Peterlee’s Protech City supports families in Jakarta

Protech City, an IT Refurbishment and Asset Disposal company based in Peterlee, has donated computers to BGBJ, a community hub in Jakarta which was set up to support families living in the Bantar Gebang landfill.

Every day the site sees 6000 tonnes of Jakarta’s rubbish dumped at the landfill. Leftover food and household items seen as garbage for those living in urban areas, are made into a source of living at the landfill.

Around 3,000 families live at the site who rifle through and find thrown away items to live from including paper, plastics, decaying fruit and vegetables, mattresses and household waste.

A lot of these families chose to keep their children from visiting school so that they can work to provide an added income, to overcome issues including sanitation, injuries, housing and an unpleasant environment.

BGBJ is a unique community asset set up to operates as a hostel and a hub, serving families living in the landfill.

The hub provides education, training, assistance, food and fun for the children living on the site, who they believe to be the “seeds for a positive future at the landfill”.

In effort to support BGBJ in providing a brighter future for the children of Bantar Gebang, Peterlee-based company Protech City partnered with charity foundation Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation (LNADJ) which was set up to connect the global dance community with charitable action in support of children in crisis.

Protech City donated a number of computers to the BGBJ centre, where children can access education and skills to complete online courses, giving them the knowledge to break the poverty cycle that currently exists in the Jakarta Landfill.

Children can also access music systems on the donated computers, set up with the LNADJ foundation. Jonny Lee, Founder of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, commented: “Once the DJ kit is set up with the computers we will see the young people learning to make music. Then the community hub (BGBJ) becomes alive.”

Ian Murphy, Operations Manager at Protech City, commented: “We’re extremely proud to be a part of such an important initiative. It’s really something else to be able to see the smiles on the faces of the people we’re helping.”

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