Reporting by Dhina Mutiara, Media & Communication Coordinator ChildFund Indonesia
Hi. My name is Tiara. I am 16 years old. I am living in a city called Jakarta, which is the capital city of Indonesia. I live in the suburb of Jakarta called Kamal.
Currently I am in studying in a vocational school, with accounting as my focus subject. I wanted to be a doctor when I was little, but now I want to be an accountant because the position is needed in every company.
Tiara, 16, enjoys ChildFund's youth-focused activities in her community in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The place where I live is a very dense area. Because the houses are glued together in a bunch, it is almost impossible for us to find places where we can play freely, let alone live. My house is surrounded by various factories, including plastic, sugar and rubber factories.
Besides that, the area where I live is actually the place where all the garbage from all over Jakarta ends. The smell of the garbage stings my airways, especially at noon when it can get extremely hot. At night, the smell of garbage changes into the smell of burnt rubber, because that is the time when the rubber factory works.
There are a lot of things I am concerned about as a teenager. I live in a suburban area with the ghost of pressures from the urban area. Drugs, HIV/AIDS, teenagers’ brawling and promiscuity are common all around me.
I am one of the lucky teenagers who were able to attend various trainings by ChildFund. ChildFund gave us training on drugs and HIV/AIDS, leadership, journalism and other things. Through those sessions, I have learned a lot on how to know more about myself and the issues happening around me. I can keep myself from falling into the wrong crowd.
If I could have the power to lessen the issues happening around me, I would definitely start by sharing my knowledge with other youth through trainings like the ones ChildFund provides, or even a simple youth sharing session.