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Jul 2, 2020

COVID-19 Support 4 Our Friends, Central Kalimantan

A lady at traditional market with the  hygiene kit
A lady at traditional market with the hygiene kit

We would like to express how grateful we are at Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) for your generous and continued support, even during this unprecedented time. With your kind donation, YUM has been able to remain connected with all those who have been our beneficiaries as well as to help new ones in Cipanas, West Java, as well as in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan. 

In this report, we would like to tell you about our work in the sub-district of Bukit Batu in Central Kalimantan and how your support has helped thousands of families.

With your help, the hygiene kits, which consist of four masks, two bars of soap were distributed to more than 2,000 families in the seven villages of Bukit Batu. Besides providing for those who stay at home, the kits also reach workers who do not have the privilege of working from home. Our staff went to several public places likes the traditional market and road construction areas. The placement of 200 posters and 12 banners in 14 different locations was another action that YUM took to help slow the spread of the virus. As many families do not have phones or television, the banners and posters provided information about COVID-19 and the steps to take to prevent being infected.YUM further reinforced its efforts to help mitigate the infection by collaborating with the local authority, police department, Borneo Football International Academy and several local NGOs.

Today we continue our work of spreading hygiene kits to more families. As it is still difficult to find masks everywhere including in Bukit Batu, the YUM staff have started our own production unit. Under the supervision of the sewing class tutors of YUM's Vocational Training Center, the YUM staff all take an active part in the production, whether it is folding the fabric, sewing or ironing the mask once it is done. 

COVID-19 cases in Central Kalimantan have at present the highest increase in all of Indonesia, with around 97% more cases in the last week. Because of this, all schools have been asked to remain shut until at least the end of the year. As we continue to provide support to families in need, many of them going hungry due to loss of employment in the family, we also need to think about the education of the children as online learning is impossible in this area. We are all very concerned that the students will fall behind and this will be detrimental to their future learning.

As you can see, they need us now more than ever. YUM cannot achieve this task alone and your partnership is essential for us. If you find our work valuable and worthwhile, kindly consider sharing information about this project with your family and friends. Please share the link on your social networks, email or just bring us up in your conversation.  We can make it happen together!

 

Kind regards and stay safe,

Yolanda

Project Leader

YUM's staff explaining about Covid-19 leaflets
YUM's staff explaining about Covid-19 leaflets
Covid-19 and its prevention posters
Covid-19 and its prevention posters
Hygiene kits distribution on the open road
Hygiene kits distribution on the open road
In collaboration with local authorities
In collaboration with local authorities
YUM's team at the masks production
YUM's team at the masks production
Jun 26, 2020

Let's stay together!

YUM's special task force for Covid-19 response
YUM's special task force for Covid-19 response

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

How are you? I hope this letter finds you well in these unprecedented times.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every individual's life on earth. The virus has created significant social and economic changes in our daily lives besides affecting our health. Until a vaccine or a cure is found, everyone is at risk from being exposed to the virus. One of the global actions taken by the world leaders, to slow the spread of the virus, is to close public facilities and request people to maintain physical distance by staying, studying and working from home. 

The Indonesian government resorted to the same action and mandated the closure of public facilities including schools. It began in March and continues until further notice. YUM’s management fulfilled the mandate by closing all of the activities that involved gathering of people in groups, such as the community library, afternoon tutoring activities and of course, the Vocational Training Centre (VTC). 

There will be no activity at YUM VTC building until the government mandates that it is safe to gather. But it does not mean that YUM will remain silent. As we are committed to serving the communities both in West Java and Central Kalimantan, we continue to keep our communication open with the VTC students through social media and Whatsapp groups. We are regularly updating our students about the latest information on Covid-19 and its prevention. Last month we also distributed hygiene kits to more than 100 VTC students. As schools continue to remain closed, children in rural areas struggle to receive the quality education that they deserve.

We know that this might not be easy for you too. But this is also the time when these underprivileged and disadvantaged youth need our help more than ever. Therefore, with your kind and generous support, let us unite and work together to continue to uplift their lives.

Last, but not least, we wish you and everyone good health always. Stay safe everyone.

Kind regards,

Yolanda

The hygiene kits distribution
The hygiene kits distribution
The hygiene kits distribution 2
The hygiene kits distribution 2
The hygiene kits  for VTC's students
The hygiene kits for VTC's students
The VTC's students with a hygiene kits
The VTC's students with a hygiene kits
The VTC's students with a hygiene kits 2
The VTC's students with a hygiene kits 2
Jun 26, 2020

Preschoolers learning from home

The student with a hygiene kits
The student with a hygiene kits

Referring to the Indonesian government’s mandate, which aims to slow down the Covid-19 virus spread, YUM's management decided to close all activities involving gatherings of large crowds. Since March, Indonesian students throughout the country, including at YUM's Preschool, began to learn from home.

Sadly not every student enjoys the privilege of learning from home. Internet access and digital devices are hardly on the minds of those parents who struggle everyday to provide food on their table for the family.  Another alternative resource for learning is the national television broadcast, which is also next to impossible for those who do not own television at home.

YUM Preschool teachers compiled a learning package to cover every two weeks of school activities. The package consists of learning and assignment books. YUM's team managed to deliver the package to homes of students who lived far away from school.  The students also receive hygiene kits that include masks and soaps besides information leaflets about Covid-19 and its prevention. With the support and cooperation of parents, YUM Preschools supervise their student's activities through any medium possible such as a picture, a video or even verbal communication.  The teachers also are open to giving any advice that parents may need as they find it challenging with their children learning from home. YUM realizes the importance of coordinating with parents about students’ education and to continue to foster it in any condition.

With your continued and kind support, YUM will be able to provide uninterrupted access to learning from home for all those mentioned above. We realize it’s uncertain times for everyone due to the covid situation. But we hope that you will continue to support us, as these preschoolers need our helpnow more than ever. Thank you.

The parents teach how to wash hands properly
The parents teach how to wash hands properly
Learning to use hands sanitizer
Learning to use hands sanitizer
Learning to read at home
Learning to read at home
Using big blanket as the table at home
Using big blanket as the table at home
The student shows her hands writing work
The student shows her hands writing work
 
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