Adi and His Son Take Shelter Under a Bridge

It has been two years since Adi and his son lived under a bridge in the Bekasi area. With no money to pay rent, this humble place is what they call home.

Children in Bekasi who live under a bridge. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BEKASI - The heat of the asphalt and the noise of the vehicles at the intersection of Cut Meutia, Margahayu, East Bekasi, is something Wasadi (41) and his son Ardiansyah (6) have been accustomed to. They live under the concrete bridge, just one-meter-away from the river.

Inside their humble abode, there’s a mattress, a shabby table and a couch, and a kitchen where they eat the food that they cook. There’s no electricity in this “house”.

“I have lived here for two years. Here’s where I sleep, eat, and bathe. What can I do? I can’t afford proper housing,” said Adi to Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team who visited his shack on Wednesday (10/28).

He settled under the bridge after he lost his livelihood as a merchant at Pasar Baru market. Due to certain problems, he ran out of capital. Now, he works as a scavenger to fulfill his daily needs.

In spite of the difficulties, Adi is still grateful and hopeful that he will be able to raise his children well. He is thankful that there are still generous people in the streets who often help him although their conditions aren’t much better than him. He always believes that there are still many good people around him.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s meeting with Adi took place during the distribution of food packages from ACT with the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Bekasi on Wednesday (10/28). Coinciding with the Youth Pledge Day, hopefully, this event can encourage impoverished families to be strong. It also serves to give lessons to the young volunteers to keep giving to one another.

ACT Bekasi Branch Manager Ishaq Maulana called all generous people to continue giving charity to ease the impact of poverty which is still rampant. "Hunger and poverty can be resolved with our mutual cooperation," explained Ishaq. []