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Jun 2, 2020

The enthusiasm of EBPP students learning at home during Covid-19

Art drawing lesson during learning from home
Art drawing lesson during learning from home

After eleven weeks of “learning at home” since our government instructed schools to close on 16th of March to prevent risks of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, our students have adapted well to ‘distance learning’, although they often tell us they miss direct teacher interaction in the classroom and meeting their friends. But, learning independently with limited resources has been challenging!

High School Graduation Exams: As we’ve no internet or computer labs in our village, our 9th grade junior high and 12 grade senior high students took their final exam at home, with hard copies of the exam sheets delivered to their homes by the teachers, from 16th 20th March. Congratulation! The result of this exam will become as guidance mark fill out on their graduation certificate.

Our distance learning program is divided into two parts: completing the learning module assignments delivered by the teachers to each student; and the second is submitted assignment for marking by the teacher. But when students get confused and struggle with their assignments, they patiently wait for their teacher’s visit for help/guidance. However, these problems don’t lessen our dedicated students’ spirit!

Our elementary students’ home learning is monitored by their local tutors from each school. Luckily, they are able to learn in small groups, always though applying strict social distance and health protocols with the comprehensive sanitation/hygiene kits and masks EBPP provided. This learning method works well, as students can ask their tutor for help/guidance with any lessons they don’t understand.

WhatsApp Learning Groups and smartphones: To complement their hard copy class assignments, our junior and senior high school students created a WhatsApp group to communicate with their teachers and classmates remotely to discuss problems, ask teachers for clarifications, etc. For students who couldn’t afford smartphones, EBPP was able to buy the 16 phones needed through a $1,000 GlobalGiving ‘hardship grant’ and provide, on loan to these students!! Now, all EBPP students have fair and equal access to communications and “online” learning!

Creative art at home: Thanks to a generous art materials donation from Graeme Howell’s Worldwide Action NGO, all our students can eliminate their boredom by developing their creative arts. Guided by our Art Teacher, Pak Wayan, they enthusiastically make personal masterpieces, high school students focusing on comic and caricature drawings, with stories about how Covid-19 affects their life. They stick their masterpieces on their wall outside their house, so people seeing them will laugh and forgot their sorrows for a moment.

Nutritious food Supplements: To prevent the transmission of Covid-19 virus, students and their families cannot leave their village and most struggle to provide adequate daily meals. But thanks to a generous donation in April from a dedicated Indonesian supporter, EBPP was able to provide nutritious food packages for all our students’ families to help for one month, distributed to the students and their parents at their respective schools in early May. This helps students to maintain energy for distance learning. But we need your help to provide monthly, as long as learning from home continues.

Semester exams for intermediate years: As we reached the end of the 2nd semester academic year 2019-2020, our students took their tests, on schedule, at home from 18th 22nd May, flexibly and without time limitations. We’ll provide their results and report books in early June. Keep your spirits up EBPP students. May this situation end soon!

Thanks again dear GlobalGiving donors for your continued support for education.

Your urgent assistance is needed now to continue feeding our children each month until the COVID-19 lockdown ends. Please contact us for further information: david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject,org

Covid-19 check point before entering the hamlet
Covid-19 check point before entering the hamlet
Our teacher visiting the students at their home
Our teacher visiting the students at their home
Student receives lesson materials at home
Student receives lesson materials at home
Working on lesson task during learning from home
Working on lesson task during learning from home
Learning from home observed by the mother
Learning from home observed by the mother
Taking exam from  home
Taking exam from home
Students receive drawing materials
Students receive drawing materials
Jatituhu students wearing their donated mask
Jatituhu students wearing their donated mask
Pengalusan students receiving food supplements
Pengalusan students receiving food supplements
May 29, 2020

THE STRUGGLE OF A TEACHER IN THE MIDDLE OF COVID-19 VIRUS

Our teachers preparing exams materials until night
Our teachers preparing exams materials until night

Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck around the world, most students couldn’t study well because their schools were closed. On 16th March Indonesia’scentral government also announcedtemporary closure of all schools and students must learn from home. For teachers who care about their students, teaching is very difficult in this situation!

To overcome this difficulty, EBPP teachers initiated a distance learning system, dividing their tasks between two groups. The first group is assigned to prepare the respective modules whilethe seconddelivers the subject matter to each student's home. Getting to most students’ homes is quite difficult because they can only be accessed via often steep and winding mountainous footpaths. Even so, the teachers are never discouraged crossing broken roads every day so their students can study at home. They are assisted in distributing materials for elementary schools by our local tutors from each school, who also coordinate with the parents to assist by monitoring their children.

For middle and high school students, EBPP teachers have designed an online learning system through WhatsApp groups, sending all subjects online. The difficulties with this system are: not all students have a smartphone and (b) difficult in all locations to find good signal without going outside. To ensure all had phones and equal opportunities to study, EBPP allocated a GlobalGiving $1,000 “hardshipgrant” to buy 16 cell phones, and loaned them to these students so that they could study effectively from home.

To avoid Covid-19 virustransmission, EBPP’s provided each student with complete hygiene/sanitation kits plus masks and all teachers urged students to always maintain good hygiene and health.

We also knew that during the strict lockdown many may go hungry as their families have no income; to assist them,  EBPP distributed nutritious food packages to all students and their families in May; AND we plan to providefood packagesevery month during the COVID -19 lockdown – if we have available funds.

Boredom: To relieve boredom while stuck at home, our art teacher distributes drawing and painting materials so students can use their free time to paint at home, channelling their creativity to paper and canvas through colour media and pencils.

Semester exams: In mid-May, all studentstook their final semester exams with a difference!As these could not be done by WhatsApp messages, our dedicated teachers prepared photographed AND photocopied every test and distributed to each student's home! In thefollowingdays, all teachers were full on checking/markingall students’tests papers.

Good luck EBPP teachers, stay safe and healthy;hopefully the Covid-19 virus will soon pass and life will return to normal.

We’re grateful to all donors who’ve helped us feed and support our students till now – but your urgent assistance is needed to enable us to provide food packages for June, July and until the COVID-19 lockdown ends.

Although rain, teacher still visiting students
Although rain, teacher still visiting students
Distributing lessons materials to student's home
Distributing lessons materials to student's home
Distributing lessons materials to student's home
Distributing lessons materials to student's home
Our teachers preparing exams materials
Our teachers preparing exams materials
Teacher preparing lessons materials from home
Teacher preparing lessons materials from home
Teachers meeting at our office
Teachers meeting at our office
Students taking exam at home supervised by teacher
Students taking exam at home supervised by teacher
Handing over of smartphone for study from home
Handing over of smartphone for study from home
Explaining to student how to use smartphone
Explaining to student how to use smartphone
Art drawing lessons during study from home
Art drawing lessons during study from home
Distributing staple  food for our students
Distributing staple food for our students
Mar 5, 2020

Exciting Bamboo Toys, Hands-on Skills Training and Third Wheelchair Handover

East Bali Bamboo Craft Toys Box Flyer
East Bali Bamboo Craft Toys Box Flyer

We’ve had a great start to 2020 and in this report I’ll update you on all these initiatives and developments, including the creation of a set of unique bamboo children’s toys, the start of bamboo hands-on skills training courses for Ban village youth and the handover of our third bamboo wheelchair for a severely disabled boy

New Craft Product: Bamboo Children’s Toys

These toys were the brainchild of our German International Culture and Business Studies intern, Laura A, whose main role with us during her 3 months internship was to assist in marketing and communications for our Bamboo Social Enterprise to identify new products and markets. She saw great potential in the German craft market and some fine-tuned research found small toy animal sets – but machine madefrom wood, and all by commercial toy companies. Our bamboo products comprise 15 different species of fish – all that can be found in the oceans north of our village, and have a unique story behind them which is told on the simple flyer we created to accompany the toy boxes, shown here. Laura is now back in Germany marketing the toys and we are excitedly waiting to receive the first orders!

Bamboo Hands-on Skills Training for Local Village Youth

We launched our bamboo social enterprise with thegoals to not only create beautiful products hand-crafted from sustainable locally grown and harvested bamboo, but also to create employment and improve the livelihoods of rural youth in our East Bali mountain village by giving bamboo craft training in various type of bamboo craftsto local youth, especially EBPP high school graduates who could train local people in their respective communities and be ready to receive bamboo craft orders, that would be facilitated by East Bali Poverty Project (EBPPP). 

In late 2019, we were contacted by a newly established charitable Trust in Singapore that was keen to support our mission of helping local people to help themselves and finally in January 2020, we received a one-year grant that enables us to recruit and train a total of 12 motivated local youth, in groups of 3each group from a different Ban village community, that will have intensive bamboo craft skills training for 3 full months each group, to give them expertise in developing many types of handicraft – all of which have different skills and tools, as well as bamboo bike frames. After completion, they’ll return to their communities and train others in their community, who will effectively start learning from the 3 trainees within a month of their course starting. 

The grant also included hiring a local marketing consultancy company to create a comprehensive marketing strategy with the target to get the right customers of our products to increase the selling volume so we can give bamboo craft orders to the youth/community groups that we have trained.

We will update the progress of this great project, which started on 10th February, in our next report.

Handover of Third made-to-measure Bamboo Wheelchair

There is a tragic tale to this boy, Ardi’s, disability because he was the first born of triplets with normal births and starting to talk until at 15 months old, suffered extraordinarily high fever followed by severe seizures which, when under control left him effectively paralysed. The other 2 children are healthy 4 year olds! As with our earlier wheelchair, our dedicated bamboo artisans took all of Ardi’s measurements and built the wheelchair with the flexibility to make adjustments as his body grew. Ms Twone, who together with her husband Brad and their company Bali Beach Wheels find sponsors for the wheelchairs, joined us to personallyhandover this hand-crafted wheelchair on Wednesday 26th February and directly talk with Ardi’s parents to understand the additional supports he would need to ensure he could be as comfortable as possible and enjoy a significantly improved quality of life.

For any further information and enquiries for bamboo bikes, sponsoring wheelchairs or bamboo toys, please email me on david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject.org

East Bali Bamboo Craft_Toys Box Flyer (p2)
East Bali Bamboo Craft_Toys Box Flyer (p2)
Briefing the first youth group
Briefing the first youth group
Signing the MOU
Signing the MOU
Training using the tool
Training using the tool
Creating the toys
Creating the toys
Preparing the wheelchair
Preparing the wheelchair
Exicing father receiving wheelchair for his son
Exicing father receiving wheelchair for his son
 
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