Mitha Perseveringly Takes Care of Her Young Siblings After Mother Dies

Since her mother died, Mitha has been taking care of her three younger siblings. Living on only IDR 50,000 a day sent by their father, they manage the money the best they can so that they can carry out their daily activities.

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Mitha and her three younger siblings do household chores together. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, TANAH DATAR – Mitha, a 9th grader, can only be described as tough. At a young age, she has to care for her three younger siblings while continuing her education. She has been doing it since she was in junior high school in 2017.

When her mother died in 2017, leaving four young children with Mitha as the eldest, she began taking the role to take care of her older siblings.

She never complained despite the difficulties she often faces. In the midst of her family’s poverty, she is not allowed to beg. She often finds ways to make sure that the money their father sends them is enough for her and her three siblings.

“Since he does not live with us, our father still provides for us IDR 50,000 a day for the four of us. It’s for food and school needs,” said Mitha who sees her father as the best and most caring for his children.

Mitha understands that his father has worked hard to provide for his children as a farmworker, sometimes a motorcycle taxi driver to make an extra income. He is not as strong as he used to be.

Instant noodles and eggs are their staples. To buy food, they often have to skimp on snacks and even school needs. They do all this so that they can eat at least once a day. Mitha has to manage the money wisely because she still has to focus on her education.


Mitha (center) studies with her younger siblings. (ACTNews)

Efforts to provide assistance

Seeing the deprivation faced by Mitha and her siblings who are still young, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Bukittinggi endeavors to provide the best assistance from generous friends.

ACT Bukittinggi Branch Manager Deni Marlesi said assistance in the form of food had been given to them as a start. They are still raising funds through the Indonesia Dermawan website to provide assistance for them.

“We are inviting the community to take part in helping Mitha and her siblings so that they don’t have to spend their childhood in hardship,” said Deni.[]