40 years of helping street children.
KDM is founded 24 January by Mr. Liem Tiong Sien (“Pak Lumy”), along with Bapak Sudarmo and friends. It begins as a night school for homeless street children in a small hut close to Senen Train Station, Central Jakarta. Their aim: to help the needy and to provide them with the means to build a better future.
Pak Lumy had studied theology and chose the name Kampus Diakoneia Modern because of its significance to his work. The word diakoneia comes from Greek and refers to selfless service given to those who need help.
Pak Lumy is already well known for his work with homeless people. For almost 10 years he has been knocking on doors, unafraid to speak with well-known, wealthy people about the plight of the homeless, and asking for donations to help support them.
Pak Lumy’s conviction that each life is precious motivates him to begin helping street children, and KDM is established as one of the first organizations in Indonesia to do so.
The KDM night school provides meals, education and shelter for street children. Additionally, the children can deposit their money there for safekeeping, thus building trust and a connection with KDM, and enabling them to save for a better future.
Some of the children from the night school pass their final exams and even graduate from elementary and junior high schools. These are challenging times, however, as the night school closes and KDM moves from one rented house to another, making it difficult to provide consistent care for the street children.
The children, continuing to work on the street as shoe polishers, return to KDM at night for shelter and to sleep on the veranda.
In 1978, Pak Lumy meets a Dutch journalist, Hans, and his wife Laura. Hans publishes articles on KDM and follows its activities. Hans also succeeds in obtaining sponsorship from Wilde Ganzen, a renowned Dutch television charity organization , to purchase land and help build a boarding house so that KDM can have a permanent home in Pondok Gede. The construction of the first house is supported by the Women’s International Club along with some private sponsors. All of the children move to the new boarding house and begin attending the local public school nearby. KDM begins opening its doors to others in need, such as neglected children and orphans; some mothers accompany their children.
In 1997, KDM organizes the first “Street Children Jamboree” (Jamboree Anak Jalan – “JAJ”) in Jakarta. JAJ has the simple idea of commemorating Children’s National Day, 23 July, by connecting street children with those who care about their well-being and futures. Held at the Cibubur camp ground, it brings together young volunteers from Jabodetabek universities (including UI, ISTN and UKI) and over 200 street children from areas such as Blok M, Kota, Cilitan, Pedongkelan and Cikini.
JAJ results in 17 follow-up events over the course of the year, along with the development of KDM’s school. Lecturers and alumni from the Psychology Faculty of the University of Indonesia, supports KDM in forming an Education Team. The aim: to create a tailor-made curriculum for their children, rather than trying to force them into the mold of the public school curriculum.
KDM also begins encouraging others (students, foreigners, lecturers) to work with them as volunteers.
In 1998, Following the second JAJ event, KDM establishes a transit house in a borrowed office in Kebon Sirih. This facility serves as a “safe house” in Central Jakarta, providing shelter for street children prior to their move to KDM Pondok Gede.
Erika Benkel, a German psychotherapist joins KDM, contributing great support and guidance to the staff, particularly to Fali and Renie, for the next four years. Erika’s concerted efforts help build KDM’s capacity in 6 significant ways: 1) by discussing ways to develop KDM, 2) by making
recommendations and providing training to staff for interventions for children, 3) by closely and regularly supervising and monitoring KDM’s
projects, 4) by expanding public awareness of KDM not only in Jakarta’s international community (particularly in the German community), but also in communities abroad, 5) by fundraising effectively with her friends and community, and 6) by introducing people to KDM and encouraging them to become volunteers. As a result, KDM sees remarkably fast development.
In 1999, KDM establishes a free school, and starts to develop an appropriate models of alternative education for street children.
Under Erika’s influence, KDM creates the Agronomi Project, and receives support from the German Embassy to rent land in Cileungsi, Bogor.
The aim: to provide a continuation program for children following their “adaptation” in the Kebon Sirih transit house. Cileungsi’s remote, rural setting is a unique environment that helps the children to make a clean break from their former lifestyle; living in the wilderness, their survival depends on growing their own food and cooperating with one another.
A celebration is held to inaugurate the Agronomi Project. Erika and KDM invite many international guests (some of whom are not yet acquainted with KDM). As a result, some guests initiate a plan to purchase land for this project.
In 2000, Lufthansa, Daimler Chrysler, and the Regent Hotel sponsor a Gala Dinner to raise funds to buy land for the Agronomi Project. The fundraiser is a success and KDM purchases land in Cileungsi.
Erika introduces volunteers who teach the children how to plan nutritious meals, how to budget money to buy food staples, how to shop and provide accounting records for money spent. They also learn about kitchen hygiene, food storage, cooperation in the kitchen, and how to cook delicious meals.
In 2001, The Japan Club’s Women’s Committee finances the construction of the first house in Cileungsi, whilst the construction of a library is supported by P.T. Beiersdorf Indonesia. Thus, KDM expands its capacity to care for greater numbers of street children.
The Kebon Sirih transit house closes and KDM purchases land in Jatiluhur. For the first time, KDM has a location dedicated to an adaptation program. In Jatiluhur, street children can adjust to a normal routine and lifestyle before moving to the main KDM campus.
The Education Team begins forging a close relationship with the Jakarta International School (“JIS”). This contact influences the Team’s view on education. They begin adopting an “active learning” approach to education, better suited to the character and needs of the street children. Progress is slow, however, as the active learning method is new to the teachers implementing it.
KDM also develops a partnership with KinderNotHilfe (“KNH”) Europe. KNH, a large philanthropic organization from Germany providing aid to children, begins contributing financial support towards KDM’s operational costs. Christina Rau, the wife of the President of Germany, solidifies this partnership when she visits KDM on 20 February, during her husband’s presidential state visit to Indonesia.
KNH’s support is not only financial; their guidance helps build KDM’s capacity to meet international standards when writing proposals, making reports, setting up an accounting system, and introducing organizational systems.
In 2005, After five years of growth and development, a new outreach team is formed to focus exclusively on the annual Street Children Jamboree (JAJ). The team, called Sahabat Anak (Child’s Friend), is a division of KDM; its board is led by Beny Lumy, Pak Lumy’s younger son and brother to Fali (KDM’s director).
KDM creates a bank account for Sahabat Anak, enabling it to fundraise and operate independently of KDM. KDM provides tuition directly on the street,
undertaken by the volunteers. This program was called Sahabat Anak (Child’s friend). This volunteer activity continued to grow, becoming an independent foundation of its own – www.sahabatanak.com
In 2006, KDM develops rescue programs to provide first aid and rescue measures to reduce the risk of suffering and abuse against street children throughout the Greater Jakarta area. The program provides support to those still living on the street and reaches out to the most vulnerable, offering them the opportunity to leave the street and join KDM’s adaption program.
In 2009, After many years of work and hope, the Education Team receives the assistance it needs in order to optimize the benefits of the active learning method at KDM. This assistance is provided by Anky along with other capable educators and expert volunteers, including Mrs. Julie Pyburn and colleagues from JIS, Mrs. Ruth Hill from the British International School (“BIS”), and some of the teachers from Sekolah Pelita Harapan (“SPH”).
With Deutsche Bank’s funding behind them, KDM designs and constructs a new children’s dormitory, Rumah Kreatif. An Indonesian architect collaborates with KDM children to design a modern structure made entirely from sustainable materials. When the design is finalized, 8 of the older children, working with 1 mason, undertake the entire construction, learning as they go along – a prime example of the active learning method!
Coach and Change Management consultant, Juliana Roe, conducts two intensive training workshops for six of KDM’s staff. The workshops support their professional development, expanding staff awareness and understanding of the differences between their roles as teachers, counselors, coaches and friends, as well as of the limitations inherent in each role. Staff participants learn that coaching is a co-creative process between the coach and coachee, and also learn specific coaching skills oriented towards positive solutions and personal growth.
KDM develops an entrepreneurship program to enable the older former street children to learn important skills and become independent young adults.
In 2010, KDM’s director, Fali Lumy, hands over to Beny Lumy, with Fali joining KDM’s board of trusty and turning his focus towards developing the Green Project.
Sahabat Anak becomes an independent and legally recognized foundation (yayasan).
Carrying on, KDM focuses on developing each of their individual divisions: Rescue, Adaptation, Basic School, Entrepreneur, Human Resources (“HR”) and Public Relations (“PR”). Beny focuses on Rescue and Adaptation, while also coordinating the entire KDM program, Sotar focuses on developing the Basic Adaptation and Parenting programs, while Hiero focuses on HR and PR. Mr. Jimmy, KDM’s volunteer Treasurer, maintains a professional and transparent financial accounting system.
In 2011, KDM reaches a milestone of over 30 active volunteers providing regular support to the children and staff.
The Green Project now collects from over 300 locations across Jakarta each week, generating enough income from the sale of recyclable materials to support education and meals for more than 10 children at KDM.
In October, KDM establishes their website. Through their website, KDM helps raise public awareness about how to demonstrate support and compassion to street children. KDM discourages the public from giving money to street children, recommending instead that the public give juice boxes or snacks, KDM produces a wall calendar, designed by the children. Each month contains
KDM information cards that can be removed easily, carried in cars, and distributed to street children along with juice or snacks.
The “Support a Child” program is launched in November. This program encourages public engagement and connection, inviting individuals to provide support for a child and to become a sponsor for KDM.
KDM begins a collaboration with Atmosvere Mr. Ary Mardi Wibowo and friends, and develops the “Entrepreneur” program. Their goal: to revive the KDM workshop.KDM receives support from Werkgroup72 to renovate the workshop and the building is named “Imagodei Workshop”.
Deutsche Bank agrees to support the “Green Design project” as the workshop’s main activity.
At the end of 2011, KDM collaborates with Sahabat Anak in the achievement of long-term vision together which provide a holistic ministry to street children and marginalized.
In 2012, KDM marks a milestone as it celebrates its 40 year anniversary. A commemorative book is created to celebrate KDM’s past and present, and to proclaim its Vision and Mission for the next 10 years.
Pak Lumy’s dream was to realize the Pancasila economic system, by establishing an entrepreneurship program whereby everyone could develop their talents through “Koperasi”. To date, enormous growth has been achieved through the collaboration and cooperation of many people – the children themselves, alumni, staff, volunteers, friends and donors; it is KDM’s intention to strengthen and expand their network.
As people say, “Life begins at forty” so KDM celebrates this milestone as a time to generate additional power and energy; a time to “take off” to achieve a big dream in their new Vision and Mission.
The anniversary celebration, held at KDM Pondok Gede on 18 February, is attended by the children, alumni, staff, volunteers, friends, donors,
neighbours, local government and members of the media.
KDM sees this event as uniting alumni as one synergy, in one organization, called “Koperasi”.