Ramadan Charity - Walking Tour in Jakarta
The annual Ramadan Charity is back and this year we organised a walking tour with disability community in Jakarta. Last Sunday, on June 3, 2018, we visited several places of interest in Kwitang, Central Jakarta.The walking tour was co-organised with Koko Jali, who has experience in organising walking tours with underprivileged and marginalised communities, including orphans and underprivileged children, street vendors, and people with disabilities. The walking tour was also aimed to raise awareness on diversity and inclusivity, visiting a church, a mosque, and an orphanage.At 14.30 the walking tour started at GKI Kwitang, an old church that had been providing services since 1874. At that time the church was known as Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk van Batavia and provided services in Dutch. During the Ramadan, the congregation of the church often organises workshops for the people living in the neighbourhood, including baking festive cookies and fashion styling for Muslim women. Before moving to the next stop, Trian from the Jakarta Barrier Free Tourism showed us how to assist a blind friend when walking on the street, and shared his opinion on the lack of access for people with disabilities in public spaces. The second stop was Al-A'raf mosque, established by an Indonesian Muslim of Chinese descent, Masagung in 1987. On the second floor of the mosque is an Islamic book shop called Wali Songo, that had already existed since the 1950s. The book shop sells copies of the Koran, popular books about Islam, and calligraphic wood carvings. We had a quick stop at the Kwitang book market, to buy books for the orphans before visiting the orphanage. The orphanage was located just across the market, and it was established by a group of mothers in 1931. Alumni and friends from the disability community donated books and money to the orphanage, and took a quick look at their activities during the holy month of Ramadan. The last part of the walking tour was the breaking of the fast at Sabana Bana, a food stall selling Padang food just outside the orphanage.