Developing ourselves should start by knowing who we are. For this purpose, and to develop our students, TLF supported by Bapak Eddy Shambada held a session on Self Journey which was divided in two sessionsand assisted by Bapak Ncip. Pak Eddy Shambada is the founder of Plus One Consultant and a certified trainer by The Asia Work.
The first Self Discovery session helps students realize who they are, what they have been through to get them this far. They share each other’s good and bad experience and start to forgive people who havehurt them and most importantly to forgive themselves.
During Self Introspection, students are encouraged to conquer their fear. They are guided to make and then declare their commitment toward a better life.
It has been the second year now that Pak Eddy has so kindly and consistently supported TLF. These two sessions have been very helpful to make our students focus on the positive, get help to overcome the negative and to help give them the motivation they need to pursue their dreams.
Thank you Pak Eddy for these wonderfully enlightening sessions!
Karyoso (28), Tarmujo (24) and Ahmad Mundakir (25) were students enrolled at TLF in Batch 5 in 2009. They are from Desa Tombo, Batang, Central Java and initiated a business called ARG Group.
Karyoso is a middle school graduate and used to work as a casual laborer in his town. The skills he learned at TLF life such as farm analysis, marketing and time management have helped shape his future. After graduation, Karyoso worked in Cirebon as an Agricultural Officer and assisted 10 villages in better agricultural practices. He later worked as a facilitator in NGO called MAP in Makassar. Now he has returned home to focus on the coffee business.
Tarmujo is a middle school graduate and was unemployed before enrolling at TLF. Other than learning organic farming, he said that time management and discipline were very useful for him. After his enrollment he tried to start farming at home with Mundakir but it was difficult to survive without income. So he and Mundakir worked in various jobs to save up enough money for their idea.
Mundakir himself is a high school graduate. He had a part time job for few months before enrolling at TLF. He said that TLF has widened his world. The unity and brotherhood also meant a lot to him. He believes that discipline and time management are the key elements needed for his current work life.
Together with other local farmers these three young men have started a business group with various business lines. They have been advocating and assisting local coffee farmers to farm organically. They also have been investing in clove seedlings, a retail store, doing some consultancy, facilitating and training farmers, opened a barber shop and a coffee shop.
Karyoso, Tarmujo and Mundakir are some of numerous alumni that have given us motivation and courage to spread our program and empower more vulnerable youth in Indonesia. “Our lives have taken a 180 degree turn, all thanks to TLF!”
Cianjur, 10 July 2014
Dear Global Giving Donors,
My name is Ikhsan I am 17 years old. I come Batang, Central Java. I want to say thank you very much to cover all of my expenses for 100 days. This is very amazing/ exited because I learn many things about organic farming, computer, how to speak English language, and learn about the meaning of life.
This experience is very amazing, thanks to give me all experience that. I hope my learning can be useful to my future. I learn from volunteer who come here and give me valuable knowledges, about book keeping, healthy lifstile, money minded, first aid, and many others.
I also one to tell you I will finish my learning program in The Learning Farm on 17 July 2014. It will be a pleasure if you atten to my graduation in The Learning Farm.
Please wish me luck for my next life steep.
The best regards,
The Learning Farm believes that the healthy life style and preserving nature is not only a task for these youth but also something we need to educate members of the community of Maleber. Previously we have started to involve our students to make Maleber a better village by collecting the garbage around the village on a weekly basis. This act was made more impact by a collaboration with SMP Terbuka Annisaa, which is also located in Maleber Tea Plantation, and International Award for Young People (IAYP) that have eight delegates from La Martiniere School of Kolkata, India, who pursuing their residential project in Maleber. The project was held from 6 – 11 June 2014.
The collaboration provided the students of SMPT Annisaa skills in Waste Management which were taught by TLF students and upcycling skills taught by the Indian delegates. The residential project allowed the SMPT Annisaa students to host Indian delegates in their homes for 5 days, an unforgettable experience for all. This has established a genuine bond between the Indian delegates and their host families.
This has been a meaningful event for every partner. TLF students themselves have the chance to practice their English as well as learn about culture differences, whilst the Indian delegates helped out at the farm and saw a glimpse of real Indonesia. The project led to the establishment of Waste Management System that will be installed in SMPT Annisaa and Maleber community. As a start, IAYP has donated IDR 7.5 million for the project.
Bimo is from an orphange in Semarang, Central Java. He was born in 1991 and raised by a woman whom the orphanage supported since he was 2 weeks old. He once traced back his roots and found four cousins, but he never bothered to find his biological mother. “Why bother to find some one who doesn’t want you.” He explained.
He dropped out of Middle School because he was caught drunk in class. After that his life took a turn for the worse. He joined a motorcycle gang. They used to commit armed robbery to steal motorcycles.“I didn’t hesitate to use my knife for violence,” he admitted.
The orphanage sent him to The Learning Farm with the hope he will learn something good. It has been a hard journey for Bimo, as he has had a lot of difficulties controlling his temper and getting along with the other youth. His mentors do their best to guide and support him emotionally and mentally.
The good news is that with the help of a psychologist he has made great strides in anger management. “Where before I used a weapon to inflict violence to make my point, now I try to use language and words." It is a step forward. Bimo voluntarily handed his knife over that he has been keeping in his locker and apologizing for his unaccepted behavior in front of all students and staff. It has been quite a journey, and we wish Bimo strength and courage as he faces his demons and learns the value of hard work at the Learning Farm.
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