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Social Affairs Minister Motivates Children at Handayani Center to Improve Their Lives

Friday, 10-September-2021 15:00

Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini (left) visits children at the Handayani Center in Jakarta
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Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini (left) visits children at the Handayani Center in Jakarta
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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has greeted children having issues with the law at the Handayani Jakarta Center. The Minister of Social Affairs' arrival was welcomed enthusiastically.

During her visit, the Minister of Social Affairs gave motivation to children who received rehabilitation for various reasons. Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, reminded them to create better lives.

The Minister of Social Affairs asked them that if their lives are related to problems and laws, they will lose their identity. The Minister of Social Affairs also asked them to imagine the risks they face, such as contracting HIV/AIDS, or going to prison.

"Can you change? Can you change? You certainly can," said the Minister of Social Affairs at Handayani Jakarta Center, as in a written statement received by Netralnews, on Friday (09/10/2021).

The Minister of Social Affairs was accompanied by Director General of Social Rehabilitation Harry Hikmat, Director of the Narcotics Hospital Victor Siahaan, Secretary of the Directorate General of PFM Beni Sujanto, Head of the Panasea Center Isye Sri Rahayu, Head of the Melati Center Romal Uli Sinaga, and Head of the Handayani Center Hasrifah Musa.

The Minister of Social Affairs assures the children that there are no stupid or smart people, only lazy and diligent people.

"You are my source of pride. If someone asks you whose child you are? Answer loudly that you are my children, Mrs. Risma's children," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

The Minister of Social Affairs also visited a victim of human trafficking, RR (14), a girl from Tasikmalaya from a poor family. RR was forced to leave her hometown due to the family's economic pressure. Then she was offered a job by a café in Bogor, but in reality she was sold by a man from a human trafficking syndicate.

RR was forced to serve men in exchange for IDR300,000. However, she only received IDR100,000, the rest was taken by the syndicate members. At Handayani Center, RR's psychological condition was restored and she was given entrepreneurship skills.

Currently, RR's condition is calmer, and she has received several health and psychosocial treatments.

The Minister of Social Affairs also met with two other children who were victims of terrorist networks. One of them was a hostage of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group.

To these less fortunate children, the Minister of Social Affairs raised their confidence to be successful in the future. For those who are interested in certain skills such as sewing, the Minister of Social Affairs directs them to be able to learn and try to hone them.

"Come on, those who are interested in sewing, let's learn sewing, we'll work on it. One day, if you're smart, I'll teach you to become fashion designers or something else," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

At the end of her visit, the Minister of Social Affairs visited the ATENSI Creation Center (SKA) at Bambu Apus to taste the culinary offerings. The Minister of Social Affairs hopes that the SKA in Bambu Apus can continue to grow, considering the location is quite strategic with a comfortable atmosphere.

Reporter : turkhan
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