The Pamela Positive: Why Indonesian Street Children Love the Internet

On the streets of Indonesia, children often compete, gang against gang, in violent war.  Many of them don’t have a home, much less a bed, to call their own.

But a new night life is emerging in Indonesia.  Starting at 10 pm until 5 am, many cafes, which have internet access and computers, are hosting street children.  They provide a special offer to “spend their time online with a cup of coffee and a piece of bread.”  It costs just one dollar.

Instead of becoming involved in crime, or being the victim of one, now children are able to find a safe haven.  They can not only protect themselves, but also grow their future.  Children are connecting with their peers in other countries…they are practicing new languages…finding new friendships which are caring and nonviolent.

Would that we could find a safe haven for every one of us; one that provides a hot beverage, a morsel of food, protection and the opportunity to connect with others in a kind and caring way.  Who would have ever thought that the internet is saving lives in Indonesia?

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