Aug 22, 2019

Our new beautiful Community Library!

The ribbon cutting session
The ribbon cutting session

The renovation of our Community Library in Kalimantan is finally done! 

All of the furniture, books, materials and tools have now been put back in their places. What took more time was re-organizing the books according to each theme. The community library has more than 5,000 books, 200 magazines, 400 children’s movies and almost 100 different kinds of educational toys.

We set the Re-opening of YUM’s Library on the same date as our annual Creativity Day. “I have a dream” was the chosen theme for this Creativity Day event. We want to encourage the children to dare to dream big and pursue them bravely. We also want to emphasize the importance of completing their basic education.  Many children in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan do not have the opportunity to finish their education due to a lack of parental support, both financially and mentally. Early age marriages, the need to find a job to support their families and stunting issues are just a few of the problems that hold these kids back from finishing their education.

There were several creative and fun games and competitions held before the day of the reopening: coloring, drawing, storytelling, hula hoop and making a speech in English . The day of the reopening was marked by a ribbon cutting session by the representative of Linklaters, the generous donor who has given their full support toward the renovation. During the Creativity Day event, the children from the dance club performed “Karami Anak Luwu Ewu” and the children from the English club sang “I have a dream”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Laskar Pelangi”. Finally, came the children’s most favorite session: the announcement of the winners and the reward distribution. Around 400 children were at the event and they enjoyed every moment!

“On behalf of my school, I would like to thank YUM for inviting us to take part in this competition. All of our students are very happy with this event.  Our students won the 2nd prize in the coloring competition” Miss Fitriana, Tangkiling School principal.

“During YUM’s Creativity Day, I participated in the coloring competition but unfortunately I did not win. But I did win the second position for Hula Hoop competition. I came here with my friends from school. We enjoy all of the activities very much and cannot wait to visit the library after school. Thank you YUM and all of the donors for your kind support.” Riandra,  1st grade student.

Special dance performance.
Special dance performance.
English speech competition
English speech competition
The participants of coloring competition
The participants of coloring competition
The favorite moment: Rewards distributions!
The favorite moment: Rewards distributions!
The children with the donor representatives
The children with the donor representatives
Aug 2, 2019

This is how our English class students learn!

Playing card to memorize English vocabulary
Playing card to memorize English vocabulary

In the English classes of our Vocational Training Centre (VTC), the students not only learn from listening to their teachers, doing exercises and memorizing lessons, but they also learn through fun activities, such as watching movies, playing games and interacting with native speakers. All of these engaging activities encourage the students to speak and build their confidence using English. 

Some of the games that are played by the students include “Say Act”, “Analyzing Pictures”, “Do It in Pairs” and “Who Am I”. These games are very simple, yet they motivate the students to be creative and confident. There are many benefits from learning languages through games: more vocabulary practice, using proper grammar, grasp using conversational English expressions and so on. And YUM’s teachers have a common saying to their students, “It is okay to pronounce it wrong, it is not a big deal if your grammar is messed up. That is how you learn!”

Below are some of the students’ experiences in the VTC English class:

“Learning English through games is really truly fun. I can remember the words and grammar easily rather than just learning it through writing.  I enjoyed it so much and sometimes I forget that the time for studying is already up. I have been motivated to learn English more and want to continue to the Intermediate class level in the next term.” Wulan,  High School student.

“I love being in the VTC English class. It is always fun and full of energy. I hope that more students out there could experience what I have experienced.  My favorite English game is “Analyzing Picture”. The result of this game is that I feel more confident in doing my English assignment at school. Thank you very much for Mr. Cecep’s dedication in teaching us.” Egi, High School student.

Thank you GlobalGiving donors, with your generous support, YUM can to continue providing qualified English teachers for the disadvantaged youth in Cipanas, West Java through our Vocational Training Centre. 

Mr. Ray explain the rule of the games
Mr. Ray explain the rule of the games
Say and Act games
Say and Act games
Who am I games
Who am I games
The students enjoying games very much
The students enjoying games very much
On graduation day
On graduation day
Jul 26, 2019

Update: Life almost one year after the disaster

Temporary housing for 2 villages and 45 families
Temporary housing for 2 villages and 45 families

Dear kind supporters,

It has been almost one year since we created this project page to appeal for help to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Palu & Donggala (Central Sulawesi). You responded immediately and generously and with your donations (and many others outside of GlobalGiving), we were able to:

  • Provide emergency water, food, health kits, blankets, etc to more than 3,000 families
  • Open public kitchens providing free food for the poor and elderly (500 packages distributed daily)
  • Facilitate trauma healing sessions for women and children
  • Distribute 1,000 water filters and solar lamps
  • Conduct health check ups for children
  • Build 45 temporary housing in 2 villages

Thanks to help from around the world, YUM was able to keep helping the people in Palu & Donggala until today when many other NGOs only focused on the first months after the disaster. This sustained support has been greatly appreciated by the people we met there.

With this report, we would like to thank you once again for your generosity in our time of need, and we would like to let you know that with the finalised construction of all 45 temporary housing, we have accomplished our task of providing the necessary support after the disaster. Today, we have decided to discontinue fundraising for the project. However, we will still monitor the communities that we supported thanks to our collaboration with local NGO ForBes Indonesia.

For our recurring donors who have generously given a monthly donation to this project, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and if you wish to continue helping our community, you may do so by donating to our projects:

Quality Education for Children in West Java

Providing Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth

Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Central Kalimantan


And for those interested in knowing more about Yayasan Usaha Mulia, please read our 2018 Annual Report and contact us for further information.

Once again, thank you and God bless you!

What the inside of the house looks like
What the inside of the house looks like
 
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