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)
Dec 4, 2014

10 Minutes to Read!

Enjoy read alone sitting on the floor
Enjoy read alone sitting on the floor

10 minutes to read! is required to children before they start any other activity at the YUM Kalimantan Library. Its purpose is to increase their interest in reading and make them realize that books are windows to the world.

Now when they enter into the Library, we see them picking up a book and look for a place: some they choose to read alone sitting on the floor, sitting in the corner of the library, others sharing a book together….

What it matters is that, little by little, they are used to read which constitutes the foundation for a good education.   

Enjoy read the book in the corner of the library
Enjoy read the book in the corner of the library
Also; sharing a book together
Also; sharing a book together
Sep 5, 2014

YUM VTC: before and after

The roof before renovation
The roof before renovation

In mid April 2014, the Vocational Training Center (VTC) Cipanas with the help of Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation (PHMF) started its renovations. The building that has served us for more than 30 years, during the last rainy season there were several leaks disturbing much our classes and activities. Clearly, we needed to do some serious repairs.

Initially, the renovations were meant to repair only the roof and repair few doors and window frames, but by the time the works began, we found that most of the wooden window frames and windowpanes and ceiling needed to be replaced. No need to say, repainting as well the walls were cracks were very visible.

In early July, we had the visit of a group of 8 volunteers from Ceres Global Group from Australia, for an organic farm workshop and community services for a period of a week at our YUM Cipanas and another week at YUM Kalimantan. They were very enthusiastic with the works and thanks for them, the outdoor walls of the building could be painted and with it the works ended. They were very happy to contribute in the VTC's changes and we truly thankful them for their help.

Now, the VTC looks very fresh and clean. The colorful walls in green give a bright effect inside the class while the cream color walls outside is in harmony with its environment. On the other hand, we got a good number of chairs donated by the Jakarta International School (JIS) that are placed in the terrace to facilitate VTC's students waiting for their classes.

We wish to emphasize our sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped us: friends, supporters and donors. We hope that our VTC will be able to continue contributing its efforts in reducing unemployment by providing its best services to disadvantaged youths so that they are able to earn a living. Thank you!

English Classroom during the renovation
English Classroom during the renovation
Ceres group helped us to paint the outdoor walls
Ceres group helped us to paint the outdoor walls
The new look of the roof!
The new look of the roof!
The Green Sewing Classroom
The Green Sewing Classroom
The new look of the terrace!
The new look of the terrace!
Sep 5, 2014

Let's have Fun at the Creativity Day!

Dayak dancing performances in Creativity Day
Dayak dancing performances in Creativity Day

At the beginning of the year, we proceeded to the reorganization of the YUM Kalimantan Library. Now, half a year later, we are able to evaluate its performance. All activities have been set; 10 minutes reading is a must before starting any other activity in the day; a Dance Club has been implemented: now children can learn traditional dances – especially Dayak dances which are original from Borneo (Kalimantan). Children have much fun through games and others while learning English in the English Club and in the Arts and Crafts lesson where children’s creativity has been arisen by exploring new ways of media in their works. Children are happy and satisfied with all these improvements.

One of the important events of the Library is the celebration of a Creativity Day which itwas held in July 2014. The Creativity Day is aimed to increase children's creativity and facilitate children to explore their hidden talents through competitions and performances. The theme of the Creativity Day was this time “Friendship” in order to unify a wide range of cultural differences and avoid conflict in Kalimantan, because its inhabitants come from different ethnics: Javanese, Balinese, Dayak, and others.

The competitions were held from 18th to 20th July, 2014 with 13 types of competitions: drawing, coloring, singing, poetry reading, make up, writing a short story, creativity, Photoshop, tug of war, marble and spoon race, sack race, pencil in a bottle and family football competitions. About 120 participants from toddlers to adults enlivened the competitions.

On July 20th, 2014 the main event was held with more than 150 participants who got together to watch the performance of modern and traditional dances, followed by a make up competition, fun games and also the most expected: announcement of the Winners and distribution of the Awards. Everyone was very interested in celebrating the Creativity Day and the feeling of friendship was present among all participants despite their cultural differences.

Thanks to GlobalGiving’s supporters and friends, we had the opportunity to entertain the community, as well as to promote YUM’s activities in Kalimantan. Thank You!

Singing competition to enliven the main event
Singing competition to enliven the main event
Reading poetry competition
Reading poetry competition
Sack Race Competition
Sack Race Competition
Certificate distribution for the winners
Certificate distribution for the winners

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