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!