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)
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
Jun 2, 2014

A Thousand Words of Thank You

Thanks to your support that I can be here
Thanks to your support that I can be here

Dear Donors,

How are you? I hope this email finds you well.

In my first letter, I would like to say thank you very much for your generous support in realizing my dream to be an IT Expert through the GlobalGiving website. I am very happy and grateful for being selected as your recipient of this scholarship.

I have many dreams, because I believe success starts with having a dream as it can encourage us to always study and work hard. My dreams have changed many times. When I was in Senior High School, my dream was to become an architect. But after I thought about it for a thousand times, I realized that an architect needs a lot of funding in university, like for drawing boards and equipment, mockups and many other things. I knew that my family could not afford to buy this equipment due to economic conditions, so I changed my dream. Now I want to be an engineer in information technology by enrolling in the Department of Information Technology at Widyatama University in Bandung, because I think studying IT doesn't need as much equipment as the studying architecture. I think that a laptop, notebook or computer and internet access are enough for me to follow classes at university. Thanks to you I could get one step closer in reaching my dream.

Widyatama University is a good private university and located in Bandung, it takes around 6 hours to go there from my house in Cipanas. Since my classes always start at 7 a.m. on Saturday, I have to leave my house very early in the morning. Usually, I go by bus at 1 a.m. on Saturday and arrive at Widyatama University around 6 or 7 a.m., following classes until 7 or 9 p.m. Sometimes, I prefer to stay overnight in Bandung and then go back to Cipanas on the same day. Although it is very exhausting, I always feel happy going to the university to reach my dream.

Last Saturday I had my first mid semester test after around 2 months of learning and it ran from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. That was a hard test, but hopefully my result will be good so that you can be proud of me.

After I graduate in 2018, I plan to continue my studies at a postgraduate university while working at the same time as a lecturer in Information Technology or as a Data Base Administrator, which can help me to obtain OCA (Oracle Certified Associate) and OCP certificate (Oracle Certified Professional). Besides, I also plan to start a business related to IT because I was inspired by a book called "The Cash Flow Quadrant" written by Robert T. Kiyosaki.  Last but not least, I would like to help the IT system at Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM), which has given me this opportunity to get the scholarship.

The scholarship has eased my financial burden, which allows me to focus now on my study and it has inspired my family, especially my brothers, to always study hard to reach their dreams. Your generous support has inspired me to help others and give back to the community around us. I hope one day I will be able to help other students who want to continue their studies like the way you did for me. Once again, thank you so much for your help and may God bless you always.

Regards,

M. Andi Saeful Zaman

In front of University of Widyatama
In front of University of Widyatama
In Computer Lab
In Computer Lab
My college friends
My college friends
Mar 10, 2014

VTC in the Eyes of the Participants

Ami
Ami

Since 2009, YUM Vocational Training Center (VTC) Cipanas has been helping more than 2.000 participants through Computer class, English class, Sewing class, Hospitality class and Job Seeking Skills workshop. Participants encompass Elementary until Senior high school students and especially unemployed youths in the area of YUM Cipanas, West Java.

Through this report, we would like to give you - as a donor of VTC - some testimonials from the participants (not their real names) about the VTC, so you can get a further insight in the project you have helped. Hopefully you will enjoy the report and may you continue your support to the VTC. Thank you.

 

Ami

As a housewife with 2 children, Ami has been participating in the Sewing Class for the last 6 months in order to learn how to sew clothes and arts and crafts products. She wants to gain soft skills which may help her to find a job, as her husband is just a farmer with only Rp. 15.000,- or $ 1 income per day. In the beginning, she felt unconfident because she didn’t have any experience in sewing, but thanks to sewing tutors who are very patient, she is now able to make her children’s clothes by herself. She earns an additional income when YUM has a special order from a Jakarta costumer or by assisting the tutor in teaching sewing to junior students.

“I regret I didn’t follow the class earlier, sewing class is really helping me,” Ami said.

 

Amar

“After I graduated from Vocational School, I tried to apply for a job in some companies, but never succeeded. I remember when the Human Resources Department staff gave me the question: ‘What kind of skills do you have?’ I got confused because I didn’t have any skills. I just graduated from Vocational School and only had knowledge of Hospitality. After sharing with my friends who were accepted in the company, they informed me that they had taken additional classes at the VTC. For that reason I decided to follow the Computer Class and after I graduated from the VTC, I was accepted to work in one of the best hotels in Cipanas – the Palace Hotel. Thanks to VTC I was able to understand how important it is to have other soft skills since the graduation certificate from school is not enough to convince the company. Currently, with the income received from working at the hotel, I can help my parents who only work as construction laborers. Thank you VTC.”

 

Adi

“I felt that school and attending classes were boring activities and not interesting. However, since I joined the English Class and the Computer Class in VTC, I changed my mind. My motivation has improved because I realized that the competition in the job market is getting harder nowadays, especially if we don’t have any experiences or soft skills. I decided to take 2 training classes because most of the companies need employees who can speak English and have computer skills. That’s why I was eager to learn about the world of work and after joining the VTC and discussing with my friends and tutors, I finally got to know my passion. In VTC, we learn in a fun way. Currently, I work as a waiter in Palace Hotel, one of the best hotels in Cipanas and hopefully I can increase my skills and knowledge in Hospitality.”

Amar
Amar
Adi
Adi
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