Farhan is currently a 5th grade student at Cipanas 3 Elementary School. He was born in Cianjur on July 1, 2002. According to his teacher, Farhan is a smart kid, and his average grade in the last semester was 8.2/10. Farhan ranks 4th in his class. He walks to school every day, but his school is thankfully not too far away. His school uniform is worn, and his clothes are torn. His shoes are already old and have holes in them. However, his deprived circumstances just liven his spirits to go to school. He likes to play football and idolizes Bambang Pamungkas.
His father passed away when he was a child and his mother is frequently ill. As a housekeeper, her income is about Rp.300,000/month. Though only a scavenger, his brother also provides assistance and their family lives in Farhan’s grandmother’s home, where the housing conditions are far from decent. The house is dilapidated and unhygienic; cooking occurs next to the bathroom. Since conditions in the house are far from healthy, Farhan often has difficulty breathing as his lungs are wounded. His family being very poor, Farhan is unable to go to the doctor as they cannot afford a checkup or medical treatment.
When we met her for the first time in school, Rosita’s condition was very miserable; her uniform and shoes were tattered and torn. Rosita is a 5th grader with an average of 7.7/10. She was born on January 22, 2002. She is the 4th child of 8 children. Every day she walks to school, equipped only with a water bottle, even though it’s pretty far away. Even so, she stays very excited and interested in her studies. She loves to cook and dreams of becoming a famous chef. After school she and her brother work as garbage collectors, which means she has to walk around the villages, carrying sacks of rubbish or bottles she collected.
She and her family live on the side of the Cipanas river where the environment is basically a slum. There is much disguised prostitution in this area, so it is not fit for children as young as Rosita. Her house is made of patched-together booths, in which the tin roof is broken. They rent this house which measures only 2.5m x 3m and is occupied by 10 people at a cost of Rp 150,000/month. All of the members of the family are scavengers, except Rosita’s mother, who is frequently ill.
Suci was born in Cianjur on April 21, 2006 and now attends 1st grade at Miftahul Ulum School. She’s the youngest of three siblings. Suci’s father passed away long ago due to illness and now she lives with only her mother because her brothers have gotten married.
Suci is very shy, probably because she rarely hangs out with friends, but she really likes to read books and aspires to be a teacher because she wants to help small children to learn to read. Everyday Suci walks to school which is about 200 m from the house.
Suci does very well in class, achieving an average grade of 8.5/10, and is in the top three in her class. Her mother, who did not graduate elementary school, admitted that she could not assist in Suci’s studying. After school, Suci just spends time at home, playing, reading and studying.
The family must pay Rp. 20,000 a month for electricity. For sanitation needs, they use the public facilities. Suci’s mother, who works as a gardener, only makes Rp 10,000 per day so sometimes they cannot even acquire food every day without going into debt. Her family has no savings because her mother’s income is not sufficient for that.
Rahmatulloh is living with his parents and 4 siblings in the village of Rawa Belut. He was born in Cianjur on March 15, 2000 and is 6th grade at Cibadak Elementary School. His house is only about 30 m2 but it is clean. He is a very diligent boy and helps his mother sell food.
Everyday he always brings food to sell at school, which he gives to a vendor so that vendor can help to sell it. Although Rahmatulloh attends school while having to sell food, he never feels embarrassed.
Rahmatulloh goes to school by walking though the distance is pretty far. He comes to YUM regularly to study and take courses at the Vocational Training Center. He is very fond of playing football and he aspires to be a soccer player like his idol Gonzales.
His father is a market porter and earns around Rp 300,000/month. When his recurrent diabetes affect him too much, he cannot work in the market, and instead goes fishes, because he has to feed a family of 7 members.
On Friday March 29th, the Cipanas YUM Village was very lucky to have a visiting author come and present his book to a group of children from the local community. The group of children to whom the author, Mike Brumby, read to was a group of 55 children from very disadvantaged families living in the area of Cipanas, West Java. Several of these children are orphaned, some living with only one parent or relative, and a few are still helping out with the family income by working at the local market after school. Needless to say, these children are not the kind of children who can afford books.
The 55 children are currently being sponsored by the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA). UWCSEA helps keep them in school, pay for after school help with homework, vocational training (such as English and Computer classes), nutritional supplements for the whole family as well as parenting and nutrition talks for the children’s parents every 2 months.
Mike Brumby has been living in Indonesia for many years. Originally from England, his parents moved to Jakarta when he was small and Mike spent most of his childhood in Indonesia. The book he presented to the children, called “Alistair the Armadillo”, is Mike’s first book and talks about an armadillo who helps his friends understand the joy of being clean, eating healthier and doing exercise.
Mike’s presentation started with the children each getting an “Alistair the Armadillo” sticker and writing their names on a piece of paper which would then be used as raffle tickets for prizes at the end of the reading. The children listened attentively as Mike read his book which he had himself translated into Indonesian. For his first ever presentation in Indonesian, Mike could not have had a more empathic and forgiving audience. Some children even kindly helped him out with the pronounciation of several words.
After the Question and Answer session, Mike had prepared a game where he and his partner Ajeng had cut some fresh fruits, such as banana, orange, strawberry, dragonfruit and “salak”, and started the “Guess the fruit game” where a group of children were blindfolded, given a cut fruit and had to guess the fruit. Surprisingly, Mike says that in all the presentations he has made in various schools in Jakarta, this was the first group of children who got each fruit right!
The session ended with the raffle where Mike had prepared 2 “Alistair the Armadillo” t-shirts and 2 books to give away. The children were excited and those whose name was called out to receive a prize had huge smiles on their faces. When Mike was down to his last prize, he suddenly stopped, whispered to his partner Ajeng and declared to the children that since he had a stock of another 12 books in his car, he had decided to give those away too. The children all clapped their hands in excitement! After all 14 books had been given away, Mike signed each copy and the children clung to their book as if it were a treasure.
Mike might not realize this, but the books he gave out to the kids are probably the only book, or only one of the very few books, these children own. Thank you Mike for coming to read your book and making these children’s day!
By Aris Miarti - Fundraising Officer
Happy New Year 2013!!! May the spirit of the New Year bless us all to do the best that we can do.
The YUM Vocational Training Centre (VTC) proudly announces that the Second Term (from September until December 2012) has ended.
Starting on September 10th 2012, the VTC Second Term welcomed around 316 students in 5 types of classes including English Classes, Computer Classes, Sewing Classes, Job Seeking Classes and Hospitality Class. This second term has been provided 20 classes with an average 10 to 20 students per class. Learning from the implementation of the VTC’s first term, in the second term, we had a chance to perfect the previous system in order to create a better impact and result for 3 months.
During this 3 months period, implementation of the Second Term VTC was divided into 3 steps: preparation, implementation and evaluation or final test. The preparation was held to prepare the system, the tutors, the schedule, and the registration process. With help from the United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA), the Priscilla Hall Memorial Fund (PHMF) and also donors through GlobalGiving, we were able to reach more disadvantaged youths and open a new hospitality class.
After the preparation was set, in order to attain commitment from the participants, we gave orientation to all participants explaining the rules and regulations. We are very happy with the implementation of the second term as we managed to enforce the regulations and build better understanding with the participants; those who were not responsible were reminded of these rules and regulations. Those who passed the final test and met 70% of the attendance would get a certificate and their deposit would be 100% refundable. If the percentage of the attendance is less than 70%, then the deposit will be only 50% refunded and the participants will not receive a certificate.
As a result, from a total of 316 participants enrolled at the time of registration, at the end of the session only 250 participants were allowed to follow the final test due to their absence on 3 consecutive days without any notice. In the end, after all the curriculums were taught, the final test was held. The final test was divided into two types; theory and practice, to ensure that the students understood both the theory and the practice, which they would have to face when they work. Conducted in early December, this final test determined the students’ graduation.
From 250 students who followed the final test, only 228 students or 91.20 % of students were eligible to receive a certificate while the rest of students who failed to meet 70% attendance were only given information on their test result. What a great improvement from the first term before!
Therefore, based on these successes, as well as the spirit and hopes of the New Year 2013, we hope that we can provide better training through the VTC. Currently, we are preparing for the Third Term of the VTC for around 200 students and we will start on January 7th, 2012.
Also, as a reminder for donations option, GlobalGiving provides Monthly Recurring Donation option for your convenience if you want to donate regularly every month. This monthly recurring donations will really help us to plan VTC programs, create budgets, and expand services.
Hopefully with the support from all of you, we can always continue to help disadvantaged youths around the Cipanas YUM Village to enhance their soft skills and help them to find a job and decrease the unemployment rate in the area. Thank you!
Learning to creat a table in Computer Class
English Reading Final Test in English Class
Role Play in Job Seeking Class
Thanks to funding from PRIMUS Child Foundation, YUM Cipanas is finally able to open a much needed pre-school as well as a toys library in our community center. Catering to over 40 disadvantaged children from the surrounding communities, 2 classes are offered every day from Monday to Friday and the toys library is open every afternoon.
The PRIMUS Child Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental corporate foundations that provide grant support towards educational and healthcare programs.
Beside the pre-school and toys library, PRIMUS Child Foundation has agreed to fund the yearly costs of the Cipanas community library as well as provide nutrition and health education to the children coming every week.
The number of visitors to the Cipanas community library increases every month, up to almost 1,200 visits every month now, and YUM would like to take this opportunity to offer useful and much needed programs such as educational exploration for the children, reading habit and simple hygienic habits such as hand washing and tooth brushing.