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Street Kids Ministry provides alternative education for the needy

  • Anton Muhajir

    Contributor

Denpasar   /   Tue, September 16 2008   /  10:27 am

GIVING HOPE: Several street children join a lesson at an alternative school in Pemecutan, West Denpasar. The children are taught a number of subjects including singing and drawing. (JP/Anton Muhajir)  The tallest among about 15 children in the room, 11-year-old Ni Wayang Komang shyly sang along with the others, clapping her hands at times. That day she was joining an alternative school for street children in Banjar (neighborhood organization) Penyaitan, Pemecutan, West Denpasar. The school, named Street Kids Ministry, accommodates children of low-income families in the banjar. The young girl, who hails from Tianyar village in Karangasem regency, looked the most untidy in appearance. She wore no sandals. She lives with her parents and two siblings in a rented room, 20 meters away from the school. Poor economic conditions have forced her to drop ...