Families fundamental to success
February 17, 2012 – Instilling a sense of responsibility in children to help those less fortunate isn’t exclusive to those living in developed nations like Canada. Half way around the world, a Plan-supported community in Indonesia is teaching this lesson to its children – one bag of rice at a time.
Charity and tradition
Rice is a staple food in the Indonesian diet and is an important part of the county’s economy. This is especially true in rural areas where most depend on farming to make ends meet.
Rice is also the focal point at the Karangayam village secondary school at the beginning of each semester when bags of rice are distributed to village residents who are struggling to make ends meet.
For the community, this act of charity and tradition supports the unity of the village and instills a sense of responsibility in the children.
A secondary school student hands out the bags of rice to the selected recipients.
Students from the primary school come to watch the ceremony, instilling a sense of community responsibility from one generation to the next.
The rice recipients leave the ceremony happy.