Someone once said “One woman can change anything. Many women can change everything”.
Given the opportunity to learn basic business and vocational skills a woman’s newly acquired earning power reshapes her family and community. From this platform of empowerment, women learn to manage their health, build support networks and serve as examples for other women.
It is from this principle that XSProject launched our first program to offer business and vocational training to six young women and mothers from Jakarta’s trash picker community. By being able to generate income from their skills, they will no longer need to join their husbands as scavengers and trash pickers. The goal is to create sustainable change for them, their children and their community.
The group will be meeting on Thursdays for three months of training. Instructors,Yanti and Asep are teaching them to make jewelry and decorative hair ornaments. They also learn basic business skills such as managing raw materials costs, determining reasonable labor costs, and how to establish the selling price of the products they make. After this training is completed, XSProject will assist these new entrepreneurs by helping them sell their products.
XSProject plans to start a second group who will learn different vocational skills but who can collaborate with the first group, invest in business together, and help each other grow and learn.
March 8 is International Women’s Day. XSProject invites you to make a contribution to XSProject to honor these women and to aid in helping them launch their very first business.
As we wrap up another year, it is hard to believe that XSProject has been partnering with GlobalGiving for 5 years. It was November 2009 when we posted our first project report.
In January, we met our original funding goal of $35,000. XSProject set another goal of $50,000 and, because of generous donors; we are well on our way to funding that amount.
The needs of the trash pickers in Jakarta continue to grow as more families have difficulty finding work and become part of this community.
XSProject has expanded the services and support to the community to include medical attention and workshops for young women and mothers who live there. The fact that Retno and her team have been able to gain the trust of these often skeptical trash pickers to participate in these programs is a huge step forward.
Most of the men who pick through the trash remain fearful of any medical treatment. Yet they are the ones who most need it. Only by educating the entire family can we encourage the men. This is our challenge for 2015.
XSProject is so grateful for your donations. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. We hope you will continue to support us in 2015. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you are planning a trip to Jakarta and would like to visit us.
In September, XSProject had the pleasure of hosting two members of the US GlobalGiving team.
Angela and Marissa spent two days in Jakarta with the team sharing how to create compelling stories about XSProject’s work and teaching photographic and video graphic techniques.
On the first day, Angela and Marissa conducted a workshop on techniques to produce high quality photos and videos. XSProject’s new photographer, Narjas, was happy to receive hands-on training from Angela. It was her first photography workshop ever!
Later, everyone had an opportunity to use the cameras. With GlobalGiving’s coaching and support, they learned how to tell a story through the lens of a camera.
Retno Hapsari, General Manager took the group to the “heart” of XSProject; Jakarta’s Cirendeu open garbage dump. A few of the pictures taken are included in this report.
To be able to tell a compelling story through photos and videos is a gift. That is the gift Angela and Marissa left XSProject. To be able to tell a story through pictures, a photographer must reach into the soul of the subject, reveal its essence through the lens and deliver it to the heart of the viewer. That is the best kind of story.
On July 3, XSProject held its first Family Planning and Counseling Workshop for 20 women from the trash picker community at XSVillage in Cirendeu, Jakarta.
Two nurses from Mother and Child Lestari Hospital led the workshop. Family Planning, known as Keluarga Berencana (KB) has been conducted for women in Indonesia since 1970. For these young women and mothers, however, this was their very first opportunity to learn about caring for themselves and their family.
The workshop topics ranged from explaining the different types of birth control available, to women’s health issues and pre and post-natal care.
At the conclusion of the workshop, each woman received a pink outpatient card from the hospital. Now, when they need to see a doctor, they just show their card to receive treatment. Through an agreement between XSProject and The Mother and Child Lestari Hospital, XSProject pays the doctor bills for the women at a reduced rate.
The health of the people in this community is fragile. Most have never been to a doctor, dentist or even received a vaccination. It is common in communities like this for people to be afraid of doctors. Sadly, adults and children can die from an illness that could have easily been treated by a doctor.
XSProject has been slowly introducing proper hygiene, nutrition and healthy habits into the community over the past few months. The women in particular have begun to embrace the programs and have asked for more information. It has been exciting and encouraging to watch as they share what they have learned with other women in the community. With each workshop, the attendance grows a little bigger.
Thank you to our GlobalGiving donors for helping XSProject make these programs possible.
In April, XSProject and the Jakarta (Indonesia) Chapter of Rotary Clubs International teamed up to give tetanus vaccinations to the trash picker adults living at the Cirendeu community garbage site.
Oh wait! Did I forget to mention that, like most of us, trash pickers hate being stuck by needles?
Here’s a video clip of the day’s events: http://youtu.be/G4b66oiCh1k
Eighty people had signed up to receive vaccinations. But when the day arrived, only half of them showed up at XSVillage where the event was held. Curiosity and a free lunch brought in another 20 adults.There are still many more who need to have the vaccination, though.
Tetanus is a disease caused by bacterial poisons and marked by stiffness and spasms of the muscles and locking of the jaws.It is spread when water and sewage systems are disrupted, causing water contamination. It is especially dangerous to trash pickers and people who live at garbage dumps because their immune systems are already compromised.
Dr. Faauzan, talked to the community about being careful around scraps of metal and rusted nails. He shared the early signs and symptoms of the tetanus infection and encouraged everyone to take the series of 5 shots to have up to 25 years of coverage.
Dr. Faauzan’s team included three volunteer nurses, a local nurse and 2 nurses from the Jakarta Rotary Club. Everyone got a blood pressure check and lunch hosted by XSProject. The children got to watch as moms and dads tried to be brave when it was their turn to be vaccinated.
You can help XSProject vaccinate the entire community with your $25 donation. The next vaccination date is November 4, 2014.
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