by Veronica Colondam
Inspiring young people to care and do something for others is what we, adults, need to do.
The writers of these articles are teenagers who are not afraid to step out of their comfort zones to embrace the flip side of Jakarta’s glitter – poverty that exists right next to where we are but which we often ignore. These teenagers have probably heard what poverty is but to take a journey into the slums to experience poverty in its physical form is a different thing.
Having taken the journey, these teenagers have in turn impressed us! They have captured the very essence of the journey and are able to showcase their experience through the photographic lens of what their bare eyes have seen. The photos they took are so powerful and moving, and for that we are very pleased for the amazing work they have done.
Imagine… if every teenager takes a stand to help and do something for an underprivileged child, I believe Indonesia will soon prevail against its poverty. Being a young populated nation with nearly half of its population under 35, a true transformation will easily take place.
This is the power of youth. This is the power of caring, of love.
I really hope this journey will open their senses. More than anything, that this journey will inspire each of them to take part in poverty alleviation in ways they can contribute throughout their lives.