A Dream for Solidarity

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by Sammy Ladh “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one..” This old song by John Lennon echoed in my head when I began writing this story. Dreaming is a pleasant thing to do. A life without a dream is an empty and meaningless life. Carl Sandburg said, “nothing happens unless […]

I CAN TOO

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by Lynne Stillings I came to Rumah Impian as a Fulbright researcher studying children’s musical expression and identity in Java. I learned that some of the students at the school I was researching at had been street children. I learned about Rumah Impian and the mission to get children off the street and into school. […]

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Street Lifestyle – A Call to Action

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For the past few years I have been noticing an interesting phenomenon in the life style of our street friends. From their mobility, moving from one junction to another, until their dependence to addictive substances, starting from sniffing glue for beginners to using and dealing drugs for the advanced, has been an interesting thing to […]

A Special Day

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This is a story about a special day for Hamzah and Romi, two dreamhouse children who now live in the Hope Shelter. Romi woke up early that morning. It was only 5 am and everyone in Hope Shelter was still sleeping. He could not wait to start his first day at school. He was very […]

The Way They Bounce Back

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By Clara Siagian “Once you label me, you negate me” Søren Kierkegaard. Today is quite a day for Ratih. She and her friends will be performing a unique musical performance in Taman Pintar; plainly but in creative sense called Musik Kaleng Rombeng. Ratih joins the rehearsal at the back yard of her school SDK Mangunan […]