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Mar 20, 2019

You Can Help Arya and Others Get Better Uniforms

Arya told us about his family and daily activity
Arya told us about his family and daily activity

When we visit Bina Pusaka elementary school in  Koja, North Jakarta, we cannot hide our feelings. It was heart-wrenching to discover that one of the students, Arya, has been bullied because he does not has a proper uniform that he can wear to school.

He uses his older brother’s old uniform, the color has faded and worn-out. Arya has no choice, his parents are struggling to make a living, including to pay for his tuition fee every month. He shared with us about his day-to-day activity outside the school. Most of the time, Arya helped his mother to sale crackers on the street in the evening while his father works as an unofficial helper.  

This, buying a new set of uniforms will put more burden on the family, since it costs more than half the monthly tuition fee to afford.

Arya told us that he is sad every time his friends teasing him and his worn-out uniform, yet it does not loosen his willingness to study although he feels disturbing to some extent. Some of the students also lack stationery and books, which they often share with their friends.

Uniform, stationery, and books should not be a burden for Arya and other students in completing their education. You can help these students to get a new pair of uniform, a set of stationery and books that can support their education. In doing so, there will be little to distract them from obtaining the education they deserve.

Today is the International Day of Happiness, and we would like to invite you to bring happiness into the lives of poor students at these schools, both in West and North Jakarta. You can support their study by providing what they really need right now. You just need to click on our donation package and we will help you to extend your donation for them.

As Mother Teresa said, “It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

Your donation will mean so much for the children to support their study in order to achieve a brighter future. We are also glad to announce that if you give your donation today there will be a bonus from Global Giving to these students for every donation being made. May your generosity bring more joy in your life!

 

Happy International Day of Happiness!

Now you can help Arya to get a set of new uniforms
Now you can help Arya to get a set of new uniforms
Mar 15, 2019

The Future of Us

When you feel ungrateful, look at their smiles
When you feel ungrateful, look at their smiles

“Everyday, you have the power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right” - Michelle Obama

We live by choices that we made in the past, either intentional or unintentional, and we often are faced by a number of choices which make it hard to know the ‘right one'. For example, what should we eat today, what uniform suits us best tomorrow, where is the location of best tutoring, etc. This does not apply to them. They have limited choices, some which we would consider the worst. This is the story of them.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 10:00 am

Heavy rain plus inevitable traffic slowed us down. Fortunately, we were able to watch the daily flag ceremony that followed by the National Anthem. The kids were enthusiastic and sang the National Anthem solemnly. After that, they were dismissed to go to study in class.

We met with Mr. Ignasius Maek, the Principal of Bina Pusaka Elementary School, and Ms. Heni Damayanti, the Vice Principal of Bina Pusaka Elementary School. Their hospitality conquered the gloomy atmosphere, made surroundings warmer than it should have. Then, they invited us to the library and introduced us to their four bright students. They are Sadi, Arya, Nindi, and Katrin. Sadi and Katrin are in their final grade (6th grade) and Arya and Nindi are in 4th grade. We approached them and they welcomed us with a smile and joy.

We noticed that all of them used second-hand scholastic materials. Sadi, 12 years old, is one of the brightest students in Bina Pusaka Elementary School. He came from a broken-home family, but that circumstance did not affect his performance at school. He was the first-rank student on Natural Science subject at 4th grade and he also the top performer as Striker in Bina Pusaka Futsal Club. He saves a small amount of money everyday in order to have football shoes. Because of his persistence, he finally had those shoes and won futsal competition (1st place) as Bina Pusaka Elementary School representative. He also a good basketball player and a flautist. He told us that he dreamed to be a Soldier to guard Indonesia’s sovereignty.

 

We need your generosity to help Sadi and other final year elementary students to achieve their dreams. They will face the National Examination next month and they need your generosity for proper scholastic materials. The problem does not stop once elementary school is over, they will need to pay for the entrance fee and most students cannot afford it. Help Sadi and other poor students by submitting your donation in the DONATE NOW box above.

We will keep updating the status of donations and the progress. Please help us spread the words by copying the URL to your social media platform. The choice we make today will determine their future. The future of us.

Sadi, 12 years old, 6th grade
Sadi, 12 years old, 6th grade
Mar 14, 2019

"I cannot pay for school entrance fee..."

We need your help
We need your help

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, yes, it might sound cliché for some people, but it isn’t for the majority of children in Tambora and Koja. School is the only place where they believe that they still have the rights to dream of brighter futures, just like everyone else. However, the cost of entering secondary school seems to be the greatest barrier for them. When every other privileged kid is busy making a list of junior high schools to continue on, do you know what the very first option of these underprivileged kids is? Not continue their school and move back to their villages.

During our visit to Tambora, we met Asyla, a 12-year-old girl of Al-Muawanatul Khaeriyah Elementary School, she told us that she might not be able to enter junior high school- “I want to continue my study here, but I don’t know yet because my family is asking me to go back to the village” she kindly said when we asked her about her study planning. As one of the smartest students in her school, we know that she has a chance to build a promising future. But the unfortunate possibility that she will not be able to continue with her education, means we are unintentionally allowing her to enter the black hole of an uncertain and unpromising future.

When we traveled to Khairiyah Secondary School in Koja, the school principal also stated that last year, many candidates withdrew their applications as they were unable to pay the entrance fee. He regretfully expressed that the school could not give certain students their degree certificates, as they still owed debts to the school since the very beginning of secondary school.

We need your help preventing such difficulties in the future. In fact, you can pave the way for them to continue a proper education. We are not only eager to see them graduate proudly, but we are also hoping they will graduate happily with the knowledge that they managed to continue with their studies. Asyla and all the kids want you to smile joyfully with them.

"I hope I can share you my story on my first day of junior high school, only if I get a chance to continue my schooling." (Asyla Nazwa)

Asyla Nazwa
Asyla Nazwa
Thank you for your support
Thank you for your support
 
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