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)
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
Jun 6, 2014

VTC's Progresses

The student was making a skirt in Sewing
The student was making a skirt in Sewing 'Clothes'

Regular Class

For the sixth term of the VTC we were able to open 13 classes consisting of 2 Sewing Classes, 6 Computer Classes and 5 English Classes with a total of 218 students, starting on January 20th until mid of April 2014.

At the beginning of this term, we explained to the students that if they could not attend 75 % of the classes, they would not be entitled to receive the VTC certificate. After 3 months of classes, we held a final exam for 2 weeks in early April consisting of written and practical tests. In the end, a total of 191 students out of 218 students were entitled to receive the certificate.

 

Workshops

The Job Seeking Skills workshop was held 3 times for 105 participants, consisting of VTC and non VTC students and discussed about; How to make an Application Letter and a Curriculum Vitae; Job Interview; and Knowledge and Skills needed by Companies. The workshops aim to help the participants prepare for facing the highly competitive working world.

Besides that, we noticed that the majority of the mothers who bring their toddlers to the YUM pre-school were waiting for the end of classes without have much to do. Because of this, the idea rose to include these waiting mothers in a new workshop: The Women Empowerment Workshop. We offered to train them in making recycled products by hand such as pouches and bags made from plastic waste of coffee packaging. All the mothers showed their interest in this workshop.

At the same time, YUM conducted a survey in which the community’s needs were assessed. Out of the 47 respondents, we found that 32 respondents or 68.08 % of the respondents were interested to follow a cooking class (food or snacks processing) in order to increase their income and help them to find work.

The cooking classes were included in The Women Empowerment Workshop, besides making recycled products. We started this workshop as a pilot project with the 15 mothers who bring their children to the pre-school. The workshop is held once a month for 2 hours and has been held now for 6 times. YUM provides the material and the tutor, and after that the group will continue to make the products themselves, supervised by the tutor. The workshops ran smoothly and they could even earn some money by selling their products. We have good faith that the project will be sustainable as it is both for and from the women.

 

VTC Renovations

Thanks to Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation (PHMF) we could renovate the VTC building, which had served for more than 30 years. The renovations started mid-April, after the classes and final exam finished. Initially, we were only planning to repair the roof and replace some of the doors and window frames. But by the time the renovations began, we found out that other window frames also needed to be replaced as well as some broken windowpanes, and we also decided to fix the ceiling and paint the walls. These additional works make the renovation longer than planned, but hopefully it will be finished before the seventh term starts.  Thank you!!!

Group discussion in English Class
Group discussion in English Class
The students learned how to repair the computer
The students learned how to repair the computer
Job Seeking Skills Workshop: How to make CV
Job Seeking Skills Workshop: How to make CV
Women Empowerment Workshop: Make some snacks
Women Empowerment Workshop: Make some snacks
Women Empowerment Workshop: Make Accessories
Women Empowerment Workshop: Make Accessories
Jun 5, 2014

Reorganizing the YUM Kalimantan Library

Results of children
Results of children's drawings

During the past 3 months, the YUM Kalimantan Library has been reorganized in order to increase our services to the children and the wider community in Kalimantan. The daily activities schedule, the books collection and the equipment became our priorities since these are the main facilities provided for visitors. Therefore, Isna (the YUM librarian) was helped by a volunteer from Belgium, Margot Depraetere, to reorganize the library, especially by managing the books collection.

They checked the numbers and the types of books, sorted old/not worth reading books, deleted the sorted books from the library system Athenaeum Light 6 and sorted the books on shelves in accordance to each category, ranging from small to large numbers to simplify finding books. Old books but still worth reading were given to the children, some school books were given to schools around YUM Kalimantan or saved in a storage. We also bought around 137 new books in Jakarta, especially the most favorite books. Hopefully through reorganizing the library, we can attract more visitors to visit the library.

In May, we also restocked the equipment needed for the daily activities in the library, such as drawing books, water color paint, crayons and color pencils for drawing and coloring activities; origami paper, ribbon, paraffin, etc. for arts and crafts activities; pens, pencils, erasers, etc. for stationeries; CDs, VCDs and DVDs and more.

In addition, we started to teach a traditional local dance from Kalimantan to the children, called Dayak Dance. The dance class is taught by Ibu Endah, a teacher from Bina Cita Utama School in Kalimantan who had already taught Dayak dances to other groups and even won some competitions. We hope that through the traditional dance class, we can teach the children to love their own culture.

Hopefully, by reorganizing the library, we can attract more visitors to come and enjoy the library activities. Thank you for your support to make our dream come true to help increase children’s quality of education in Kalimantan. Thank you!

Managing the books collection
Managing the books collection
Sorted old/not worth reading books
Sorted old/not worth reading books
Drawing and Coloring Activities
Drawing and Coloring Activities
Arts and Crafts Activities
Arts and Crafts Activities

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