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Learning center offers hope, education to children living 'under the bridge'

Audrie Safira Maulana

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, December 3, 2019  /  05:06 pm
Learning center offers hope, education to children living 'under the bridge'

High tech: Students use gadgets and smartphones to help them with their studies. (JP/Rafaela Chandra)

A humble yet determined woman from North Jakarta does everything she can to improve the lives of poor children living in the prostitution zone of Cilincing, North Jakarta. Inside a small, blue building, eight children are seen seated together, each writing in their own book. Guided by Putri, their teacher, they are currently learning about animals. These children are students of Rumah Belajar Merah Putih (Red and White Learning Center), a school and learning center established in 2007 by Desi Purwatuning, known as Bunda Desi by her students, along with her late husband Muhammad Hasan Ridwan. Change starts here: The entrance to Rumah Belajar Merah Putih located in the red-light district of Cilincing, North Jakarta. (JP/Rafaela Chandra) Driven by her interest in reading, Desi initially set up the learning center as a reading park in front of her house in Cilincing, North Jak...