in Ciapyung, suburb of Bogor. You have to know where it is, or have someone take you, because it is a bit tricky to find. There is no road very close – we have to park and make our way up the hill.
The Mercy Home
Mercy home is a school / neighborhood drop-in place for kids in Cilincing, a very rough area of Jakarta – down at the docks. (It’s pretty consistent phenomenon – neighborhoods around the docks in cities all over the world are always the roughest.) They have over 500 children registered and we started helping the Home with a few items to make their work go a little easier.
HELP Refugee School
HELP is the Jakarta branch of the refugee school in Cipayung. Baqir is the 19-year-old head of the school – yes 19. He was teaching English in another Refugee school at 16 – and is a remarkable young man.
Perinasia is the Indonesian Pediatric Association and is our partner with Helping babies Breathe and Helping Mother’s Survive. Their office is very near the Refugee School, so we just dropped in so Patrick could meet Sari, the office manager and coordinator. We have a team coming from the US the end of October and we had a few logistical details to discuss with her.
Dr Titi / RS Lestari
LDSC has partnered with Dr. Titi and the hospital for 9 years. We continue to do so because of the great work she does.
Yayasan Panti Asuhan Al Mubarokah
Last week we went shopping with Dr. Titi to a traditional market (items are cheaper where no Bule’s shop) to buy stuff for the orphanage. It was delivered today and received with great appreciation! Tomorrow we are bringing the YSA’s to do a service project of cleaning and painting the kitchen – more on that in a separate post.
We were so honored to have Patrick here and to show him firsthand the projects we are working on right here in Jakarta. It was a grueling, tiring week – traffic makes getting around very tough! But we did it and now when we talk about these projects, he will have met the people and been to their establishments. Thanks for coming Patrick!