Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

VISION: To improve the quality of life for Indonesia's poor. MISSION: To work with the communities in providing holistic and sustainable support in the areas of health, education and community development. VALUES: Equity: we believe in providing equal services to all regardless of religion, gender, age, race, ethnicity, or health status Also: Inclusion, sustainability, holistic approach, transparency (not enough space for details)
Mar 12, 2015

YUM Library is a Beautiful Place

Learning reading with friends
Learning reading with friends

From 12th to 16th January 2015, my colleagues and I visited YUM Kalimantan in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, as a new spirit to start 2015. I went to the YUM Kalimantan Library and I could witnessed by myself how the Library has become a window to the world for the children of the communities around and how important are the integrated programs to improve their qualify of life.

Children like to come and join the daily activities of the Library despite for some of them imply to walk 3 km through the jungle. Although that was my second visit to the library since its creation, it still surprised and touched me the good will and efforts of those communities to get a better education.

Children love the activities at the Library. Even some of them encourage other children to join and this is how the Library is much attended and having enthusiastic groups for learning through reading, writing, games, songs, dances, drawings, watching short films and others.

Mila (not her real name), a Senior High School student shared with me that she has been a frequent visitor to the Library since Junior High School and that since then she has taken part in most of our educational programs. She told me that she really loves YUM programs because there she is able to catch up or learn through means like computer or English language what she is unavailable to get at home or at her school due to their poor economic conditions. Mila told me that she really hopes that Library will always be open and provide more books for every one, and especially teen novels, which are her favorite ones.

In February, the librarian in Kalimantan sent me some letters from the children after having a writing activity where children were asked their opinion of YUM Kalimantan Library. Find below, one of these letters, written by Ani, 3rd grade of elementary school student:

“Here there is a place that is clean, beautiful and environmental friendly called YUM Library.  In the library we can read, borrow a lot of books and also meet many friends. I almost come every day,  but before we join the daily activities or games, we have to read first, and when finish we have to put the book back in the right place. YUM library is a beautiful place.

When I read this letter made me put not only a smile in my face but also in my heart. This little girl is one of hundreds children that YOU have helped in YUM Kalimantan Library through GlobalGiving. Thank you for supporting us and hopefully you will make other children feel the beauty of the YUM library.

Currently, we have one young man, a bookkeeper in YUM Head Office, Paridi Akbar, who wants to continue his studies at the university. Paridi wishes that he can improve his quality of life as well as the one of his family.  Paridi's Education: A Role Model For Thousands  will be in the GlobalGiving Bonus Day coming on March 18th, 2015, where you can double your donation until 30 % on all donations up to $ 1,000 per donor per project or while funds remain.  There is $ 60,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00:00 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT (INDONESIAN TIME March, 18th at 20:00 WIB until March 19th at 10:59 WIB).

This BONUS DAY will only happen on March 18th, 2015 so if you are to help, please share this message to your friends and family. Please let them know to wait until March 18th before making their donations. YUM would like to make the most of this amazing opportunity, and we can’t do it without your help. THANK YOU!

Drawing activity
Drawing activity
The letter from Ani (not her real name)
The letter from Ani (not her real name)
Mar 10, 2015

Despite the difficulties, we successfully finish

Sewing Workshop Participant
Sewing Workshop Participant

As we have discussed in previous report, the VTC had to face the impact of the new school schedule set by the Government starting at the end of 7th term.

For that reason, we were obliged to re-schedule our classes in order to avoid clashes with the new school schedule for the 8th term. So, we shortened the opening hours at our VTC during week days and opened English and Computer classes on Saturday and Sunday.

Despite our efforts, we could only have 8 classes, compared with 12 during the previous term. And for the above reason, from 192 students registered, 154 only could continue attending our classes. But, those remaining students showed much diligence with the result that 151 students were entitled to receive their certificate based on the test results and their attendance commitment.

On the other hand, Job Seeking Skills Workshop held three times, it was attended by YUM VTC’s students and outside students. Besides, we had some requests from school teachers around YUM Cipanas, to hold other workshops. After assessing the needs and problems of the teachers working in the area of Cipanas, we decided to hold some Computer Workshops for 55 participants from teachers and administrative staff working in preschools and elementary schools or in governmental and social institutions, because they have no computer skills when, in fact, it is much needed for their work.

The workshop was carried out every Saturday and Sunday delivered by VTC’s Computer tutors, Mr. Adi Y Abdul Rahman and Mr. Deden Tosin. Participants learned about Computer basics including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and others and those who attended the 2-day workshop were entitled to a certificate.

Dadan Iskandar, an administrative staff from Sindanglaya village, Cipanas wrote us saying:

“Thank you YUM for the attention paid to the administrative staff working in small villages. Currently, we canunderstand more about computers. I hope that YUM will have some other workshops in the future from a very basic to a higher levels.”

Despite the difficulties at the beginning expressed above, we could successfully finish the 8th term thanks to your donations.

Currently, we have one young man, a bookkeeper at YUM Head Office, Paridi Akbar, who wants to continue his studies at university level. Paridi wishes that he can improve his quality of life and that of his family. Paridi's Education: A Role Model For Thousands will be in the GlobalGiving Bonus Day coming on March 18th, 2015, where you can double your donation up to a 30 % on all donations up to $ 1,000 per donor per project or while funds remain.  There is $ 60,000 available in matching and matching begins on March 18th 9:00:00 EDT and run until funds lasts or until 23:59:59 EDT (INDONESIAN TIME March, 18th at 20:00 WIB until March 19th at 10:59 WIB).

This BONUS DAY will only happen on March 18th, 2015 so if you are to help, please share this message to your friends and family. Please let them know to wait until March 18th before making their donations. YUM would like to make the most of this amazing opportunity, and we can’t do it without your help. THANK YOU!

Computer Workshop Participants
Computer Workshop Participants
Although they were senior, they were enthusiastic
Although they were senior, they were enthusiastic
Dec 5, 2014

A New Challenge for the VTC YUM Cipanas

Computer Class Students at the VTC
Computer Class Students at the VTC

After finishing successfully the 7th term of the Vocational Training Center (VTC) in September, we realized that we had to overcome a challenge: the new governmental school schedule. This new schedule affects, especially, to Senior High School students who start school at 6.30 am until 3.30 pm, that is, 9 hours of studies. This obviously clashes with our VTC’s classes that are supposed to start at 1pm. As a result of this, by the end of the 7th term, from 200 students only 141 students could take the final test and only 115 students were able to receive the certificate (due their attendance became less of 75% required for receiving the certificate).

Hopefully the 8th term will run well and we will be able to face the challenges by opening the VTC on weekends. That will serves to accommodate students needs to improve their skills and their quality of life. 

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