Yayasan Emmanuel – Food Rescue Project Participant

Bapak Mohammad’s family, Jakarta, Indonesia.

In affluent South Jakarta, Bapak Mohammad and his wife Ibu Dasturi are garbage scavengers. They work everyday from 07:30 to 14:00 in the Lebak Bulus garbage dump collecting plastic bottles, papers, cardboard, and anything else that can be recycled and sold.

Their two youngest children Mohammed Aldi (14) and Mohammad Fajar (13) are both in school. Their eldest child survives by begging in another part of Jakarta and has an eight year old daughter called Fanny.


Fanny lives with her grandparents Bapak Mohammad and Ibu Dasturi as she is disabled and it is not safe for her to live a street beggars’ life. She was disabled and no longer able to walk at just a year old, following a high fever and multiple convulsions. The family could not afford the hospital bills to pay for proper treatment and still do not understand the cause of her disability.

Yayasan Emmanuel Food Rescue Project provides food support to families eking out a living on Jakarta’s rubbish dumps.

The Food Rescue Project began serving the Lebak Bulus scavenger community in June 2016 and makes weekly visits there with excess food donated by the many international and local hotel chains serving central Jakarta. Without the FRP, this food would go to waste. Fanny and her family eagerly await the FRP’s visit so they can take home a meal of meat and fruit.

Their elderly neighbours Bapak Suyatno and Ibu Yulis (both in their 70s) are also daily garbage scavengers in the Lebak Bulus community. Husband and wife search the piles of garbage together Monday through Sunday to survive. Their only son lives in the city of Cirebon, 150 miles east of Jakarta, with his children selling vegetables at a local market.

Bapak Suyatno and Ibu Yulis could not find work in Cirebon so decided to try their luck in Jakarta and have been scavenging in Lebak Bulus for the past five years. For them, the FRP van’s visit is a greatly anticipated time each week when they can eat rice, pasta, bread, pastries, vegetables and fruit. They try to save some of the FRP meal whenever they can to help sustain themselves for the following two days but, owing to hunger and the precarious situation they live in, they usually immediately eat the food that they receive.