In 2013, KDM started a sports approach to reach and connect with the street and marginalised children in Jakarta and Bekasi. After a year the popular Indonesian game Futsal was seen as the most effective approach to attract kids and teenagers to join the training. In 2016, the BOLA program was officially launched as a way of educating the children in essential life skills like decision making, self-management, critical thinking while building their awareness about child rights and protection.
Within marginalised communities in Jakarta and Bekasi the BOLA program is successful with an average reach of 250 children every year. Even during these pandemic times, some communities have allowed the BOLA program to continue with safety protocols. The challenge now for the BOLA Program is how to expand this program into the rural marginalised communities where the children have little access to activities like this to help them develop essential life skills and understand child rights.
For the BOLA Program to reach these rural communities the need is for a reliable van of sufficient size and capacity that can transport equipment and trainers to these communities. This van can also be used for additional programs like inter-community activities whereby children from both rural and urban communities can come together to play and share knowledge/experiences in a supportive and fun way. A fund of $13,500 is required. Our current capital is $5,000 and we need a further $8,500.
With this van, the BOLA Program can reach a greater number of children in both urban and rural marginalised communities. With more children and adolescents who are able to make good decisions for themselves, are confident, self-aware and better skilled at communicating, they can protect themselves and avoid situations and actions that could be harmful to them. Also, as they grow into adults they can lead, influence and create a better community that respects and protects the rights of children.