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Jakarta International School (Indonesia)

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Our city: Jakarta
Our country: Indonesia
Our longitude is: 6° 16'
Our latiude is: 106° 48'

We eat these foods: Like the rest of Asia, rice is a staple food in Indonesia and is served with almost everything. Some notable rice dishes are ketupat (rice steamed in woven packets of coconut fronds), lontong (rice steamed in banana leaves), intip (rice crackers), desserts, vermicelli, noodles, brem (rice wine), and nasi goreng (fried rice). Coconut milk is also important in Indonesia's cuisine because of the country's tropical location and its large amount of coconut produce. Interestingly, the main meal is usually cooked in the morning and consumed around midday.

We grow these foods: Coconuts and Bananas are largely produced in Indonesia, with these two foods being the center of Indonesian cuisine. Coconuts also have other uses in things such as timber, bedding, roofing, oil, plates, and packaging.

We practice these religions: Indonesia lets its citizens practice any of the following religions: Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The pancasila, an official government document, states in its first principle the "belief in the one and only god," therefore not allowing disadvantaging polytheistic religions and monotheism. That being said, the majority of the population follow Islam, with an overwhelming 88% of Indonesia's citizens declaring themselves muslim.

We speak these languages: The most spoken language in Jakarta is Bahasa Indonesia, which is also the national language of Indonesia. Almost 100% of Indonesia's 240 million inhabitants speak the language. Many Indonesians are also fluent in other languages like Chinese, Sundanese, Javanese and Balinese. Regional languages and dialects are commonly spoken at home and within a local community. In Jakarta, the native betawi people speak Betawi Malay, which has been influenced by many different languages

These animals live in our area: Indonesia has the world's second highest level of biodiversity following Brazil. Forests also cover over 65% of the country. Jakarta is located on the island of Java, which was separated from the Asian mainland 10,000 years ago. But for this very reason, the island hosts some very unique species that have evolved differently from their mainland brethren. The Island of Java is home to more than 100 species of birds and also houses an array of large mammal species such as the one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, banteng (wild ox), wild pig, flying lemur, and several species of ape.

These industries support our local economy: Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia and also contains the largest population, standing at about 9 million people. Before its independence from the Europeans, Jakarta was a center of trade in the remote part of Asia. Jakarta still remains to this day the largest economic center in Indonesia and is a place of international and domestic commerce. Financial service and manufacturing also play a huge role in Jakarta's economy, with financial service constituting 23% of the city's GDP. Another positive force is that the city has a growing tourism industry.

We use these types of transportation: One form of transportation you can take in Jakarta is the bajaj. Bright orange and noisy, this vehicle comfortably seats two people and up to five, depending on the size of the passengers. It originated in India, but then was imported and built in Indonesia. The survival of the Baja is uncertain because these vehicles are blamed for traffic congestion and much pollution. Buses are the most popular form of transportation in Jakarta, but many robberies take place on them. In hopes to ease traffic congestion, the government instituted an interesting law in Jakarta called the "three-in-one" solution. Private cars must have at least three passengers in a car during rush hours when traveling on major roads in Jakarta


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Sylvia Djumnadidjaja
Age:59
Religion:Muslim
Resident:Yayasan Nur Abadi, Jl. Jagakarsa I/17, Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia, 12620
Photographer:Laura Nelson
In the third world country of Indonesia, those unfortunate enough to suffer from a physical or mental handicap have a very bleak future. Appropriate assistance and education are extremely difficult to find and to afford, especially if the person in need is from a poor background. Ibu (Mrs.) Sylvia Djumnadidjaja founded Nur Abadi, a school for handicapped children, in 1988. Since then she has devoted her life to making a difference in the lives of many children.

The youngest of Ibu Sylvia's six children requires special needs, and in 1986 she and her husband discovered that many other children were in the same position. These kids were not being educated, either because of high costs or mere lack of availability of schools. Although 2% to 3% of the Indonesian population has special needs, it is considered by many to be a spiritual sickness, and thus can be easily neglected. Understanding this, Sylvia and her husband opened Nur Abadi, which started out with only nine children. Their aim was to provide schooling for those less fortunate.

A year after the school was founded, Mr. Djumnadidjaja passed away. Ibu Sylvia was left to steer the school alone, and has now expanded Nur Abadi to over 100 students. Sylvia lives in a house on the school campus in Jakarta (6 08 S, 106 45 E GMT +7), and teaches occasionally in the classrooms. Although she is Muslim, as can be seen by the headdress she is wearing, the students at Nur Abadi are of all religions. Ibu Sylvia feels it is important to have religious integration within a school. She clearly focuses on helping the students, not on religions or backgrounds.

Of the children at Nur Abadi, 70% are mentally handicapped, and 30% are deaf or mute. Ages of the students range from 4 to 27, and grade level is determined by ability. Students are asked to pay between Rp5,000 ($0.50) and Rp50,000 ($5.00) per month for schooling. The cost for each student depends on the financial ability of the family. Ibu Sylvia explained that the money was not important to her; she just wanted the children to be able to attend school and to learn.

At Nur Abadi the students are taught skills such as embroidery, tapestry and weaving. The hope is that the children will acquire lifelong skills that they will be able to use after leaving school. Ibu Sylvia dreams of building up Nur Abadi and creating a work place for handicapped people. However, all of this is too expensive.

A truly compassionate and inspirational lady, Ibu Sylvia Djumnadidjaja has given many children hope for the future.

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