Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. On March 21st he visited PUSPEM’s project for women and children in the sub-district of Bantul on the island of Java:
PUSPEM became involved in Bantul following the earthquake in Java in 2007, introduced to the community by a neighbor who was originally from there. In addition to handing out clothes, food and money to the affected community following the disaster, PUSPEM asked the community what longer term programs they would most value to help them recover and increase opportunities. Their response: supplementary education for children and life-skills training for women.
PUSPEM has taken steps to establish such programs, but it seems neither is fully achieving its aims at the moment. GlobalGiving funds were used to rebuild a family’s home, one room and a partially enclosed area of which were meant to house the children’s supplemental lessons. These lessons are now being held in a community center, and the family is fully occupying the house, including the partially enclosed area where they are raising rabbits. The community center is only available in the evenings, so few children are now able to attend because it is too far from their homes to travel home in the dark. In a group meeting with the children and PUSPEM, the kids said 15-25 are typically present at the biweekly sessions, out of the 50 the sessions are intended for. Andi, founder of PUSPEM, said if they had more money they’d like to build the family another home and rent the current house in order to hold the lessons there.
PUSPEM had also donated a computer and a sewing machine to the children’s project, but Andi was surprised to find them missing when we visited. He said the community had likely sold them, perhaps to buy food. While far from affluent, it did not appear to me that malnutrition was a problem in the community. Andi said PUSPEM would have to give them another computer.
For the women, PUSPEM brought in trainers from Jakarta to teach about sewing. In a group meeting we had with them, the women asked for more trainings; Andi said money limited that. PUSPEM had provided them a sewing machine, as well. Andi said the women preferred the seven electric machines provided by the local government.
PUSPEM ended our meetings with the children and the women by handing out envelopes with small amounts of money in them.
I believe GlobalGiving is the only funder for this project and the project has yet to receive a significant portion of its goal, so it is perhaps understandable that it is not yet firmly established, but thus far there appears to be little progress toward project aims.
Life Skills for Bantul Women of Eathquake Victims
There are 2 excellent activities in this program;
1. The empowerment of women widowed of earthquake victims
The activity In this program is given training sewing to make traditional clothing (batik) and local traditional hat (blankon). Participants who took part in this training are 26 women who all were of an earthquake victims. Because limited budget, so this program does not continue. Therefore needed attention and assistance from all the donors so that this program can continue.
2. The empowerment of children of earthquake victims.
In addition to providing vocational education to the mothers we also provide free educational programs for their children so that their children can obtain a useful education for them.
Activities we provide to children include:
a. Tutoring for elementary school children
The materials we provide include Mathematics, English, natural science and social science.
b. Kindergarten school for kids
The materials we provide; learning to read, learn to count, sing and sport together.
This activity still continue with support for insufficient funds
Besides the children hoping to re-learn the computer.
To all the donors who have provided assistance to this program, we say many thanks. May God repay your kindness.
On March 21th, 2010, GlobalGiving staff "Bill Brower" has visited our location program Life Skill for Women and Children of earthquake Victims in Bantul Yogyakarta.
In this project there are two programs that we do;
1. Life skills for women (mothers) to make Bantul traditional clothes ( Batik and Blankon ).
2. Free education for children. Extracurricular lessons for children such as learning English, mathematics, natural science, social science, sports, etc.
The constraints in this project is the limited budget to fund coaches, purchase machinery and other equipment required in this program. However, we remain determined to carry out this program as possible until the mothers and children can live independently.
Many thanks to GlobalGiving donors in particular have a lot of help so that this program can continue implemented.
"International Women's Day is March 8, and to celebrate amazing and strong women, we wanted to tell you about all the great work we've been doing at PUSPEM Foundation"
This is a short story from “Bu Par” earthquake victims in Bantul Yogyakarta
Bu Par (56 years) is the widow of the earthquake victim in Bantul Yogyakarta. When the earthquake struck Yogyakarta and its surroundings in 2005, Mrs. par has lived alone since her husband and son had died falling house building in the earthquake.
Now Bu Par have already opened sewing clothes business at home with the help of venture capital is obtained from PUSPEM Foundation. Previously Mrs. Par is a sewing teacher for the PUSPEM program "Life Skills for Java Women and Children of Earthquake victims".
After earthquake Bu Par lived alone in a tent on the ruins of his home, his job is only to collect wood and then sold on the market. With results like that sell the logs are not sufficient to meet the needs of everyday life. Owned sewing skills can not be implemented because there was no venture capital to create a sewing business.
But now Mrs. Par life much better with a sufficient income from the business at home sewing clothes.
Many thanks to the donors who have helped us, still many people like me who need help from you.
Life skills for women and children of earthquake victim in Bantul
By Andi Asriadi
Monitoring and Evaluation conducted Puspem on January 11, 2010 shows the life skills program that was implemented in Yogyakarta Kanten Imogiri till now still continue to happen, although with very little funds because many people are interested so that Puspem pressed to execute.
So it is with English skills, many young children, both elementary schools (SD), junior high school (SMP), and High School (SMA) also continued to press, because they assume that this program is very useful that they gradually less able to communicate with the tourists from abroad in English language.
As recognized by Sutima, sewing skills participants said, "Frankly I am very grateful to Puspem and GlobalGiving, for giving assistance sewing skills for free. Therefore, I hope this program can continue to be implemented and supported by GlobalGiving, because there are many people who are interested to participate. Our thanks also goes to Puspem and GlobalGiving ".
Life skills for women and children created to help mothers and children of earthquake victims in Bantul, province Yogyakarta.
This program providing skill such as;
1. Learn of sew
2. Learning printing / screen printing as printed invitations, banners, printed books, etc.
3. Learning to bake
4. Learning business management / accounting for mothers
5. Learning marketing product
6. Free computer course for children
7. Learn of English language for children
Also in this program will give venture capital for mothers so they can start a new business or expand their business.
You can see all our activities from film project belows;
1. Education for earthquake victims in Bantul-1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIuFtMON_ho
2. Education for earthquake victims in Bantul-2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_fL6r-NTVg
3. Education for earthquake victims in Bantul-3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyp65BqKppo
4. Education for earthquake victim in Bantul-4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHXsaj55mhA
5. Education for earthquake victims in Bantul-5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9XLtgLBHuk
6. Education for earthquake victims in Bantul-6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufkfcifK0u4
We expect the donors to continue to provide assistance so that this program can continue.
Again, we wish you many thanks for all your support and attention so that this program can continue.
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