Help activities

In addition to the care of the family, Jeanne remains concerned about the fellow human beings who need her help.

In 1953, a kampong broke out of fire. The extremely flammable houses quickly flared up. I have taken old people out of their burning house with their own hands. They lived illegally at that place, which caused major problems and assistance was urgently needed.

In 1960, in the kampong broke out of the Saleh councils, too. In their panic, the residents threw their whole lives and kept in the drainage channels that ran through the campong. They lost everything, many also their identity papers. For three months I have kept a cooking kitchen for these people. I also helped them replace their identity papers.

The people in the campong soon know who they need to knock on. "After a few years after the fire in the residential area, drainage ducts, Jeanne was taken care of the workers:" Those were really poor people. They came from far and worked inhuman hard. Without mechanical tools, they dragged the heavy concrete walls and injured themselves regularly. There was even no easy shelter. At our home they could wash themselves and I took care of their injuries, where possible, distributed medications and cooked for them. My neighborhood residents have suggested that we help with cooking by regularly exchanging. They also benefited from the channelization. They pulled up their noses and refused. "Why should you care about coolies." As long as the workers have been there, I've done it alone.

Meanwhile, Jeanne had set up a sewing machine school. Fourteen and fifteen-year-old girls from the hilly neighborhoods learned to cut and sew from her. After the training she received from Jeanne her own sewing machine, so she could work as a coupeuse and had an income. About 20 girls Jeanne herself trained. Then an old student took over the training.

I gave the nailslesson at my home. Our house was always full of foster children, who grew up with our own children. The children came from everywhere. We took them with us so that they could go to school in our district. In total there were around 30. Now they have all left the house and are independent. My husband and the other children fully support me with this work.

In recent years there have been many young people in the family Tumewu, including children from the hostel who could not get used to it and showed health problems were lovingly taken by the family. In the domestic circle and by the personal dedication of the housewives, the children flourished quickly. Umar, for example, a little boy suspected of having brain damage stayed for two and a half years in the family. Maynard still carries his photo.


After the adoption in 1983, Jeanne took 15 children (babies) home. To accommodate these children, the Tumewu's evacuated their own bedroom. The rental house, which houses the Tumewu family, has 4 rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom with toilet and a courtyard. One room is air conditioned. The whole house lacks the comfort of what we are used to. JeanneFor us it was done, but it did the babies well.