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 10, 2013

Come Join Us

Laela Yulida
Laela Yulida

Since receiving funds in February, thanks to Linklaters Singapore, YUM has started to purchase the material it needs to update the library, which includes 80 various books, a computer, arts and crafts materials, and 22 educational DVDs. The numbers of visitors to the library has also increased significantly in the last couple of months. The total visitor count in March was 1091 visitors for the month and in April there were 1221 visitors total. Fifty percent of the visitors are elementary schoolers (From 6-12 years old), 15% are Junior High Schoolers (from 12-15 years old), 11% are Senior High Schoolers (from 15-17 years old), and the rest are pre-schoolers and public visitors of various ages. This is a huge increase, of around 200%, from this time last year at which there were only about 500 visitors per month.

This newly increased number of visitors, especially elementary school students, results mostly due to the new books, the educational toys that they can play with, and also the dancing class which supplements the dancing that they do at YUM already. Comic books and novels for kids and teenagers are the most coveted books in the library, so much so that the children are always inquiring as to whether or not there are any new ones on their way. YUM will continue to purchase more books to keep the library updated and the demand satiated.

 

“I am very happy to come and play at YUM Library, because have so many good books that I can read or borrow. And also I enjoy the creativity activities – It’s so fun,” said Laela Yulida (3rd grade of Tangkiling Elementary School)

 

“The books at YUM Library are very variety and interesting. They have so many categories of books such as cultures, accountant, cooking recipe books, world leader story, novel  for children and teenagers, fable, comic books, magazines’, encyclopedias, and text books. I’m so excited because new books just arrived. What I read now is a new book about prophet story. There are a lot more interesting books,” said Mutdrika (3rd grade of Tangkiling Elementary Schools)

 

Besides enjoying the activities, toys, and books, the children also like to learn English in the YUM Library English Club. Since there are some foreign volunteers who come to YUM Kalimantan to help with YUM programs, the children are able to learn English from them and get very excited to participate in activities with the volunteers. Please feel free to contact us if you think you may be interested in volunteering at any of the YUM initiatives in Kalimantan or Cipanas or to see how things are progressing in the field. You can email aris@yumindonesia.org. Individual or group volunteers are more than welcome to come. 

The Calistung activity “Read, Write and Count” also attracts more children to visit the library, because in this activity, the children who cannot do any of the aforementioned tasks can learn how to with the help of our devoted volunteers. There are unfortunately still some children who are in elementary school and who are illiterate or cannot count. For this reason, we try to recruit children from pre-school age until elementary children to join in the Calistung activity so it can prepare them to go to school and have a better education. In the future, we hope that we can develop this activity to be practiced at YUM Preschool in Kalimantan, to increase children’s education levels. Hopefully we can make it happen because a lot of children desperately need a quality education.

To continue all of the staggering progress we have already made, we open our arms wide for you all to join us in helping develop our community library in YUM Kalimantan. There are several ways you can do so by volunteering, donating, sponsoring, and more. We believe that through all your help especially from GlobalGiving supporters, we can make a better living and education for children in Kalimantan with the YUM Library. Thank you.  

Mutdrika
Mutdrika
Calistung Activity: I like to read this book!
Calistung Activity: I like to read this book!
Educational Toys : It
Educational Toys : It's puzzle time
The children and their paraffin creation
The children and their paraffin creation
English Club Activity
English Club Activity
Apr 5, 2013

VTC as the Vanguard

Make a woven bag from plastic wrap
Make a woven bag from plastic wrap

VTC has started its third term since January 7th, 2013 by opening 10 classes of 4 training types; Computer, English, Sewing and Hospitality. Upon the registration and placement test, VTC accepted around 161 participants. Comparing to previous term, number of participants in 3rd term is 25% less due to lack of funding to open more classes.

In this term, we still implement the same regulations and system which is only those who pass the final test and meet 70% of the attendance will receive certificate and 100% refund.  However, those who have less than 70% attendance will only receive 50% refund and not receive certificate.

The enthusiasm of participants at the beginning was high which is shown on the attendance list in the first 4 weeks.  After 4 weeks running the 3rd term, VTC  face challenges especially to maintain its attendance rate.   Some of participants had to discontinue due to time conflict with their other activities schedule at school which include final exam preparation or internship program.

With all the challenges faced, we do believe that through a sincere purpose to help disadvantaged youths, to enable them to compete in job market, there is  always a way to get through the challenges. In order to ensure the project implementation meet the objective, we schedule and perform regular  monitoring and evaluation. In the same time, we strive to accommodate more beneficiaries who are unable to get the opportunity to attend the trainings by providing  several workshops; Computer Teacher Workshop, English Teacher Workshop, Sewing Workshop and Job Seeking Skills Workshop.

As results  the workshops indeed attract  many participants and we received positive feedback and request from participants  for conducting  similar workshops  on regular basis. In total our workshops attended by 34 teachers and 148 students. 

Thanks to all volunteers who gave their time and effors to share the knowledge and experience in VTC programs which benefit to all participants. Following are some testimonials from participants:

“It’s very interesting and can be used in the school.”  Heri, a teacher from SDN Cikole.

“Hopefully there will always be more training to improve the quality of teaching. It's very attractive, innovative and fun.” Zaeni Arief Al Rasyid, a teacher from SMPN 1 Sukaresmi.

Currently, VTC  is finalizing the 3rd term by conducting final test in order to measure  improvement of each participants from what they received in the last 3 months of training. We have a great hope that the students can benefit from VTC and be able to implement it  in their life; not only to improve their skills and knowledge to face the world of work but also to contribute in reducing the unemployment rate. As a vanguard, VTC always try to voice the needs of those in need, especially for disadvantaged youths around Cipanas YUM Village.

Job Seeking Skills Workshop - Interview Session
Job Seeking Skills Workshop - Interview Session
Group Games at English Workshop for Teacher
Group Games at English Workshop for Teacher
Certificate Distribution of Computer Workshop
Certificate Distribution of Computer Workshop
Coloring and Designing of Patchwork
Coloring and Designing of Patchwork
Playing Scrabble in English Classes
Playing Scrabble in English Classes
Mar 15, 2013

A Great Change from 2012 to the New Year of 2013

Reading Activities after School
Reading Activities after School

Dear YUM Friends,

How are you? We hope the New Year has been kind to you.

YUM Kalimantan Library has been greatly changed after 2012 as 2012 was the last year after 4 years Barclays supporting our Library.  Thanks to Barclays, a new Library room, furnitures, books, arts and crafts materials, edu toys, full time librarian, and many more were provided so that we can help children and communities around us to increase their knowledge and education.

Our children now like to write, read, dance, do storytelling and become more active, creative, confidence as well as have courage and spirit to reach their dreams after getting guidance and direction of a series of activities that have been carried out in the library. As a closing of Barclays help, in last December, we completed the library’s facilities with some new books, novels, comics, encyclopedias, school text books, edu_toys, arts and crafts materials, sports equipments, etc. to facilitate visitor activities. What a great improvement for the children and communities in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan who live with only less than $2 per day and  difficulty to access education facilities which is too costly for the 13,000 inhabitants. Until now YUM Kalimantan Library is still the one and the only library in the area.

Early 2013 it’s a tough time for us due to lack of funding to operate and run the library activities, while number of visitors keep increasing.  In 2012 numbers of visitors reach as many as 400 visitors per month and by 2013 the numbers of visitors reach 838 visitors per month in average. GlobalGiving donations became the only hope for our library to keep running.

Keep running with daily activities such as reading, writing, watching movies, arts and crafts activities, we are indebted to our librarian and volunteer who come and help in the library. In January 2013, we hosted Indonesia Canada Youth Exchange participants who helped our activities in English class, cooking class, dance, arts and crafts activities. These activities were opened by dance performance presented by our children and continued with watching a documentary film about the YUM project.  We also had a visit from Australian Embassy and Social service office of Central Kalimantan. Hopefully these kinds of visit can promote the library and invite more people to visit YUM project.

After struggling to get funding for the library, we received good news which gives us hope. A law firm in Singapore called Linklaters contacted us to express their interest in supporting YUM project and agree to help with our library for one year as part of their CSR program starting from February 2013. This support really helps us to run library activities such as series of daily activities, English club, creativity day, and project management.

Hopefully through GlobalGiving Donors, Linklaters and anyone who help YUM Kalimantan Library, we can keep the library running to help the children and communities around us and increase their knowledge and education.

Thank you :) 

Making a house with Lego
Making a house with Lego
Dancing with Indonesia Canada Youth Exchange
Dancing with Indonesia Canada Youth Exchange
Watching Cartoon Movies
Watching Cartoon Movies
Along with staff of Australian Embassy
Along with staff of Australian Embassy
Origami time
Origami time
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