City cares for more street children
JAKARTA: The Jakarta Social Services Agency said Wednesday that as of May it had treated a total of 4,287 street children, surpassing the total number of 4,264 children last year.
The agency’s secretary, Susanabudi Susilowati, said that the agency was working with 31 shelters and with social workers to reach the street children and their families.
“There are 2,488 we have yet to reach this year,” Susanabudi said.
The central administration and the Jakarta administration are allocating a total of Rp 1.5 million (US$159) per street child between 6 and 17 years of age.
The agency last year reported the ranks of Jakarta’s street kids swelled from about 3,000 to more than 7,000 in just three years.