Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Children in danger on the streets in Bantul


Indonesian Earthquake:
Children in danger on the streets in Bantul

ChildFund is setting up ten safe havens for children while the community rebuilds after the devastating earthquake of May 27.

“ChildFund plans to open ten Child Centred Spaces – a safe place for children to go while adults work at rebuilding the community. These spaces will offer non-formal educational tasks for the children, allowing them a gradual return to normal childhood activities,” says Kirsten Hongisto, ChildFund’s Communications Manager speaking from Bantul.

“Currently the children are out in the streets in the traffic, holding up cardboard signs asking for money for their families so they can rebuild their homes. It is very dangerous for these children, especially the young ones.”

The Child Centred Spaces will offer trauma and shock counselling for children who are suffering from the devastating effects of the earthquake, and grief counselling for those who have lost family members. The centres will also be used to distribute non-food items and nutritional supplements for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Kirsten Hongisto goes on to say that while some of the community searches through the rubble left behind, others remain dazed and shocked from the events of May 28.

“While some people sift through the rubble of their homes to recover anything that might be salvaged, many others sit in a daze, unable to function, and grieving the loss of family, friends and homes to the earthquake.”

The Bantul area is surrounded by farm land, and while they were able to eke out enough food to feed their families, farmers were not prosperous even before the earthquake struck. Now they are forced to start over.

Schools are closed for at least the week. Some schools were totally destroyed by the earthquake, others badly damaged. But even those schools that survived the earthquake would have few teachers to teach, as they too are trying to rebuild their lives.

The need is great; the challenges are huge. The Indonesian government has been distributing rice, but many thousands of people still need tents to use as temporary shelter. And medical needs continue to be one of the biggest challenges.

Public donations can be made by calling 0800 223 111 or visiting www.childfund.org.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need.

And I’m hedging with the ‘could well’ only because the Ardern government hasn’t yet spelled out whether the name change it has announced will also involve a rejection of the controversial use of Big Data to try and predict those children deemed to be at highest risk of inter-generational reliance on welfare support. More>>


Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>


Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>


RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>





Featured InfoPages