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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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Dec 28, 2011

Reaching a far greater community

Everyday full of kids at the library
Everyday full of kids at the library

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012 to all our dear friends and supporters who have helped our library!!

First of all, we would like to announce that our new lending system and library membership card works incredibly well! Around 86 children have become new members and they were very interested with the membership card program. At first, there were only 2 members who borrowed books every day, but as of this date, approximately 5 to 10 children borrow books on a daily basis. It’s great progress in an area where reading was definitely not a habit, nor was it enjoyed as it is today!

Codification of books also helps us in organizing them; making it easier for us to look for books borrowed and those remaining in the library. More than 3,292 books are in our library and around 800 books are children’s fiction and non-fiction books.

In October 2011, YUM worked together with the Jakarta International School and around 20 seventh  graders helped to paint several bookshelves in blue and yellow, which increased the appeal of the library. We have also added reading lamps to brighten up our library and a new computer to improve our activities. The new computer is used to store the database as well as for educational computer games, internet, news, knowledgeable articles, etc.

Also, colorful puzzle carpets been purchased and used in a “Kids’ Corner”, which we organize during monthly health gatherings at 2 nearby villages. The idea is that when the kids are waiting for their turn for the medical examination at these health clinics, they and their parents can read some books and play with educational toys. We hope that this “Kids’ Corner” can increase reading habits since early childhood.

These past three months, we have had a theme every month and in October and November, we concentrated on the theme of “Hero”. October had the theme called “Sumpah Pemuda” or "Youth Pledge" which is the commemoration day of national revival in Indonesia on October 28th, so the children tried to write about the “Youth Pledge”. In November, we also had a theme called “Hero’s Day”, because the 10thof November is the anniversary heroes in Indonesia. Children participated in story telling and drawing competition about their heroes, so the children learned a great deal about heroes in Indonesia. In December, the theme is “Happy New Year”. The children wrote down their expectations of 2012 and made “Happy New Year” cards and hope that next year their lives will be better than this year. December is also the time for final exams in Indonesia and our library was very useful to help them learn. For children who have difficulties in school, we will help them provide additional lessons or take remedial classes. Sometimes, high school kids help the junior school kids do their homework or provide additional lessons, and junior school kids will help the primary school kids.

We are also proud to report that our library has made a MOU with three schools around the library to create a Mobile Library. We will drop around 50 books a month to each school, so the school can lend them to their students. We also train the teachers about good lending systems, how to display the books in interesting ways as well as how to code books in hope that the schools can organize their own library. Our challenge is that two out of the three local schools, who will be part of our Mobile Library program, are currently undergoing annual renovations, which is disrupting their class schedule as well as limiting usable space.  So, these two schools have indicated their wish to wait until January to launch the Mobile Library program within their schools, to coincide with the launch of their new facilities. We are waiting on the third school to select a coordinator for the program, hopefully this can be realized as soon as possible.

We hope all of the help from GlobalGiving, donors and YUM friends can improve our library to make it better. Thank you for your trust in YUM to help improve the reading interest of children in the community of Cipanas, West Java. Nothing is better than prayer, financial assistance, and cooperation from the heart to help increase children’s reading habits as well as receive quality education. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012!!

 

Our librarian talking about Indonesian heroes
Our librarian talking about Indonesian heroes
JIS students helping to repaint the shelves
JIS students helping to repaint the shelves
Colorful bookshelves to brighten up our library
Colorful bookshelves to brighten up our library
Children create Happy New Year cards
Children create Happy New Year cards
 
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