The Living-in Experience, an internship program for less fortunate residents of Greater Jakarta, is part of the Recruitment & Training System for young reporters of The Jakarta Post. Below are personal accounts of those who recently took part in the three-day-and-two-night internship programs in Kampung Akuarium, Penjaringan district, North Jakarta; in Klender, East Jakarta and in Marunda, North Jakarta.

by Sarah Putri Larasati

The house in Kampung Cipinang Muara 2, East Jakarta, is modest and a bit cramped, with only a patched-together roof over the bathroom. There’s a well-used fan in the living room and an aging television whose only color is an alien-like green. Bu Pur, 60, and Pak Pur, 73, have lived there for about 40 years. Bu Pur is the breadwinner of the family. Every morning at 4 a.m., she wakes up to sell vegetables at an alley near her house. Her husband, Pak Pur, hasn’t worked since the 1980s. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease and diabetes, along with a heart problem. Together, they had four sons, but of the four, only two remain. Sunardi, the third son, is the secretary for the neighborhood unit (RT), while Joko, the youngest, works as a driver. Sunardi is married and his son is currently a sophomore at a university. P...