Mar 15, 2013

A Great Change from 2012 to the New Year of 2013

Reading Activities after School
Reading Activities after School

Dear YUM Friends,

How are you? We hope the New Year has been kind to you.

YUM Kalimantan Library has been greatly changed after 2012 as 2012 was the last year after 4 years Barclays supporting our Library.  Thanks to Barclays, a new Library room, furnitures, books, arts and crafts materials, edu toys, full time librarian, and many more were provided so that we can help children and communities around us to increase their knowledge and education.

Our children now like to write, read, dance, do storytelling and become more active, creative, confidence as well as have courage and spirit to reach their dreams after getting guidance and direction of a series of activities that have been carried out in the library. As a closing of Barclays help, in last December, we completed the library’s facilities with some new books, novels, comics, encyclopedias, school text books, edu_toys, arts and crafts materials, sports equipments, etc. to facilitate visitor activities. What a great improvement for the children and communities in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan who live with only less than $2 per day and  difficulty to access education facilities which is too costly for the 13,000 inhabitants. Until now YUM Kalimantan Library is still the one and the only library in the area.

Early 2013 it’s a tough time for us due to lack of funding to operate and run the library activities, while number of visitors keep increasing.  In 2012 numbers of visitors reach as many as 400 visitors per month and by 2013 the numbers of visitors reach 838 visitors per month in average. GlobalGiving donations became the only hope for our library to keep running.

Keep running with daily activities such as reading, writing, watching movies, arts and crafts activities, we are indebted to our librarian and volunteer who come and help in the library. In January 2013, we hosted Indonesia Canada Youth Exchange participants who helped our activities in English class, cooking class, dance, arts and crafts activities. These activities were opened by dance performance presented by our children and continued with watching a documentary film about the YUM project.  We also had a visit from Australian Embassy and Social service office of Central Kalimantan. Hopefully these kinds of visit can promote the library and invite more people to visit YUM project.

After struggling to get funding for the library, we received good news which gives us hope. A law firm in Singapore called Linklaters contacted us to express their interest in supporting YUM project and agree to help with our library for one year as part of their CSR program starting from February 2013. This support really helps us to run library activities such as series of daily activities, English club, creativity day, and project management.

Hopefully through GlobalGiving Donors, Linklaters and anyone who help YUM Kalimantan Library, we can keep the library running to help the children and communities around us and increase their knowledge and education.

Thank you :) 

Making a house with Lego
Making a house with Lego
Dancing with Indonesia Canada Youth Exchange
Dancing with Indonesia Canada Youth Exchange
Watching Cartoon Movies
Watching Cartoon Movies
Along with staff of Australian Embassy
Along with staff of Australian Embassy
Origami time
Origami time
Jan 8, 2013

Let the spirit of New Year become new hope for VTC

Certificate Distribution in English Kids Class
Certificate Distribution in English Kids Class

Happy New Year 2013!!! May the spirit of the New Year bless us all to do the best that we can do.

The YUM Vocational Training Centre (VTC) proudly announces that the Second Term (from September until December 2012) has ended.

Starting on September 10th 2012, the VTC Second Term welcomed around 316 students in 5 types of classes including English Classes, Computer Classes, Sewing Classes, Job Seeking Classes and Hospitality Class. This second term has been provided 20 classes with an average 10 to 20 students per class. Learning from the implementation of the VTC’s first term, in the second term, we had a chance to perfect the previous system in order to create a better impact and result for 3 months.

During this 3 months period, implementation of the Second Term VTC was divided into 3 steps: preparation, implementation and evaluation or final test. The preparation was held to prepare the system, the tutors, the schedule, and the registration process. With help from the United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA), the Priscilla Hall Memorial Fund (PHMF) and also donors through GlobalGiving, we were able to reach more disadvantaged youths and open a new hospitality class.  

After the preparation was set, in order to attain commitment from the participants, we gave orientation to all participants explaining the rules and regulations.  We are very happy with the implementation of the second term as we managed to enforce the regulations and build better understanding with the participants; those who were not responsible were reminded of these rules and regulations.  Those who passed the final test and met 70% of the attendance would get a certificate and their deposit would be 100% refundable. If the percentage of the attendance is less than 70%, then the deposit will be only 50% refunded and the participants will not receive a certificate.

As a result, from a total of 316 participants enrolled at the time of registration,  at the end of the session only 250 participants were allowed to follow the final test due to their absence on 3 consecutive days without any notice. In the end, after all the curriculums were taught, the final test was held. The final test was divided into two types; theory and practice, to ensure that the students understood both the theory and the practice, which they would have to face when they work. Conducted in early December, this final test determined the students' graduation.

From 250 students who followed the final test, about 228 students or 91.20 % of students were eligible to receive a certificate while the rest of students who failed to meet 70% attendance were only given information on their test result. What a great improvement from the first term before!

Therefore, based on these successes, as well as the spirit and hopes of the New Year 2013, we hope that we can provide better training through the VTC. Currently, we are preparing for the Third Term of the VTC for around 200 students and we will start on January 7th, 2012.

Also, as a reminder for donations option, GlobalGiving provides Monthly Recurring Donation Option for your convenience if you want to donate regularly every month. This monthly recurring donations will really help us to plan VTC programs, create budgets, and expand services.

Hopefully with the support from all of you, we can always continue to help disadvantaged youths around the Cipanas YUM Village to enhance their soft skills and help them to find a job and decrease the unemployment rate in the area. Thank you!

Learn to create a table in a Computer Class
Learn to create a table in a Computer Class
Role Play in Job Seeking Skills Class
Role Play in Job Seeking Skills Class
English Reading Final Test in English Class
English Reading Final Test in English Class
Doormats from patchwork T-shirt from Sewing Class
Doormats from patchwork T-shirt from Sewing Class
Necklaces from patchwork T-shirt in Sewing Class
Necklaces from patchwork T-shirt in Sewing Class
Oct 16, 2012

Thank You for Let Me Have College Education

Erin with her friends in front of her faculty
Erin with her friends in front of her faculty

Dear Donors,

I hope this letter finds you well.  I am Erin and in this opportunity, I would like to thank you and everybody who help me through Help Erin Get a University Education in Bandung (#10935)” microproject, so I can continue my education at University. I wish God will bless you with lots of happiness and fortune.

I was born in Pemalang, Central Java on March 3rd, 1994.  I remember that when I was a little kid and studied at elementary school, my father did not have a fixed job.  He only worked when someone asked him for helps, so it was ,my mother who had to work hard to support our life.   I am very proud of her and I have a dream to change my family life condition and make my parents proud of me.  I am the fifth child with four sisters and two brothers.  Due to our financial condition all of my older siblings were only able to finish their education until Junior High School level.   

In this opportunity, I also would like to share with you about how I decided to move to Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) in Cipanas, West Java. It was in 2006 when I just graduated from elementary school, my mother came to me and asked me if I would like to move to Cipanas to continue my study.  It is hard for me to decide but she convinced me that it would be the best way for me and my family.  She had great expectation that I could continue my education as high as possible.  So, I decided to leave my family and promised to myself that I would not disappoint my mother.  At the beginning, it was hard for me to live in Cipanas; I often missed my family back home.  I wanted to return to my family but I reconsidered again and thought that I had to do this for my family.  Here in Cipanas I was offered better education and facilities and one day I can improve my family life. 

In cipanas, YUM gave me an oppurtunity to go to study at the best Junior High School in that area called SMPNi 1 Sukaresmi.  Everyday I tried to adjust myself to local culture, language and new people. My grade for Sundanesse subject in first semester was not really good, since my hometown is in Pemalang, Central Java and YUM is in Cipanas, West Java, these two locations have different language. However, fortunately I got the first rank in my class! I was very happy with the result J.  At second class of junior high scholl, I was selected to represent my school in math competition among Junior High School students in District level and I got the third place. I graduated from Junior High School in 2009 and continue to Senior High School at my favorite school, SMAN 1 Sukaresmi.  At that time, like other students, I never thought that I would study at university since it would cost a lot and my family didn’t have a lot of money.  Finishing my high school was already a fortune for me and my family. However, I didn’t want to be hopeless and pry for a miracle.

Although, I didn’t know who would pay my expenses in university, when I graduated from Senior High School, I tried to enter university thru an invitation. But i failed, so I tried again thru national selection.   I was accepted in Animal Science Faculty of Padjdjaran University.   I  think it will be easier for me to get a  job after I graduate.  I learn that there are many people graduated from animal science faculty become a success person.  Sometimes I feel upset when people don’t understand about this faculty.  They think that after graduation, I only can work as an animal shepherd.  It encourages me to prove it that what they say is not true and I will be success. 

After graduate from university, I want to work in a company to earn money, so when I have a lot of money, I will use it to establish a restaurant providing all animal products.  The money will also give me an opportunity to continue my study to master degree so I can become a lecturer in university.  However, my first goal is to run a restaurant business.

Since I study at university, I gain a lot of benefits and my parents are very proud of myself.  I also can motivate my younger brother and sister to keep stay at school and study as high as possible.  

That is all I can tell about myself and all I can do now is to thank you and your friends for your help. 

Thank you!!!

Erin after practicum in her college
Erin after practicum in her college
Erin with her new friends in the faculty
Erin with her new friends in the faculty
Erin in Management Leadership Students Training
Erin in Management Leadership Students Training
Erin enjoying her time with friends
Erin enjoying her time with friends
Erin enjoying the beauty of nature
Erin enjoying the beauty of nature
 
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