Grant Montgomery Travelogue: “Dreams do come true!”
I just returned from visiting a school in the Jakarta slums that has recently been renovated through the efforts of Family Care Indonesia. It is just down the alleyway from a home for street children where they make regular social investments, in a very, very poor part of the city.
The alleyway leading back into this slum reveals scenes unknown and unbelievable to most westerners. The whole area could be described somewhere between a slum and floating swamp.
Last year when I saw the school, the walls consisted of rough boards nailed loosely on a framework, the sunlight shining through the cracks in the walls into the two “classrooms”, although it was quite a stretch to label them by this term. This year I see a permanent brick building, with several classrooms, all with bright painted walls and ceiling fans, happy children in school uniforms, the school even boasting a state-of-the –art computer lab courtesy of HP.
As the young, dedicated, energetic school supervisor (pictured at right, in white shirt), who has labored here for years, told us over tea: “Dreams do come true!”