Siti Update

We’ve just visited the Zam Zam orphans again this week. Sorry for the delay in the update as it has been a busy time getting the Yayasan registered and official. We had a few goodies to deliver to the kids this week that recently arrived from our good friend Carol (New Zealand). The kids get a real kick out of the gifts that come from over seas.
It’s about to be the month of fasting here in Indonesia and before it starts it’s a tradition of ours to deliver rice and syrup to help with the breaking of fasting every evening. So we also delivered some food goodies for Ramadan. We have also scheduled to bring all the orphans that we support to our restaurant during the month to open fasting one night with the kids.


Siti and Laily

Siti is coming up to her 2nd birthday this year (October) and is actually mobile now and walking around. Her operation in Jogjakarta has been broken down into two parts. Siti’s leg and foot had two issues. One with her skin constricting around the top of her ankle and cutting off the blood flow and the other is a growth on top of her foot. The doctor in Jogjakarta decided it was best to operate on her ankle first before tackling the more difficult issue of the growth on her foot. The operation on Siti’s ankle was a success and now Siti is a little bit older and stronger to better cope with the removal of the growth on her foot. The Ibu (Mum of the orphans) is due to travel again with Siti to Jogjakarta for that next part of her operation after the month of Ramadan. We will discuss again with Ibu how we can help to fund another trip to Jogjakarta and give you an update soon.


Siti’s first operation was a success


Siti checking out the new toys


The Zam Zam orphans with their new toys


Siti still requires another operation to remove the growth from her foot


The Zam Zam kids enjoying thier new toys


Blowing bubbles


Celebrating and having fun

For those wanting to send any gifts or goodies for the kids please send to the below Address:

Bruce and Laily
Yayasan Berdiri
Jalan M. Hasan 1 No. 60 RT 4
Pasar Baru
Bengkulu 38114

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Zam Zam Orphanage Progress Report

After 3 days of demolishing and rebuilding it was good to report that things are progressing well. Despite the odd afternoon of rain there is no stopping these guys. The new structure is looking really good. Check out the video below to see the latest construction progress. So far the new brick walls are in and the roof is on and the base structure is in place.


The Walls

The Walls


Demolishing the old structure

Demolishing the old structure


New materials

New materials


The brick work for the new structure

The brick work for the new structure



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Syria Needs Us

Nothing can be more atrocious than seeing the lives of innocent young children being senselessly murdered in chemical warfare.

Mideast Syria

You know there is a time when certain humanitarian atrocities step over the line and Syria stepped over that line a long time ago and now they have gone and destroyed any hope of a resolution, except for one that involves force from the outside world. It’s now time for the world to act. We all need to stand up and take action for these people. That said, what is the next step to make this stop, to solve this problem?

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Egypt’s Moral Police

The world watched as the Arab Spring unfolded online. Many of us had hoped that the revolution would bring progress and much-needed economic stability. It was widely considered a success when former President Mubarak stepped down from power. It took a mere two weeks to topple the regime. Those two violent weeks left at least 846 dead and more than 6,000 injured but it filled the nation with hope. After the chaos settled, President Morsi came to power. There were mixed feeling during his June inauguration but it seemed that the future could only be brighter.

It has been almost two and a half years since the Egyptian Revolution and hope is fading. Morsi, the former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, seems to be intent on dragging the country backward. Rumors are swirling about the violence brought by an omnipresent moral police force. While Morsi has publicly condemned the vigilantes who are attempting to enforce Sharia law, they continue to patrol neighborhoods.

The idea of having a group monitoring the behavior of the public is nothing new. Saudi Arabia has a Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice as well. The one major difference between the Saudi Arabian group and the Egyptian group is that the Saudis are controlled and monitored by the state. Many Egyptian leaders have come forward insisting that any policing group must be state-run. If state monitoring of the police force would actual improve anything is questionable.

The Saudi Arabian police are responsible for enforcing the strictest codes of Sharia law. Any native Saudi who doesn’t obey the laws is harshly reprimanded. These laws pertain to public as well as private life. Some laws are obvious- Saudis are forbidden from drinking alcohol and women must cover their hair in public. Others have left even the locals baffled. Earlier this year, the Saudi moral police abruptly closed down a dinosaur display for children in a local mall. The display had been traveling the Gulf states for decades until one day the police stormed a mall in the middle of the day, leaving families angry and confused.

The Egyptian moral police have also taken it upon themselves to instruct businesses on how to comply with moral code. Local barbers have reported receiving strict instruction not to shave men’s beards and clothing shops have been lectured on what exactly constitutes appropriate clothing.

The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice isn’t concerned with their rejection from Al-Azhar, the head of the Sunni Muslims. According to them, the majority of Egyptians welcome their services. They claim that they received approval by proxy when the Salafist Al-Nour Party won the election.


Like every country, Egypt has their extremists and the now-infamous preacher Hisham el-Ashry clearly fits the bill. He recently created a wave of controversy when he appeared on a major television station saying,

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Human Trafficking in Russia

Slavery seems like a distant notion. We image slaves as people living hundreds of years ago in conditions that we can

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