change language
anda berada di: home - kliping berita newsletterlink

Support the Community

  
23 September 2008

Indonesia’s "Rainbow" Transforms Children’s Lives

 
versi cetak

JAKARTA (UCAN) -- Dani Windiya, a 13-year-old Muslim from a working-class family, says he is glad he joined a Catholic-initiated interreligious movement because it has helped him "understand the meaning of friendship."
 
Now he knows that friendship means accepting and respecting differences, such as in religion and ethnicity. "This is the reason why I remain a member of the movement," he said when UCA News spoke with him on Sept. 14.
 
The third-year student at Junior High School 140 in Sunter, North Jakarta, recalled that he joined Negeri Pelangi (country of the rainbow) eight years ago after some members told him he could "get to know others without regard for their background."
 
The broad friendships he has developed are "the reason why I remain a member of the movement," he added.
 
Dani said the movement also encourages him to care about people in need, such as "giving a book and a pen to a classmate." In particular he remembers going with other Negeri Pelangi members to visit a home for elderly people and a home for street children during the Christmas season two years ago. "It was the most impressive experience I ever had," the youth said.
 
Dani's father is a construction worker and his mother sells fruit on the street. He is the fifth of the family's six children.
 
The teenager credits Negeri Pelangi with changing his daily habits. "I was a naughty and lazy boy. But now I study diligently and help my parents do the housework," he said. Having learned to be mindful of the environment through the movement, he continued, "now I always throw garbage in trash bins."
 
Another member, Mina Marlina, 12, claimed similar benefits from participating in the movement. "I can accept religious differences although I come from a Muslim family," she said.
 
Like Dani, she acknowledged the movement's influence in encouraging her to study diligently, visit friends and pick up rubbish in her school's compound and neighborhood. Mina is a fifth-grader at state-run Elementary School 010, also in Sunter.
 
Dani and Mina were among 400 Buddhists, Catholics, Hindus, Muslims and Protestants aged 7-18 who attended Negeri Pelangi's first national gathering on Aug. 31.
 
Country of the Rainbow is a worldwide movement of children and young people that originated in the Community of Sant'Egidio, an international Catholic lay community based in Rome.
 
"You are My Friends" was the theme of the Indonesian national gathering held in the compound of St. Luke the Apostle Elementary School in Sunter.
 
The Sant'Egidio community in Jakarta organized the program, which drew participants from Sant'Egidio communities in Bandung, Jakarta, Semarang and Yogyakarta on Java, the most populous Indonesian island, as well as from Denpasar and Tanjungkarang dioceses on neighboring islands.
 
During the program, the youngsters all wore white clothes and blue hats, and each brought a handkerchief that was white, red, yellow, green or blue. White symbolizes a clean world, red refers to friendship and solidarity, and yellow represents the sun that unites all people. Green depicts the grass where the youngsters play, and blue symbolizes the night, which should not scare them anymore.
 
They sang and danced together, and also watched a 30-minute play about friendship. At the end of the program, they read out the Indonesian version of the movement's charter expressing their desire to change the world and create peace.
 
Eveline Winarko, coordinator of the Jakarta community, told UCA News during the program, "The Negeri Pelangi movement aims to teach children and teenagers to respect differences, develop solidarity, love the earth and promote the spirit of friendship."
 
It started in Indonesia in 1994 and now has 500 members from 15 Sant'Egidio communities across the country.
 
In Jakarta, Winarko said, the movement arranges various activities such as visits to homes for elderly people and for disabled children, and meetings with street children, as well as gatherings for its members.
It also suggests every member save a little money for a foundation for disabled children. Last year the movement sent used clothes to Aceh in western Indonesia, which bore the brunt of the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami.
 
According to the website of the Sant'Egidio community, the Country of the Rainbow movement has about 10,000 members around the world.


 JUGA MEMBACA
• BERITA
27 Februari 2009

Abidjan (Pantai Gading): Hari valetine yang spesial, perjamuan makan siang bersama anak jalanan

IT | EN | FR | ID
4 Juli 2011

Jakarta (Indonesia) – Jumlah banyak - Lebih dari 700 orang - berkumpul untuk merayakan Pesta Negeri Pelangi dengan tema: “Aku Cinta Damai”

IT | DE | FR | NL | ID
10 Februari 2012
INDONESIA

Program Orang Tua Asuh Indonesia

IT | ES | CA | ID
31 Oktober 2011

Bogor (Indonesia) – “Mengenal diri ” A congress of the teenagers grown up with the program of long distance adoption

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | CA | NL | ID
24 Mei 2010

Bojonegoro (Indonesia) - "The children as a hope for our future”: a seminary for the long distance adopted children parents.

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | NL | ID
20 November 2013

Hari anak dan remaja dunia: Sant’Egidio di sisi anak- anak

IT | EN | DE | FR | PT | RU | ID
berita semua
• PRINT
1 Juni 2010
Gazzetta di Parma

Parma - Canti, balli e giochi in piazzale Picelli

6 Juli 2011
UCAN

Games teach young about tolerance

12 Juni 2011
Nuova Stagione

Più fratelli che mai

5 Juni 2011
Nuova Stagione

Nel paese dell'arcobaleno

10 November 2010
La Repubblica

S.Egidio, rigiocattolando si nasce

14 Desember 2009
Avvenire - Ed. Milano

Sant’Egidio lancia il Rigiocattolo

semua rilis pers
• ACARA
12 Desember 2017 | LIVORNO, ITALIA

Presentazione del libro ''Alla Scuola della Pace'' a Livorno

7 Desember 2017 | GENOA, ITALIA

Presentazione del libro ''Alla Scuola della Pace'' a Genova

23 November 2017 | NAPLES, ITALIA

Napoli: presentazione del libro ''Alla Scuola della Pace''

Semua pertemuan doa untuk damai
• ADA HUKUMAN MATI
9 Maret 2015
AFP

Peine de mort en Indonésie: la justice va étudier un appel des deux trafiquants australiens

28 Februari 2015
Reuters

Australian PM strikes conciliatory note over Indonesia executions

21 Februari 2015
Reuters

Indonesia recalls envoy to Brazil amid row over execution

21 Februari 2015
AGI

Brasile: scontro su esecuzioni, respinto ambasciatore Indonesia

20 Februari 2015
Reuters

Australia ratchets up pressure on Indonesia over executions

18 Januari 2015
La Repubblica on line

Indonesia, eseguita condanna a morte per sei trafficanti di droga: 5 sono stranieri

26 Oktober 2014

Sant'Egidio with the Pope for the commitment against the death penalty

25 Oktober 2014
MANILA, PILIPINA

NO JUSTICE WITHOUT LIFE: Asia for life

10 Oktober 2014
MANILA, PILIPINA

1st Asia Pacific Dialogue on human rights and respect for human dignity International Conference: No justice without life

pergi ke tidak ada hukuman mati
• DOKUMEN

Tanni Taher: the commitment of Sant'Egidio against the death penalty in Indonesia

Appeal "No justice without life" Manila 2014

Il Giappone proporrà l'abolizione della pena di morte

No justice without life 2014,Tokyo - Intervento di Alberto Quattrucci

No justice without life 2014,Tokyo - Intervento di Mario Marazziti

Comunità di Sant'Egidio

La mensa per i poveri di Via Dandolo

semua dokumen

FOTO

1145 kunjungan

1084 kunjungan

1130 kunjungan

1264 kunjungan
semua media terkait