Stop Giving Money (on the Street) Campaign
We Waste 1 Billion Rupiah Every Day
Do you realize that we, Jakarta citizens, waste our small change (IDR 500 to 1,000) everyday on street children, on average adding up to a 10 digit amount? Let’s do a quick count. The number of street children in greater Jakarta, based on the latest data from the National Children Committee, reached 30,000 children. Their daily income varies between IDR 50,000 to IDR 150,000 especially in a particular touristy site in North Jakarta. If we take the minimum number of IDR 50,000 times 20,000 children, that means we waste as much as IDR 1 billion in small change every day.
We cause them to stay on the street
The estimation above makes us question something ironic. It is possible that we are the reason these children stay on the street. By busking, begging, cleaning cars at traffic lights, or giving out donation envelopes – one street children in their early age could have the same amount of income as a diploma graduate; it is that easy for them. Without having to attend school, apply for jobs, they make almost the same amount.