On July 3, XSProject held its first Family Planning and Counseling Workshop for 20 women from the trash picker community at XSVillage in Cirendeu, Jakarta.
Two nurses from Mother and Child Lestari Hospital led the workshop. Family Planning, known as Keluarga Berencana (KB) has been conducted for women in Indonesia since 1970. For these young women and mothers, however, this was their very first opportunity to learn about caring for themselves and their family.
The workshop topics ranged from explaining the different types of birth control available, to women’s health issues and pre and post-natal care.
At the conclusion of the workshop, each woman received a pink outpatient card from the hospital. Now, when they need to see a doctor, they just show their card to receive treatment. Through an agreement between XSProject and The Mother and Child Lestari Hospital, XSProject pays the doctor bills for the women at a reduced rate.
The health of the people in this community is fragile. Most have never been to a doctor, dentist or even received a vaccination. It is common in communities like this for people to be afraid of doctors. Sadly, adults and children can die from an illness that could have easily been treated by a doctor.
XSProject has been slowly introducing proper hygiene, nutrition and healthy habits into the community over the past few months. The women in particular have begun to embrace the programs and have asked for more information. It has been exciting and encouraging to watch as they share what they have learned with other women in the community. With each workshop, the attendance grows a little bigger.
Thank you to our GlobalGiving donors for helping XSProject make these programs possible.
Dear Donors, Partners and Friends,
XSProject would like to introduce you to our new group of First Graders. Their first day of school was August 4.
XSProject commits to send every trash picker's child in our community to school for 12 years. So these 6 and 7 year-olds are the graduating class of 2026!
Since they were very young, they have watched their older sisters, brothers and friends go to school. Now that it is their turn, the children have been excited waiting for this day. They have been well prepared at the XSVillage pre-school by the Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers who have made sure they will be successful this year and onward.
It costs XSProject $150.00 a year per child to provide everything they need to complete their education through Grade 6. XSProject raises this money through donations and fundraising events. Without our GlobalGiving community, our work would not be sustainable.
Even in the poorest communities, the children are starved for learning. They know that an education can change their lives and the living conditions of their family.
Every year the number of students that XSProject supports grows.Of all the children who have ever been a part of the XSEducation program, only one has dropped out. We think this is a pretty good investment to change a life.
In April, XSProject and the Jakarta (Indonesia) Chapter of Rotary Clubs International teamed up to give tetanus vaccinations to the trash picker adults living at the Cirendeu community garbage site.
Oh wait! Did I forget to mention that, like most of us, trash pickers hate being stuck by needles?
Here’s a video clip of the day’s events: http://youtu.be/G4b66oiCh1k
Eighty people had signed up to receive vaccinations. But when the day arrived, only half of them showed up at XSVillage where the event was held. Curiosity and a free lunch brought in another 20 adults.There are still many more who need to have the vaccination, though.
Tetanus is a disease caused by bacterial poisons and marked by stiffness and spasms of the muscles and locking of the jaws.It is spread when water and sewage systems are disrupted, causing water contamination. It is especially dangerous to trash pickers and people who live at garbage dumps because their immune systems are already compromised.
Dr. Faauzan, talked to the community about being careful around scraps of metal and rusted nails. He shared the early signs and symptoms of the tetanus infection and encouraged everyone to take the series of 5 shots to have up to 25 years of coverage.
Dr. Faauzan’s team included three volunteer nurses, a local nurse and 2 nurses from the Jakarta Rotary Club. Everyone got a blood pressure check and lunch hosted by XSProject. The children got to watch as moms and dads tried to be brave when it was their turn to be vaccinated.
You can help XSProject vaccinate the entire community with your $25 donation. The next vaccination date is November 4, 2014.