The new year brings a new spirit for the social inclusion movement in realizing an equal and equally dignified Indonesia. In early 2019, let’s go back to see what had been done and achieved a year back.
Program Peduli worked with 8 partner organizations at the national level and 69 local organization partners working at the site level. Program Peduli worked with coverage of working areas in 204 villages, 75 districts/cities spread across 21 provinces.
As of September 2018, Program Peduli has reached more than 35 thousand beneficiaries. The number of the 35 thousand as a number compared to the total population of Indonesia may indeed be insignificant. But if we remember that each number represents the life of one person from a marginal group, then 2018 can be concluded as an extraordinary year for the social inclusion movement.
- Nearly 21 thousand people finally got a legal identity such as Identity Card (KTP), birth certificate, marriage certificate, family card, and others. For Sriyanto, a person with Cerebral Palsy, who was thought to be unable to do anything, his ID card was not merely an ordinary card, but became a valuable asset that he used to introduce himself to people he had just met.
- More than 12 thousand beneficiaries can now access social assistance and public services. In Lombok, families of migrant workers’ children got the Family Hope Program (PKH) assistance service. In North Aceh, nearly 3 thousand people were registered with the National Health Insurance and received Healthy Indonesia Card (KIS).
- Nearly 600 service units are now better at serving marginalized groups so that their basic rights and basic needs can be fulfilled. One of them is in Manislor Village, Kuningan District, the Population and Civil Registry Office is becoming more inclusive by serving all its citizens without exception and discrimination. In Tasikmalaya, the government provides training on child care for the community. This is done to protect vulnerable children and adolescents, including children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
In addition to providing service and legal identity aspects, Program Peduli has also worked directly to touch marginal groups so that they are more empowered. As the saying goes that actually changes occur not only because of decisions and influences from external parties, but also changes in oneself at the level of individuals who are determined to realize these changes. For marginal groups, self-change is characterized by an awareness of rights and beginning to open up to the community social life.
- More than 16 thousand individuals participated in activities that raised awareness of their rights. Marginal groups in Bima participated in various activities such as the socialization of the General Elections and were aware of their rights to express their aspirations. In addition, they also participated in the socialization on the selection of Civil Servant Candidates (CPNS) and became more understanding that anyone has the right to be a civil servant and the same opportunity for it.
- More than 6,500 beneficiaries actively participated in community social activities. Activities that might be considered simple, such as the celebration of Indonesian Independence Day, could be something special for those who were once stigmatized. Residents of Talangsari, Lampung, with a dark history of human rights violations, had to travel to the next village if they wanted to feel the euphoria of Indonesia’s independence celebration. But now Talangsari Village is no longer dead, they also hold various events celebrating the 17s thanks to the social relations of its citizens that have recovered.
- 60 districts/cities have made improvements of policies and/or services related to social inclusion. In Garut, the government is committed to ensuring access to education and facilitation of job training for convicted children in prison. That way, after the sentence is finished, the children can return to the community and knit their future back well. Cimahi City is one of the cities that is very tolerant of transparency. A total of 95% of the registered women transgender have identity cards.
- More than 14.5 billion has been budgeted and disbursed for marginal groups, both from government and private sources. For example, in Makassar City, the local government disbursed more than 1 billion funds for child protection in the form of social assistance, education, health services, and legal assistance. In Sigi District, more than 1.7 billion funds have been disbursed for development in the form of road improvements to open transportation access for people in Pipikoro who live in remote areas as well as for various other programs that help the economic independence of indigenous peoples.
Kaleidoscope of 2018
In addition to important achievements during the year, in 2018 several important events were recorded for the social inclusion movement.
The beginning of the year began with the implementation of Setara Semartabat (Equal and equally Dignified) Indonesian National Dialogue in Jakarta on March 20, 2018. In this momentum, the national partner organizations of the Program Peduli shared the successes, key strategies, and challenges faced in the movement to realize an inclusive, equal, and dignified Indonesia.
Celebrating National Children’s Day, which is commemorated every July 23, Program Peduli facilitates the gathering of children from marginalized groups throughout Indonesia. A total of 164 children and adolescents from 31 districts/cities gathered in Surabaya, East Java on July 20-22, 2018 at the Temu Anak Peduli (Peduli Children’s Meeting): Colourful Indonesian Children. For three days, they studied, played, worked, and exchanged ideas on various national themes such as gotong royong (mutual cooperation), literacy, violence and bullying, tolerance, leadership, and entrepreneurship. On the National Children’s Day, they joined the other children at Purwodadi Botanical Garden at the peak of the National Children’s Day celebration organized by the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection.
In September, Program Peduli began working with universities to spread the values of social inclusion to younger generation. On September 15, Program Peduli in collaboration with the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Gadjah Mada University (FISIPOL UGM) held a Public Discussion on Social Inclusion: A Bridge Toward Equal and equally Dignified Citizenship. Hundreds of students gathered at Selasar Barat of FISIPOL UGM to listen to the discussion and narrative of inclusion. With Yogyakarta’s unique angkringan (Javanese style of selling foods and beverages) concept, the participants also interacted directly with Program Peduli partners while having lunch. The session was followed with focus group discussions and closed with students writing out their plans and commitments to the social inclusion movement in Indonesia.
“Back” to Yogyakarta City, year 2018 was closed with the meeting of inspirational figures – organic cadres of Program Peduli – who were called Pandu Inklusi Nusantara (PINTAR). The PINTAR meeting was held on November 6-8 and was attended by 140 cadres. 140 cadres are only a small part of the representatives of more than 5 thousand other PINTAR cadres spread across various regions of Indonesia. Through the PINTAR Gathering, inspirational figures shared experiences and lessons and bring home renewable commitments to the social inclusion movement in their respective regions. The PINTAR meeting was also a place to appreciate the work that has been done by PINTAR cadres because without them, what was achieved in 2018 was impossible.
Happy New Year 2019! Let’s together realize an inclusive, equal and equally dignified Indonesia. We can, because we care!