In a rural village 40 minutes' drive from the city centre of Medan, Indonesia, you'll find a small school that's bursting with love. Its name, Abdi Kasih, means dedication with love, and the love and dedication is directed at children with intellectual challenges.
It runs like a big family, where the teachers understand each child's unique personality and quirks, and the kids are mischievous, curious and warm. They come from a mix of backgrounds. Some are from loving families who know their child has a chance of learning with the special support and encouragement the school gives. Others are from families who have abandoned them.
In order to care for and teach the 70 or so students it has, Abdi Kasih relies on donations, sponsorship and other kinds of help and partnerships.
And while the school will always welcome any kind of help it can get, be it in the form of donations, materials or knowledge, there’s one thing the staff are already experts at: serving with love.
For a closer look at some of the kids and their infectious personalities, check out My Encounter With Beautiful Minds, a photo story by Robert Hector Cristobal.
If you'd like to help Abdi Kasih by donating materials, time, knowledge or funds, please contact them directly:
Abdi Kasih office: +62614576625
Ms Dame, secretary: +628126388481
Mr Yustinus, headmaster: +6281534574680
The Singapore International Foundation partners Abdi Kasih through a volunteer speech and occupational therapy training programme. Learn more about volunteering for similar specialist projects.