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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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).
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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/
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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 email@example.com. 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.
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