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Help to build their Dreamhouse

Dreaming about what you want to be when you grow up, is not a chance that these children get. Instead, they have to help mom and dad with work and earning money, so that they might get some food that day. Unfortunately, this is the harsh reality for many children in the streets of Yogyakarta. Dreamhouse gives these children a chance for a brighter future, a chance to dream again. 

Let's build their Dreamhouse together.

The mission of Dreamhouse is to eliminate children working in the streets, to unleash their talents and potential and make their dreams come true. Dreamhouse is a safe haven for children on the streets of Yogyakarta, and provides love, warmth, safety and education. They reach out and work together with parents, and make sure that their children are attending school.

This is Dreamhouse...

Yeah, it doesn’t look too good. But this is the best that Dreamhouse can afford right now. That’s why we need your support to build a proper house for the children at Dreamhouse. Take a look at our mission to see what you’d be contributing to:

Our mission

Funds raised for fase 1: buying land
€ 6208.79
Funds raised for fase 2: buying materials
€ 0
Funds raised for fase 3: construction costs
On our way to building their Dreamhouse: you can contribute now!

The Rumah Impian Indonesia (Dreamhouse) Foundation was officially established in February 2009. However, the history of interacting with street children communities began long before that. The interaction started in 2000 with simple activities, founder Sammy Ladh started with activities such as playing sports together (mostly football) in the area of Gadjah Mada University campus every Saturday afternoon, to connect with children on the streets. At that time, several students invited street children who usually gathered at the Korem/Gramedia intersection and Pingit intersection to participate in sports activities. From this initial interaction, a learning center was established in the Gondolayu area from 2003 to 2005. In this center, volunteers provided free lessons and basic education (reading, writing, and arithmetic) to street children and the surrounding community.

With the vision that the streets is not for kids, Dreamhouse has built a foundation with several activities to help children transform into adults that can not only follow their dreams, but also impact others in a positive way. Since the year 2000, Dreamhouse has helped over 1,000 children. They seperate them in the following categories:

Education Centre
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Hope Shelter
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Street Contact
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Dreamhouse has been a close partner of Think Volunteer since 2015 when we started running our volunteer and charity projects, and is selected by us as a responsible local project. Dreamhouse prioritizes ensuring that children have a chance at a stable home life, working closely with their parents whenever possible. Since its establishment in 2006, Dreamhouse has helped over 1,000 children realize their talents and potential, paving the way towards their dreams. Our collaboration with Dreamhouse has allowed us to personally witness the transformative impact on the lives of many children in Java. Dreamhouse does not accept volunteers that do not have the appropriate qualification and/or preparation for working with the vulnerable children at Dreamhouse.

At Think Volunteer, we focus on two main areas: awareness and education through the Think Academy, and financial support/supportive projects through Think Charity. Over the years, we have seen remarkable progress and positive changes for the children of Dreamhouse. Our donations and volunteers contribute directly to Dreamhouse’s mission.

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Dreamhouse volunteers on this project

As of April 2024 Dreamhouse is working with four Social Work volunteers who are setting up a charity campaign for their mission. Read about their motivation and first-hand experience working with the children of Dreamhouse.

Emma

Social Work Volunteer
My name is Emma Krop, I am 21 years old and live in the beautiful region of Twente. I am studying Social Work and I am almost, almost, almost done. For my final credits, I am doing an internship at The Dreamhouse. I chose this place for my internship because their vision and mission align very well with my own. I find it very important that every child has the opportunity to develop and discover their talents and strengths. The children at The Dreamhouse currently live in unsafe and unhygienic homes. However, they receive a lot of love from the caregivers who do everything they can to give the children a good time with room for development. I have met the children and they are so talented, kind, social, and helpful. These children also deserve a nice and safe environment where they can grow. A new house where they can dream again would be the solution. Therefore, I am committed to raising money for a new house for the children, a new dream house!

Babet

Social Work Volunteer
I am Babet and I am 21 years old. I am studying social work in the Netherlands. For the final part of my studies, I am interning at The Dreamhouse. I have a warm place in my heart for children. I believe that every child should have a carefree childhood. That is why I want to contribute to the children of The Dreamhouse. I have seen with my own eyes what wonderful children they are and know what some of them have had to go through. That is why I wish these children a new, beautiful home where they can grow up carefree and make their dreams come true.

Amina

Social Work Volunteer
Hi, I’m Amina, a third-year Social Work student at Hanze University. I chose to do an internship at Dreamhouse because I believe in their mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment for street children in Yogyakarta. 🏠💖 Many children face daily struggles as they’re unable to attend school because they need to help their families and earn money. Dreamhouse offers them a safe place and a chance to dream again. The current living space for the children is functional but far from ideal, and the cost of rent is expensive. Our aim is to construct a new, spacious home that not only provides room for the children but also frees up funds to invest directly in their well-being and development. 🏠💰 We're reaching out for your support to make this dream a reality. Together, we can build a safe environment where every child can flourish and thrive. Your contribution will make a big difference in their lives. Together we can help give these children the home they deserve! 🌟🙏

Furkan

Social Work Volunteer
Hi, I’m Furkan, a 25-year-old from the Netherlands. I’m studying Social Work and currently interning at Dreamhouse, where I work with children who have been exploited. I’ve been working with these children for almost six months now and have formed a special bond with them. The more time you spend with them, the closer you become. It feels like we’ve become a sort of family. However, their living conditions and facilities are very poor, and it pains me to see this. That’s why I want to make a difference for these children by participating in a fundraising event. I want to help them, but I can’t do it alone. Can you help me too?
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