Thursday, May 15, 2008

RED YELLOW GREEN, A DRIVE-IN, A PONDER

Traffic lights are our drive-ins for movies everyone so eager to pass by. From behind the car windshield, what I call movies are scenes of people performing the ignorance and laughable agony invading those people in front them in their cars waiting for the light to turn green.

I love the bitterness, not in terms of I enjoy it but because I know my ignorance has kept all this, by giving them money to repel them when these kids come to me. As cars stop, children barely five years old will come and start singing songs out of tune you would not have wanted to hear or they simply extend their hands asking for your money. And not very far from them, if you ever notice, some adults, acting as their protectors, make sure that they at least accumulate today’s target; Rp 20,000 for one day’s work. If these little beggars fail, they will beat them and make them promise they will perform better. It is only a matter of time before the girl beggars learn to know they can make money faster by being prostitutes and the boys by being thugs or drug dealers.

Another scene is those people selling gimmicks, cigarettes, sweets, sunscreens, ashtrays, anything to survive the day. How could they are so excited to face this life when they know what they always make is roughly around Rp 15,000 a day? I talked to many of them and when I asked them how they made it with school age children and wife depending on them, they said, “I don’t know. I think God gave us different math or something.” And in front them, people in the air conditioned cars are cursing the government for the oil price they could have paid more, grumbling for the twenty million Rupiah short out of the eleven billion profit they made for the contract they won; and whining for the increased exchange rate of US Dollar as this will disrupt their overseas vacations.

Checkered flag is waved. Another traffic light to stop for.

19 comments:

shinningstar said...
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uLLy said...

Kids in Slum Areas

Kids are people who always live in happiness. They like to play with their friend. They always cheerful and look have no problem in their life. You can say that kids have a wonderful life in the world. But what do you think about kids who live in slum areas? They are below and poverty. Their houses build in riverbank or under bridge. Some of their parents cannot provide enough for the needs. I think, there are three problems that kids have to face.

Firstly, kids who live in slum areas cannot go to school. The most reason of this problem is their parents don’t have enough money to pay the school fee. It is cause by their parents don’t have a job. If they have job, the salary won’t be enough to make their children come back to school, maybe just enough for their needs. It affects their children can’t have a good education.

Secondly, kids don’t have good facilities for healthy. For example, to get some health water, they must ask to the agent and pay with some money. Whereas peoples who live in slum areas don’t have some money. They cannot help to take water from river to wash clothes or take a bath although they know that the water is dirty. It is due to healthy of kids.

Thirdly, some of kids work in a place where aren’t safe for them. For example, they must be beggars or sell newspaper. They work in the traffic light where crowd by cars and motorcycles was. Although it’s not good for them, they must do that to help their parents to provide some money for the needs, maybe also for school.

Actually, based on my opinion above, we can do aomething to help kids who live in slum areas. For example, we can open book rental or open free school for them. I think it can help them so much.

Aulia Rossari F.

Galuh Sekar putih said...

Name : Galuh Sekar Putih
Email : gsputih@yahoo.com
Class : Intermediate 3
Subject : Introductory Paragraph
Topic : Abused street children


What do you think about the street children ? Of course, we will be compassionate with their condition. They don’t have a proper life which is the one of citizen’s rights. Nowadays, there are some persons exploit them for their profit. They take the advantage from the street children presence to get a lot of money. But, they do that with harshness and not human. Consequently, it causes bad impact for them. There are at least two impacts, especially bad impacts that caused by some persons who don’t have responsibility to the street children.

The abused street children will get a bad impact not only for a short time, but also for a long time. Firstly, on the short time the abused street children will suffer a physical illness because of the harshness which is done by some persons. The harshness causes the street children suffer a wound, even a seriously wounded. For example, bone fracture which is caused by the sharp things that clashed to their body, and swollen on their body because of those persons’s beating. Those persons usually are not governmental. They do the deed secretly, so that the government officer are not easy to find their presence.

Secondly, the street children will get a bad impact for a long time. In a long time, some persons’s deed will make their mental disturbed. In fact, the torture which is done by some persons will make their mental oppressed. Let alone, this children is a street children who doesn’t has a proper life. In common, those persons command to beg and obligate them to give the money for those persons. It means, they can’t enjoy the money that they got. They have hard worked to collect the money, but they must give the money to those persons. It is a distress fact for us. Maybe our country has independent, but not entire yet for them.

Therefore, as a human being, we must pay attention to their condition. If this problem isn’t going to be handled soon, it can give bad impacts for short and long time. Beside that, our country will loss a nation successor on the future because of the opaque future that they have.

Ichsan P. said...

Street Children, Could I help You?


Most of Street Children live in two communities, the first one is family and the second one is public space. Many kind of bad and cruel experience could happen to street children. At least there are 3 main types of abuse that may happen to street children.

The first is Physical Abuse. This kind of abuse usually happen at their own home, they are often treated unwisely and have bad behavior from their parents who don’t have any job or have a job but have less income. Unresponsible parents might do some physical abuse to street children such as beating, slapping and kicking them. It may happen when they couldn’t have an ability to make fast money or get less income on the street. It’s not an impossible thing that could happen after long period being the victim of physical abuse, they couldn’t stand anymore and they decided to escape from their home and become homeless. This is the worst negative effect that may happen after getting some physical abuse from their parents.

The second is Psychological Abuse. At home this kind of abuse may happen to street children by their parents such as make them less care and attention or verbally abused by telling them they are stupid, have no worth, etc. The negative effect that may happen to street children after they are going through this kind of abuse are less confidence, low self-esteem, depression and mental development disorder. For Street children who don’t have any home for stay or stay in a public space usually they are abused by their gang leader. They might have a bad treatment such as extortion and intimidation.

The third is Sexual Abuse. This kind of abuse may happen not only to female street children but also male street children. For male street children they might get abuse from adult who has an abnormally behavior. This kind of illness usually called ‘PEDOPHILIA’. Pedophilia is a disorder sexual behavior by a person who have a sexual desire only to a child. A man who has this kind of disorder sexual behavior couldn’t feel any attraction to an adult woman. Their sexual tension will increase when they see children and usually it happens to a man. For female street children, they have a high risk of being raped by unresponsible person such as their male friend, step-father or gang leader.
Preventing and reducing all types of abuse that may happen to street children is hard to achieved because poverty bring them into complex problems.



Written by : Ichsan P.
Student of Explore 3

shinningstar said...

Topic: Problems for kids living in slum areas


Introductory paragraph:

Have you ever watched a news programs about slum areas in Indonesia especially in Jakarta? The condition of such areas is very bad. I can’t imagine how those people could live in slum areas? Every time I see that place, I always say thank to God because I have a better life, I have a better home, and I have a better environment for me to grow up. The hot issue in this case is, there are so many kids who live in that area. It is very dangerous for them living in that unhealthy place. We can find at least three problems for those kids must to face if they still living in that place.

Firstly, the location doesn’t have a good sanitation. They take a bath, wash their cloth, drink the water, and defecate in the same place! It can make bad impacts to their healthiness.

Secondly, the environment is not good for them to grow up. They live in the area full of criminalize and prostitution. A lot of bad guys and prostitute live in such areas. And that kind of issues can influence their psychological condition when they become adult.

Thirdly, kids in slum areas don’t have a good education because they can’t afford for the school fee. Beside that, they don’t think that education is their basic need which is very important for them. Some kids living in slum areas and their parents think that the kids don’t need education but they only need money to survive.

Based from my opinion, we must help those kids from that pathetic situation as soon as possible before we lost them all. We can solve those kid problems in many ways. For example, the government can build a good sanitation in slum area and gives the children free education.



diahphitaloca@yahoo.co.id
LIA intermediate3, Saturday 11.00-15.00

disaz.iseeeeeeng aja! =) said...

ILLITERACY CAUSED BY POVERTY


Do you ever think that in 21th century there are some people that cannot read? That must be impossible for us, the one that have everything what we need and what we want. But, take a look around you, there are some people that always deficiency. A part of them is an illiteracy. Do you ever think the reason why do they can be like that?


One of the reason is they don't have enough money for them to go to school. School is a place for you to learn about anything. In school, the teacher will teach you how to read, write, and learn about some subjects. So, if don't go to school, there are some activity that you won't know as the students at school know.

Sometimes, you don't have to go to school to learn how to read or write. But you must have someone that will teach you how to do these activities. But, maybe a part of this illiteracy don't have a teacher at their home that will teach them how to read or write. Actually, parents can teach you this basic activities. But, maybe their parents have to work or maybe they are an illiteracy too, like their child.

I think, government must care about all of this illiteracy. Government can make an activity about someone that will teach them without any pay or you can call them "a voluntary". The other way is the government make a free school for all of that community.




DITA SASRI PRIMAVIRI

erlinda said...
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erlinda said...

Topic: Illiteracy caused by poverty

Let’s Create the Smart Indonesian

Indonesia is a big country which has so much natural wealth. People’s admiration of fertility of Indonesian’s land can be seen through an old saying that said “even stick and stone will grow onto trees and fruits if they are planted on Indonesia’s land”. Indonesia is also powerful country because it keeps human resource potency in its large number of inhabitants. They are spread along the islands, until deep inside the land. Unfortunately, it is very hard for development to reach small tribes which live inside the land. As a result, many of them live in poverty. They usually don’t care about education. As long as education not becomes something important for them, it would not be very shocked if some of them are illiterate. Government must do something to wipe out the illiteracy, and what I wrote beneath, are something we can do to help.
Firstly, collect our money to help them and give it to the foundations which take in hand in education development. Maybe you hear once about Kejar Paket A. Our money will be used to pay this program. Poor people will learn how to read, write, and count a simple arithmetic. Not only kids, adult and old people can also participate within this program. The second one, don’t throw away your old book. Give them to Library Car. Library Car is a government program to fight illiteracy in inside area which is hard to reach by huge transportation, and of course, don’t have library at their region. We can understand that poor people may not spend their money much for books. This library can be one of the alternatives, and they also charge very little for book rent. The last one, if you have chance to share your knowledge by teaching illiterate people, then do it. We can take some advantages from it. For instance, we can enlarge our perception and make new friends.
Therefore, as the civilization of the wealthy country, we shouldn’t have been lived in poverty. By educating our people, we can manage the natural wealth ourselves and use the outcome to rise up our life.

erlinda octarina
LIA intermediate 3
(eoctarina@yahoo.com)

AndreaS said...

: Andreas Surya
: andreas_asgrpm@yahoo.com
IN-3

Illiteracy caused by poverty



Do you ever think that in 21 centuries there are some people can’t read? That’s really impossible for us who have everything what we need. But take a look around you, there’re some people that always deficiency. As a people who have everything, even though that not all of us have everything that we need. Obviously, people like that can fulfill their daily necessity. On the other hand people that always deficiency, sometimes can’t fulfilled their coast of life. And sometimes they don’t care about the important thing of education for their life in the future. Because of they never care about education, there are new problem face off for them. That problem is some of them can’t read well. Usually it’s going on to many young generation now. However, reading is a basic skill that everyone supposed to have it. Many kids get illiteracy caused by poverty. Exactly, there are three effects of poverty that make someone illiteracy.

Firstly, poverty make their parents must take much time in outside to makes money and fulfilled their daily necessity. So they haven’t great concern for their children. From that habit, many poor child just going out for playing or spend their time to get part time job. So that make they purpose of life just to make money to support their family financial and they don’t have time to learn, especially in this case learn for reading.

Secondly, many poor children get illiteracy caused by their parents who don’t have good educational background. Many of their parents have no chance to follow the education when they was young. Probably, the higher education level that they have followed only till elementary level. So many parents cannot afford to guide their child to read.

Finally, it’s really obvious that they don’t have enough money to carry on their school. They be forced to help their family financial by go around in the street to get a gold coin. Actually, for children it’s time to thinking more critical and also follow by get more happiness. Because people who haven’t spend more time to learning will be more stupid than the other, their neuron seldom to stimulated by reading a book or some paper. It has relation when you always read something with your brain development. Absolutely, by reading make us to be a better young generation.

Therefore, when you have poverty make sure that you will enjoy it and make your life simply. Effort and hard perseverance will encourage us being a usefully person and also open mined to solve our financial problem. We can get much benefit only by reading in every time, we can get many knowledge for our better life in the future.

Azharliqoh said...

“only just rich man of which able to go to school”
Is that statement truths ? In my opinion May be yes in Indonesia, you can find at least three reasons for support my argument.
Firstly, education is the good business ( bewitchs business) so if you want to get good education you must pay more. Eventually if you are idiot but you have money take it easy it can be arranged. Secondly, our governmental attention to student that have good achievement is very lower than foreign country. Many of them didn’t get scholarship to continue their major from the best university in Indonesia and the worst with their international achievement they didn’t get welfare from Indonesian government . Thirdly, many cases distract people that there is no positive correlation between career and education background someone. So why you must spend your time to rich the highest education(until Master or Ph.d) if in the end you just out of jobs or working with small salary. Meanwhile in other side there is a success businessman of “Warung Padang” only just graduated from elementary school.
Our government should be embarrassed and don’t be shelter from statement from American president, G Washington “doesn't ask to state what which able to given but what I can give to state” as the excuse from all their mistakes.

Azharliqoh said...

WHAT HAPPEN WITH THEIR LIFE

Do you often see the beggars on the Jakarta’s street? many of them are kids. Or you often see the news on TV may be Seputar Indonesia, headline news MetroTV,Apa kabar Indonesia hari ini TVone, etc about slums area in the side of Ciliwung river, under the bridge, in side of Senen-Bekasi train’s rail, many of them are kids. Can you imagine the kids in that situation and condition. Ok, so what’s the matter? Guys, I just want to touch your deepest heart and share the carity for them. At least we can explore three problems that can be attach to them.

Firstly, they can get education not because their willingness but their parents enforced them to get money for their life, they have no time to go school because school can’t give them money for buy foods. It just wasting time. Secondly, sexual and physical hardness on the “wild” street, I get the data from internet that 80% road children raped or sodomy by his friend coeval. Thirdly, they will be sick or die by the disease because their life is susceptible to get air pollution from vehicles. Fourthly, by poverty that happen to them will increase their desire to be the criminal and in the end their life will be finished in prison or death by mutilation on the street.
So guys, did we only can keep silence just sees this nation router faces problems which as heavy that is in young ages of them? It’s now your action to save them as apart of save the nation router. May God helps and encourage us.

With humility from us
Indra AzharliQoh Ahmadinejad el Faqir

tiara said...

Name : Agustiara ( Mr. Jimmy student’s)
In-3 / 412
Saturday, 3-5 pm
aqu_tiara@yahoo.com

When you are sad, there are always a family that care with you. When you are back from school, there is always home for you. But look at out side under the traffic light. There so many children, they are orphan. They felt so many problem, on of the most is abused street children. Street children can be abused easily because of many reasons.

Firstly, the street children don’t know how to protect themselves because they live on the road. Living on the road is very hard because many criminalities happen on the road. So, they don’t have anything to protect themselves. Secondly, the street children don’t know how to share their pain with, because many street children that their parents don’t care with them. There is nobody who attention with them. Thirdly, the street children are easy to be cheated because they never get school. Finally, the street children scare with threat because they live around the criminal people. For example, the leader of street children force the street children to steal and the street children have to do what they say because they threaten the street children and the street children be afraid with them. With living like this, the street children not only feel alone but also feel invaluable.

Therefore, to less abused street children, the government have to give more attention for street children. The government should help the street children from criminality. Hopefully, we will not see abused street children more.

tiara said...

Name : Agustiara ( Mr. Jimmy student’s)
In-3 / 412
Saturday, 3-5 pm
aqu_tiara@yahoo.com

When you are sad, there are always a family that care with you. When you are back from school, there is always home for you. But look at out side under the traffic light. There so many children, they are orphan. They felt so many problem, on of the most is abused street children. Street children can be abused easily because of many reasons.

Firstly, the street children don’t know how to protect themselves because they live on the road. Living on the road is very hard because many criminalities happen on the road. So, they don’t have anything to protect themselves. Secondly, the street children don’t know how to share their pain with, because many street children that their parents don’t care with them. There is nobody who attention with them. Thirdly, the street children are easy to be cheated because they never get school. Finally, the street children scare with threat because they live around the criminal people. For example, the leader of street children force the street children to steal and the street children have to do what they say because they threaten the street children and the street children be afraid with them. With living like this, the street children not only feel alone but also feel invaluable.

Therefore, to less abused street children, the government have to give more attention for street children. The government should help the street children from criminality. Hopefully, we will not see abused street children more.

Sekar Mawar Oktavina said...

Name : Sekar Mawar Oktavina
Email : rose.vina@hotmail.com
Class : Intermediate 3
Subject : Introductory Paragraph
Topic : Problems For Kids Living in Slum Areas

Have you ever been to slum areas? Have you ever imagined living there? I have. The areas are very dirty. There is so many garbage, like the food that have expired and it smells so bad, plastics, anything. Of course, this garbage will attract flies, mosquitos, and any other insects that can cause many diseases. I am pretty sure that you do not want to live there. But, unfortunately, there are some people that cannot find another place to live. Because of that, these people are forced to live there. Men, women, children, especially children, they live with problems that they have to face and they even do not care about that. Actually, there are three problems for kids living in slum areas.

Firstly, the problem is about their health. I have mentioned about the environment looks like. It is so dirty when flies and mosquitos like being there. They can cause dengue and typhus. Not only dengue and thypus, but also diarrhea. It is caused because of their lifestyle. They do the public bathing, washing, and toilet facilities anywhere that they like. For examples, they defecate beside their house. Children do not know well about hygiene after they do that. Maybe they do not wash their hands before they eat, so the bacteria come inside their body and cause the diarrhea or maybe they suffer from intestinal worms.
Secondly, it is about their emotional development. Living in a place like that, don’t you think it is dangerous? Usually, the people who live there have a hard characteristic. They will do anything to make more money for their living, even if they must fight with their neighbor or even their family! Can you imagine that? These children can be forced by their parents to work as a factory worker or anything. And, if they do not make enough money, their parents will be angry, even hit them. They will stress out if it happens repeatedly.
Thirdly, it is about their secure. Many people out there playing a role in this world as a bad guy. These guy would do anything to accomplish their goals. For examples, they want money, very much money. To accomplish that, they will deceive someone. For the children that living in slum areas, they can be kidnapped by those bad guy who take advantages from them, while the children are used as a beggar on the road when the traffic is red. If the children do not want to do that, this guy will treat them very bad, physically.

Now, we all know what the problems for kids that living in slum areas. But, what can we do for them? Actually, there is many ways to help them from suffering like that. Maybe you can be their ‘caretaker brother/sister’? Or you can join the government as an activist or a volunteer to finish this problem? Or any other way? The answer is up to you. This is all your choice.

Ester Shine said...

Illiteracy? Oh No


In this era, we can hear and find illiteracy, do you believe that? Of course. Illiteracy is one of big problem of many country, like Indonesia. We say that is a big problem, because it usually uses for measure a country development. So if a country is found that lot of their population can’t read and write, this fact indicates that it’s very apprehensive. We often hear and read on many magazine, news paper, or another sources, that show how is terrible our country, even on big city like in Jakarta. As a proof, we can see on area around Jati Negara. This area is very slum and many of them live on ex-railway coach. This fact can indicate that they are very poor. So in my opinion, one of the reason why people to be illiteracy, because they live in poverty.
Economy problem is one of the main factor that they to be illiteracy. The first, if they don’t have enough money, their parents usually will decide to their children don’t go to school. Moreover, the education cost is very expensive. The government usually say that the education from Elementary School until Junior High School is free. But the fact is very different. Because, they still pay education cost.
The second, this factor makes many parents doesn’t have high motivation to send their children to school. I think their mind say that their children don’t need to school. If they can count money is enough, so illiteracy isn’t problem. This fact can be said as “a fate”.
The third, this factor can make their children more interested in work than study. Because, in the fact they more need food than education. Besides that, sometimes their parents order their children to get money to help them, like go to the street and to be a bagger.
So, we can say that the illiteracy is one of big problem for many countries. And one of the factor is caused by economy problem, especially poverty.

(by Ester Rina, IN 3)

dila gafur said...

Problem for Children living in Slum Area

Indonesia is one of developing country in the world with more than a half of its citizen live under the poverty line. The poor people can’t get a proper life such as in education, health, food and even for a place to live. We can look the example easily in Jakarta. Those people live in slum area like in the river banks, at the side of the train rails and under the subways. Poverty make them haven’t a chose moreover, to think about the bad effect that could happen to their children. The fact had showed that living in the slum area cause some problems to the kids.

Kids are always playing around with their friends. They don’t think about the time and place they used to when they are playing. They don’t realize the problem that will happen caused by their living. For example, they swimming together in the dirty river water near their house, run in the train rails, playing around of the train. It makes them in dangerous. They can be drawn, hit by the train or criminality abused.

Another problem that can contact the kids is diseases cause by living in unhygienic way. As it’s very hard for them to get the clean water, they usually use the dirt river water for they daily needs such as bath, wash the clothes and dishes. Because of it, kids can easily often have stomach and skin deceases. Beside that, living in this massive area also makes them couldn't breathe the fresh air.

We can infer from that is slum area isn't good for people to live especially kids. They are the most and easily part who get the bad effect. And, I think it is become our responsibility who live in more luckily life to help the poor with every way we can do

Nurfadillah Gafur

zhi said...

Kids in slum areas

Nowadays, there are many unfortunate children. if we aware during for many years, we are still can be found slum areas or places didn't proper to occupied and there we can be see many kids are living in slum areas. Definitely as consequently they have many problems on their live. There are three problem that can be strike these kids.

First, Hunger. If we saw many differences from kids in slum areas if we compare with other kids whose living in proper area. For example, kids in slum areas, they have very thin body as results from hunger is always they get, they suffer since they have nothing to eat.

Second, they was drop out of school, because of their poverty. forms a luck for them if they can get their education in the same manner as aught to and possibility some kids in slum areas never got education.

Third, illness. in slum areas and dirty places is possible for the people special for the kids to struck disease such as, nutrient lack, skin disease etc. Because in slum areas people didn't have a good quality of fasilities.

In brief, until now many kids living in slum areas in order to these kids have three problems such as, Hunger, Low educaton and disease.



created by, fauziah

zhi said...

Name : Fauziah
Email : zhi_cute101@yahoo.com

I wanna show my apologize.
I'm very sorry for my late to send my homework to u Mr.

Azharliqoh said...

until now Mr ridwan didn't send the email for the duties of our class
plese send to me at
kurangaz_har@yahoo.com