Don Bosco Foundation is a catholic non-profit organization dealing
with orphans and displaced children since 1938 in Surabaya. The
foundation gives a chance to the children to follow formal education
before entering working environment by providing fellow-ship to
school drop-out or unable to go to school because of poor family.
Don Bosco Foundation joined the IPEC in 1992 to improve the quality
of child scavengers life in Tambak Mayor Asem Rowo, Surabaya (East
Java). They worked with 45 child scavengers and their families.
The children were provided with sanitary facilities at the dumpsite,
nutrition, health-care and stipends. As a part of the integrated
approach, the foundation also gave counseling for the parents and
community on the importance of education for the children and they
succeeded to enter 35 children into formal school. As for the children's
family, the foundation succeeded to involve them in participating
in the health insurance fund. Self-organizing by the scavenger community
was promoted through the set up of nutrition and village cadres.
Though the foundation has a good supporting facilities such as
building school, dormitory and staffs that are willing to work full
time and have full dedication, the collaboration stopped in 1993
due to the different in the approach the foundation using with IPEC.
The foundation merely focusing on the orphanage issue and poverty
and as they're considered conservative, therefore no chance to extend
their focus to child labour.