The Way of Papuan Children Define Indonesian Independence
MAKASSAR (August 17, 2022) - Celebrating Indonesia Independence Day together
with Wirajaya Center Makassar, they carried out various activities with
residents to commemorate the 77th Indonesian Independence Day.
As Social Welfare Service Recipients (PPKS)
residential services for the ATENSI (Social Rehabilitation Assistance) program
at Wirajaya Center in Makassar, Leonardo Ampari Upuya participated with
enthusiasm in various competitions prepared by the Indonesian Independence
Anniversary committee held by Wirajaya Center. Leo, Leonardo's nickname, won
1st place in a singing competition.
Leo came from Yapen Islands Regency, Papua, the
youngest of 8 siblings. Leo said that he was very happy to be able to
participate in celebrating the 77th Indonesian Independence Day. "I feel
happy being given the space and opportunity to show my talents and creativity,
that's roughly the meaning of true independence," said Leo.
The same thing was felt by Edison Elieser
Papara, who was familiarly called Edi. He said that the 77th Independence Day
celebration of the Republic of Indonesia was a very meaningful moment in his
life. On this occasion, Edi was appointed as the bearer and hoist of the red
and white flag at the Independence Anniversary ceremony at Wirajaya Center,
Edi, who is now 25 years old, was proud of the
trust placed on him. Since the accident he suffered when he was still in high
school that injured his leg, he almost lost hope and even gave up.
When he was trusted to be the bearer and hoist
of the flag, he became a motivator in his life, even though he was convinced that one
day he would live independently, and was ready to continue the workshop
business that his parents started in Yapen Islands Regency, Papua.
“Successfully carrying out the mandate to be a flag bearer and raiser, made me
confident again. Independence must be filled with sincerity in carrying out
activities, because with this, of course, it can be achieved, "said Edi
when met at Wirajaya Center Ceremony field.
The residential ATENSI program provided by MoSA
for Leo and Edi while at Wirajaya Center is Automotive skills. For additional
types of therapy, Leo was very active in art therapy, while Edi preferred
entrepreneurial therapy, especially actively managing the hydroponic garden in ATENSI
Creation Center (SKA) area in Wirajaya Center Makassar.
Meanwhile, the excitement of the 77th Indonesian Independence Day, which was held at Wirajaya Center Makassar, was not only felt by the State Civil Apparatus (ASN) within Wirajaya Center, because all types of competitions were also participated by all Non-State Government Employees (PPNPN). Even the excitement was felt by students who happened to choose Wirajaya Center as the place for Community Service Program (KKN), and Professional Placement (PKL).