Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia

by Yayasan Cipta Mandiri, The Foundation to create Independency for underprivileged teenagers Indonesia
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Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia
Empowering disadvantaged young people in Indonesia

YCM is my life and my love My name is Kohar, the Youth Project Coordinator at YCM. I’m the 4th from 6 siblings, 2 older brothers, 1 sister and 2 younger brothers. When I finished my study in the elementary school, I thought I can’t continue my study to junior school, because my father who was a casual labor in the morning and a security guard at night, only could earned enough money for our daily needs. He tried his best to let me continue my education to the junior high school with the help from our generous neighbor. When I was about 13 years old (second grade in junior high school), my father passed away because of an accident. He fell from a tree when he worked to cut my neighbor’s tree. I thought life is so unfair…my father the breadwinner of the family could no longer support us. My mom had to work as a helper for a neighbor, since my father passed away, she was the only one who earned money for our lives! My brothers and I had to quit from school. Education is a luxury thing for us, we could not afford it. We decided to help our mother to survive. We did some various jobs such as rubbish collector for the neighbors, selling bread around our village, worked as a dish washer in a local restaurant, washed our neighbor’s car, and the last worked at a neighbor’s house as a tobacco’s roller to make them into cigarettes. In 2005, I heard about Yayasan Cipta Mandiri (YCM) from a neighbor. My brothers and I decided to join the organization, which before I did not believe what the people said that we could learn there for free, not a single rupiah to join the activities at YCM. We eagerly learned many things at YCM. English, computer, gain self-confidence, dare to dream big and to achieve them, sharpen our talents and also networking. In 2010, another challenge happened to my family, my mom got seriously injured until now. She can’t walk because of an accident, a public transport that she took when she went to a traditional market with my sister crushed by a fallen tree on the side walk. Her back bone was the worst part that injured, and it makes her feet can’t support her body anymore. I’m proud to be a son of the strongest and the toughest mother in the world, who always support her children to be the better one. It is already 14 years I join YCM. YCM changes my life with the knowledge that I get every day, with the people who are supporting each other, and with all the opportunities that I get to improve my skills. I got scholarship to continue my education into a package school, looks similar with formal high school, but the schedule only 3 or 4 times in a week for a year and I graduated from the package school with some others YCM students. Different with my youngers, I am more interested to learn computer more, so when I got a chance to take a computer course and I was so excited. I learned web design and web programing for 5 months and 1 month learned computer technical and I also self-taught learning through the internet and I am happy because I can share my knowledge to the students at YCM. In 2011 was one of my best year, because I got a chance to make one of my dream comes true. Stepped my feet to another country. Through a simple program that YCM, former volunteers and one school in Australia, I did observation in a school for a month, learning, practicing what were the differences between Indonesia and Australia’s school program. I also shared about YCM to all the people whom I met with and when I returned to Indonesia, I shared my experiences as a motivational story for family, friends and students at YCM. Beside as one of the YCM management core team now, I am also responsible for our website maintenance, YCM online crowd funding like GlobalGiving, YCM social media, computer maintenance, English classes, helping the volunteers when they need to extend their visa and some other administrations works base on my abilities. I cannot mention all things that YCM have given to me to let me be a better person. I love what I learn and what I do at YCM as my second home where the staffs, students and all people at YCM are my family.

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Ronald he achieved his goal to work for “The Jakarta Post“, the biggest English newspaper of Indonesia! But not only this great achievement made us happy for him. Ronald finally got accepted for an Australian Awards Scholarship - this will enable him to pursue his Master studies in Australia. Amazing! We are so very proud of him. Read what he has to share!

 

“My name’s Ronatal (Ronald) Siahaan. I was a student who learned soft-skills and hard-skills at YCM from 2007 to 2011, and I also lived there from 2007 until 2017. I studied English Literature from 2011 to 2015. During my college years, I also spent my time teaching English and sharing my knowledge to YCM’s students.”

“YCM has changed my life upside down. There are so many important, useful things that I have gained from the foundation such as English, life-skills, and opportunities, which have helped me every step of the way.”

“In 2018, I accomplished two huge goals. The first one is I got accepted by a well-known, reputable English newspaper The Jakarta Post. I work there as a part-time proofreader, where my tasks revolve around reading and checking news stories – it’s been my fifth month. Ever since I started there, I have learned so much about journalism. There is always something new to absorb in terms of knowledge. Rather than calling it as a job, I’d prefer to call it a passion. Working there is such a great opportunity for me.”

“The second goal is I got awarded with the Australia Awards Scholarship (AAS) – thanks a lot to Mbak Mira M. Lay, YCM’s former volunteer, who nominated me through Embassy Partners category – which allows me to undertake a Master’s degree program in Australia next year. I would like to study Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing that will take two years. I feel extremely grateful and lucky to receive the prestigious opportunity and I will harness it and make the most out of it.”

“YCM has changed my life – and it still does. Thank you, YCM. I couldn’t have done it without you. Hopefully, the students at YCM are inspired with the achievements that I have accomplished, so that they’re brave and confident to aim high when they grow up. Good luck!”

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Ica and Fikri SC presentation
Ica and Fikri SC presentation

My name is Nurhalisa or Ica and I’m sixteen years old. I live with my family who live a very simple life. My father is an online motorbike taxi driver and my mother is a house wife. I have two younger siblings.

I get to know about Yayasan Cipta Mandiri from my aunt, whom formerly a student of sewing class at YCM. Sadly I cannot continue my education to senior high school after I finished my junior high school as I was failed the entrance test to study in public vocational school and my father could not afford to allow me to study in a private school. That’s why I decided to come and learn at YCM in order to gain skill and knowledge.

At Yayasan Cipta Mandiri, I meet with many great young people. I’m impressed as my “senior” friends are able to communicate fluently in English with our foreign volunteers and able to do things that I didn’t imagine before, like they are able to work on computer (IT and graphic design), making film and photography and other things. I join sewing in the handicraft class now. I learn how to make pattern, sewing, and photo editing as well as selling our products through online shop. I also learn Basic English, computer and sport every Saturday with Kak Ono.

I also join and active in YCM’s Student Council (SC) organization. I learn about how to work on an organization. When there was a chance of an election to become the president and vice president of SC, Kak Fikri and I were nominated and elected to become the new President and Vice President of YCM’s Student Council.

I have a dream to become a successful business woman someday and to have my own clothing store with my own design and brand. I hope I can get my high school diploma by taking a package school (Paket C) and continue my study in an institute of fashion design.

I’m happy to learn and to be a part of YCM’s family. This place giving me a chance to develop myself and obtain the experience that will be very useful for my life in the future and probably I won’t be able to get it from formal school. Thank you so much YCM, all the sponsors and GlobalGiving!

Gathering and meeting with other SC member
Gathering and meeting with other SC member
Ica art performance with friends
Ica art performance with friends
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Bunga
Bunga

I am happy to be able to share my life’s story with you all. I would love myself, my name is Bunga. I’m 19 years old and came from Kebumen, Central Java. My mother works as a servant for another family. My father passed away when I was 14 years old and I have six siblings. I graduated from SMAN 1 Kebumen (Senior High School). In 2017, I moved to Bogor. I came to Bogor to join my sister who had moved to Bogor long before me.

In Bogor, I try to keep myself busy and useful and luckily I got a chance to assist the kindergarten teacher, in the morning. Besides the morning teaching, I help my sister with chores like cleaning up her house, taking care of her children and preparing her products (herbs) that she usually sells for the restaurants in Bogor. 

However, I wanted to do something more than those things, something that would improve my knowledge, skills and open up more opportunities for my life. I started to seek information regarding courses, but I did not have much money. My sister recommended me YCM because my niece had joined YCM before she got busy with school. Then, I asked Kohar (YCM’s Coordinator) some questions through Facebook and he told me that I should come to YCM directly. He explained to me about YCM, and then I decided to join YCM! What a precious chance for me…

I join Yayasan Cipta Mandiri (YCM) for 10 months already now and I am the member of the youth programs of Bogor Tours and Creative Writing.

YCM has given me a chance to have a better life. I have always wanted to continue my study in a college, but I have a financial problem. But now, I think YCM has given me more knowledge, education, and experiences—I would say more than a college could provide. I am grateful to become a part of YCM. I have learned to be a professional tour guide through Bogor Tours. Another thing is that I can express my hobby in creative writing by creating poems, short stories and articles. In addition, I am able to help my mother support our family from the pocket money I earn from Bogor Tours. I have been an assistant tour leader for five times.

At YCM, I also learn other subjects like business, leadership, human rights and many more, through workshops every Tuesday. Actually, to be YCM is a good chance for me to make my English fluent because I can speak with foreigners (volunteers). Plus, the tutors teach me how to speak and write in English. YCM is my family. When I have problems, the people always support me. They show me the meaning of life. They also show me that everything is not all about physical appearance. So, I want to prove to everyone I know that I can do the best with my skills.  I do not want to lose the opportunities that I have at YCM.  YCM is not just a foundation. It is “the house of dreams”. Thank you donors, supporters and Global Giving…you made my life’s journey better and I’m positively facing the world now! I’ll do my best to reach my dream and be useful to others.

Bunga and Bogor Tours team
Bunga and Bogor Tours team
Bunga guiding practice
Bunga guiding practice
Bunga stage performance
Bunga stage performance
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Fiqri during the activity (in the middle)
Fiqri during the activity (in the middle)

Not to give up on life’s challenges

            My name is Fiqri, I’m a 19 years old male. I have four siblings, three older sisters and an older brother. My second sister has lived with my grandmother since she was born. My father is jobless since I was in elementary. When I was still a young boy, my mother had a small stall (warung) in front of our rented small house to support my family financial problem, but the income wasn’t enough for us. At that time my oldest sister had already had a job and she was the one who paid for our house monthly rental payment. Now I live with my parents, my sister and my brother.  My other two sisters already married and now they live with their own families.

            I always very focus and try to always achieve my best at school. Unfortunately a couple of times I had to hide and didn’t want to go to school because my parents couldn’t afford to pay my school fees. Although my father could not afford to pay the school fees, he tried to solve the school fees problem by sending the letters to the schools concerning to our financial problem and asked the school to let me continue my study. Finally, I could finish my high school in 2016 and my grade score was always excellent. After high school, I did some test in university and I passed a test. But unfortunately, I decided to call off my study in university as I can’t pay the admission.

I didn’t do anything after I graduated from high school. I didn’t know what to do as I didn’t have any skill. A few months after my graduation from high school, my friend asked me to join Yayasan Cipta Mandiri (YCM). In October 2017, I get a scholarship to continue my study at a university in Bogor. I decided to study accounting. In my first semester, I got a perfect GPA and now I’m in my second semester. I also work in a restaurant as a freelancer on weekends and keep joining YCM.

            When I started to learn at YCM, my expectation was only to be able to communicate in English. But everything at YCM was beyond my expectation. I’m not only able to learn English, but I also learn many things from hard-skills to soft-skills such as I can learn photography, sports, music, computer, adobe photoshop, and Lightroom. Furthermore, I also learn communications, leadership, etc. Now I can speak English better than before. In addition, I’m good at photography, editing, and guiding. Lastly, I now can speak in front of lots people, giving the presentation. Before, I couldn’t do such thing. I believe that when we believe and motivating ourselves not to give up on life’s challenges, we can pursue our dream and a better life. Thank you YCM and GlobalGiving to assist me and my friends not to give up on our challenges.

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