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.
Nov 24, 2015

Surviving from the haze, YUM Library Kalimantan

The Children listening  the danger of Bush-fired
The Children listening the danger of Bush-fired

As you may know, the YUM Kalimantan Library is located in the area of Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan, an area that during the months of September and October the air quality was the worst on the world due to the haze produced by the bush-fires. Our communities were constantly exposed to pollution levels above 1,000 often above 2,000 and, eventually, reaching levels as high as 3,900; more than ten times above the hazardous level. 

Our premises in Kalimantan, became a Clinic Post at that time assisting the communities with a team of doctors who voluntarily arrived from Jakarta, and giving consultation and medicines, vitamins and others to hundreds of adults and children who most of them were suffering respiratory problems.Our Library was not an exception, the Librarian and other personnel at YUM in Kalimantan made all efforts to provide children not only with creative and fun activities but also with masks to protect them from the haze as well as daily consumption of milk, vitamins, oxygen and others and information about the danger of the local practice of burning the bushes.

Finally, at the beginning of November the rains arrived and the Library is back to its regular activities for enjoyment of the children. Again time to read and storytelling, drawing and dancing… yes, all is back to normal. But now children have learnt that bush fires should be stopped so that a sad situation like the experienced during those weeks should never happen again.

YUM wishes to express its gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors continuous support to hundreds of children in Kalimantan and giving them the opportunity of imparting the good habit of reading, the base for a good education. Children in Kalimantan are confident they will continue having new books to read, new color pencils to draw, new documentaries to watch, their hopes much depend on your valuable help. Thank you.

Due of the long period of inhaling bad air, some children and adults were severe affected and developed serious lung’s illness.YUM is committed to give continuation to the action relief, assisting our communities and provide them the necessary assistance. The details of which can be found at: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/kalimantan-haze-emergency-appeal/

A child tries to put on the mask
A child tries to put on the mask
The children watch the news about Kalimantan
The children watch the news about Kalimantan
The manual instruction to protect themselves
The manual instruction to protect themselves
Nov 24, 2015

Students at YUM VTC: getting ready to work!

Ulfah, student of Basic 1 Sewing
Ulfah, student of Basic 1 Sewing

YUM is very happy to see the enthusiasm of the students to attend to our VTC program. In this term that will end in mid-December, we have 284 students attending our Computer, English and Sewing classes.

Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving donors, we are able to have 13 classes this term. We want to give a chance to all who apply; and that is why, this term the VTC is even open during weekends.

We see how important this VTC is to them. Students aim to be able to work and the VTC is a way to attain their goal so that they can bring some money to their much needed families.

Besides the regular classes, we have volunteers who time to time visit our VTC and join the lessons, especially the English classes. Students have to demonstrate what they have learnt and become excited when students find out that they are able to speak and joke with them.

“My name is Ulfah. I am student of Basic 1 Sewing Class. This is my first time to learn about sewing. I was afraid at the beginning that I would not be able to get along with the lessons. But my Tutor, Ms. Ila, is very patient; she explains and shows us step by step how to make a cloth properly. Now I feel more confident and I hope when I finish the course to be able to start doing some clothes and get some money to help my parents.”

Thank you GlobalGiving donors for supporting this program aimed to give a chance to hundreds of young people to attain skills to improve their quality of live. 

The students at the Computer Class, Basic 1
The students at the Computer Class, Basic 1
The students at Computer Class the Basic 2
The students at Computer Class the Basic 2
Jakarta Intercultural School and VTC students
Jakarta Intercultural School and VTC students
Nov 6, 2015

My Second Semester of College Life

Pak Paridi in his class room
Pak Paridi in his class room

Dear Global Giving Donor,

I hope these lines find you well.  

I wish to give you an update of my studies. In August I finished my first semester and I was very happy to receive my grades. My GPA was 3.6 (4).   

I was informed that on the Bonus Day, October 16th, I received new donations for which I would like to express my deepest gratitude for all of you. Thanks to your continuous support, I am able to keep going to the university.

Now, in this second semester, studying materials and assignments are getting more often and deeper. I learn more specific issues, like: Micro Economy, Economic Theory, Basic Accounting and Computer Application. I certainly need more books and journals to support my study. Therefore, some of the donations received I am going to use it to buy books and other materials which are not available in the Library or in the internet.

Time flies so fast, by the end of this month I will have my mid-term test. Up to now, I have been able to manage my time between work/family and my studies, even though, during these coming weeks I will give more of my personal time to study before the mid-term test.

Once again, thank you very much for your support. I promise I will do my best because I greatly value your support. I am aware that without you, dear donors, I will not be able to come so far. Thank you!

Best regards,

 

Paridi

 

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