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12/16/2009
A future for the children of Bintaro

Food and medical aid guaranteed for two years, thanks to Sacmi

Sacmi demonstrates its social responsibility every day by prioritising safety in the workplace, safeguarding the environment and making proactive contributions to projects that promote local schooling and productivity. Yet, when Christmas comes around, it’s impossible to forget the millions, hundreds of millions of children all over the world who live on less than a dollar a day. And in the real world that means not enough food and not enough medicines, not to mention the near-impossibility of getting a good education.
 
Sacmi has no intention of passively accepting such a situation: as in previous years, we shall be contributing to an aid project in an area of the world where, without properly targeted support and help, children risk being left without a future or, in other words, without a life truly worth living. This year Sacmi has decided to direct its now-traditional “Christmas gift” to the Saverian Fathers who work in one of the poorest districts of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Many of the children in this district, called Bintaro, come from poverty-stricken families that the Saverian Fathers assist daily: this help also takes the form of medical examinations designed to catch the early signs of the all-too-present problem of malnutrition. Sacmi’s contribution will be to finance food supplements for these children to make up for the prolonged shortfall of nutrients essential to growth such as proteins.

Children in this part of the world are not just denied an education: they are even denied their own growth because of extremely poor nutrition “which fails to allow balanced development up to the age of adolescence by delaying muscle growth and the proper development of teeth…”. The result, say the Saverian Fathers is, as in many other areas around the globe, not just a weakening of the body but also “a difficult, delayed entry into the world of work”. Thanks to Sacmi’s contribution, families will receive food packages containing fish or meat in order to ensure proper protein intake levels for 400 children; basic medicines will also be provided. A Christmas gift, conclude the Fathers, that will keep this service going for a good two years. Of course, there will still be plenty of work to do, but for many children of Bintaro a future now looks, thanks to Sacmi, possible.

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