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 5, 2013

Increasing Kalimantan Children's Creativity

Creativity Day Awards Distribution
Creativity Day Awards Distribution

With the support of Linklaters Singapore and GlobalGiving donors, YUM continues to improve its facilities at YUM Kalimantan Library to provide children and the surrounding community with a better place to read and gain more knowledge, with the many different activities held every day. YUM has also been improving its activities for the children to help them get the most benefit out of their visit to YUM Library.   

More educational toys, educational DVD’s, a computer and various books to keep the library up to date, have been purchased. Another couple of computers will be purchased in the near future. The book collection has increased from 6,796 in July to 6,841 books in October. These include children’s books, novels, comics, magazines, encyclopedias, schoolbooks and many more. The number of library members has increased from 412 members registered in July 2013 to 423 in October. The visitors for October have also increased to the number of 1,017 visitors for the month. The majority of the visitors are from Elementary School at 35%, followed by Junior High 25%, Senior High school at 19%, Pre-school 13% and public visitors at 8%.

Nutrition and health education has also been added to the library activities. These activities were held to bring about clean and healthy behavior, such as hand washing before eating, after going to the toilets, cutting their nails and how to brush their teeth properly and environment awareness (no littering, cleaning the library area etc.). They call themselves the “APEL club” (Anak Peduli Lingkungan) or the Club of Environmentally Aware Children. Hopefully from these activities, children will have more awareness and learn and implement this in their daily life wherever they are.

Beside the daily activities, YUM also organizes twice a year  a Creativity Children’s Day and the last event was held on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September 2013 with many games and competitions, such as: brushing teeth & hand washing competitions for pre-schools, dancing, coloring and drawing competitions. There was also the “Sack Race”, which is a competitive and challenging game in which participants place both of their legs inside a sack that reaches their waist or neck and jump forward from a starting point toward a finish line, “Eating Crackers Game” - this is a good event, where children stand in a row and each of them must eat a cracker hanging by a string and “Marble & Spoon Race” as well as “Pencil in a Bottle Game”.  Around 65 children from the age of 4-14 years old participated in the competitions and it was a great success where all the children enjoyed themselves and enthusiastically joined the competition and showed their skills. 

“I think YUM is fun! And the courses can make us brighter. The library has many varieties of books, especially the novels, I like them a lot. Besides that, because of the books, I come to YUM because I can learn dancing with my friends because YUM sometimes has dancing competitions. I like the creativity day too“. Rizky Amelya, Grade 7 sponsorship beneficiaries and library visitor.

 Thank You!!!

Cutting Their Nails
Cutting Their Nails
Sack Race Competition
Sack Race Competition
Outdoor games - let
Outdoor games - let's play the ball!
Happy Children in the Library
Happy Children in the Library
Oct 3, 2013

A growing interest for the VTC classes

Certificate distribution in Computer class
Certificate distribution in Computer class

The fourth term of the Vocational Training Center (VTC) started on May 6th, 2013 with 17 classes consisting of 4 types of classes: Computer, English, Hospitality and Sewing Classes. The fourth term was able to accommodate around 270 unemployed youths, each one of them receiving 3 months learning and at the end, following a final exam as a requirement to pass the VTC. Besides this, the students have to fulfill the usual criteria of having more than 75 % attendance in order to pass the VTC and receive the VTC certificate.

By the end of the fourth term, a total of 172 out of 270 students were entitled to receive the certificate. This number is not a as good as the third term, because the Hospitality class opened with around 30 students at first, but near the end of training, these students had to follow an internship program outside the Cipanas area thus they automatically were absent 3 times in row so they were not entitled to receive the certificate. There were also some students who were not able to come because they had extracurricular activities in their school that clashed with the VTC schedule.

These are some of the barriers that we must face in providing free training for students. Although it is difficult, we still strive to provide the best, for example by doing counseling with students who are frequently absent or proposing to create a savings account for those who are absent due to a lack of money for transport to get to the VTC.

In addition to the regular classes, we also provided workshops to help more disadvantaged youths and teachers around the VTC to gain more knowledge and skills. In total, we were able to accommodate around 149 youths to follow the Job Seeking Skills Workshop, 30 teachers in the Computer Teacher Workshop and English Teacher Workshop and also 2 staffs in Sewing Workshop.

While the final exams were held, we also started the registration process for VTC’s fifth term and hoped to reach out to more students. In addition to spreading flyers, announcements and banners, presentations in schools were conducted to give a clear insight for the students and teachers to understand the purpose of the VTC. We also decided to open the registration process on the same day as our presentation at the school so that we could enlist students directly.

Through this new method, we were able to recruit 353 students and we will open 18 classes for the VTC’s fifth term! We even have to open 7 computer classes because students’ interest in this class increased, so we now have one computer class on Sunday. The VTC’s fifth term started in early September 2013 and with this growing number of students, Yayasan Usaha Mulia’s dream of helping more disadvantaged youths and helping them to receive the skills they need to gain employment is slowly becoming true.

Your continued support is the best way to help us reach out to more youths! Please help us spread the word about this project so we can continue to provide skills training to those in need. Thank you!

 

Computer kids class on Sunday
Computer kids class on Sunday
Find a word through scrabble games in English Kids
Find a word through scrabble games in English Kids
Job Seeking skills workshop
Job Seeking skills workshop
Group discussion in English Teacher Workshop
Group discussion in English Teacher Workshop
VTC Presentation in school
VTC Presentation in school
Sep 6, 2013

Volunteering and Matching Champaign with YUM

Hello... Look at my frog!! :)
Hello... Look at my frog!! :)

Open to the public during the week days from 9 am until 5 pm, the library’s main activities are not just borrowing and reading books, but will also include activities such as storytelling, writing, drawing, watching movies, dancing, arts and crafts, English club, and health education. Besides, we also have some visits from individual volunteer or group who want to help the activities. These activities have all been introduced by the YUM librarian to encourage children to love reading, hone their creativity, and to bring forward the children’s good personality in order to improve their quality of life and also their families.

On June, thanks for visit from 10 students and 2 teachers from Jakarta International School (JIS) to do community services in YUM Kalimantan. Storytelling activities, English class, science games, more games and arts and crafts activities were the activities given to the children. On July, the library had individual volunteers _ Renae and Martin_ which taught the children to play and learn in a fun way. Games of guessing some things in English, drawing and colouring activities, make a collage from arts and crafts paper and more can attract the children to come to the library and play with them. CERES group from Australia also coming in the next days and have some similar activities which can improve library visits.

If you are interested in volunteering or community service at our community centre in Cipanas or Kalimantan, please let me know at aris@yumindonesia.org.  Our team would be happy to welcome you and so do the children, as described in the following testimonial:

“I like coming to YUM Library because I can also gain more friends, girls and boys. So there will always be some friends that I can have fun and play with or read together. My favorite book is Miko, Novel, learning books and many others. I also like people who work there. All of them are so nice and fun. Guests will come from local and overseas and they will have activities with us. From science, dancing, English lesson, games, sport etc. So, I always encourage my friends to come to YUM as well, because the books are always up to date, have a creativity day and games as well.” Yusvita – 2nd grade of Junior High School.

Also, we would like to announce that the Matching Campaign will be coming again! It will begin in September 24th at 12:00 pm ET and ends at 11:59 pm ET or begins in September 24th at 11 pm and ends September 25th at 10.59 am (INDONESIAN TIME).

In this campaign, Give for Youth will be hosting:

  • as much as $100,000 will be available for matching campaigns
  • It will be 1:1 match, which means if you donate $ 100 then the donation received will be $ 200. 
  • The donations will be matched up to $1,000 per donor per project,

So, don’t miss this opportunity to make a double impact to our community. We have 2 different projects and one is in Cipanas called the Vocational Training Center (VTC) which is to help disadvantaged youths to gain more knowledge and skills to help them finding a job and decrease the unemployment rate in the area, as can been in this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-skills-for-indonesian-unemployed-youth/

While the other one is this amazing library in Kalimantan, which is to help increase children’s quality of education, as can be seen in this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-promote-good-reading-habits-in-kalimantan/

Just simply click the DONATE button then you will make a change to their life… Thank you!!

Coloring activity with JIS students
Coloring activity with JIS students
Let
Let's play snakes and ladders!
Games of guessing in English with Renae & Martin
Games of guessing in English with Renae & Martin
Outdoor games - let
Outdoor games - let's play the ball!
Watching movie time :)
Watching movie time :)

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