Social Development


Sunday afternoon, August 10th, we had the pleasure of taking a neighbor to the maternity ward of the Bhayangkara Hospital (Police Hospital) to be with them during the birth of their grandson.

We were told that the hospital is owned by the police, and all on the police department get free medical care. We were also told that because it is free, the expertise and quality of care and the facilities are not as good as they would like for it to be.

It was a nice experience, having had the opportunity to share in the birth of this child!

Police Hospital in Jambi Rumah Sakit Bhayangkara
Police Hospital in Jambi
Rumah Sakit Bhayangkara
The Newborn
The Newborn
Police Hospital in Jambi Rumah Sakit Bhayangkara
Police Hospital in Jambi
Rumah Sakit Bhayangkara

Beggars in Indonesia

Government announcement in a Jambi newspaper informing people that it’s forbidden to give to beggars, and that financial gifts for the poor should be given to social organizations or places of worship.

In the large U.S. cities it’s not uncommon to have people accost you for a dollar or for whatever spare change you may have. It’s actually a common thing to see in any major city of the world. In Indonesia, as in many countries, begging is illegal or restricted, though it can be seen taking place at almost all busy intersections, as well as outside the doors of many large stores. It’s not uncommon to see crippled people sitting on the roads, very near the traffic, and the blind being led by another person through long rows of traffic stopped at traffic lights. Children are also used in the collection of money. It’s very sad to see children, some as young as 3 years old, sent out into busy traffic by their parent to beg.

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Rumah Sakit  (hospital, or literal translation: sick house)

The Entrance to Siloam Hospital

Speaking with a number of people about the quality of hospitals in Jambi, the general consensus is that the newest one, Siloam Hospital, is the most complete as it pertains to equipment. Siloam Hospital is also believed to be one of the best because it is a branch of the well-known Siloam Hospital in Jakarta, which has six other branch hospitals in other Indonesian cities.

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BILLBOARD: “Hardness will destroy the mental health of children.”

Jambi’s war on domestic violence is led by an organization known as Pusat Pelayanan Terpadu Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Anak (P2TP2A).     Translated:  “Integrated Service Center for Empowering Women and Children.”

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Clean Water for the Developing World

Since we are interested in working with the government of Indonesia with clean water for the people in the Jambi Province, we visited a small factory in the city of Bandung to see how they make ceramic water filters. We have been using this type of water filter in our home for well over one year, and it thoroughly removes pathogens and other harmful bacteria.

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Prince Charles planting a tree in the Harapan Rainforest

On November 1st through the 4th, Prince Charles of England visited the Jambi Province. His visit was for the purpose of having a first hand look at the lowland Sumatran Rainforest, as well as to meet with local community leaders from the Kubu and Batin tribes.

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