More than just housing people, a good rusunawa (low-cost rental apartment complex) should provide adequate social and economic support for residents, many of whom have never lived in apartments, and are also now located further away from their places of employment.

Rusunawa Marunda is a good case study of how public-private partnerships are necessary to meet the needs of residents in education, skills training, and job-creation.

On the guided walking tour of Rusunawa Marunda, we will discover the variety of enterprises and the quality of healthcare and education facilities in the complex, and the overall improvements made in the quality of life of residents who used to live in slum dwellings along Pluit River, and in the Kalijodo red-light district.

Through speaking with residents and the MEEK Foundation, understand what worked and the struggles faced especially in ensuring sustainable and adequate employment opportunities for the residents.

Pademangan Project:

Having volunteers who are a part of the community is extremely valuable in effecting impact. This is a housing project sustained by volunteers who were themselves beneficiaries of the home improvement work that changed their own quality of life.

Houses with inadequate space for large households and vulnerability to flooding inside houses, are key indicators the volunteers look out for when highlighting houses for re-development. The houses are privately-owned by residents.

Witness the transforming work led by Tzu Chi Foundation in Pademangan district, and experience first-hand the warm and trusting relationship between volunteers and beneficiaries, right in their homes.

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