When she could just choose to pursue her teaching career and live happily with her husband, Ingrid van der Mark, a Dutch expat in Indonesia, chose the road less traveled.
Seeing the misery of abandoned children as she lived in a poor neighborhood in Jakarta, opened her eyes to build an orphanage, Lestari Sayang Anak (Forever Loving Child) with CBN-ID000000279 that became a home for babies and toddlers where children are cared, loved, and educated.
Ingrid left Holland and quit her job to devote the rest of her life nurturing the abandoned children in South Jakarta. Together with her husband, and three helpers, Lestari Sayang Anak has been a home to 9 children who are mostly abandoned by their parents since birth.
The orphanage was designed to be a small orphanage to give proper and full attention to each kid while setting a family atmosphere filled with love.
Ingrid with the kids and helpers of Lestari Sayang Anak
It was during the ASEAN Explorer Camp in Jakarta, Indonesia when Confirmis had the chance to get to know with Ingrid.
As she shared her story about the challenges of sustaining an orphanage and raising the children, you can’t see, at any point, of her complaining or even saying it was difficult or exhausting. All you can only see is joyous eyes as she shared how she started Lestari Sayang Anak.
When asked where is she getting all the motivation, she answered: I just want to make a difference. It may sound cliché but that made an impact to all our hearts. Her heart on saving the future generation is commendable and contagious which will ignite you to make lasting impact in the world
Ingrid has a lot of vision for the orphanage in terms of education and future of the children and sustainability of the orphanage, but her biggest wish was to own a land for the orphanage as they currently renting their facilities.
As of the moment, Lestari Sayang Anak receives assistance from sponsors who gave donations to support the education of each child. The orphanage is also opening their doors for volunteers.
Editor’s note: Being a mother to the motherless is no easy job, and Confirmis extended its hand to support Ingrid’s home Lestari Sayang Anak. With the donations from people who took part on Confirmis’ charity activity, we were able to raise fund to cover the tuition fee of the 10 kids in the orphanage. See full story here
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