Life work

Finally two more questions:

Why do you do this work?

What things do you feel positive and which negative?

"Why I did so often I wondered myself. I could have had a lifeless life. Apart from the youngest, my children have grown up and Maynard has a permanent and certain job.

Why so?

Despite difficulties and disappointments, I believe in the good in people. I believe that you as a human being and as a Christian have the task of dealing with your fellow human beings. Hopefully, the people and children I helped will do a little better. Even if the aid is just a drop on the glowing plate, it is not necessary to leave it. Certainly, not everything has been successful, but I did not regret it for a moment. Everything has fulfilled a function. The sewing machine, for example, was a nice thing, which I gladly wanted to carry on. I also consider the care of the children to be a success, so you can see how they blow up. The prison visits also allow me to help and the fate of the prisoners makes me realize how well we are here. Against adoptions, I am positive, as parents and children become happy together.

On the other hand there are also negative issues:

The often so difficult relationship with the official agencies. The indifference of many people in relation to the poverty and distress of their fellow human beings. The incomprehension of my work and my motives for that. Suspicions and sometimes even opposition of the own staff. Not everyone is socially moved, many work only for self-interest. That does not always make the work as easy."


Jeanne Tumewu was an admirable woman. With all her strength she took care of the interests of her fellow human beings. In all, it also turned out that she knew the Indonesian society with her standards and values, but also brought an understanding of Westernity.

Jeanne was certainly not an angelic, supernatural, but a human of flesh and blood with ideals, which were at the same time with both legs in reality.

The previous story gives a global overview of Jeane Tumewu's work. If you read that story it seems inconceivable that a person can do so many things in his life. In addition, you must remember that not all is mentioned in this story. We also do not know all the work that Jeanne has done in the past. Below are some things we learned from letters and conversations.

Jeane has digged for several Indian people living in the Netherlands in Jakarta.

She has handled papers for many people so that they could get Dutch citizenship. This was often a difficult issue, especially when the people had lost their papers because of war conditions. Also, she offered help to Dutch people who stayed for vacation or for their work in Indonesia and got into trouble when they lost their passport.

Through her visit to the jail, her idea was to be fired when these people were taken from prison to help them get a job.

A group of elderly people (often Indian people) received financial support on a monthly basis. Often these people do not receive a pension or a very low pension.

In natural disasters such as floods and landslides, Jeane went to clothing and food even though it was hundreds of kilometers away. The clothes that were taken or brought in by the people from the Netherlands were stored for that purpose. If there were problems in a campong due to flooding or fire, this clothing was distributed.

Until 1983, when the adopte stop was announced, Jeane organized the adoption procedure in a country where, in principle, he did not support adoption. Lots of courage and courage needed to constantly defend the official agencies and continue with adoptions.