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Communities join hands to rebuild Kampung Kunir

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 10, 2019   /  02:49 pm
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Children play in the hallway of a temporary shelter built for residents of Kampung Kunir in Taman Sari, West Jakarta on Oct. 3, 2018.(Kompas.com/Rima Wahyuningrum)

After being forcefully evicted three years ago, more than 30 families now living in temporary shelters in Kampung Kunir in Taman Sari, West Jakarta, have pinned their hopes of living in permanent houses on help from various communities. Gugun Muhammad, a community organizer at Urban Poor Consortium (UPC), said the group, along with the Jakarta Urban Poor Network (JRMK), had submitted a proposal to the Jakarta administration in late September and was currently waiting for approval from the City Council.  “We know we cannot rely on the regular provincial infrastructure program funds that are routinely allocated. Therefore, we are looking for grants from the city administration with a total of Rp 14 billion [US$989,000] proposed funds,” Gugun told The Jakarta Post recently. However, Gugun said, the grants could only be given once, so if the building was d...