Vision and Mission
Sahabat Anak’s Vision:
To show street children that they are valuable as people created in the image of God.
Sahabat Anak’s Mission:
To involve as many people and groups as possible to care for the street children and be their friends who show love at all times
“Based on an Ancient Commitment”
Sahabat Anak began in 1997 with the first Jambore Anak Jalanan (JAJ, “Street Kids Jamboree”). After the Jamboree, it was a group of volunteers, made up of students and professionals, who recognized that one of the essential needs for Indonesia’s urban children, especially for street children living in Jakarta, was education. Education is a fundamental element in breaking the poverty cycle. Education creates opportunities for children to elevate their economic status, while also helping them develop self-esteem and a positive self-image.
Based on an ancient commitment to serve the poor, Sahabat Anak (SA), which means a Child’s Friend, was born.
Without financial or legal support or any other fixed facilities, the organization grew out of the volunteers love for Jakarta’s urban poor and their enthusiasm to make a difference. Over the years, members of SA have learned the intricacies of working together, while serving the children. Through all the work SA does out in the field, they have come to understand the challenges and realities of life on the streets for Jakarta’s urban poor. Life on the streets for Jakarta’s children is difficult and many grow up in a complex environment. However, most children still have the drive and determination to envisage a better life for themselves. It is through these experiences that SA has determined that Education is a key in breaking the poverty cycle. As most children find it extremely difficult to attend school SA has focused its attention and resources on providing informal education to those unable to access formal education, while also tailoring the education to best suit the unique needs of the children.
As a community based organization, SA has developed viable ways to raise funds through our volunteers, word of mouth approach, the sale of merchandise and by friend-raising. 80% of SA’s funds come from individual donors; this highlights SA’s commitment to making SA a community driven organization. SA has a system in place to ensure integrity and responsibility in the use of funds and in reporting on the expenditure of the funds.
Currently, Sahabat Anak has established seven regular tutorial programs, which are known as bimbels, in: Prumpung, Grogol, Cijantung, Gambir, Manggarai, Tanah Abang and Kota Tua. SA has also established The Children’s Activity Centre (Pusat Kegiatan Anak - PKA), an informal school for teenagers who are unable to attend formal education, a Kindergarten for street toddlers in Grogol, West Jakarta and one transit house for street children in Cijantung, East Jakarta.
The Spirit of Sahabat Anak and the Principal of Service
Sahabat Anak Principal of Service
SA servants believe that every human being is a precious and valuable creature made in the image of God, and is equal before Him.
- Sahabat Anak is open to all volunteers who agree with the Principal of Service.
- Sahabat Anak is a community based organization that serves the marginalized communities in Jakarta and surrounding areas.
The Spirit of Sahabat Anak
Sahabat Anak is an organization that aims for a service that is humble, with high levels of commitment, consistency and loyalty. We aim to improve the self-esteem and talents of those less fortunate, who are the street children of Jakarta. We also recognize that each human being is God’s most noble and valuable creation.