Aug 5, 2019

Mamat always looking after his people

Mamat (L) and Wardi (R) with new water tank
Mamat (L) and Wardi (R) with new water tank

It is that time again for the community, to have new communal bathroom and water tanks.

It has been about 10 years ago since we have provided new water tanks and towers for each group within the community. Some are still in the good condition but some already badly need new tanks.

We just given 2 water tanks to 2 leaders of the groups, Mamat and Wardi.

Mamat and Wardi   have both been working as the head of the group of trash pickers for most of their lives.  Many trash pickers and their families life depend on both gentlemen not just for their day-to-day income, but also for their living facilities.

Mamat and Wardi are always looking after their people, including making sure the place has a decent communal bathroom and running water for families to take baths and to wash clothes. 

This week they both received new water tanks.   Mamat had been thinking of repairing the communal bathroom for quite sometimes, so when he was able to collect some initial funds with his people, he came to us for additional support and proposed his plan.

We are very happy to help Mamat repair the communal bathroom. He and other adults are working together to have better water facilities for bathing and so the women can wash their family’s clothes. 

Your donation to XSProject through GlobalGiving will have a direct impact on making this happen. XSProject can provide more families with necessary facilities to ensure beter hygiene and help avoiding on going health problem associated with poor sanitation.

 

 

Setting up the new frame for the tank
Setting up the new frame for the tank
Bathroom and for washing cloths
Bathroom and for washing cloths
New bathroom for everyone
New bathroom for everyone
Jul 10, 2019

New Schools New Excitements

Nursahid of Grade 1 is taking a counting test
Nursahid of Grade 1 is taking a counting test

 

The school year of 2018 – 2019 ended last month and very soon all students at Cirendeu trash picker dump site community will go back to school for the new school year of 2019 – 2020.

 

Many students will start in their new schools. The little children will go to Grade 1, some will go to Junior High School, some will go to High School and we will have additional students who will continue their education to college.

 

They are very excited and yet quite relieved after going through the process of registering, testing and administration. Going to public school in Indonesia is not easy for these trash picker’s children.  Not only do they have to have good grades to compete with other students, they also have to have the proper administrative paperwork. Without birth certificates and proper IDs for their parents, the chance of getting into a good school, better education and better choice of area studies will be very slim.

 

The Grade 1 has to pass a counting and reading test.  Children entering High School must go through a very tough screening. Only students with good grades will go to better quality schools. Going to Public School means more opportunities of area studies they can choose. For college, 15 students will compete for 1 seat. There are about 800.000 students for only 128.000 places at university. This year, we have 4 additional grade 12 graduates who decided to pursue their study to get higher degree beyond high school.

 

Your continuous donation will give our students more opportunities for higher and better education, so the chance of getting better future is greater.

 

On behalf of the students and the parents, thank you so much for your support.

Jenny of Grade10 paperwork to be verified
Jenny of Grade10 paperwork to be verified
Saroh, is preparing for College entry test
Saroh, is preparing for College entry test
Jun 5, 2019

College World is Exciting and Raises Self-Respect

Tandi gives tutorial to Grade 1
Tandi gives tutorial to Grade 1

Following up on our report on Oct 5th, 2018 with title ‘From Hope to Reality’ . Our college students are really excited about being college kids and getting the opportunity to open up their horizons.

 

When Sari decided to continue her studies after graduating from her vocational school (equivalent to HS) 3 years ago,  XSProject never dreamed of having the trash picker’s children going to college. Six more students today also never dreamed of attending college and following Sari footsteps. We will have 2 more this coming new school year.

 

No doubt that these 7 college students are inspiring their siblings and other younger children at the community.  Being a college student means more responsibility, being independent and setting an example. They are expected to give back to the community, both by working to earn pocket money and they are also expected to help the younger children in the community with school work, since the parents have limited education.

 

They work to earn income for their transport and pocket money by giving tutorials to their younger sibling and younger community children in the afternoon, or cleaning the facilities.

During school breaks, they also work as an intern at XSProject and also help sell XSPrpject  products.

 

Being college students, means they have more opportunities to learn outside the class. Like learning and practicing English with XS expat volunteers and supervising the younger kids when they go for outings. They also have the opportunity to join campus student activities, exploring museums and taking art class. Not only does this open their eyes to a new world, it also raises their self-respect.  Although they grew up as trash-pickers, they are now college students.

 

Your continuous donations through GlobalGiving will give more opportunities to these college students to pursue their dreams and to inspire their siblings and other younger children to be like them.

 

 

 

 

 

Fitriyah is taking an art class
Fitriyah is taking an art class
Fifi received a certificate for her internship
Fifi received a certificate for her internship
 
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