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
Asep Saefudin
Asep Saefudin

I found myself at YCM

My name is Asep. I am a 17 years old and I have 9 siblings (4 brothers and 5 sisters).  I was born in Bogor; my father has no job for couple of years until now as he is weak and often falls sick. My mother is the only one who earns money to support our family by selling cooked food in a garment factory nearby to our home. My older siblings (4 sisters and 2 brothers) are already married and some of them still live together with us. Since my older siblings have their own families and their families income also not much, they hardly to help my mother to lighten her burden.

There are four children of my parents who are still studying at school (or supposed to study), my older brothers and I are in senior high school level, and my younger brother is in junior high school. Since I know how difficult and the burden that my mother has to carry on her shoulder, I decided to quit from school and looking for a job.  I cannot stand to see my mother as the only person who supports our family and I know how tiring and heavy her burden is. I want to help her and learn to be an independent one. Unfortunately I do not know what kind of work that I can do, with all limitation I have and without skill or knowledge.

Since I joining YCM, I get a chance to involve in an internship program of graphic design and chosen as a youth leader. I earn pocket money and save the money, as I have a goal to continue my study in a package school, luckily I also get a scholarship to continue my study so I can give my pocket money to my mother, so it will help to lighten her burden.

Before I come to YCM, I was a timid person, bad communicator, and an introvert person. At the time I heard about YCM from my friends. I was curious to come to YCM and I decided to join with YCM. At the first time I came to YCM, I felt a different atmosphere, friendly people and I was so happy at the time. In YCM I have learned many things. YCM has helped me to build my confidence, communication and values of life. I found myself now and I figure out my passion and talent at YCM, life goes on and I have to be able to help my family to cut the cycle of my family’s poverty that’s my biggest goal now. Thank you for YCM, all donators and global giving who give me a chance to change my life and to keep my passion to reach my goal!

Asep receiveid the accomplishment award
Asep receiveid the accomplishment award
Preparing the exhibition
Preparing the exhibition
Asep and his team with their products
Asep and his team with their products
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Train the skill
Train the skill

I am a twenty years old young woman with hope and dreams on my mind….

When I was still a baby, my father passed away. As a single parent, my mother looked after me until I was five years old, then she decided to re-married with a food vendor who sells “fried rice” with a cart kampong to kampong every night, and entrusted me to my grandparents until I was thirteen. I have two younger step siblings now. I returned to live my mother and my step father for three years.

When I was sixteen I can’t continue my education to high school, too expensive for my family and I also had to move to live with my aunt’s family until now. My aunt’s family is also poor, but I have no other option. They can protect me and give a shelter to live in. It wasn’t always easy to live with them though, as I have to share life, foods, shelter with other five family’s member with all limitation. I didn’t know what kind of life that I will have in the future, it seemed so blurred and no hope.

One day, my cousin asked me to accompany her to join the activities at Yayasan Cipta Mandiri (YCM). As she was also had to give up her study at school, both of us decided to join YCM and learn skills at YCM.

I also had a chance to continue my study to high school, so I can obtain my high school certificate. After I received my high school certificate, my aunt and also my mother “forced” me to find any job to help them to support the family.

I decided to quit YCM and at that time I ended up working as a shop assistant and received small amount of wage. I didn’t dare to dream of better life at that time.

Although my family against to my decision of returning to YCM, I decided to return to YCM. While learning, I also have a chance to share my knowledge to the little ones in YCM. When YCM started the internship program, I also have the chance to earn some income through the program. I can help my family, while I also can sharpen my knowledge and skill. I offered myself to assist other programs, administration and organizing events.

What I do in YCM is fruitful, not only the knowledge that I gain more, I also could satisfy my family as I have my own income that I can share with them. I have hope and dare to dream now…

Beginning of this year, I also get a chance to continue my education to the university. I decided to take business administration as my main subject.

There is a hope now.

I am daring to dream big now, to pursue a better life, to change my life.

YCM Changes Our Lives!

Sharpen my knowledge
Sharpen my knowledge
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Sharing with the little ones
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YEIP Training
YEIP Training

YCM!!! CHANGES OUR LIVES!!! Those words always repeated again and again during our gathering at YCM. The words flowing in our mind and remind us again that we have to change our lives.

Now, let us introduce ourselves:

My name is Nurhasanah, an 18 years old female who came from a very remote area in Banten province, West Java. My family’s house is located in the middle of mountainous areas, most of the people in my village work as farmers. It isn’t easy to access education in my village as the location is remote and far from everywhere. There’s no public transportation to reach our village. We have to ride the motorbike or wait for a wagon car that is rented by one of our neighbor every couple of days. I’m quite lucky as I can finish my elementary and middle school. To be able to continue our education, we have to go to the nearest town. Unfortunately, education is not cheap. It is not only challenged by the public transportation and the distance, but it is also challenged by the family financial problem. I know YCM from my brother, who attended YCM before me, gets to know YCM from one of our neighbor who has family in Bogor. After he settled down, he asked me to join him and to learn a lot in YCM.

I’m Iqbal Saputra, 19 years old male. I was born and live in a crowded kampong in Bogor city ever since. I have one older sister who is married already and 6 younger siblings. All together we are 13 people live in a small shabby house.  For my parents, education is never important. They don’t really care if I go to school or not.  My father works hard to fulfill our family’s needs. He works as a casual labor for the construction site.  If my mom has to work as a helper of our neighbor, I have to stay at home and look after my younger siblings. I have only a chance to study in elementary up to grade 5th. I thought the same like my parents, that education or skills never important.  Until about 5 years ago, I decided to come and join YCM. I learned sewing at the beginning; I’m able to sew now and then. By the time, I realize that my passion is more in gardening, leadership, and communication. That’s why I decided to learn more about gardening especially hydroponic, joined student council and elected as a leader. I also concentrated on developing myself in presentation and communication. I also decided to continue to get my certificate of elementary and middle school through a package school. A package school is a school for a drop outer like me and Nurhasanah. She also joined the school for a high school certificate.

I’m  Sudrajat, my friends used to call me Ajat. I’m 19 years old male. The same like Nurhasanah and Iqbal, I also quit school after my middle school. My parents and I also thought that education is not that important. I live in a crowded kampong, the same like Iqbal. I have 4 siblings, and one of my younger siblings is mute. He also joins YCM; he learns sewing with the handcraft team. When I came to YCM for the first time, I decided to learn sewing as well. But my passion is not sewing. I decided then to join the gardening team. I was a very shy person; I never had “real” friends before. I was never able to speak up and communicate with others.

Now, three of us are the team of gardening. We called our team as Robinherbs as our main project is planting and selling herbs like rosemary, basil, and mint. At YCM we learn a lot. The youth empowerment project of YCM is very useful for us. We learn how to make a proposal, do a presentation, how to communicate, business skill, communication and share the knowledge with others. A few months ago, we made a proposal together with other teams of YCM. Surprisingly, our proposal selected for United Nation Volunteer (UNV) Program! We are selected to come and attended a workshop in Jakarta. We had to do a presentation there.  Most of the participants whom their proposal selected were well educated, bachelor and master degree holders young people from other regions of Indonesia. That made us “shocked” and felt a bit down. Luckily, we learn how to do a presentation, talk with people, to lead ourselves at YCM already. Confidently we presented all the knowledge we have.  There was another selection during the workshop, and we are chosen as the big three from all the teams!!!  Now, we get a mentor for our recycle and gardening project of UNV. They will do another selection for the three teams to join an international event in Bangkok, Thailand. Please wish us luck! We hope that we can change our lives! Brings hope and be useful for others.

Nurhasanah in the middle
Nurhasanah in the middle
Iqbal in the middle
Iqbal in the middle
Sudrajat (Ajat) in the middle
Sudrajat (Ajat) in the middle
Sudrajat (Ajat) at the training
Sudrajat (Ajat) at the training

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Didi Suandi
Didi Suandi

Didi Suandi and Dewi Ernawati are youth leaders in handcrafting program of youth empowerment project in Yayasan Cipta Mandiri (YCM).

I’m Didi Suandi (my friends call me as Mas Boy). I came from a very remote area of Banten province in Indonesia. My village is secluded area among the mountainous range. My father passed away since I was very young and my mother is a farmer. My family financial situation forced me to quit of dreaming about higher education. High school is so far away from my village. As a young boy at that time with younger siblings, I also had to help my mother to earn money for the family.  Few years ago, with the help from my neighbor, I moved to Jakarta the capital city of Indonesia. In Jakarta, I worked as a helper of a store. I didn’t have any goal to achieve. In my mind at that time, I had to survive and earn money to help my family. Day after day my life didn’t change at all. There was no significant improvement in my life. After few years worked for that store in Jakarta, I decided to return to my remote village. I helped my mother to work in the farm, but I felt the emptiness. I knew there was something missing in my life. I wanted to do something different; I wanted to change my life to be a better life. I finally decided to move to Bogor a city in West Java. I lived in my friend’s relative and I had to work there as a housekeeper without any payment. I knew about Yayasan Cipta Mandiri (YCM) from my friend and then I decided to join. In YCM, I learn how to sew, to design, had a chance to continue my education to high school and joined an internship program with a famous Indonesian designer and many other things. As a youth leader in handcrafting program I can explore my talents, I have goals of life, my life is more passionate now. I know what to achieve and what I want to do for my future and my life…

My name is Dewi Ernawati (Dewi), I had to give up on higher education when I was still a young girl (about 15 years old at that time). My father was a labor for constructions’ sites, but now he is no longer working as he is getting older and has to look after my mother who got stroke couple years ago. When I finished my junior high school, my parents told me that they can’t support my education anymore. Our life was quite tough. My younger siblings had to study also. Our financial situation forced me to stop dreaming about school. I told my parents that I will look for ways to help them. I started to work casually but nothing satisfied me at all. I didn’t know what to do and felt frustrated as life seemed blurred. From a friend, who introduced me to YCM, I decided to join and I get many opportunities. I have chances to continue my education, to hone my skills in sewing, management, meeting people, link, marketing, entrepreneurship and many more. While learning, Mas Boy and I could also earn pocket money for our life, so we can help our families. We sell our products as part of the internship and entrepreneurship program. I want to pursue many things in life; I want to help my parents to have a better life, to have a small house for us…

Thank you so much to Yayasan Cipta Mandiri, Global Giving and the donators. We know what we want to pursue in our lives now…

Dewi Ernawati
Dewi Ernawati
Didi and Dewi as a team
Didi and Dewi as a team
Products by handcrafting team
Products by handcrafting team
Discussing about products
Discussing about products
Workshop
Workshop

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A photo of Fajrin (close up)
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
Fajrin shared with his team
Gardening team tend their garden
Gardening team tend their garden
Gardening team and their hydroponic garden
Gardening team and their hydroponic garden
Handcrafts team
Handcrafts team
Bogor Tours and Graphic Design team made the flyer
Bogor Tours and Graphic Design team made the flyer
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