Oct 14, 2012

More Classes, More Students, More Happiness!!!

Certificate Distribution
Certificate Distribution

The first term of the PHMF funded Vocational Training Center (VTC) has finally ended and we are proud to announce that around 70.5% or 146 students out of 207 students who followed the test were able to get the certificate!

These students are ones who passed the final exam and had more than 70 % attendance. This percentage is actually less than the total participants who passed the exam, however some of them are not entitled to receive a certificate due to their absenteeism. We applied this system in order to educate students to be committed and disciplined.

Moreover, we also conducted a questionnaire distribution to analyze the satisfaction of students and tutors about VTC’s services to know whether our services was good or not and how to improve the VTC’s services.

Based on the questionnaire given, we can summarize that both tutors and students feel satisfied with VTC and hope that it can be sustainable to help more destitute people in Cipanas. What they enjoyed the most were the tutors, the lessons given and the facilities provided during the training. Teaching with a fun atmosphere made the students love to learn and hoped that this class was not just for the short term. They even hoped that the VTC could open more classes with innovative teaching methods to become more modern and fun so it would not be boring.

Their dreams came true. In June, we received confirmation that the United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA), based in Singapore, agreed to support the VTC for 3 months and not long after, the Priscilla Hall Memorial Fund (PHMF) said they would continue to support the VTC. Also, last but not least, donors through GlobalGiving kept coming to help us realize this opportunity. With this support, we were able to open more classes than we had intended to. So, we divided the classes into beginner classes and advanced classes to accommodate
the aspirations of the new students and senior students who wish to continue their studies to a higher level.

In total, we were able to have 20 classes with 316 students!!! That is amazing! We have 2 classes of Sewing Classes to make clothes, 2 classes of Sewing Classes to make crafts, 1 Job Seeking Skills Classes, 7 English Classes, 7 Computer Classes and 1 Hospitality Class. This is an amazing effort to accommodate the community needs for informal education to help poor youths in Cipanas in finding a job to decrease unemployment.

At the same time as this was happening, we thought to revise the system of our services at the VTC and simplify the tasks of the tutors, administrators and staffs without diminishing the quality of their work and even to enable them to upgrade their work result. A new administrator was hired to handle all of the administration system such as registration, schedule, absenteeism, cash deposit, certificate and also the promotion of the VTC to communities around YUM.  Some new tutors were also hired to accommodate all the classes like a Hospitality tutor, a Job Seeking Skills tutor, and also a Computer tutor. Hopefully all these new systems can maximize the VTC’s services and our purpose to decrease unemployment can be reached. 

We know that all of this achievement cannot be implemented without the support and donations from our generous donors. To add more good news, GlobalGiving announced that they are offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project at 12:01 am EDT (or 11:00am Indonesia time) on October 17, 2012 in BONUS DAY. There is $50,000 in matching funds to distribute amongst projects up on GlobalGiving. The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.

YUM would like to make the most of this amazing opportunity, and we can’t do it without your help. This BONUS DAY will only happen on October 17th, so if you are to help, please share this message to your friends and family. Please let them know to wait until October 17th before making their donations.

Tank you very much for all your help and for being a part of our success through VTC in helping poor youths in Cipanas. Hopefully, God will bless you with lots of happiness and fortune.

Thank you!

Outdoor English Classes
Outdoor English Classes
Students Orientation
Students Orientation
Making patchwork bag in Sewing Classes
Making patchwork bag in Sewing Classes
Computer Classes
Computer Classes
Hospitality "Kitchen" Classes
Hospitality "Kitchen" Classes
Oct 10, 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 Trainining
Erin in Management Leadership Students Trainining
Erin enjoy her time with friends
Erin enjoy her time with friends
Erin enjoy the beauty of nature
Erin enjoy the beauty of nature
Aug 13, 2012

A new beginning for the Cipanas YUM Library

A new beginning for the Cipanas YUM Library
A new beginning for the Cipanas YUM Library

- Final Report -

Last year, the Cipanas YUM Library only had few books to improve children’s knowledge, especially increase children’s love of reading. They didn’t even understand what is reading since reading is not a habit in Indonesia and they cannot afford to buy books due to their economic situation. Books are expensive. Children around the Cipanas YUM Village will rather buy food to keep alive than buy a book.

The YUM Library is the only library in an area of some 100,000 inhabitants. We had tried to fix those problems but we could not afford to hire a librarian to manage the activities aimed at encouraging ours young visitors to read. No lending system was in place, only few daily activities run by volunteers or children from the YUM orphanage. 

So, what happened next?

YUM had started the library to change these conditions. In April 2011, YUM joined GlobalGiving and posted its first project: “Inspire A Love Of Reading For Indonesian Children” to create a place for children to improve their education, skills and inspire them to love reading.

Thanks to everyone’s donations, the library got a new life!!

The first budget for the first year activities was $ 9,435 USD to cover all YUM Library needs. Some great progress was achieved thanks to the help of donors from around the world through GlobalGiving. A librarian was hired who built a proper library system and organized attractive daily activities. Daily activities including storytelling, drawing, reading, writing, arts and crafts creativity, even competitions. Starting with about 5 children on a daily basis at the beginning, the library now attracts 1500 visitors every month! 

In addition, this success is supported by a new system applied by our librarian. A new database system divides books based on category and age, including a new lending system and library membership cards. This system also helps us to organize our book collection so that children can either read in the library or bring books home. Not just for kids, this simplicity also helps us to attract visitors from junior and senior high schools, mothers, and public visitors. Even more, our library has become a Library Internship Program for students who want to undertake librarian studies.

Finally, after 1 year on GlobalGiving, the first budget was fully funded with the help of YUM’s friends and donors like you. In 2012, we increased our budget up to $ 17,406 to keep the library running. More and more visitors came, more activities were provided through daily activities or children’s creativity days, cooperation was set up with schools to run a box of books program, visits from international schools students and other organizations came in turn to provide assistance to our library such as paint the library, arts and crafts activities, storytelling, dance and many more.

Special thanks to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) PT. Monex M.A.D, 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), students from the British International School (BIS), volunteers from Centre for Education and Research and Environmental Education (CERES Australia) and also to all donors who gave their contribution for the success of the library. Starting with few left over books, we now have a collection of 4,235 books! What an impressive change!!

Recently, Jacqueline Lee, a GlobalGiving’s representative in Southeast Asia for 2012, visited the library and witnessed the project and the communities it impacts. She interacted with the children who were drawing animals, houses and also made school's timetable, discussed with the librarian about the library daily activities, traveled around the Cipanas YUM Village and communities around us. We really appreciate this visit and it encourages us to give more and more to the children and communities in the library and now we have a chance to make it come true. 

A new beginning

Unexpectedly, the Primus Child Foundation offered to support the library.  Besides funding our current library activities, thanks to their donation, a pre-school will be established to attract between 30-50 children from poor families, health and nutrition education will be conducted for 75 children every week, and an English Club will be set up, providing internet access to social media, and hopefully pen pals.

The Primus Child Foundation wishes to become the exclusive donor for this project. It is for this reason that we have to part with GlobalGiving for this particular project. We cannot thank GlobalGiving and all our donors enough for the opportunity that we were given, to help hundreds of children in this poor area of Indonesia! 

In the future, you will be able to follow the progress of this project on our website at www.yumindonesia.org and through our newsletters.

Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause and please don’t hesitate to contact me at aris@yumindonesia.org if you have any questions or wish further details. I will be happy to respond and welcome you should you wish to come and visit our projects.

Once again, thank you for your support during these past 2 years to help the many children who come to the Cipanas YUM library!!!

P.S.: YUM has another project on GlobalGiving to provide skills to older youth in the same area, details of which can be found at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-skills-for-indonesian-unemployed-youth/

Thank you for supporting us!!
Thank you for supporting us!!
The children practice yoga during the CERES Camp
The children practice yoga during the CERES Camp
Arts and crafts activity during the CERES Camp
Arts and crafts activity during the CERES Camp
Jacqueline observes the children's activity
Jacqueline observes the children's activity
Jacqueline talking with Pak Ardi - YUM Librarian
Jacqueline talking with Pak Ardi - YUM Librarian

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