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.
Feb 2, 2016

Between final exams and work deadlines.

Paridi and his friends during presentation
Paridi and his friends during presentation

Dear Global Giving Donor,

Happy New Year 2016! I hope that this coming year will bring more new opportunities to all of us.

These last three months, I have been receiving more new donations. I feel very touched and sincerely appreciate your support for my university studies. Your trust in me is very important as it motivates me in my studies.

Right now, I am at the end of my second semester. I finished my mid – term test in November and I’m happy to say that the results were very good. During that second semester, I was given more assignments, making papers and presentations.  I started to learn about the First Accounting Introduction this semester too. I find this lesson very interesting and helpful for my work. Last weekend, I just finished my final term test and now I have a week off from my studies.

This February, I wil start my short semester.  The short semester means that the normal 6 months semester will be finished in only 3 months. The students are only able to take 2 classes during this period and I plan to take the Second Accounting Introduction and Marketing Management.

Currently, I am struggling a little balancing work and studies as I had to finish the foundation’s Tax and Financial Report 2015 before the end of this January. Luckily, my family is very supportive and understands my condition. However, my youngest son is still very small (3 years old) and requires my attention quite often. He likes to disturb me while I am doing my homework and studying at home. But I try to manage my time to talk and play with him.

Once again, I would like to express my gratitude and say “Thank you” and I pray for the best for all of you.

 

Best regards,

Paridi

Paridi and his family
Paridi and his family
Jan 19, 2016

After the rain: what now?

Medical check-ups in villages
Medical check-ups in villages

After 3 months of suffering from daily inhalation of toxic smoke from the burning of trees, the rainy season in Indonesia finally arrived mid-November! The rain was welcomed with joy by all the inhabitants of Bukit Batu, where YUM has established projects for the past 15 years. From a level of 3.900 on the Polluant Standard Index (PSI) - a level of 300 is already considered hazardous - the levels finally went down to a safer level of 200 after a few days of rain. However, our work is not over...

According to the Center for International Forestry Research, “The effects of any smoke on human health are well documented: headaches, dizziness, fatigue bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, and cardiovascular disease. In Central Kalimantan, however, the full extent of long-term smoke inhalation on local people remains unknown.” (“Don’t inhale: Scientists look at what the Indonesian haze is made of”, blog CIFOR, 21 October 2015)

Since the beginning of this project, the YUM staff have tirelessly continued organizing medical check-ups and distributing relief packages in nearby villages. Even weekends were used to go from one village to another in hopes of helping as many people as possible. In the next few months, we are hoping to start the following activities in order to address the long-term effects of the smoke on the health of the inhabitants:

  1. Detoxification treatment: Post-smoke assistance, including detoxification treatments, is being delivered and continues to be required to return to good health
  2. Water quality testing in wells: The fires and associated release of toxic substance is highly likely to have contaminated the water table, compromising some of the wells and other drinking water sources of the community.  A series of tests on the water quality in wells is proposed.
  3. Psycho-social impacts: The ongoing haze situation has resulted in high levels of emotional distress and depression, potentially leading to post-disaster syndrome in the community.  A closer assessment will be required to verify the extent of the impact of the haze on the spirit of the people.

Thank you again for your continuous support! We will send you another update in 3 months time. Before then, please help us to spread the word about YUM's projects in Indonesia.

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A volunteer doctor checks a patient
A volunteer doctor checks a patient
Distribution of vitamins and medicine
Distribution of vitamins and medicine

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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
 
   

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