Don’t give people fish, give them fishing rods!
A future for children with little to poor chances for a good future. They live in Malang and surroundings. Permata Hati has the goal to enable the children to go to school. They are of the opinion that for a good basic future all children must be able to read and write. This gives them better opportunities to arrange their own lives and that of their children again.
We support in general between 350 and 400 children. This might be a drop in the ocean. However, the first child from a street in the poor kampongs might be the example and good stimulation for other children. Besides, helping one child is helping his/her whole family.
Of course in Indonesia education is in principle possible for everybody, however, when parents do not have enough money, the school remains an impossible goal to reach for the children. For that reason foster parents take financially care for a child in order to let it go to school.
We as the Indonesian foundation Yayasan Sosial Permata Hati and our Dutch sister foundation Kartini cooperate together in order to get the money on the right places at the right time. Permata Hati means Diamond Heart.
There is a lot of contact between the organisations and with the families of the children, local governmental organisations and schools in Malang. Comparing with other similar social orientated organisations the short communication lines in our project are an advantage for all its activities.
A fish as well
The main opinion is: a school diploma gives more opportunities in finding a job and this might improve the live circumstances of many others. The result can be noticed not immediately but more on longer term.
In Malang and surroundings many children made a better living due to the support from Permata Hati.
With our experience in this project we must conclude also that with an empty stomach it is not easy to learn lessons, so that is the reason why the families of the children receive a regular amount of rice. This supports the parents and other relatives a little in their daily needs. Beyond that we also gives the children and/or the parent information about several social and welfare subjects.