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.
Oct 24, 2016

Introducing two beautiful library members!

Indah & Gita with their favourite books
Indah & Gita with their favourite books

Indah is one of our library’s regular visitors. This 5 year-old girl comes after school almost every day. “I love coming to the library because the YUM Library has a lot of books, games and toys” she said. “There are always many different kinds of activities every day. My favorite activity is coloring and drawing. I love borrowing books with many beautiful pictures because I am not been able to read yet. My parents drop me here after coming home from school and having lunch. They feel safe letting me stay and play here.”

Another regular visitor is Gita, she is in the 4th grade now. “I live nearby to the YUM Kalimantan premises. My friends and I walk together from home to here. There are so many interesting books and toys in the library. Once a week after the Health and Nutrition program, Miss Rusti the librarian will offer a glass of milk for the children. The library is like a second home to me, I go here almost every day. Sometimes Miss Rusti helps me with my homework too.”

This end of year, we would like your help with another of YUM's projects, a library and early childhood learning centre in West Java which is currently looking for donors to keep it alive. This award-winning project is up on GlobalGiving and you can view the project here

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Please know that we are extremely grateful for donors like you for all the help you are providing to our projects! Thank you for being part of our community!

Warm regards,

Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM)

Gita and her arts and crafts creation
Gita and her arts and crafts creation
Storytelling activity at the library
Storytelling activity at the library
Oct 18, 2016

My final exam and YUM 40th Anniversary Celebration

Paridi with all of YUM
Paridi with all of YUM's family

Dear Global Giving donors,

How are you doing? I hope that everyone is doing well.

Kindly accept my gratitude for all the generous support you have given me over the course of my studies.

Last semester, I did not join many classes because most of the classes were in the evening on week days. I could not commit to enroll in these classes, because I finish work at 5 pm.  The lecturers are very strict with the schedule, and each student only has three chances to be late or else they will fail the class. Therefore I only took 5 subjects; fortunately out of all these subjects there was only one subject in which I got a C. I plan to take this subject again during the next short semester.

It was YUM's 40th Anniversary celebrations in September. We held a bazar and invited our partners and friends to join us in celebrating this milestone. I did not fully participate in the event because it was the final exam week for my subjects. I am so thankful that my colleagues at work understand my situation. They have been kind enough to cover some of my responsibilities while I have been away on campus during this time. This has allowed me to do the best that I can in my studies and exams, and get the most benefit out of my university experience.

The fourth semester has already started. This semester, the students may choose their own subjects in line with their areas of interest. Because of my work commitments and the strict schedule of the classes, I am taking 4 subjects this semester. My subjects are Management Accounting 1, Taxes, Operation Management and Information Management Systems. The assignments are already given in the lectures, and include both individual and group tasks. I will need to buy more text books for the subjects I am taking this semester. I plan to keep dedicating my time to studying hard to achieve good results in my subjects, as I deeply appreciate this great opportunity.

A thousand Thank yous would not be enough to express how grateful I am at being supported by all of you, generous donors. Thank you!

 

Kind regards,

Paridi

Paridi as the prayer speaker at YUM
Paridi as the prayer speaker at YUM's celebration
Paridi with his classmate in general lecture
Paridi with his classmate in general lecture
Oct 11, 2016

How to slowly create change in the community

The hard working YUM team in Central Kalimantan
The hard working YUM team in Central Kalimantan

It is now one year after the catastrophic 2015 fire and haze situation in Indonesia that was labelled by the Indonesian Bureau of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) as “a crime against humanity of extraordinary proportions”.

Locally though, the smoke felt year after year is referred to as “asap biasa” or “normal smoke” and even though there is a certain level of awareness of its negative health effects, it is taken with acceptance of a normal situation due to a big gap of knowledge regarding its long term health consequences.

In order to address this concern, several activities have been developed so far by YUM which include:

  • training of trainers
  • extensive survey and
  • workshops in schools and villages.

Training of trainers

To address the matter of “asap biasa” or “normal smoke” requires a much deeper work regarding changing of mind-set through the understanding and realization that the annual fires, even when not as severe as 2015, have great impact on people’s health and wellbeing. During the training the trainers developed different key messages for possible target groups, learned about the best communication channels and came up with ideas about how to motivate the different target groups. To read more about this training, check out our April project report.

Fire and Smoke Community Survey

This survey collected data, from 354 respondents in 10 different areas of the sub-district of Bukit Batu, to assess the level of community awareness about the health and environmental consequences of the fires and smoke - and whether people are open to consider alternatives to burning.

100% of the respondents agreed that there were negative health and environmental consequences from the extreme smoke haze conditions of 2015. However, some 33% of respondents consider that there are no adverse effects from the level of smoke which occurs during a ‘normal’ year. As a result of the survey, the team developed key messages for the campaign addressing three main aspects close to the community:

  1. Health: To explain how smoke from the fire carries toxic particles and poisonous gases that can cause life-threatening illness and cause premature death, especially for the elderly, children, pregnant women & asthmatics.
  2. Wallet: To remind how families have to spend money to see a doctor and to buy medicines to relieve coughs, eye irritation and other respiratory related illnesses.
  3. Future: To explain that in Kalimantan in the past 40 years, we have lost more than half of our forests to fires and timber exploitation and that if we don’t stop burning and cutting trees now, the watershed will decrease, the temperature will increase, and future generations may never get to experience the wonder of a natural forest or jungle.

Community Workshops

The aim of the haze workshops is to raise awareness, gather feedback and look together with the community for different possible solutions to each cause for fires targeting youth and adults of both genders.

So far, 17 workshops have been organised in schools across Bukit Batu, where emphasis is made into spreading he message for “No Burning” and the session is later complemented with planting of fruit trees and learning how to make compost. Workshops have also been conducted with adult groups, mainly women, combining discussions not only about the haze of 2015 but also about other sources of smoke – annual fires, burning to “clean” fields before sowing, garbage burning, charcoal making, cooking fires, stone exploration fires – and looks into different solutions for each cause of fire. Many of the women also showed genuine interest in joining YUM's recycling program as they were touched by the idea of a better future for their children.

All of the above would not have been possible without your generous help - Thank you! If you would like to donate to another YUM project on GlobalGiving, why not check out these projects below:

Workshops with local high school students
Workshops with local high school students
Children receiving information in YUM
Children receiving information in YUM's library
Free medical check-ups continue on weekends
Free medical check-ups continue on weekends
 
   

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