Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

VISION: To improve the quality of life for Indonesia's poor. MISSION: To work with the communities in providing holistic and sustainable support in the areas of health, education and community development.
Feb 17, 2017

Adult Education Program and Renovation at the YUM

Sophia and YUM staffs in YUM Library
Sophia and YUM staffs in YUM Library

Sophia Munro has been volunteering at Yayasan Usaha Mulia since September 2016. She assisted in program developments, setting up the monitoring and evaluation tools and working on Library, Pre-School and Adult Education program with our staff. This is her story about YUM Community Library in Cipanas, West Java:

Since starting I have been on several visits to YUM community library, and have seen the good work YUM is doing first hand.  Children are very happy and enthusiastic about coming to YUM, and the library is always filled with both parents and children, who read, play and build social skills. A real sense of community is established as parents have a chance to meet and get to know each other while bringing their children to the YUM Library.

As part of a new project which I have been helping YUM managers plan and implement, soon there will be more resources for parents and children at the YUM Library. This new project involves running monthly education workshops for parents, meaning parents who accompany their children to the library and preschool can now participate in a project aimed directly at them. This project will also involve some small renovations of library facilities, and also updating library materials, including more materials for parents.

Parenting classes will cover important topics like health, nutrition, how to support children’s education, and parenting skills, and library materials and facilities will be upgraded to address the changing needs of the community. This project addresses the need to involve parents in projects, and engage them in their children’s education, as this creates the best results. It has been very interesting to learn about the needs of YUMs beneficiaries while helping to plan this project.

Teachers and librarians working at YUMs community centres come from the communities they serve. This means that is a truly holistic and sustainable approach to community development. YUM's work is coming from a strong commitment to the fact that education is the key to community development.

The mothers of pre-school students
The mothers of pre-school students
The mothers reading in YUM Library Cipanas
The mothers reading in YUM Library Cipanas
The broken bookshelf
The broken bookshelf
The humid carpet and floor
The humid carpet and floor
The old board in YUM playgroud
The old board in YUM playgroud
Feb 17, 2017

Preserving traditional dances in Kalimantan

The children practising the Kahanjak Dance
The children practising the Kahanjak Dance

As children are energetic, active and love music, one of the fun and educational activities that is running at the YUM Community Library Kalimantan is the Dance Club. Every Wednesday, the children come to practice dance. They practice traditional dances from Central Kalimantan, including Manyadiri, Bawi Kinyah, Khanjak and Dayak Ngaju.  Sometimes they also practice the Yapong dance, originating from Jakarta, the Tanggui dance, originating from West Kalimantan, as well as Pendet from Bali and modern dances too. 

There are more than 30 children that participate in this activity. They are divided into 4 different groups according to their ages, ranging  from 8 to 12. Miss Yeyen and Miss Diana are passionate and patient dancing instructors. They love teaching the children. They are also able to create simple and fun dances for the smaller children so they can also enjoy this activity.

In 2016 the children have performed in several official ceremonies, such as YUM Creativity Day, Subud National Congress, the Global Issue Network Congress and National Solidarity Day. The last event was particularly important, because their dancing was watched by president Joko Widodo.

Thanks to your generous support through GlobalGiving, YUM can continue to  accommodate and facilitate these talented children from Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan. Your support will help provide more dance rehearsals, music instruments and dance instructors to keep the activity running. This positive activity will enable the preservation of original Indonesian culture, as well as help to build character, regional pride, and self-confidence for the children themselves.  

Miss Diana correcting the children
Miss Diana correcting the children's posture
Dances and Smiles
Dances and Smiles
Performing at Creativity Day
Performing at Creativity Day
National Solidarity Day 1
National Solidarity Day 1
National Solidarity 2
National Solidarity 2
Feb 17, 2017

Another batch of students have graduated!

Mr.Ryan and his computer class students
Mr.Ryan and his computer class students

The final term of the YUM-Vocational Training Centre in 2016 ended with the distribution of 190 certificates for the graduated students, from an initial cohort of over 200 registered participants. The certificate is an important symbol for the students who have completed the course. To gain the certificate the students must be presenting the class not less than 75 percent of the time and completethe final exam.  This certificate will be a very good asset for them when they apply for ajob. Beside the course certificate, we also provide them the Job Seeking Skills certificate for participating in the job skills workshop.

With 7 tutors, the term started by having 6 classes for Computer skills, 4 classes for English and 3 classes for Sewing. We also held the classes in the weekend, as most of the students are in the last year of school and their school’s activities are very hectic during weekdays.  We are very fortunate for having a staff of dedicated and passionate tutors that are willing to teach on the weekend.

The highest number of students are in the Computer class. The awareness of the need to have updated knowledge in information technology remains high among people in Cipanas, especially for the youth.  YUM VTC is working hard to constantly improve the skills of our dedicated computer trainers and update the course material in line with program updates in order to give the best opportunity for  Cipanas residents to participate in the digital economy.

YUM are very thankful to GlobalGiving donor’s continuous support for the Vocational Training Centre. With your support, YUM remains optimistic that more and more young people in Cipanas will have the opportunity to improve their quality of life. Thank you.

Mr. Cecep and his English class students
Mr. Cecep and his English class students
Mr.Deden with his computer class students
Mr.Deden with his computer class students
An interactive English class with Mr.Yudha
An interactive English class with Mr.Yudha
Sewing class students with Miss Ila
Sewing class students with Miss Ila
 
   

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