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.
Jun 17, 2016

First update from the field - June 2016

Even boys love this class!
Even boys love this class!

Dear generous supporter,

First of all, allow us to express our gratitude for your generous support for YUM’s educational projects in Cipanas. The Library and Early Childhood Learning Center have been very successful projects and we plan on continuing to run them for as long as we can, with your help of course!

The YUM Community Library in Cipanas not only provides books for children but also several varied educational activities such as Drawing and Coloring, Storytime, English club, Science Club, Computer club, Health and Nutrition program, etc. One of the children’s most favorite activities though is Arts and Crafts!  They learn to make creative things from used and waste materials, such as boxes, bottles, newspapers, remains of fabric and others.  This activity is held every Monday afternoons. Our librarian, Ms. Agnes, always has new ideas to make from these materials, as you will see in the photos below. Here are a few things the children have to say about our activities:

“I love to follow different activities each time I visit the YUM Library. My favorite activity is Computer Club. I am really interested in learning computer and in mastering it.  My other favorite activity is Arts and Crafts. I have been able to make greeting cards, a key holder and many other creative things.” Sutisna, 6th grade

There are so many interesting books to read in the YUM Library.  The borrowing time here is longer than the library at my school. Therefore I often bring more than one book home. My favorite activity is Arts and Crafts. My friends and I come to the YUM Library regularly to read and do several activities. Last Monday we learned to make a brooch from the remains of flannel fabric.   We can bring our works home and show it to our family.” Ayu, 6TH grade.

Thank you for your trust in us. If you can, please share this report with your friends and family so we can continue to accommodate children in our library, improving their literacy and encouraging them to be more creative and confident.

 

Kind regards,

The YUM Team

A very diligent girl
A very diligent girl
Ms. Agnes and her students
Ms. Agnes and her students
Keychains !
Keychains !
Various results of the children works
Various results of the children works
May 10, 2016

Warm love greeting from children at YUM Kalimantan Library

Drinking milk together at YUM Kalimantan Library
Drinking milk together at YUM Kalimantan Library

Dear GlobalGiving generous donors,

I hope this letter finds you well. I would like to take this opportunity to share my wonderful experience during my visit to YUM Integrated Community Library in Kalimantan last March.

I met the library staff and get closely involved with the children. They are so cheerful, enthusiastic about reading, and excited to participate in the diverse library activities. The librarian told me that many children are so keen to come to the library that they come from school, and she had to ask them to go home first to change their clothes and have lunch!

When I was there, the Library had Health and Nutrition workshops. The librarian informed the children about the danger of worms and the importance to have clean hands. The children were so focused during the session. YUM always tries to educate the children about healthy living. After the health presentation, the children gathered in the hall to have a glass of milk. The other activities that I got involved with are Arts and Crafts, as well as the Dance Club.

I’ve attached some pictures for your perusal, and hope that you will be able to visit the Library someday, to see firsthand the joy your support has brought into these children’s lives.

Thank you for your continuous support,

Behalf on the children in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan

Kind regards,

Yolanda

Health and Nutrition Workshop
Health and Nutrition Workshop
The children playing along with the toys
The children playing along with the toys
The Children Dance Club
The Children Dance Club
Me and all the children at YUM Kalimantan Library
Me and all the children at YUM Kalimantan Library
May 10, 2016

Our Sewing Class Program is not only for girls

Students in the Basic Sewing Class
Students in the Basic Sewing Class

The sewing class is a favorite training at the Vocational Training Centre of the Cipanas YUM Village. Each term, the Cipanas VTC holds two classes.

The students in the Basic Sewing Class learn everything from the very beginning. Most of them have not been doing any work with the fabrics before. The first thing they learn is how to make and cut a pattern. Many students find it difficult to make patterns, but they are motivated and do not give up easily.  Meanwhile the students in the Intermediate Sewing Class continue to make a whole pattern and learn to use sewing machines. They are taught to make t-shirts, skirts, trousers, dresses etc.

The students who are learning sewing are not only girls, but boys also. There is no feeling of shame. The students are very motivated to learn and are able to get a proper job after graduating from the VTC course. Most of them want to work in the nearby garment industries in the nearest cities such as Cikarang, Bekasi, Jakarta, Tangerang and others. They want to be able to improve their quality of life and that of their family.

“The first thing I learned was how to make a pattern. It was really hard for me at the beginning. I often drew or cut the material in the wrong direction. But, my tutor Mrs. Ila was very patient. She always encouraged me and the other students to not give up easily.  Now I can make a skirt and t-shirt pattern correctly. “   Ruddin, Basic Sewing Class - High School Graduate

“The reason why I take sewing class is because I want to work at a manufacture later on. My parents support my decision to study at YUM-VTC.  Both of my parents are also tailors. My dreams are to have my own tailoring shop and make new trendy clothing. I like making and cutting patterns, even though many students find it difficult” Muarif , Intermediate Sewing Class students – High School Graduate

Thanks to GlobalGiving generous donors, YUM-VTC can continue to accommodate more and more unemployed youth in Cipanas to gain skills supporting their life and breaking the cycle of poverty. Help us spread the word: by donating just $10 every month, more students like Ruddin and Muarif can enroll in the sewing class for free!

Currently, our education project is Cipanas is looking for donors. The project will provide a quality learning facility for more than 300 toddlers and school-age children. By providing books, materials and qualified teachers. YUM hopes its award-winning preschool and library, will improve the learning habits of children, stimulating a sense of curiosity and intellectual development. Kindly find our project link at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/yumcipanas-quality-education/

A student learning using sewing machine
A student learning using sewing machine
Students in the class room
Students in the class room
Intermediate Sewing class students works
Intermediate Sewing class students works
The sewing class students receiving certificates
The sewing class students receiving certificates

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