Yayasan Cipta Mandiri changes the way I see the world....
By Fajrin Hanafi - Youth Leader for Graphic Design Program
A photo of Fajrin (close up)
I’m Fajrin one of YCM’s Youth Leader for Graphic Design program. I was 3 years old when a lump on my head was suspected as a tumor. Thus I had a surgery for the first time. The tumor grew again when I was about 9 years old, and I had my second surgery. When I was 14 years old, the lump re-grew and even bigger than before. It spread to my left part of face up to my neck. The cancerous tumor was the cause that made me had to face another surgery in Jakarta the capital of Indonesia, and I lost part of my face. The doctors made an implant skin for my face, but for me after the surgery was also terrible. I lost my confidence, as I thought that people see me as a weird person. Some people even get scared when they saw me. I was so sad, desperate and lack of confidence. I also had to face the separation of my parents; they got divorce when I was in difficult situation of life. I was totally devastated, felt no hope and so sad. Although I can finish my high school, my lack of confidence made me feel useless and I didn’t know what to do. Seven months after I finished my high school, I decided to join YCM. YCM helps me to build my confidence (I always covered my face with a scarf before), I know where to go now, I have a goal in my life, I have dreams and hopes. Although my life is still not easy for me, I gain skills and knowledge in YCM. I’m more positive to see the world. I build my energy, I make friends and I face the world. I share my knowledge and my positive energy among my friends, "brothers and sisters of YCM" (about 110 young people) and through posters I made. I want to share to the world that “Cancer can’t take away dreams and a smile”. As one of youth leader in YCM I want to keep learning, do my best and be the useful one. Now, I don’t use a scarf to cover my face anymore. Thank you YCM, thank you Global Giving and the donors to help me to gain my confidence and to see the world differently. One day I will be the ambassador for cancer. I want to tell the world how precious our life is…
Fajrin shared with his team
Gardening team tend their garden
Gardening team and their hydroponic garden
Bogor Tours and Graphic Design team made the flyer