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Jan 7, 2019

One Fine Day at YUM's pre-school

Jade,YUM Volunteer
Jade,YUM Volunteer

Jade Sheehan spent a month volunteering at Yayasan Usaha Mulia. She assisted several sections at the YUM head office. Below is the story of her visit to the YUM Early Childhood Centre in Cipanas (West Java) which she visited for monitoring and evaluation purposes:

I was given the opportunity to join the early childhood learning centre in Cipanas for the day. I experienced the fun and interactive lessons that the tutors provided to the students and witnessed the children enthusiastically enjoying their learning. This is the first time I have been in an Indonesian school classroom and the children and teachers were so welcoming and interacted with me during the entire class, which certainly surprised me.

There was definitely an emphasis placed on nutrition and health throughout the day which was demonstrated to the children through the book read and games that were played; I thought this was a great idea to encourage positive behaviour. The teachers implemented activities that encouraged independence and personal growth which saw the students engaged and participating in their lessons

I loved seeing all the children having a great time outside on the play equipment and I had a fantastic day visiting the children and the Cipanas YUM village.

Jade and YUM Pre school students
Jade and YUM Pre school students
Playing along with the students
Playing along with the students
Sing a song together
Sing a song together
The girl's singing group
The girl's singing group
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
 
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