Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan

 
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Learning reading with friends
Learning reading with friends

From 12th to 16th January 2015, my colleagues and I visited YUM Kalimantan in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, as a new spirit to start 2015. I went to the YUM Kalimantan Library and I could witnessed by myself how the Library has become a window to the world for the children of the communities around and how important are the integrated programs to improve their qualify of life.

Children like to come and join the daily activities of the Library despite for some of them imply to walk 3 km through the jungle. Although that was my second visit to the library since its creation, it still surprised and touched me the good will and efforts of those communities to get a better education.

Children love the activities at the Library. Even some of them encourage other children to join and this is how the Library is much attended and having enthusiastic groups for learning through reading, writing, games, songs, dances, drawings, watching short films and others.

Mila (not her real name), a Senior High School student shared with me that she has been a frequent visitor to the Library since Junior High School and that since then she has taken part in most of our educational programs. She told me that she really loves YUM programs because there she is able to catch up or learn through means like computer or English language what she is unavailable to get at home or at her school due to their poor economic conditions. Mila told me that she really hopes that Library will always be open and provide more books for every one, and especially teen novels, which are her favorite ones.

In February, the librarian in Kalimantan sent me some letters from the children after having a writing activity where children were asked their opinion of YUM Kalimantan Library. Find below, one of these letters, written by Ani, 3rd grade of elementary school student:

“Here there is a place that is clean, beautiful and environmental friendly called YUM Library.  In the library we can read, borrow a lot of books and also meet many friends. I almost come every day,  but before we join the daily activities or games, we have to read first, and when finish we have to put the book back in the right place. YUM library is a beautiful place.

When I read this letter made me put not only a smile in my face but also in my heart. This little girl is one of hundreds children that YOU have helped in YUM Kalimantan Library through GlobalGiving. Thank you for supporting us and hopefully you will make other children feel the beauty of the YUM library.

Currently, we have one young man, a bookkeeper in YUM Head Office, Paridi Akbar, who wants to continue his studies at the university. Paridi wishes that he can improve his quality of life as well as the one of his family.  Paridi's Education: A Role Model For Thousands  will be in the GlobalGiving Bonus Day coming on March 18th, 2015, where you can double your donation until 30 % on all donations up to $ 1,000 per donor per project or while funds remain.  There is $ 60,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00:00 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT (INDONESIAN TIME March, 18th at 20:00 WIB until March 19th at 10:59 WIB).

This BONUS DAY will only happen on March 18th, 2015 so if you are to help, please share this message to your friends and family. Please let them know to wait until March 18th before making their donations. YUM would like to make the most of this amazing opportunity, and we can’t do it without your help. THANK YOU!

Drawing activity
Drawing activity
The letter from Ani (not her real name)
The letter from Ani (not her real name)
Enjoy read alone sitting on the floor
Enjoy read alone sitting on the floor

10 minutes to read! is required to children before they start any other activity at the YUM Kalimantan Library. Its purpose is to increase their interest in reading and make them realize that books are windows to the world.

Now when they enter into the Library, we see them picking up a book and look for a place: some they choose to read alone sitting on the floor, sitting in the corner of the library, others sharing a book together….

What it matters is that, little by little, they are used to read which constitutes the foundation for a good education.   

Enjoy read the book in the corner of the library
Enjoy read the book in the corner of the library
Also; sharing a book together
Also; sharing a book together
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
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
Thank you, see you and good luck! :)
Thank you, see you and good luck! :)

YUM Library Kalimantan project had to undergo a change in the turn of 2013 to 2014. On December 2013, YUM Kalimantan Program Manager– Bapak Rusdi – resigned, because he had to move to another city outside Kalimantan Island. It meant also that his wife – Ibu Mariwati –was not be able to help any longer with the different library activities. Usually, Ibu Mariwati would handle drawing and coloring activities, art and craft activities, games, watching movies as well as assisting Isna – YUM’s librarian who handles library lending system and library inventory.

Therefore, on December 19th, 2013, YUM Kalimantan held a farewell party in honor of the cooperation, support and sense of family that has been tied for more than 5 years, between Bapak Rusdi and Ibu Mariwati with the staff and children at YUM Kalimantan. Although we are very sad about this farewell, we have to let them go and we wish them a successful and happy life in their new life chapter. Thank you so much for your help Bapak Rusdi and Ibu Mariwati and May God bless you always.

In January 2014, we had 4 visitors from Youth Exchange of Indonesia – Canada (PPIK) to help in the library. Marina, Iin, Hansko and Aiden helped out in daily library activities, especially in the English classes on Tuesday and singing activities. The children were really excited with their presence. Watching movies, arts and crafts activities, games, drawing and coloring activities are still the favorite activities among the children.

In order to increase children’s interest to visit the library, we held an exciting Hula Hoop free style competition in February. As much as 27 children joined the competition from kindergarten until Junior High School children and we chose 2 winners from each level as appreciation for their effort. Besides this, we also help the children who want to participate in ‘Looking for a Star Competition’ in Sei Gohong district in Kalimantan through dancing activities. They will have the competition in March and will be the star of Sei Gohong if they can win the competition. Hopefully they can make it!

Besides library activities, library inventory has also increased, as can be seen by the number of books and library members. On October 2013, we only had 6.841 books and 423 library members, while on February 2014 we have 6.991 books and 439 library members. Currently we are coordinating with YUM Head Office Jakarta to purchase more books, CDs, DVDs, arts and crafts material, etc., because we don’t have many qualified stores in Kalimantan to buy the books and materials .

Thank you for your donations, which facilitate the children in rural area by providing books, movies, arts and crafts activities and more interesting activities that improve their quality of life, especially in education.

Thank You!

Farewell with Bapak Rusdi and Ibu Mariwati
Farewell with Bapak Rusdi and Ibu Mariwati
Singing with PPIK students
Singing with PPIK students
Preparing for Dancing Competitions
Preparing for Dancing Competitions

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Yolanda Utami Nilasari

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