The foundation

The RumahBambu Foundation (Stichting RumahBambu) was established in 2008 in The Netherlands with the goal to help orphans and street children in Jakarta and Depok, Indonesia. The mission of the foundation is to contribute to a better future for these children by providing food, shelter, education and healthcare.

The foundation is working closely together with 3 houses for street children; Yayasan Istiqomah en Rumah Qu’ran in Jakarta en Rumah Bambu Streetkids House in Depok. Each house has it’s own ‘character’. In the Rumah Bambu streetkids House you will find especially older boys, while yayasan Istiqomah mainly provides shelter for younger children. Rumah Qu’ran is besides a house for streetchildren also a place where children who don’t go to school can spent their day.

Together with the houses the RumahBambu Foundation organises projects to help these children. The fundraising for these projects is held in The Netherlands. In the past few years, before the foundation was established already a few houses were helped. We build a small library and renovated the sanitation and kitchen.

In The Netherlands the RumahBambu Foundation was established by Margriet Smit. Her husband, Arif, was one of the five students of the University of Indonesia who founded ‘Rumah Bambu Streetkids House’ in 1998. This house (bamboo house) got it’s name because the first house was build from bamboo. Not long after that they got a donation so they could rent a house made of stone. Since the beginning the house operates only on the help of volunteer and it depends only on donations. Because of the economical situation in Indonesia the house the donations are only few and the house can just survive. This is the reason that the RumahBambu Foundation was established in The Netherlands.

The person who is responsible in Jakarta for the finances and contacting the houses, Gunawan, is a good friend of us. We trust him in every way and therefore we can garantee that your money will be used for helping street children for 100%.

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Photos 2008

Here you can see just some photos that are taken in the house with the children and some volunteers.

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photos education 2008

Here you can see the children while they got an Englisch language lesson.

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Photos Milk project 2008

In 2008 one of the projects was ‘The Milk project’. Nutricia Jakarta donated 120 boxes of nutricious food to the street children. These boxes were distributed between 3 different locations with children up till 12 years old. Here you can see the photo’s of this project.

Yayasan Istiqomah, Kalibata, Jakarta Selatan

Rumah Atap Alis, Centex, Jakarta Timur

Rumah Qur’an, Klender, Jakarta Timur


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Photos projects 2005

In 2005 the Streetkids House held a few big projects. The volunteers built a library and a kitchen and renovated the sanitation.

Yayasan Istiqomah, Kalibata, Jakarta Selatan

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Photo bottle collecting project 2007

In 2007 a primary school in The Netherlands held a fundraising project for the Streetkids House. The children of the school collected bottles. When returned to a supermarket in The Netherlands, these bottles are worth some money. 650 bottles were collected by the Dutch children.

The Streetkids House will use the collected money from this project and the other fundraising projects held by the Dutch primary school to buy clothes, new educational materials and milk for the smallest street children.

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