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Jan 7, 2019

Drawing, Colouring, Writing and Playing Games

Drawing together teach how to work in team
Drawing together teach how to work in team

Besides educative activities, the YUM Community Library in Kalimantan also runs light and fun activities like Coloring, Drawing and Playing Outdoors. Almost every day, a group of children asks our Librarian, Miss Rusti, to distribute their drawing books. Each child has been given a drawing book being kept in the library and Miss Rusti prepares materials such as pencils, coloring pens, erasers etc. And sometimes, she prints pictures for the smaller children who prefer coloring rather than drawing. The themes they prefer are about sports, animals and food.

It is not easy for the children to compose and deliver their ideas wisely through paper. Therefore twice a month, we run a writing activity as well. There are many positive impacts from this activity such as releasing stress, learning to be patient, being trained to live orderly, and writing could also be a potential future job for those children.

Playing games can be done inside or outside the library. Indoor games include playing with toys, dolls, bricks, cards or boards. If the weather is not too hot or rainy, we run activities outside the library. Badminton is the game most children love to play, either boys or girls. The other favorite sport and games are football, jump rope, hula hoop, Eagle & Snake, as well as traditional games.

“I come to YUM’s Library almost every day. There are so many interesting books that I want to read. Sometimes I work on my school assignment here, because I can use the library books to help me study. My favorite activities are coloring and drinking milk. I wish the library will get more room, so my friend and I will have more room to study and play.”   Susi, 4th grade.

Thanks to your kind support through GlobalGiving, YUM can provide educative and quality materials and games to support children’s activities in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan where YUM’s Community Library is the one and only place where children can spend time after school without having to worry about their safety.

Playing fun cards
Playing fun cards
Hula Hoop Challenge
Hula Hoop Challenge
Writing activity
Writing activity
Playing Badminton outside the library
Playing Badminton outside the library
Playing with Blocks
Playing with Blocks
Jan 4, 2019

Sewing: Basic and Intermediate classes at YUM's

Learning to make a pattern
Learning to make a pattern

The YUM Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in Cipanas – West Java - has two levels of sewing classes: Basic and Intermediate. Every new participant at the YUM sewing class has to start from a Basic level. At this level, the students learn to make patterns, cutting, using a sewing machine to sew and stitch straight, and make simple outfits like children’s clothing.

Once they finished this level, the students will receive a small report about their achievements. YUM is not giving them a certificate because after evaluation, YUM realized that there were quite a few more techniques the students needed to learn. To obtain a certificate therefore, the students have to enroll in the Intermediate class. Meanwhile as they continue to the Intermediate level, the students learn to make adult clothing with more complicated tailoring skills such as pyjamas, dresses, skirts and trousers.

Thanks to GlobalGiving donors, with your generous support the YUM VTC in Cipanas has been given opportunities to develop in order to help more people in the area.

Below is a comment from a former sewing class student:

“My name is Anissa. I love to design my own clothes, therefore I take this course so that I can make my own clothes. I am getting good at tailoring now and am also able to use a sewing machine, even though it is still in a basic way. Miss Ila, the tutor, is very friendly and easy to understand. I wish the YUM VTC will grow bigger than now and will be able to help more people in Cipanas.”

Learning to use sewing machine
Learning to use sewing machine
The clothing made by the students
The clothing made by the students
Miss Ila and her students
Miss Ila and her students
Miss Ida and her students
Miss Ida and her students
Dec 20, 2018

Second visit to Palu & Donggala

Trauma Healing Session
Trauma Healing Session

After the first visit to Palu and Donggala at the end of October, it was obvious that a second visit  needed to happen quickly as emergency relief was very much needed, especially in certain areas that were hard to reach and also for minority communities that were not receiving any aid (or very little).

That is why, on November 12th, the YUM team, headed by board member Farah Diba Agustin, once again flew to Palu with stocks of food, water, medicine and health equipment from Jakarta. This time though we were also coming with supplies that were specifically requested by those we had met on our first visit such as undergarments, hygiene products and educational materials for children.

During the 5-day trip to Palu and Donggala, the team focused on several activities:

  1. Distribution of emergency relief
  2. Trauma healing activities
  3. Setting up public food stalls offering food at a very low cost (free for the elderly) 

All in all, in just two visits to Palu and Donggala, the YUM team were able to distribute relief packages to more than 2,500 families living in various locations that were heavily hit by the earthquake and tsunami. Mostly, the aid went to several villages in the regency of Donggala and Sigi. Because of the close collaboration that YUM has with the Regent of Donggala, we were able to access areas that were not receiving enough aid for the whole community. On this visit, we were lucky enough to have been offered a helicopter carrier for supplies and 2 electricity generators to be sent to the sub-district of Lindu in Sigi where access to the villages remain impossible to this day due to landslides and destroyed roads leading to this area. Thankfully we were able to send supplies to more than 1,100 families via helicopter.

Currently the YUM team has just left for our 3rd visit to Palu & Donggala. Our efforts remain committed to the communities who have not received help or very little help. Our wish for 2019 is to be able to find funding to build temporary housing for a minimum of 20 families. Each house costs approximately $650. If you or your friends and family are interested to provide housing, it would be a real blessing for the families there!

Distribution to the Elderly
Distribution to the Elderly
Food Stall Providing Free Food for the Elderly
Food Stall Providing Free Food for the Elderly
Distribution to the Kalili People in Saloya
Distribution to the Kalili People in Saloya
Children of Donggala
Children of Donggala
 
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