COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
COVID-19 Support for 4000 Poor Indonesian Families
Nutritious food package distribution
Nutritious food package distribution

Dear friends,

Last month, Indonesia recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus infections with over 54,000 cases on July 14th (the highest in the world on that day). The government has mandated strict public restrictions especially for the regions most affected by the increase in cases. Though these restrictions make it more difficult for our staff to work on the ground, we continue our interventions, focusing on stunting prevention and ensuring pregnant mothers deliver healthy babies.

This time our report comes from Central Kalimantan. The YUM team is working with 37 women volunteer health workers in Bukit Batu district. These women volunteers are the frontline workers who follow the progress of the pregnant women and babies in the area. Our first priority was to build the knowledge and capacity around stunting and stunting prevention. Several workshops were organised, focusing on two topics: 1) stunting and its prevention, and 2) nutrition for pregnant women. 

The workshop used various tools such as presentations, videos, and flip charts. At the end of the workshop, 95% of the participants were able to explain what stunting is, and 88% understood the impact of stunting. With the knowledge they received in the workshop, these women were now able to provide the necessary information to the pregnant women living in the sub-district.

The stunting prevention program in Kalimantan works in 6 villages in Bukit Batu. A total of 105 pregnant women are enrolled in this program. Because of the pandemic, the health check-ups of pregnant women, babies and toddlers that are conducted in a monthly event called Integrated Health Post (Posyandu) have been cancelled. Due to this, the volunteer health workers and YUM staff have to visit each pregnant mother at their homes. During the visit, information is provided about stunting, its prevention, and the importance of breastfeeding for the healthy growth and development of their baby. 

Besides this information, the pregnant mother is also asked to confirm her participation in the intervention by signing an agreement, in which she agrees to get checked at the clinic at least 4 times during her pregnancy, fill in her health card during each check up and agree to consume the healthy and varied food packages that are provided by YUM every month. After discussions with the pregnant women, we discovered that each one has different needs in terms of nutrition: some have difficulty in obtaining milk, while others have difficulty in obtaining vegetables or fruits. So, instead of assuming what every pregnant mother needs, each woman gets to choose from three different kinds of packages every month: fruits, vegetables & groceries, and milk. This way, each of them can get the nutrition they need most but don’t have access to.

As you can read, stunting prevention requires working together with various stakeholders and an understanding of various issues such as nutrition and sanitation and of course, an awareness of stunting itself. Thank you so much for your amazing support to this project so that we can help ensure babies are born healthy!

In other news: YUM’s 2020 Annual Report has been published! Find out more about all our activities by going to YUM 2020 Annual Report

Also, this year YUM is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Mrs. Ismana Haryono, a member of our Board of Supervisors, has been with us for more than 40 years. She shares her memories about the beginnings of YUM and her wish for YUM’s future. Please take a few minutes to watch the video at Reminiscing YUM's Beginnings: How it all started and the challenges faced

Last but not least, out of 400+ entries, YUM has been selected as a Finalist for the 2021 GlobalGiving Photo Contest!! Voting starts TODAY, Monday, August 16th, 2021 until Friday, August 20th. Please go and vote for our photo so we can get a chance to win up to $1,000 in support of our COVID-19 relief program. You can see our photo here: https://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=1534

One of the volunteers explaining about stunting
One of the volunteers explaining about stunting
Mrs. Agustina (volunteer) with Stunting flipchart
Mrs. Agustina (volunteer) with Stunting flipchart
The fruits & vegetables package for pregnant women
The fruits & vegetables package for pregnant women
The milk package for pregnant women
The milk package for pregnant women
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A mother and daughter working on their home garden
A mother and daughter working on their home garden

It has been more than a year since the first Covid-19 case outbreak in Indonesia. The conditions are slowly improving and vaccines are being distributed to the elderly, however for many families in rural areas, life is still far from what it used to be before. For many, the decrease, or even worse, the loss of income has affected their ability to meet their basic needs, such as food.

After a short survey of households in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan to find out what support families needed most, a program distributing subsidized home garden materials was introduced. The materials include chicken manure, raw husks, seeds, agricultural lime, and polybags. The project aims to help families grow their own vegetables and be able to fulfill their food needs independently.  Our hope is for families to be able to nourish themselves as well as reduce the spread of the virus by avoiding going to the public market where the spread of the virus was very high. 

Today, there are 211 families in Bukit Batu who are benefiting from the food security program and 94% of them are women. Our team on the ground actively monitors the growth and the yield of vegetables. The participants who have the means to use WhatsApp are included in the "food security-home garden" group, while those who do not, are visited by our trainer to their homes. 

"My name is Lilies, and I am a housewife. I have always liked gardening because it is a fun activity. I happily agreed to participate in the YUM Home Garden program. I get so many benefits such as reducing my expenses on shopping for vegetables in the market. The vegetables that are harvested in my garden are healthier for my family’s consumption and I can sell the surplus to my neighbors and receive an income from the sale."

YUM hopes to reach at least another 100 families so they too may benefit from growing their own vegetables, which not only reduces their daily expenses but also keeps them healthy during this pandemic.

A man tending the plantion at the side of his home
A man tending the plantion at the side of his home
She is happily showing her home garden results
She is happily showing her home garden results
YUM's staff on her visit to one participant's home
YUM's staff on her visit to one participant's home
YUM's staffs distributing the manures
YUM's staffs distributing the manures
Several seeds for the home garden planting
Several seeds for the home garden planting
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Food packages distribution for the elderly
Food packages distribution for the elderly

Dear friends and supporters,

Happy New Year 2021!

We wish you a new year filled with peace, joy, and prosperity! We survived 2020 and thrived because of your continued support. We were able to exceed our goals and expand our services because of the generosity and commitment of people like you.

As we begin this new year, we are thrilled to inform you that Yayasan Usaha Mulia's project https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-promote-good-reading-habits-in-kalimantan/ has been chosen as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for January 2021! Our project to enhance the quality of literacy and education in Central Kalimantan was duly selected from a pool of more than 5,000 nonprofit projects in 170+ countries. Nearly 3,000 donors come together and make monthly donations to keep the Project of the Month going. This extra support means the world to us—and to the children living in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan. Over the course of this year, we’ll use these funds to help continue the tutoring sessions in our library. With 9 months of being out of school, the children living in rural Indonesia are experiencing a tremendous learning loss and we hope the small group tutoring sessions can help to ensure that the basics of reading, writing, and simple maths are achieved.

Since our last update in November, your donations to our COVID-19 Relief Initiative have helped a variety of activities in both West Java and Central Kalimantan. We continue to support the elderly in both areas by providing them with basic food packages as they are the most at risk right now and it’s important for them to stay healthy and stay indoors. We also closely work with the Integrated Healthcare Posts (Posyandu) in West Java where pregnant mothers receive monthly health check-ups. YUM has conducted training for approximately 50 volunteer health workers, following COVID-19 health protocols, providing them with knowledge about stunting and how to prevent it, about the importance of iron supplement tablets, and how to correctly use tools of measurement for pregnant women to ensure that their pregnancy remains healthy. Currently, we are planning the same type of intervention in Central Kalimantan.

We look forward to continuing our efforts and reaching out for more people to help this year and we can only do so with your continued compassion and generous support. 

 

Sincerely,

Yolanda

Project Leader

Delivering information of Covid and its prevention
Delivering information of Covid and its prevention
Miss Erna explaining about the causes of Stunting
Miss Erna explaining about the causes of Stunting
Body temperature check before the training
Body temperature check before the training
A volunteer health worker practising her speech
A volunteer health worker practising her speech
YUM Volunteer Health Workers ready to serve you!
YUM Volunteer Health Workers ready to serve you!
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Santi and her child
Santi and her child

Dear friends,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and well during this challenging time. We are so grateful for your continuous support to this project and would like to share with you a story of one of our beneficiaries, Santi, a mother of a 2-year-old boy:

When Santi became pregnant with her first child, she prayed her baby would grow healthy and strong. But, he turned out to be small for his age. At 13 months, her son Walid was diagnosed as being "stunted." Poverty and malnutrition are a part of life in Santi’s village in Cibadak, West Java. Her husband’s unpredictable income working as a food vendor did not provide enough for all that Walid's developing body required.

Luckily, upon diagnosis, Walid was included in YUM’s Stunting Program at the monthly health clinic (called Posyandu). Santi took Walid to the Posyandu each month, where YUM staff monitored his height and weight and provided health education. They also gave her food and sanitation packages and a colorful growth chart to hang in her home — a reminder to keep up her efforts towards Walid’s optimal growth. She returned month after month until one happy visit, Walid was declared no longer stunted!

Today, Santi tries her best to keep her son healthy, especially knowing all the challenges he would face later in life had he remained stunted. With the pandemic, her husband’s income has decreased, and providing proper nutrition for Walid is a challenge. Santi continues to visit the monthly Posyandu and is especially grateful to YUM in this uncertain time. She gives thanks that she has learned about stunting and how to prevent it.

Your support is helping hundreds of mothers like Santi to understand what stunting is and to receive the support that they need to keep their children healthy. In times like these, it’s crucial for these Posyandu to remain open as a source of knowledge and monitoring tool to prevent further stunted children in Indonesia.

 

If you would like to continue helping mothers like Santi, we will be participating in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign on GlobalGiving. We’d love you to join us and donate to this project because GlobalGiving has $1,000,000 in matching funds for all donations received on December 1st! 

 

Stay safe,

Yolanda

A nurse giving a child deworming treatment
A nurse giving a child deworming treatment
A nurse checks a pregnant woman
A nurse checks a pregnant woman
Deworming treatment helps improving child immunity
Deworming treatment helps improving child immunity
Iron tablets prevent pregnant woman from anemia
Iron tablets prevent pregnant woman from anemia
YUM's nutritious food package for mother and child
YUM's nutritious food package for mother and child
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Two siblings receiving YUM's food package
Two siblings receiving YUM's food package

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times for us all, and we hope you’re in good spirits and health! Right now, YUM is doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and continue providing services to our community. Our organization’s program has already been aligning with COVID-19 relief and we are now doubling down on this work. 

YUM works with more than 30,000 people in West Java and Central Kalimantan where, even before the pandemic, more than half of the population met the criteria of poor living conditions, and consequently could not access health and education facilities. In both areas, many workers, mostly informal, have lost their employment and their income creating an increase in the number of poor families and vulnerable groups in Indonesia. Hundreds of families in our community are seeing a decrease or loss of their income every month, and 90% of them have no savings whatsoever.

The rising unemployment is leading to declining purchasing power, subsequently increasing the risk of food insecurity, malnutrition, and stunting in the medium-to-long term. Already, A 2019 Study of Nutritional Status of Children by the Indonesian Health Ministry put Central Kalimantan in the 6th to last position with 32% of children being stunted.  Though West Java fares better, it is still at 26% of children being stunted.

With your help, YUM is planning to focus on providing assistance to poor families, especially those with pregnant mothers, breastfeeding mothers, and children aged 0-2 years old. In both West Java and Central Kalimantan, we plan to support a total of 500 families in 9 villages with 36 Posyandu (Integrated Health Centers), 150 women volunteer health workers, 400 pregnant mothers, and over 2,000 babies and toddlers 0-2 years old. 

These are some of the activities we plan to do:

  • Provide basic food packages (rice, oil, eggs) to families who have lost their income and are not receiving assistance from the government
  • Provide seeds, compost and tools for families interested in home gardens to complement their nutrition intake
  • Empower volunteer health workers by organising trainings on the importance of stunting prevention, prenatal and postnatal counselling, importance of sanitation,  hygiene and nutrition as well as child-rearing advice
  • Distribute height charts to families with pregnant mothers and breastfeeding mothers - a Gates Foundation-funded study shows that charts have succeeded in reducing stunting by as much as 22%. These charts not only measure height but also feature necessary information about health practices to improve overall health and prevent stunting. 
  • Create communication campaigns, in collaboration with community leaders and volunteer health workers, on stunting, sanitation and hygiene in order to increase local awareness

We cannot thank you enough for your continued support since the beginning of COVID-19. As we adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, we will continue to serve our communities as best we can. Now, more than ever, our community needs us. And we need you. Please help to share this project report to those you think might be interested to help.

 If you are able, please make a donation to this project in the GlobalGiving "Little By Little" Campaign next week (14 - 18th September). Your $50 donation will be matched at 50% during the campaign. More information will be sent to you separately.

 Stay safe and well,

 

Vanessa Reksodipoetro

Executive Director

A young mother with her first child
A young mother with her first child
YUM's health education workshop for pregnant women
YUM's health education workshop for pregnant women
A family receiving YUM's basic food package
A family receiving YUM's basic food package
YUM's staff collecting family's information
YUM's staff collecting family's information
YUM's Covid-19 task force distributing help
YUM's Covid-19 task force distributing help
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Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Location: Jakarta, DKI - Indonesia
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Vanessa Reksodipoetro
Jakarta, DKI Indonesia
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