The Jakarta branch of the Cipayung Refugee Educational Center is HELP (Health, Education and Learning Program) for Refugees. LDSC has helped the Cipayung school and now we will try and help the Jakarta school. Baqir Mohammed is the young man heading up the Jakarta school – an amazing young man. We were shocked when we learned he was only 19! Most 19-year-old’s we know in America are not wired to accept the responsibility he has, but most 19 year-old’s have not seen what he’s seen and been through what Baqir has been through.
They finally secured a building (an old house, actually) and the first thing they needed was a few things to open up: carpet, table, fans (it gets hot in Jakarta homes with no air conditioning!), water cooler, mini-stove, etc.
So now the school is (sort of) set up and classes start Monday, September 4! There are 140 students registered, which is double the amount expected. In addition, we will be teaching at the school!! DeeAnn and I will be teaching three classes each on Mondays – she will teach English and I will teach basic personal finance and accounting. There’s still a lot to do to get set up, but the school is off and running!