Plumpang is a very poor area in South Jakarta, in which the majority of people there either working with minimum income or unemployed. We could see stranded children working on the streets, most of them did not concern about school and education, since they were easily satisfied with little money they could earn. Some of them did not even have or know the whereabouts of their parents or relatives.
Such condition has touched the kindness in Bapak Siswandi’s heart when he first came to stay in Plumpang. He wanted to bring changes and approached his surroundings. He is unconditionally willing to share his little roof along with those stranded children working on the streets, those who do not know or even have parents or relatives who they could turn or come home to. Bapak Siswandi cared, nurtured and educated those children to always be positive and optimistic with their lives. Bapak Siswandi also approached the young people who live there to help him to educate and care for those children.
Rahmania Foundation (“RF”) initially introduced to Plumpang area and Bapak Siswandi in 1997. Ever since, RF has been gathering donations for and to help and support the people and children there as well as to help and assist Bapak Siswandi in continuing his noble works. RF built a Community Centre (Pusat Kegiatan Masyarakat) for the children and people in the area to utilized, to get proper education and to conduct trainings, especially for Skill and Knowledge Training (Vocational Training). RF has also been distributing scholarships for the stranded children who live with and cared by Bapak Siswandi. It was not easy for those children to go back to school, for they thought that their time was worth better to be spent to earn their income rather than getting education, yet Bapak Siswandi kept on trying to change their perspective on such matter and negotiated with those children so they were willing to get back to school. He also shares his religious insight and views with the Moslems living in the area.
Bapak Siswandi and the young people there, with support from the students of the STAI AI Ghuraba Rawamangun, have also established and organized the Himmata Foundation (“HF”), whose aims and works are to conduct training for the children and people there to get better and sufficient skill and knowledge in order to improve their living qualities. The Community Centre has been utilized to manufactured liquid soap, a skill and knowledge they also learned from and trained in the Centre. There now also have courses such as performance (drama) and music available, with famous musician such as Dwiki Dharmawan himself generously shares his knowledge and skill in music to teach those children and youngsters. They have also been invited to perform in many social events convened by several state-owned companies and the media.