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.
Apr 15, 2016

Promoting a better life through behavior changing

During the Training of Trainers
During the Training of Trainers

During the first three months of this year, the area was free from haze. YUM took this opportunity to take a number of steps to assist people’s economy that had been affected by the haze:

Crop yields had failed during the dry season and pest populations had greatly increased causing a serious setback for the production of seed stocks and vegetables. The delayed rainy season had forced farmers to postpone plantation, thus draining their wealth. YUM is in the villages to assist communities to deal with theses various problems, distributing seeds and helping farmers to restore their productions.

Earlier this year, a Training of Trainers was organized by two expert consultants to teach our staff how to “Communicate for Change”: the training aimed to create communication strategies using behavior change communication.

Why this training? One of the key problems in the area is that small farmers use a jerry can of gasoline and a match to clear their fields, thus causing a lot of smoke. They are unaware of how yearly exposure to fire smoke is affecting their health. That’s what we need to change.

The trainers had to develop key messages for specific target groups, learn about the best communication channels and come up with ideas about how to motivate different groups.

Another activity being currently conducted is an extensive survey to assess the causes of fire and to evaluate which conditions will assist our trainers to promote and achieve a mind set change by local populations. The survey includes a set of questions regarding health that will assist in the improvement of our current educational materials and to plan for further doctors’ assistance. The flyers YUM distributes to local populations to assist them to deal with recurring health problems due to the haze are attached.

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A farmer pouring the water to the plantation
A farmer pouring the water to the plantation
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YUM's staff explaining the cause of fire
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YUM's staff explaining the health survey

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Feb 18, 2016

Our Little Science Club

The children so excited watching the experiment
The children so excited watching the experiment

In Indonesia, Science is not one of the children’s favorite learning topics. They consider it as difficult and intense subject. Through YUM’s Integrated Community Library in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan, we encourage the children to like and learn more about Science in a fun way.  The learning methods involve simple experiments, games and watching movie clips related to science.

This activity began in January 2015 and is held twice a month.  We are grateful for your donation to our Library which is now equipped with visual aids and hands on equipment to support learning and includes items such as animals torso, solar system, books and movies.  The children learn about water circulation, names of the planets, gravity, law of attraction etc. Around 10-15 children participate in this activity.

The children show great enthusiasm during this activity and hence your continued support on this project is very important to sustain their interest and growth in science.  We would like to continue to encourage them to learn more and update their knowledge about science. More educational tools, movies, books will be required to help achieve the above goals in order to further support the children’s education. None of the activities above could be even remotely possible without your donation.

On behalf of the children from Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan we would like to sincerely express our gratitude to all of you, our honorable donors. Thank you.

The children trying the experiment by themselves
The children trying the experiment by themselves
The children watching the experiment seriously
The children watching the experiment seriously
The Librarian explaining about the experiment
The Librarian explaining about the experiment
The children observing the Solar System
The children observing the Solar System
Feb 16, 2016

Now, I can support my family-Haris, former student

Harris-VTC Former Student
Harris-VTC Former Student

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

My name is Haris, and I come from a disadvantaged family in Cipanas; my father is a farmer and my mother is a housewife. I am the fifth child from 11 siblings.

I joined the Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) Vocational Training Centre in 2011, enrolling in both computer and English classes. Before, I was only able to use Microsoft Word, but now I am able to operate most basic computer applications and use the Internet. At the beginning, I found English was very difficult and complicated. However, the tutor at YUM was very helpful and motivating, so I became engaged, learned more vocabulary, and had fun learning with the other students.

I am now working as the shopkeeper at one of the well-known supermarkets in Indonesia. Since Cipanas is a tourism area, sometimes I have foreign customers. I can easily communicate with them now. My computer skills help me in doing the administration job at my work. Now, I have my regular income and able to support my family to fulfill their daily needs.

Let me use this opportunity to show my gratitude. None of the things above could be done if I had not joined the YUM VTC. I am very grateful I had the opportunity to join the program. I hope many more youths will have the same chance for a better future.

Yours,

Haris 

Thanks to your generosity, Haris has gained the skills required to break out of the cycle of poverty. He can now support his family financially and be a role model to his younger siblings. The gift of one person’s education ripples through the community, empowering them to prosper. Help us to spread the word to your community that with a donation of just $10 per month, students like Haris can follow English language classes for free!

Harris and his co-worker
Harris and his co-worker
 
   

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