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Jakarta Post

I’m Star House empowers people with mental disabilities

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

South Tangerang   /   Thu, August 8, 2019   /  09:03 am
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Participants of I’m Star House, a place for people with mental disabilities to gain experience working, wrap and package utensils for a corporate client in Bintaro, South Tangerang, Banten.(JP/Robert Yota)

People with mental disabilities often find it difficult to feel socially included and most importantly, a sense of purpose. They are oftentimes treated with pity and perceived as bothersome. However, with utmost dedication and an unbroken commitment, I’m Star House shows that there can be a silver lining to every hardship. The house in Bintaro, South Tangerang, Banten, is filled with optimism and enthusiasm. There, people with mental disabilities engage in activities such as packaging food, making goodie bags and parcels, writing gift cards and designing curriculum vitae (CV). “Today, we are packaging utensils to be used with lunch boxes. We need to wrap 20,000 packets by the end of the week,” said Arianda "Arya" Wiradipa Prabowo, 24, who was diagnosed with Sotos syndrome, a disorder characterized by excessive physical growth accompa...