For many people in Indonesia, it is difficult to have to live with a disability. Children often sense how much they are not wanted in their environment.
The project of our member church, the Christian Protestant Karo Batak Church (GBKP), is an encouraging exception to the social exclusion of disabled children. More than 20 years ago, the GBKP opened a school in Kabanjahe on the island of Sumatra for children with mental and physical disabilities. Between the school and the Alpha Omega orphanage and dormitory, the church has given a new home to a total of 83 children and 30 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39.
At Alpha Omega, students learn reading, writing, arithmetic and various trades. Older students manage a plantation. State contributions toward the Alpha Omega are as good as nothing. Now a dairy cow pen has been contructed to add a little more independence.
But Alpha Omega needs donations to help with independence. Every contribution helps the children and young adults of Alpha Omega have a better future.