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A Social Visit to Sekolah Darurat Kartini
April 23, 2012

JAKARTA (04/20) – Rajawali Foundation and Rajawali Group Business Units; Express Group, Green Eagle Group, and BATR, paid a social caring visit to Sekolah Darurat Kartini—a school for the street kids and children who are living below the poverty line and cannot afford education fee in public school.

Sekolah Darurat Kartini was founded by the infamous Twin Teachers, Mrs. Rian and Mrs. Rosa, on a philanthropic purpose and passion. The school is located on the brink of Lodan Highway, Kampung Bandan, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta.

When it first established, the learning activities for Sekolah Darurat Kartini were only conducted under a non-permanent tarpaulin roof, under a highway bridge in North Jakarta. However, the school was just moved in recently into a semi-permanent hangar in the PJKA warehouse area.

The school condition might seem to be less conducive compared to a normal school, yet it is enough to support the learning activities for the Kartini Student there.

The road around this school was rather in a bad condition, which made us impossible to reach the school in time. While along the way to visit this school, we realized about the sincere passion of the Twin Teachers for this school to see how much the sacrifice they have to make every day to teach and manage this school on their own funding.

Finally, we got to arrive to the school and we were greeted with the students from the first grade who were just finished their class. The twin teachers, was the, welcoming us and guide us to walk around the school to see the condition of the hangar and to observe the learning process of the students in a higher grade.

Sekolah Darurat Kartini provides free tuition fee classes for Early Childhood Primary Education, kindergarten, elementary school, juniorhigh and highschool. The twin teachers said that the children around the school are very enthusiast to study, despite the economy situation of their family. In addition to teaching formal education that followed the official curriculum of the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Sekolah Darurat Kartini also teach creativity skills such as making batik, sewing, making handicraft, etc.

To our surprise, some of the products that made by these kids are actually being sold in the prestigious department store in Jakarta, Seibu-Grand Indonesia. The most expensive price of Batik Tulis they had sold was 5 million rupiah.

Each operational day of Sekolah Darurat Kartini would cost approximately one million rupiah (US$100) to provide lunch for the 500 students and to pay some other expenses like electricity and water. Once in six months, the twin teachers are giving new uniforms to the students, all for free.

The financial support for this school is mostly given by the twin teachers themselves, from their personal money. While, once in a while, they also receive donations from individuals and various institutions who wants to support the continuity of this school.

Before ended our social visits, Fritz Simandjuntak as the President of Rajawali Foundation were presented donation and a memento for Sekolah Darurat Kartini that was received by Mrs. Rian and Mrs. Rosa.

"We are very grateful for the support given by Rajawali Foundation. The donation will be used to pay the expense for final exams to our students, so they can get a certified high school diploma from theMinister of Education that is valid and useful for them in the future," said Mrs. Rosa and Mrs. Rian.

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