Kindergarten students and Miss Vicky
More than 100 children have passed through the doors of XSProject’s Kindergarten in the last seven years. As the 2016 school year drew to a close last June, it was evident that we needed a new classroom. The old building, located at the garbage dump, had fallen into disrepair. Rodents had taken up residence in the classroom that was perched perilously at the edge of a sewage creek.
Instead of investing in repairs it was our dream to find a better location for a new school and to construct a multi-use building. XSProject’s General Manager, Retno Hapsari, proposed a new building to the trash picker community. They fully supported it and the search for the perfect location commenced.
Without funding, but believing in the generosity of our donors, XSProject began construction of a new building near the trash picker community but within safe walking distance for the children. Our goal was to have the building ready when the new school year began on July 18.
In addition to a kindergarten classroom, our plans included a library and study area for the 90 elementary and middle school students and a workshop/gift shop inside a vocational training center for young women and mothers. The total cost would be $5,000. With these plans and timelines, we would need to start fundraising immediately.
But as we began to reach out to our donor community, one organization stepped up to help. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) learned about XSProject’s need and generously offered to donate the entire amount.
As soon as the new building was finished, we moved the kindergarten in first, and on July 18, the 2016-2017 kindergarten class took up residence in their new classroom. Our teacher, Miss Vicky and her assistant Miss Anis have filled the room with everything a kindergarten class would want or need.
We’re waiting for tables, chairs and books for the library and study areas but overall the new building is a bright, cheerful place to learn and do homework. All of the students find this new location to be just the perfect place to hang out.
We still have more students this year than we have sponsors. Would you like to contribute to XSProject with monthly recurring donations? Between September 21 -27, GlobalGiving is holding their annual Recurring Match Campaign. They will be matching 1-to-1 up to $200 per donor per project on your first recurring donation. For XSProject to receive these matching donations, you will need to commit to at least 3 months of recurring donations. Your $25.00 donation could become $50.00 to XSProject. How great is that?
Why not honor a teacher you know with recurring donations? Please donate today.
2016-2017 Kindergarten students
Our new school under construction
Putra, Desti and Azam visit the new school