OUR OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN PROJECT
CHILDREN OF THE RAINBOW LANTERNS
LAP – The Harrowing Story of the Challenges Faced by Team Members Caring for HIV Children.
We strongly urge you to read the summary below which we recently received from Nita Anggriawan (the Program Coordinator at LAP in Jakarta). It not only describes the challenges faced by individual case workers in their tireless efforts to care for the children, but it also highlights the risk to the viability of some of LAP’s key support programs as it confronts a loss of around 2/3 of its sponsorship funding.
This is a story about a group of remarkable, strong women who are devoting their lives to humanity. Their lives have not been easy as they have been infected with HIV from their husbands, marking the most impactful events of their lives. The second most impactful event for them is unknowingly passing the HIV to their children—something that is extremely hard to accept. Furthermore, some of these strong women end up raising their children alone as their husbands have already passed on.
However, living with HIV is not the end of the road. These women choose to live on for the sake of their children. Their tenacious will to live have brought them to LAP, Lentera Anak Pelangi. LAP has become their new family, where they can share their life stories, support their children and each other.
Their resilience is manifested in their willingness to support Lentera Anak Pelangi’s mentoring program by becoming case managers Ms. Nur started as an assistant case manager and is now participating in the children’s house visit in North Jakarta. Ms. Nur feels that her background as a mother of a child with HIV is an advantage that empowers other mothers who also have HIV children. Ms. Itok, Ms. Siti, and Ms. Titin share similar stories. They feel that their role as a mother absolutely helps the caregivers of the children with HIV, the very children who are accompanied by Lentera Anak Pelangi.
Even though they are not that young anymore, they do not hesitate to explore Jakarta with all its traffic jams to visit the children whom they accompany. In addition, some days, they can spend more than half a day in the hospital to accompany the children for their ARV monthly checkups. They treat the children with HIV like their own children.
Becoming a part of Lentera Anak Pelangi changes their lives significantly. They have learnt basic counselling techniques, how to use a laptop, how to write and present reports. They have become confident to talk to the doctors about the children’s complaints, to tell life stories through mass and social media, and even to express their own opinions to a government minister during one of the gathering events.
Nonetheless, since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, they have become really worried about the continuation of their work at Lentera Anak Pelangi. So many people have lost their jobs during the pandemic. Sad news arrived in the beginning of this year where Lantern Anak Pelangi lost 2/3 of its operational budget because of the pandemic. Several regular donors who have been supporting Lentera Anak Pelangi had to cut down their donations to the point where the Lentera Anak Pelangi’s mentoring program may no longer be sustainable.
Besides Ms. Nur, Ms. Itok, Ms. Siti, and Ms. Titin, there are also those who participate in their daily work through psychosocial support and advocacy at Lentera Anak Pelangi such as Ms. Wulan, Adit, Henri, Wardiman, Riama, and Natasya, who are just equally impacted by this situation.
We can only hope that the light of the lantern does not dim out halfway. Over the past 12 years, our tiny lantern has been able to bring rainbows to the lives of more than 150 children living with HIV in Jakarta. We believe that there are good people who will join us to ensure that we keep our lantern going by keeping the fire and the oil.
Please support us to keep our lantern alight, to colour the lives of children with HIV in Jakarta.
Our next fundraising collection at Masses will be in November. However, in the meantime if you would like to assist LAP in meeting their financial challenges, please contact the parish office. Alternatively, you can donate directly to the following parish account established specifically for contributions to LAP.
ACCOUNT NO. 546358602
ACCOUNT NAME: OLMC CHURCH ACCOUNT – LAP DONATION
Thank you for your ongoing support,
OLMC Fundraising Team for LAP
SPECIAL COLLECTION NEXT SUNDAY (10th September) OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN PROJECT
In their planning for this year the LAP team from Catholic University Jakarta identified that only 24% of children newly infected with HIV AIDS are receiving treatment.
In response to this crisis, LAP team has been able to increase the number of HIV AIDS children in their care from 37 to 95 over the past eight years.
Our parish, due to the incredible generosity of our parishioners, youth and school children have contributed $44000 to this expansion of LAP’s care.
As part of the Parish’s ongoing commitment, we will be holding a fund- raising appeal for the LAP team at all Masses next week end and hope that you will continue to support this worthy cause. Morning tea will be hosted by the LAP Team after 8.30am Mass. All welcome.
Thank you. Victoria Fitzpatrick, Mick Hetherington, Frank O’Connor, Julie Reddan, Jill and Tony Kiley
RESULTS OF LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTION (25th MARCH) PLUS SOME INFORMATION FROM THE L.A.P. PEOPLE IN INDONESIA.
THE LATEST NEWSLETTER FROM OUR PEOPLE IN INDONESIA
A documentary on our activities in Indonesia
This 25 minute documentary explains what the people we fund through our “Overseas Humanitarian Project” actually do. Fighting discrimination seems as important as fighting the disease.
FUNDRAISING APPEAL 19TH FEBRUARY AT ALL MASSES
In a report on the ABC last year it was estimated that 20,000 children in Indonesia are living with HIV and face a dire future. In response to this crisis, LAP team, attached to the Catholic University in Jakarta has been caring for around 100 children living with HIV in that city’s slums. As part of the Parish’s ongoing commitment, we will be holding a fund-raising appeal for the LAP team at all Masses next week end and hope that you will continue to support this worthy cause.
Mick Hetherington, Frank O’Connor, Julie Reddan and Tony Kiley
There are many dental clinics that refuse to serve people living with HIV patients or children with HIV. Whatever the reason, in fact they are violating the rights of, and the dental health of children with HIV.
Every month, Rainbow Kids Lantern held routine medical examination and free treatment for children and their families. Unfortunately, there has never been a mobile dental clinic that is willing to serve.
But, Sunday, August 28, 2016 dental service @difa_ohc and the Movement Doctor For All were present at the Rainbow Kids Lantern and serve dental checks for children. Yes, there is no action to unplug or dental fillings there, but at least oral conditions can be monitored. The doctor was fine.
This child volunteer, boldly without fear gives himself to be examined. Thank you, doctor.
On the occasion of August 28 last, children are not only given material about the health of our teeth. They also practice brushing teeth. Glad to see children learn with their friends brushing teeth.
THANK YOU NOTES:
Below are two thank you notes – one from the Head of the LAP team and another from the program Coordinator for the LAP Team in response to the latest donation of $7,334 from the Parish to the LAP group. Also attached is the latest LAP newsletter.
……Mick Hetherington, Frank O’Connor, Julie Reddan and Tony Kiley on behalf of the Overseas Humanitarian Project.
FROM PROFESSOR IRWANTO – HEAD OF LAP TEAM:
Hi Tony, this is an amazing news. Thank you for being a wonderful supporter for our children. We cannot thank you and your parish enough for this. Please accept our deepest gratitude and highest appreciation for everything that all of you have done to support our cause. May the Grace of God be with you – always…
Irwanto Senior advisor Center for HIV-AIDS Research Atma Jaya Catholic University Co-director, Center on Child Protection Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Indonesia
FROM NITA ANGGRIWAN – LAP PROGRAM COORDINATOR:
What a great news! You all are really do an amazing works for these children. Looks like you really had a wonderful Saturday night! Wish I was there.
Thank you for your prayers and concern, my brother is getting better and better today.
Please send our best regards for people in your Parish, Father Burt & Father Kevin and of course for all of you, the Lentera Anak Pelangi’ troopers from Sunbury.
Herewith I send you our latest newsletter and the receipt for the funds.
This week most of our children here are celebrating their holidays (Eid Al-Fitr). Thank you very much for your kindly attention for them.
These are some updates from us:
-Currently, LAP is caring for 92 HIV children, 22 of them are 12-15 years old. 71 children still receive formula milk every month.
We got visited by The Association of Theological Schools in Indonesia (PERSETIA). Some of our beneficiaries also have opportunities to share their stories as caregivers of children living with HIV.
We also have our monthly medical check-up and character building school.
We started our photo project. 6 photographers and one videographer have joined our team to take pictures of our children and families that will be present in our photo exhibition on November 2016.
We also have our second quarterly event with theme “Dental & Oral Health”
We lost one boy because of his heart and lung condition.
Annual Melukis Pelangi two-day camp for children aged 10-15 years old at Wisma Bina Warga, Puncak. 20 children joined the camp. Willem Karel from Pancake Adventures joins us. He cooked pancakes for the children and taught them how to make it.
Our bazaar went well on the end of June. It run very well, about 55 families came on that day and they really were excited. Thank you for all donors.
-Preparation for our fundraising project, and photo, video, and art exhibition. For more information about these activities please visit our website.
-A one-day trip to the Old Town (Kota Tua) for children aged 12 years old above will be held on mid July 2016.
-Family gathering will be held on July 31
Last but not least, Happy Eid Mubarak. May you all have a very happy and blessed Eid. Enjoy your holidays.
Thank you for all of your support for us.
PARISH DANCE RESULT
Thank you to all those who supported the Parish Dance last Saturday Night. It was a great night of socializing and dancing that raised almost $2,200 for the LAP team in Jakarta caring for children living with HIV AIDS. Thank you also to those who couldn’t come but who sent a donation, to those who set up for the dance and cleaned up afterwards and a special thanks to Cathie and Robert Lio for all their hard work in organizing
the dance—it was a great success.
Mick Hetherington, Frank O’Connor, Julie Reddan and Tony Kiley on behalf of the Overseas Humanitarian Project.
HAPPY 7TH BIRTHDAY THIS SUNDAY TO OUR OVERSEAS PROJECT “Lentera Anak Pelangi”
OUR OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN PROJECT. A VISIT BY THE PROGRAM MANAGER NITA ANGGRIAWAN (LATEST)
Nita Anggriawan has now returned to Jakarta after her visit to the parish. Nita wanted to pass on her thanks to the parish and our schools for the hospitality and warm welcome she received. Nita was particularly grateful to receive $1,443 in unsolicited donations from a number of Parishioners during her visit. These contributions will be immediately put into the care of the children with HIV AIDS.
OUR OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN PROJECT. A VISIT BY THE PROGRAM MANAGER NITA ANGGRIAWAN
Nita Anggriawan (the Program Manager for the LAP Support Group at the Catholic University in Jakarta) visited the parish recently to specifically thank the parish community and our two primary schools for their wonderful generosity over the past 18 months in supporting the HIV AIDS children.
Nita spoke at each of our Masses and also joined us for morning tea after the 8:30 Mass.
Parishioners made Nita welcome and used the opportunity to find out more from Nita about how your generousity is assisting Nita and her team in their critical care for the children.
Part of the address by Nita:
Who we are:
Lentera Anak Pelangi is a community service under Aids Research Centre of Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta. We are caring and supporting children living with HIV-Aids in Jakarta area.
What we pursue:
To be the leading multi-disciplinary provider that improves the quality of life of children who are living with HIV-AIDS in Indonesia.
What we do:
1. Home visit and nutritional support
2. Ambulatory and medical support
3. Psychosocial and life-skill education
4. Capacity building
Absence of caregiver: 90% orphans; extended family may not be supportive.
Poor household care : children lack nutritional input and emotional support. Poor sanitation and hygiene condition.
Neglect: sick children are often neglected due to lack of awareness and financial capacity, in addition to discrimination against the HIV/ AIDS status.
Lack of awareness and discipline : parents are not aware of the importance of adherence to give ARV and other medication for these children.
Lack of education : parents are of low income and low education background.
Limited resources: limited number of hospitals willing to care for HIV patients; especially the low income HIV patients.
PROGRESS PAID FOR BY YOUR DONATIONS
Below is a photo sequence showing how a 7 year old boy called Noval progressed over a period of 14 months with love and care.
A THANK YOU VIDEO TO THE PARISHIONERS OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH IN SUNBURY FOR THE SUPPORT THEY HAVE GIVEN TO THE L.A.P. PROGRAM IN INDONESIA
ABOUT CHILDREN OF THE RAINBOW LANTERN
18th May 2014: Thanks to the generosity of the OLMC Parish Community, a donation of almost $6,000 has been sent as an initial contribution to the Catholic University in Jakarta to support the children living with HIV-AIDS. We received the following “thank you” note from Nita Anggriawan who coordinates the support program:
“What a good news! We are very grateful for the generosity of Sunbury parishioners. Send our warm regards to them. We will provide you the receipt and our activities report during the year. Again, thank you very much for the loving support for these children. Your lovely attention will brighten their life”
Mick Hetherington, Julie Reddan and Tony Kiley on behalf of the Parish Coordinating Team.
$5946.30 Thanks to the generosity of the OLMC Parish Community, the total from cash donations and regular pledge contributions will allow the parish to donate over $8,000 during the next twelve months to the group at the Catholic University in Jakarta caring for the children living with HIV-AIDS. We know how grateful they will be for your wonderful support.
Don’t forget our on-going support for the children living with HIV-AIDS in the slums of Jakarta. As little as $2 per week will make a difference. That $2 per week will provide vitamins for one child per week. Maybe setup a transfer of $10 per month to the appeal.
$30 per month provides one child with milk. So $40 per month provides nutrition and vitamins for one child per month. (the editor is an obvious maths wiz!)
To put it in perspective, our $8000 will provide nutrition and vitamins for 16 Children over the year. That’s about 10% of the total. (the editor is really showing off now!!)
We ask our parishioners and friends just to do what they can.
Following a suggestion at the annual Parish Assembly, the Parish Coordinating Team has recommended that the Parish sponsor and support a program run by the Catholic University in Jakarta that cares for young children from desperately poor areas of the city who are living with HIV-AIDS. This group is dedicated to reducing the mortality of these children by providing nutrition and medication to those most in need, and by speaking on thier behalf to schools so they can be admitted to an education.
The group operates at the “grass roots” level and, hence, has no “Marketing Team” to attract donors. Rather, they rely on the generosity of individual people to fund their critical work. The Group’s motto is … “You may be only one person in the world – but you may also be the world to these children”
“A.D.” is a ten year-old Indonesian girl, without a father, and with a mother infected with HIV-AIDS. She has to be cared for by her grandmother. “A.D.” is just one of the children living with the impact of HIV-AIDS who are supported by this small group of care-workers established by the Catholic University in Jakarta, five years ago.
Around $40 per month is needed to supply nutrition and medication for these children so they can build the stamina they need to fight the disease. If you would like to help in organising our parish fundraising appeal to help make a better world for these children, we would really welcome your support.
You can “sign up” at the Parish Expo.
How can else you help? – By giving generously to the appeal later this month, and by supporting the Parish Dance on the 15th March where any proceeds will be put towards the fundraising appeal.
We thank you for your support – Mick Hetherington, Julie Reddan and Tony Kiley on behalf of the Parish Coordinating Team.
PROGRAM BIRTHDAY PARTY
On February 23, LAP Awards event was held to celebrate 5 years of the Rainbow Children’s Lantern . The concept of this event was to get together with the child and family to share the joy and spirit through the family . Each family who signed up performed dancing , singing , poetry , or other creative activities. Present was Prof.Irwanto as the founder of LAP , as well as representatives of donors Rotary Club Central Jakarta , Werk Group’72 , and British Women were present. 18 families registered to perform for the show and gained 5 winner awards and audience favorite award and champion choice award for the best costume . The event was attended by 34 families who assisted by singing along and blowing the candles and cutting the birthday cake.
Thank God all is running smoothly, and for good weather this morning until noon, for laughter and smiles of the sweet kids, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and all the extended family of the Rainbow Lantern Children. Bless the volunteers of the Children of the Rainbow Lanterns program so they may continue to serve and to seek the best for these children.
Logo of Atma Jaya Catholic University Indonesia
The name of the program is Lentera Anak Pelangi which means:
Children of the Rainbow Lanterns
Caring for children living with HIV-AIDS in Jakarta | Follow us on twitter : @LntrAnakPelangi (not English………Editor)
To be the leading multi-disciplinary provider that improves the quality of life of children who are affected and infected by HIV-AIDS.
A mitigation program for children living with HIV-AIDS in Jakarta
(The following are excerpts from the Lentara Anak Pelangi Facebook page and translated by the editor with google assistance.)
Caption: Child Support Program (1) today is already underway. Thank you for Ka ‘Mona and Ka’ Candra. Thank you to the brothers of the Child Support Program participants. Thank you to the parents and grandparents who have been in attendance. See you at the Child Support Program (2) next month
Recent Facebook Posts that give some flavour of activities
Good morning. Happy Sunday. This morning at 9:00 to 12:00 pm will be conducted free health screening and treatment for children and families of assisted Lantern Children in room D103 Rainbow Atma Jaya Catholic University. 09.30 there will also be “Child Support Program” in room D102. Hopefully today goes well and smoothly
Empty office……… And the playlist is changed to Christmas songs .. Want a quick Christmas. But this day was December 2, and tomorrow I have to advocate to a school because there are assisted Lantern Rainbow Children at risk that they will be excluded from school if the parents had not received HIV counseling from us .. Hopefully all goes well tomorrow .. So help us, dear Lord