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Aug 22, 2019

A new semester for both my children and me.

In front of my campus registration booth
In front of my campus registration booth

Hi GlobalGiving Donors,

I hope that my letter finds you well.

I have finished my internship at Yayasan Usaha Mulia as well as my internship report where I wrote about the Cash and Accountability report procedure of the organization’s many projects. I then  had to present the report in front of my advisors and other students. After the presentation, there was a question and answer session. Everyone in the room is allowed to ask me about the internship report. Thankfully, I passed this stage well as I was very nervous at the beginning. 

Right now, I have enrolled in the Accounting Information System class. I had taken this class before but because I had to rest due to my hip injury, I had to drop this class. Therefore now I have to start the class from the beginning. I am getting closer to finishing my university studies. I hope that after this semester, my advisor will approve my final assignment proposal so I can continue to do my research. 

Both my children- the oldest and the youngest ones - started their new school this semester. One is in his first year at Vocational High School majoring in automotive technology and the other is in his first year of primary school. I was with my youngest son on his first day of school. I also participated in the school’s flag ceremony and followed instructions from the ceremony leader with other parents during the whole morning. I had not participated in any flag ceremony since I graduated from high school!

That is all from me now. Many many thanks for all your generous support for my study. I hope that more people out there also will have an opportunity like me to pursue their dream. 

Before my Internship presentation
Before my Internship presentation
With my children before dropping them to schools
With my children before dropping them to schools
The school's flag ceremony
The school's flag ceremony
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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