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.
Jul 22, 2016

Like Father Like Son

Paridi and his son
Paridi and his son

Dear GlobalGiving friends,

I hope that my letter will find you well.

The time flies so fast, it’s already half year of 2016.

At the beginning of May, my third semester of study started. There are five subjects during this semester: Macro Economic Theory, Business and Law, Financial Management, Cost Accounting and Business Mathematic.  As I mentioned in my previous letter, these subjects are very essential for my study and also difficult the subjects to learn. Besides books, I also bought a calculator to support my study.

The last semester, between work and study I also struggled sharing time with my eldest child. His name is Haqqi, he is 12 years old.  He was on his last year of elementary school.  At the same time that I prepared myself to take an exam, so does he.  Beside his final exam at primary school, he also has to pass the national exam. I really hope that he will graduate with good marks and can enroll in the best junior high school.

I always tell my children that even though our family is not rich but we also have right to dream big. Education is the most important way to improve our life. I want to set myself as the example for my children. I am not young anymore but my desire to go to college never left me. I believe that by having a better education, I will have a chance to improve my family life.

None of the lines above could come true without your support. Thank you very much for your continuous support and trust in me. I will always try to do my best in study. I only can pray that all of your good deeds will come back to you.

 

Kind regards,

Paridi

Paridi
Paridi's son, Haqiqi
Paridi and his classmate in the class room
Paridi and his classmate in the class room
Jul 12, 2016

Our gratitude for all those who support our work

YUM Medical Assistance in numbers
YUM Medical Assistance in numbers

Recently, YUM published its 2015 Annual Report and we could not help but remember all those who helped and supported us during our time of need, when the haze was at its worst, including you of course!

Many partners were on the ground, volunteering with us and we believe it is only right to acknowledge their hard work.

1. GAAS (Gerakan Anti Asap) provided medical assistance and medicines. They initially helped YUM to open a temporary clinic. They also invited a storyteller from Jakarta who organised activities in the YUM library, regarding the dangerous effects of the smoke.

2. The Alumni of University of Indonesia's Social Studies Campus sent doctors, volunteers, medicines, bottles of oxygen and milk. They also paid for 2 doctors from the Islam Medical Service to fly to Palangkaraya.

3. The Alumni of Tarakanita School in Jakarta also sent medicines, milk, oxygen cans and vitamins, as well as volunteers to help distribute the relief packages.

4. Susila Dharma Indonesia and other Subud organizations provided masks, medicines, oxygen cans and vitamins. Those who were present in Kalimantan also helped during the relief efforts.

In total, YUM assisted more than 1,700 people from 8 surrounding villages. Sadly, the most common illnesses were bronchitis, bronchopneumonia and pneumonia. We have also distributed over 3,000 information leaflets to our community about the haze's health effects and why slash & burn methods are dangerous.

As we move along on our work to reduce the impact of last year's haze emergency and hopefully reduce the probability of such circumstances ever happening again, we are reminded that it is a team effort. 

As the dry season slowly returns to Indonesia, we hope that these efforts will not go in vain!

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The team of doctors from GAAS
The team of doctors from GAAS
Supplies and volunteers from Jakarta
Supplies and volunteers from Jakarta
Jun 17, 2016

First update from the field - June 2016

Even boys love this class!
Even boys love this class!

Dear generous supporter,

First of all, allow us to express our gratitude for your generous support for YUM’s educational projects in Cipanas. The Library and Early Childhood Learning Center have been very successful projects and we plan on continuing to run them for as long as we can, with your help of course!

The YUM Community Library in Cipanas not only provides books for children but also several varied educational activities such as Drawing and Coloring, Storytime, English club, Science Club, Computer club, Health and Nutrition program, etc. One of the children’s most favorite activities though is Arts and Crafts!  They learn to make creative things from used and waste materials, such as boxes, bottles, newspapers, remains of fabric and others.  This activity is held every Monday afternoons. Our librarian, Ms. Agnes, always has new ideas to make from these materials, as you will see in the photos below. Here are a few things the children have to say about our activities:

“I love to follow different activities each time I visit the YUM Library. My favorite activity is Computer Club. I am really interested in learning computer and in mastering it.  My other favorite activity is Arts and Crafts. I have been able to make greeting cards, a key holder and many other creative things.” Sutisna, 6th grade

There are so many interesting books to read in the YUM Library.  The borrowing time here is longer than the library at my school. Therefore I often bring more than one book home. My favorite activity is Arts and Crafts. My friends and I come to the YUM Library regularly to read and do several activities. Last Monday we learned to make a brooch from the remains of flannel fabric.   We can bring our works home and show it to our family.” Ayu, 6TH grade.

Thank you for your trust in us. If you can, please share this report with your friends and family so we can continue to accommodate children in our library, improving their literacy and encouraging them to be more creative and confident.

 

Kind regards,

The YUM Team

A very diligent girl
A very diligent girl
Ms. Agnes and her students
Ms. Agnes and her students
Keychains !
Keychains !
Various results of the children works
Various results of the children works
 

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