Helping Kids Up The Ladder

Indonesia takes aim at poverty with junior high school scholarships

When Didin Mujahidin lost his job as an assistant bus conductor amid Indonesia's economic crisis last year, things got grim quickly. He sold the TV, then the stereo--the modest luxuries he had struggled to afford. Eventually, he ripped five teak window frames out of the bare cinder-block hovel where he lives with his wife and five daughters. But there's one thing 45-year-old Mujahidin didn't do to feed his family: He never took 15-year-old Dian out of school in Cibinong, the gritty industrial suburb of Jakarta where the Mujahidins live. Next June, Dian will graduate from Public Junior High School No. 2.

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