Raising Awareness through a Health Clinic Day

It was the last day of a week-long summer camp at Roshan Learning Center. Inside the red brick building, children were still listening to the dentist’s explanation of the tooth decay process. Outside, teenagers were discussing their tooth problems with a health professional. Many of them hadn’t seen a dentist for a while—or ever. After his turn to get examined on a portable dental unit, teenager Mujaba (not his real name) ... Read More

One Teenager’s Journey for a Better Life Hussain's Story

Indonesia is home to more than 12,000 refugees, most hoping for asylum in Australia or the United States. Many of them live in Jakarta. Some asylum seekers live in overcrowded detention centers. The rest share small apartments scattered around the city. In these concrete apartment blocks, the refugees sit and wait, often with 15 people or more sharing a four room place. Most hope to go to Australia due to its proximity and ... Read More

World Refugee Day: June 20 Let's all work to bring a little more hope into the world.

BBC reports that the number of displaced people is at an all-time high. There are floods and earthquakes demolishing peoples' homes, but that's not the real problem, in spite of the deep suffering natural disasters cause. The real problems are human made. People are fleeing the persecution that follows the features of their face, as in the case of Hazara peoples in Afghanistan, or the beliefs they hold about the shape of a ... Read More

The Long Wait for Hope The life of a refugee in Jakarta, Indonesia: Part 2

The young woman looked at me, her brow furrowed, her head tilted. We continued walking around the back of the red brick building. “I don’t mean to be—well, maybe this is rude, but what do they do? How do they live?” she asked, clearly embarrassed by such an indiscreet question. The young woman in question was a visitor at the learning center, an expat considering volunteering to teach. I get this question all the time, both ... Read More

The Journey to Asylum The life of a refugee in Jakarta, Indonesia: Part 1

Note: This post is a two-part series to provide a better understanding of the lives and context of refugees here in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is based on real stories of friends and members of the Roshan Learning Center, but certainly each person's journey is unique.   Forced to leave It’s not an easy decision to flee one’s homeland, but every day thousands are fleeing due to political, religious, or ethnic ... Read More

Our website is now live

After more than 6 months of operating, the Roshan Learning Center finally has an official website. Our leadership team is excited to be able to more clearly articulate what we are all about and we hope this is helpful for volunteers and donors as we are quickly expanding the services we offer to the refugees that participate in this initiative. A few quick words about the technology that powers our website… this site is ... Read More