Vera Juniati could not hide the excitement when he found out that he had passed the Chemistry Faculty UGM FMIPA. He immediately ran out of the room looking for his parents to deliver the good news. Sutarmi (62) instantly hugged his son. A happy feeling mixed with the heart of this aging woman.
“Surprised, do not believe it’s a child can go to college, but also confused, how to charge during college,” said Sutarmi.
Encountered in the house of the relics of parents who are in the village of Ngadirejo, Mojokerto, Kedawung, Sragen, Sutarmi said that the youngest child since childhood has a strong determination to be able to continue education to college level. Knowing his daughter’s wishes, Sutarmi could not say much. He did not dare to promise the impossible.
It is difficult for Sutarmi to send their children to college. Especially for him who daily make a living as stone breakers. The profession has been dilakoninya since the last 10 years.
Distance of not less than 1 kilometer must be passed by mother of five children to get stones in the river near the village. Travel is not easy for Sutarmi with an increasingly aging body. Especially with the uneven road conditions with many climbs and derivatives increasingly draining power.
The struggle to earn a living is not worth the money. The income earned from selling stone fragments is not so much and uncertain. Orders do not come every day. If there are neighbors who are building a house, then the results of broken rock Sutarmi sold. If it’s lonely, it can be months of non-income.
“Usually neighbors buy 1 tenggok (basket of woven bamboo) for Rp 5 thousand,” he said.
Sutarmi confessed the proceeds from the sale of stone times and farming her husband Sasmo Wiyono (67) on a patch of rice paddies parents are very mediocre to eat everyday. Nevertheless, the two never tire of bone to support their five children. Luckily, her children deeply understand the condition of parents.
“Actually, children have a desire to school to high, but they know the situation of parents so never ask for anything,” he explained.
Sutarmi can only send the first to third child up to elementary school and fourth to middle school. Now, her three daughters have married and her fourth son who has worked as a tire repairman.
“It’s been the last 7 years my husband and I have been exposed to gout so they can not do much work, so to eat daily depends on the children, including Vera school to high school,” he explained.
Suratmi admitted sad because he could not do much for Vera. For the school’s daily allowance alone he was not able to give.
“Rarely can you give pocket money, sometimes only give Rp2 thousand only .. Actually feel pity and sad, but I can what ?,” he said holding back tears.
Admission in Indonesia’s top universities became a very expensive dream for Vera. Especially for village children born from less well off families. However, these conditions do not dampen the determination of this veiled girl to pursue education
While in elementary school, Vera must walk along the 4 kilometers to go to school in SD 3 Mojokerto. The distance is fairly distant for a child of elementary age. However, this condition does not prevent his steps to go to school. The result is always ranked in his class. In fact, once represented the school following OSN Mathematics. Similarly, when in junior high school, predicate champion never get out of genggamannya so get scholarship that lighten the burden of both parents.
Continuing the study to high school lived girl born June 30, 1998 with this struggle. Every day no less 17 kilometers through Vera to arrive at school using a motorcycle owned by his brother. Not wanting to waste a rare opportunity to study till high school, Vera strives to do well in school. As a result, he always entered the top 5 in his class and had followed OSN Astronomy Sragen district level. Thanks to his achievements he returned to get a scholarship.
Living in a state of deprivation does not extinguish Vera’s determination to reach a dream. His spirits continued to burn strongly. Fire the spirit to be happy his parents. He believes that college can lead him to a better life.
“Want to make the parents happy, not as difficult as it is now,” Vera said tearful tears.
However, the desire so strong for college had dimmed to see the state of his parents are increasingly vulnerable. Both are often sick so they can no longer earn a living regularly. Luckily, his brothers continue to support Vera. The encouragement was also shown by teachers at the school who directed Vera to enroll through the SNMPTN Invitation course and sought Bidikmisi scholarships for outstanding children from underprivileged families. His hard work in learning finally sweet fruit, he successfully accepted at UGM and got a scholarship Bidikmisi so free from various expenses during college later.
“My capital is only spirit.With good intentions, anything can be achieved and alhamdulillah really materialized,” said the girl who aspires to be this entrepreneur.
Sasmo Wiyono and Sutarmi can only pray the best for his son. They hope that Vera can go through college well and smoothly.
“There is not much we can give, just prayer accompaniment hopefully what can be achieved and become successful people,” hope both. (Public Relations UGM / Ika; photo: Devi)