A long story, but through a friend of a friend of a friend, we met Yudith, a super lady who runs Mercy Home, a neighborhood home that serves as a place of refuge for 400 kids in a very poor, rough part of Jakarta. It’s in North Jakarta at the harbor, and like most every port city of the world, the docks are typically the roughest. That is certainly the case here. The kids that come to Mercy, have parents, but very little direction in their lives. The dads are mostly absent and some of their moms work at night (if you know what I mean). The kids live in their own “home” in the neighborhood, and they go to school, but have no support from home. They basically live on the street, so Mercy is a real refuge for them.
Yudith and a handful of volunteers teach the kids English, reading and ‘life skills’; more importantly, they give them a place to go and a hug from someone who cares.
This week was still a school holiday here in Indonesia , so there were officially no classes at the home, but there were a few kids here today. Normally, they have a few younger kids in the early morning, then after school from about 2 until 10, they get swamped with the older kids!
The Mercy Home is needing a lot of help, so we have asked Yudith to prioritize her needs. A few people actually live there (Yudith included) so they cook and feed about 10-12 people a day, so they need a refrigerator, etc. So we’ll gather some more information and fill out a request for funds to help them. What a great work Yudith and her team are doing!