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Jun 8, 2012

"Many Angels Came to Us"

Art and craft with BIS students
Art and craft with BIS students

Many Angels Came to Us. Yes, we are glad that during the last three months, we had so many beautiful moments with people who wanted to help develop our library. With the help and cooperation of PT. Monex MAD, we have received many books to increase our books collection to be read and borrowed by the children and also to be distributed through our Box of Books Program. Around 390 children books were donated including novels, encyclopedias, comics, schoolbooks and also books of general knowledge were given to us, together with games for the children. We had a special celebration for the handover of this donation, and the donor even brought a story teller. What a fun day for everyone, thank you!

Other beautiful moments included the visits of students from the United World College of South-East Asia (UWCSEA Singapore), families from the American Women Association (AWA), students from Pelita Harapan University (UPH), students from the Jakarta International School (JIS) and also students from the British International School (BIS) who all participated in activities with our children in the library such as games, storytelling, arts and crafts, making posters, make a book about things and animals and much more. They also helped us by giving donations such as games, books and magazines.  As a result, our collection has now reached 4.132 books. With these books we can increase our services to the children and community around the library and we are really proud that we now have more than 1.500 visitors each month coming to our library!!! What an excellent achievement for our library in a small village!

We also held a Creativity Day together with the Social Ministry to appreciate children’s creativity through a poetry reading competition, a drawing and coloring competition, a boy band and girl band dancing competition, and much more. Through these competitions, we hope the children’s creativity can be increased, as well as their love of reading.

We hope that during the next   GlobalGiving  Bonus Day on June 13, 2012 you can help us improve our library because during Bonus Day, GlobalGiving will match up to 40% of the online donations received on that day.  We invite you to be the next Angels for our library to increase a love of reading in Cipanas, Indonesia, and please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. We believe that your help will make a better life for the children there. Thank you!!!

Drawing activity with BIS students
Drawing activity with BIS students
Storytelling by JIS students
Storytelling by JIS students
Thank You PT. Monex!
Thank You PT. Monex!
Games with UPH students
Games with UPH students
Hey Look at my Picture! :)
Hey Look at my Picture! :)

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Apr 25, 2012

Once it was Trash, now it has Class!

Once it was trash, now it has Class
Once it was trash, now it has Class

Last year, we were very proud that out of the 330 senior students who graduated from the vocational training centre (VTC), 250 of them had successfully found employment. An encouraging results amid the unemployment issue in Cipanas!

In the last three months, we conducted an evaluation of student learning outcomes conducted from February to March for computer classes, English classes, job seeking skills classes and sewing classes. 181 students from a total of 194 students or 93.3% VTC students passed the exam! That's an exciting achievement!

Even after graduating, 4 of 10 sewing students still come and make recycle products such as recycle bags from plastic waste and also from patchwork batik cloth, because in addition to improving students' skills in sewing, we also teach students to love the environment by using plastic waste to make something "once it was trash, now it has class". For now on, we try to get orders from international schools in Jakarta to make laptop bags from old banners or bags from plastic waste. Hopefully we can get more orders, so income from these products will go back to the students and help YUM expand the VTC and also can help more disadvantaged people improve their life. So, if you want to order our products, please contact us!

Moreover, in addition to trying to make the VTC a sustainable project, we held a Training of Trainers (TOT) for four alumni computer students who wish to become computer trainers for elementary and junior high school students. Also, in March, 4 students from UWCSEA Singapore (United World College of South-East Asia) helped us in English Classes for a week. That's a great help to make a beautiful experiences for our students. Thank you Girls!

Some of our staffs also volunteered in English classes and Job seeking classes. These volunteers are needed  because right now, we don’t have sufficient funds to pay the salary of the VTC trainers. It's a very ironic situation when many students want to learn in VTC but we don’t have the funds to pay the trainers.

To face this problem, we opened a paying-class program starts this month with a relatively lower cost compared to the other courses in Cipanas, because we still want to help youths have skills to get a job. These paying-classes hopefully can cover our trainer’s salary in VTC and we can still run the VTC classes. However, significant changes from free-classes into paying-classes are a big challenge for us. It resulted in a decrease of the community’s interest to learn at the VTC, because we never charged a fee before and the community around us is mostly disadvantaged. Less than 4 students for all classes want to join the class, when last year we had more than 300 students! It’s a great dilemma for us, because we can’t start new classes with only 4 students. Sadly, we decided to not open the class for now on and hopefully we can open the classes as soon adequate funding becomes available.

Therefore, we make great efforts to keep running the classes by managing a Training of Trainer, receive orders to make bags of plastic waste, etc. but we still need your help to run this program. GlobalGiving will be offering Mother's Day Tribute Card Campaign by give $500 to each of the top 10 projects with the most donors who make donations as gifts during the Tribute Card Campaign on Tuesday, May 1 at 12:01 am EDT and will end on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. That would be great if you want to help us in this campaign.

Thank you for your generosity and concern in our project; we believe that your help can reduce unemployment in Cipanas and allow "once it was trash, now it has class" to continue. Thank You!!

We passed!! Hoorraayyy!!
We passed!! Hoorraayyy!!
Training of Trainers for students
Training of Trainers for students
Making a doormat during a sewing class
Making a doormat during a sewing class
Fun English classes with UWCSEA students!
Fun English classes with UWCSEA students!
Our volunteers from Park Ridge High School
Our volunteers from Park Ridge High School
Mar 12, 2012

Thank You GlobalGiving to Give Us a Chance to Love Reading!

GlobalGiving is the best!
GlobalGiving is the best!

Thank you to all donors through GlobalGiving who gave us a chance to inspire a love of reading for Indonesian children! Our 2011 budget has been fully funded because with the help of YUM’s friends, colleagues and society through GlobalGiving.

It’s almost a year GlobalGiving has helped us in making reading a daily activity in this West Java community. Every day after school, children come to the library to play, read, discuss, learn how to use a computer, etc.  We also help their homework and even help the children to join competitions. We helped one of our library members to send his drawing to a children’s magazine and other library member to join a Competition of General Knowledge and English and she won third place in this competition with the help of our librarian. We really proud that our children can make such improvements!

We are also proud to announce that our library has started a Library Internship Program for high school students in Cipanas who want to help us manage the implementation of our lending system and library membership cards, because more and more visitors come to borrow books.  At this time, we record more than 1,000 visitors every month of whom more than 150 children have become library members. Currently, 3,846 books are available in the library. What an amazing progress in an area which lacked books!

Moreover, The Box of Books service has been launched. We cooperate with 2 schools in the area, to help the school increase their books collection. Every month, we drop a box of some 50 books and exchange it every month with a new box. The students are very happy because until now their library had very few books. We will also train the school to manage their own library, such as how to start a lending system, how to make an appealing displays of books so they can improve their library services.

The above progress shows that it is very important to continue these services to children in our community and we hope you will support us further. We still need your help to regularly upgrade our books collection and creative materials for children, and retain the services of a part-time librarian, etc. Your generosity has helped the community in Cipanas to improve their quality of life. Thank you GlobalGiving, thank you to all our donors!!

Children Read in the Box of Books Program
Children Read in the Box of Books Program
Neng Siti Nurhaliza is the winner!
Neng Siti Nurhaliza is the winner!
I love reading now :)
I love reading now :)
The Box of books help us in reach a book!
The Box of books help us in reach a book!
Thank you GlobalGiving!! :)
Thank you GlobalGiving!! :)

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