Rizal is one of the 75 students who are in XSProject’s XSEducation program. In July, he entered Middle School (7th grade).
Before XSProject came to the garbage dump, the few children of trash pickers who went to school did not have good grades, so when they graduated from elementary school they could not go on to public middle school. Now, with the support of XSProject and their moms, students like Rizal, have higher expectations for themselves, strive to get good grades and work hard to be able to attend the public middle school.
It’s difficult to get accepted into Jakarta’s public schools. Seating is limited and students must have very good grades to be accepted. Parents rush to school the minute they learn that registration is open, to register their children for the new school year.
When Rizal’s mother, Mis, learned that the middle school registration was open, she and another mother, Ida, went quickly to the school to register their sons. When they arrived, the school staff told them they needed to pay IDR 600,000 ($50) that day or their sons would not get registered.
They didn't have the money that day and were very worried and disappointed. They called their friend Wati, who works with XSProject. Wati took them money from XSProject and Rizal and Ida’s son, Bachrudin, were soon successfully registered for the year.
When Mis and Ida returned home, XSProject General Manager, Retno Hapsari was waiting for them. They had not remembered that XSProject already promised to pay for all the children’s education, even in public middle school. When Mis heard this from Retno, she broke down to tears, sobbing as if a burden had lifted off her shoulders. She kept saying thank you and that she didn’t know what would have happened if there was no XSProject to help.
This is a simple but often repeated story of how much these mothers want their children to get an education so they can have a better life. In this case, it had a happy ending.
But the real story begins and ends with the generosity of GlobalGiving donors. There never would have been a story about how determined Rizal’s mother was to get him registered if it had not been for one donor’s $50 contribution to XSProject. Such a simple action made a profound difference. That donation changed Rizal and his family’s life.
As schools in Indonesia close for summer vacation, we want to give a big "shout out" and thanks to the international schools that opened their facilities and hearts to the children of Jakarta’s trash picker community this semester.
It is with great thanks and appreciation to all the administrators of the international schools, for opening their playgrounds, gymnasiums and classrooms so XSProject could bring the trash picker families to socialize, receive health check-ups and have play and study dates and mentoring for the students.
Thank you to the faculty of the schools who generously give your time, year after year to tutor the struggling students from the Cirendeu open dump. When the students were unable to come to the international school, you found a way to go to them in their homes, to make sure their assignments were completed and homework was checked. Their lives are better because you care.
We cannot forget to thank all the international students (you know who you are)! One of the great things about going to school in another country is learning about other cultures and making new friends, sometimes for a lifetime. Lives are enriched by the friends you make. However far away you are this summer, it’s only miles that separate you.
XSProject and all the students in the XSEducation program look forward to seeing you in September.Sampai jumpa lagi!
On Tuesday, April 14, XSProject will participate in the Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day. I hope you will join me by making a contribution to XSProject so we can continue our work educating the children at Jakarta’s trash picker community. Microsoft has $100,000.00 in matching funds. They will match YOUR DONATION 50% until the money runs out.
Matching begins on April 14 at 9AM (EDT) and ends 11:59PM (EDT). See these times in your city: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
XSProject regularly participates in YouthSpark Bonus Days. When I am at the Cirendeu open garbage dump in Jakarta, I hear so many stories from the young people with big dreams but little hope. This is why education is so important to me and to the work XSProject does.
Many of you reading this already contribute to XSProject’s work to provide education to the trash picker’s children. Your generosity has already changed the lives of the students who are now able to go to school and of their parents who speak with pride about their children.
I want to introduce you to three of our students: brother and sister Oki and Fifi and Nurlela. XSProject has been paying for the education of these young people since they were very young. Now, as they prepare to enter vocational (high) school, they will have to decide if they want to choose a vocation or go on to college. They know that without the continued support of XSProject they will not be able to do either.
Oki completed vocational school last year, where he studied social work. After an internship at the Department of Social Services and Welfare, he was hired full time to rehabilitate and find homes for the many children who live on the streets of Jakarta.
Oki will need a college degree as a Social Worker to advance his career and make more money so he can buy a home and move his family away from the garbage dump. College for Oki is about $600.00 per semester.
Fifi is Oki’s sister. She is 15 and in her last year of middle school (9th grade). Later this month she will take her exam to be accepted into vocational (high) school. She will start in July.
Fifi’s dream is to train and work in the Hotel and Hospitality industry. Like Oki, she wants to find good work so she can help her family find a better home, away from the trash heaps. She takes her education seriously, loves to read and always looks for books people have discarded. The cost to send Fifi to vocational school in July is $335.00 a year.
Nurlela was born and has lived her entire life in Jakarta's trash picker community. She was one of the first children to go to kindergarten with financial support from XSProject. Today she is in the 11th grade at a vocational (high) school. In addition to school, she is also working as an intern at the XSProject office.
At school she is studying Accounting and will graduate in 2016. "After I graduate," she says,"I plan to look for a job. If I get the opportunity, I also want to go to college. XSProject has helped me a lot and I have gotten new skills and knowledge during my internship. The main reason I want to work is to help my parents, so my family can have a nice house away from Cirendeu (garbage dump)." The cost to send Nurlela to college is $300 per semester.
Please contribute what you can on April 14 to make Oki’s, Fifi’s and Nurlela's dreams of higher education a reality.
Thank you from all of us at XSProject in Jakarta!
Click below on April 14 between 9 AM and 11:59PM (EDT) to get your contribution matched 50% by Microsoft YouthSpark!
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Hello,My name is Suratmi and I live with my parents, Siti, Sokimin and my two younger sisters at the Cirendeu open garbage dump in Jakarta, Indonesia.I am 13 years old and in the 7th grade. At the beginning of each new semester, XSProject comes to our community, gives my friends and me new school uniforms, shoes, books, backpacks and also pays the expenses so my friends and I can go to school. XSProject has been helping my family since I started First Grade.I like school very much and study hard to get good grades. My favorite subject is Mathematics. I am also studying Arabic in Language class. I think my parents are proud of me and glad that I can go to school instead of helping my mother sort trash.
But I have BIG dream. I want to go to Culinary School and become a professional chef. I love to cook and often help make snacks for the children in my community so they will have something to eat when they come home from school. It is my dream to work in a nice restaurant or a big hotel and earn enough money to take care of my family so my father doesn’t have to pick trash anymore. I asked Ibu Retno if XSProject can help me so I can go to school to learn to be a chef.
Salam hangat (Warm regards),
XSProject’s Note: We are currently building a scholarship fund to send Suratmi abroad to Culinary School in 3 years.
The new semester started on January 5 and the students enrolled in XSProject’s, XSEducation program have headed back to school. The day before school started, XSProject General Manager, Retno met with about 60 of the students and their parents. She handed out new shoes, uniforms, and backpacks of books, and other school supplies and talked about the importance of being good students and not skipping any days of school or missing classes.
This semester, in addition to their supplies, twelve Middle School students received their first bicycles. They also got instruction on the importance of safety and wearing their helmets any time they are riding. Each bike also has a lock so it can be secured in the school yard. Many students in the area ride their bikes to school so of course, the XSProject students can now ride with their friends. Thanks goes to several generous GlobalGiving donors for funding the bicycles.
Each semester, the XSEducation program supports more children and families. The pre-schooler’s move into the First Grade and new little ones join the pre-school program. At XSProject, we see positive changes in the children and the families as the students advance to the next grade. No students have dropped out of school and they are all hungry for more learning.
Your donation to XSProject through GlobalGiving has truly impacted this community, and given the families pride and hope for the future. We can’t say thank you enough.
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