New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia
ANZA and Sponsors Support Hundreds of Indonesian Children
The story of Mujid and his journey from scavenging to schooling was heard by the Australian New Zealand Association’s (ANZA) committee and its sponsors at a night hosted by the New Zealand Ambassador, David Taylor, and his wife Theresa Taylor, to thank the ANZA committee for its work and the companies for their support of the organisation. The Ambassador and his Australian counterpart are patrons of ANZA. Mrs Sara Moriarty, wife of the Australian Ambassador, and Deputy Head of Mission Paul Robilliard and his wife also participated in the event.
ANZA Social Welfare spokesperson, Raechell Craig, told the gathering of more than forty people from both ANZA and its sponsors, Ritz-Carlton & JW Marriott Jakarta, Commonwealth Group, Ernst & Young, Colliers International & Asian Tigers Mobility, Qantas, G4S, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, Thiess Indonesia, Arbor & Troy, Holcim, International SOS, The New Zealand International School Jakarta, and Merdeka Coffee, that if not for their generous sponsorship of ANZA , many children such as Mujid, a young 13 year old boy from West Java, would be joining the many other young children in his community picking through garbage for a living.
Anyone who meets Mujid is struck by his energy and keen mind, and a concerned community leader, who could see this potential and how vulnerable Mujib was without an education, brought him to the Nurani Insani School , she said.
“Nurani Insani is a free school for street children that ANZA and its sponsors have supported for many years.”
The companies’ sponsorship goes towards paying for teachers' salaries at the school. Over the years, it has also helped build classrooms, provide uniforms for the children, and basic school supplies. Mujib is just one of hundreds of children supported by ANZA and its sponsors.
Mujid’s family came to Jakarta from a village in Java in the hope of establishing a better life. Initially, the situation looked hopeful for the family but then Mujid’s father passed away.
“Mujid’s mother, younger brother and Mujid found themselves having to live in a shack next to the railway tracks. His mother earned money for the family as a pemulung (scavenger) by collecting saleable rubbish. Mujid and his brother helped their mother who could not afford to buy uniforms or cover the other expenses associated with going to school.
Mujid is just about to complete Grade 6 and his potential continues to shine. He is a very diligent student, learns quickly and is good at all subjects.
“Our hope is that he will complete junior high school and will have the marks and the funding to move on to a government school and to complete his senior schooling as he has the potential to go to university,” said Mrs Craig.
“Mujid likes football, futsal and drawing, and his special qualities are that he is very honest, outgoing and confident. If Mujid could be here tonight he would enjoy showcasing his English language skills and would say thank you very, very much.”
Mujid’s story is an example of the important work ANZA has been doing for more than 40 years within the local community here, said Ambassador Taylor.
“ANZA members work hard within the community raising funds for charity, as well as volunteering their services and supporting the disadvantaged. They are making a huge difference to many lives.”
ANZA currently contributes about Rp1 billion (approx NZ$150,000) per year through its charity work, with many community members also making contributions of time in support, coordination of programs and visiting projects. Over the years, ANZA has supported a wide range of activities, including not only education projects, but also support for orphanages, pusakas (food kitchens/ community centres), people with disabilities, and a home for the elderly.