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Jakarta Post

Gregorius Hadiyanto Nitihardjo: A father figure to thousands

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 14 2012   /  11:19 am

Gregorius Hadiyanto Nitihardjo is a happy, loving and dedicated father of 1,101 children.

One is his biological daughter, Clarissa Nitihardjo, who just recently graduated from high school. The remaining 1,100 are scattered in eight cities in Indonesia, where they live in a housing complex run by SOS Children’s Village Indonesia (SCVI), a local subsidiary of an international organization that aims at assisting orphans and abandoned children.

The man has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to those children.

But 1,000 kids doesn’t seem like enough for Hadi, as the man is usually referred to. The 48-year-old expects he can still add some more.

The organization’s target is to take care of 32,000 children by the year 2020, and SCVI is almost halfway there, having nurtured more than 10,000 since 1972.

The fact that Indonesia is currently the home o...