Jul 25, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

YUM Cipanas Library
YUM Cipanas Library

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Indonesia:

On the day of July 17, I was able to visit the first, and still the only, library provided by Yayasan Usaha Mulia, or YUM, and donors like you in the community of Cipanas, Indonesia. The families there consist of farmers, labor workers, and vegetable sellers at the markets.

When not in school, local youth have the opportunity to get tutored and participate in activities at the library like educational games, creative arts & crafts, and movies – when I arrived the children were making school schedules to take home. These included coloring, drawing, and cutting out shapes to make it their own while learning the days of the week.  These youth were ages 6-12. The older kids were working on the computers, and the younger ones were drawing pictures. It was fun to see how each group of younger children had a general theme they decided to draw – one group drawing a home and another drawing elephants and fish.

The library was colorful, encouraging creativity, safety, with the walls filled with books, dictionaries, novels, and more. I also saw the “boxes of books” which is part of the mobile library program for other communities' schools. YUM’s goal is to add more schools to its current 2 where it provides books. These are the first “libraries” in these communities.

I asked the librarian what he did before working at this one, and he said he was a teacher at the government schools. He said the schools lacked expression and creativity for the children, so when he was introduced to the opportunity at YUM, he was happy to join. 

I am told that one of the youth that has been through YUM's programs has now been accepted to one of the best universities in Indonesia. This is a huge achievement. I had such a wonderful time meeting the community and children through YUM. To read more about my experience, be sure and check out: JacquelineInTheField Blog.

Arts & Crafts Time
Arts & Crafts Time
w/ the newly created school schedules
w/ the newly created school schedules

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Jul 24, 2012

GlobalGiving visits our Vocational Training Center

Interview with sewing students
Interview with sewing students

After searching for funds to keep the Vocational Training Center (VTC) open, help finally came from the Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation (PHMF) who has generously donated the operational costs of the VTC for one term (three months). Not wanting to waste this great opportunity, a new system was built for the VTC classes, called the “VTC PHMF Program”. Clear guidelines for tutors and staffs were made to make the work of the staffs and tutors more efficient.  Monthly reports were written, consisting of students and tutors attendance along with the material being taught, which were submitted to the VTC Coordinator every Monday. Thus, we can immediately provide guidance and solutions if any problem occurs. Material preparation including repairs of sewing machines, orientation with the students and tutors to explain the new systems and rules were held to make VTC more efficient. “Kartu Miskin” _ a certificate for poor people _ became the main requirement to enroll in the VTC so that we were sure to have students who really needed this training. After all the preparation, we finally opened the “VTC PHMF” new classes on May 14th, 2012!

English Classes, Job Seeking Skills Classes, Sewing Classes and Computer Classes were open to accommodate youth needs around the area. The English Classes consist of 3 normal English Classes and 2 English Classes specifically for Training of Trainers (TOT). The Computer Classes also consist of 3 normal Computer Classes and 2 Computer Classes for Training of Trainers (TOT). The Sewing Classes consist of Dress Making and Craft Classes with 2 classes opened and Job Seeking Skills Class has one class open. All in all, we are providing classes for 207 students in the VTC PHMF! 

And the good news keeps coming: Jacqueline Lee, GlobalGiving’s representative in Southeast Asia for 2012 visited our project area in Cipanas and also the YUM Head Office in Jakarta on July 16th and 17th, 2012. It was an amazing visit for two days! We had an hour meeting with YUM staff in Jakarta to talk about NGOs in Indonesia, our projects, and our experiences with GlobalGiving. The day after, we went to Cipanas to visit the Cipanas YUM Village where Jacqueline could see our Library Program and our VTC program (both up on GlobalGiving). Our children in the library were really excited to welcome her and so were the students in the VTC. Jacqueline talked with our librarian about activities in the library, observed the children’s activities (they were making a school timetable) and admired the drawing activities carried out in the library. We also showed her our facilities at the Cipanas YUM Village which consists of a library, dormitories, main hall, VTC and organic farm. 

After that, Jacqueline visited our newly funded VTC, attending the sewing classes and computer classes for TOT. We had an interesting interview with students in the sewing classes and also made a fun video with them. The students were very happy with her because interacting with foreign visitors is always a great experience for them. Moreover, Ita, one of our tutors who is also one of the orphaned children still living in YUM Cipanas, had the opportunity to be interviewed by Jacqueline. Shyly, she tried to answer the questions posed by Jacqueline and shared about why she wanted to teach at the VTC as well as her dreams to continue her education to university. Hopefully through VTC PHMF and GlobalGiving, we can help her dreams come true and also help many unemployed youths in Cipanas to find a job.

In addition to visiting our projects in Cipanas YUM Village, Jacqueline also visited the community around the center and saw the many small businesses that were there. We visited a home-based business making Tempeh, an Indonesian traditional food made of soybeans, visited the koi fish farm and the mushroom factory. It was a very pleasant experience. We are very pleased with this visit and really appreciate the certificate given to us certifying our successful completion of GlobalGiving’s due diligence process as well as being in good standing as a member of GlobalGiving’s community. 

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to our Vocational Training Center in Cipanas, as well as all friends of YUM and we would also like to especially thank Jacqueline Lee from GlobalGiving who kindly came and visited us. Hopefully we can always give the best help for the children, youths and community around the Cipanas YUM Village. As an end note, we would love to welcome you if you wish to organize students/volunteer camps at our community center, learn about our organic farm, or just to visit the center and our surroundings. Please email aris@yumindonesia.org if you are interested.

Thank you!!!


Sewing Classes Products
Sewing Classes Products
Jacqueline in the Library
Jacqueline in the Library
Students in the Computer TOT classes
Students in the Computer TOT classes
Interview with Ita_tutor TOT Computer Class
Interview with Ita_tutor TOT Computer Class
GlobalGiving Certificate
GlobalGiving Certificate
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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