The IHF Jakarta Center is located in an eastern suburb of Indonesia’s Capital City. The center is in a fairly large house on a quiet street of private houses.
The IHF Jakarta Center is a Children’s Home to a small number of children. The building is also used as an education Center, offering English, Math, Aflatoun and Computer classes on a daily basis.
Poverty in Indonesia’s Capital City
In any capital city, huge disparities between people with different socio-economic backgrounds can be quite prevalent, and Jakarta is no different.
Most of the children who attend the IHF Center come from impoverished families, often travelling 1-2km on foot to get to the center. However, most of them are in reasonably good health, well-nourished, and receiving loving care from their parents and relatives.
Family Structure in Jakarta
About 25% to 50% of our IHF students are born to non-Jakartan parents. Because these families lack the support of immediate family members, the children often miss a year of school while the family transitions from their hometowns to Jakarta.
The current family structure in Jakarta means that sometimes the children do not come to Jakarta until months, and even years later, after the parents have settled into their new life in the capital. These children often have a hard time adapting to the new city’s school system.
If the family suddenly finds themselves struggling financially, the parents may send the children back to the village, which disrupts their educational progress yet again.
To tackle this issue, IHF Jakarta collaborates with the local and expat communities to receive a continuous influx of teaching volunteers to instruct students on different academic levels.
Volunteers also hold a variety of classes and workshops, providing students with the opportunity to experience a well-rounded education in all subjects.