Dede Jawo, age 13, is the older of two siblings with a sister in kindergarten. They live in the far northwest area of Jembrana. Gede goes to a Madrasah and is in year 1, the equivalent of 7th grade.
His father works as a laborer, doing odd jobs. Sometimes he works in a factory for canned fish as a daily worker, other times he works as a brick laborer. His mother also does various labor work, such as being a masseuse, doing laundry for others, or selling food. His parents also have debt for to afford medicine for his sickly grandmother.
Dede Jawo is tasked with chores while his parents work. His mother usually takes his sister along when she works.
Last year, his house caught on fire and there was nothing that could be salvaged. All of his school supplies and his sister’s were gone. Fortunately, people from other villages took pity on his family and they donated basic supplies for their household and the children’s school needs.
Even now, his parents struggle to pay back the loan that they took to enroll Dede Jawo into a secondary school.
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