Deki's is now can continue his study without worrying about the tuition. Me and my wife decided to take care of his tuition and school needs..
Some of my friends also gave donation for Deki's siblings and cousins who live in the same house, so that they all can go to school.
We have been visiting Kupang for 4 times in the past 6 months (2012). Together with my wife and friends, we are able to help more than 35 kids (including Deki's family) for their tuition, books and school uniforms.
Each visit we also gave them biscuits, milk, eggs, and rice.
For our next visit we will give Vitamins for the kids.
There are many kids in Kupang (West Timor) and other parts of Indonesia who still need help.
A few months ago I received a message on my Vimeo account from a man named Jeff Arnold (vimeo.com/jeffarnold) (jafilm.com), who is a filmmaker for Compassion International.
He and his team were planning to visit a few areas in Indonesia to shoot a documentary film, and they've set their sights on Jakarta as one of their destination.
Jeff initially wanted to just meet up with me to get to know each other, but I volunteered myself to assist Jeff on his Indonesian trips. He agreed.
As soon as I was able to free up my schedule, I rendezvoused with the team in Jogjakarta, and we continued on to Solo and Salatiga. I wished I could've gone further with them, but I had other shooting engagements waiting in Jakarta.
The days with Jeff and his team, Chuck and Tony, became one of the most valuable experience I've had in my life. It was incredible to listen to stories of the children who were helped by Compassion International, traversing places outside of my comfort zone, listening to life testimonies of Jeff, Chuck and Tony, working as an assistant - carrying Jeff's heavy bags full of shooting gear.
I believe this experience was not a random coincidence and that there's a bigger purpose behind all this.
That one week had completely changed my life, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity.
(English translations for this description by Kenny Goh)
Rumah Kreatif serves as a home and also a place where these children can express their creativity. The house was built based on an eco-friendly concept which naturally concerns itself on the issue of safety. A good example of that is that the house does not use windows made of glass.
This video was created for Ary's presentation at the British Council's Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards.
In this first part, the construction expert and some of the children talk about about the impact that “Rumah Kreatif” made on their lives.
This short video is only a part of a bigger film project that my friends and I are working on.
I'm deeply concerned about the future of children like these in Indonesia. Their poverty should not stop them from receiving a good education.
These are talented children and full of potential that can be developed so they can contribute to the building of our nation.