Children
 Indonesia
Project #16185

Give An Education To A Trash Picker's Child

by XSProject
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Retno Hapsari Inspiring the Students
Retno Hapsari Inspiring the Students

July is back to school month for Indonesian students.  This is an especially exciting time for the children of Jakarta’s trash pickers who attend school under XSProject’s XSEducation program. We pledge to give a complete K-12 education to children living at the trash picker community.

 Every child has the right to an education regardless of their social status. It is only through education that a child discovers who they are, aspire to be and develop their own intellectual identity. From these roots come successful and productive adults.

 We invite you to be part of this amazing education program for Jakarta’s trash picker children by making a contribution to support one of our 85 students still looking for sponsorship.

 This year, the 13 children from XSProject’s Kindergarten class are moving on to the First Grade. There are 9 new little ones who are just entering. Miss Vicky, their teacher and Miss Anis, her assistant will guide and prepare them to be first graders next year.

 Each year, General Manager Retno Hapsari and her staff purchase backpacks and shoes for each student. Back packs are stuffed with school supplies and other materials they will need to be thriving students.

 Before the packages are distributed, Retno calls all the parents and students together for a conversation about making school friends, doing homework, school activities and where to get help. Retno attends every parent teacher conference and parents are strongly encouraged to join her.

 XSProject has more children this year than ever before. We have many bright and gifted students who still need sponsors. People who help children change lives every day. Won't you be that person who will change a child’s life today?

 * Quote by John Wooden

4th Grader Sofi, Needs a Sponsor.
4th Grader Sofi, Needs a Sponsor.
Pre-schooler, Sheela and teaching assistant Anis
Pre-schooler, Sheela and teaching assistant Anis
Elementary students and parents at garbage dump.
Elementary students and parents at garbage dump.
3rd Grader Bagas and his grandmother
3rd Grader Bagas and his grandmother
GM Retno Shows the Flexiway Light to the Students
GM Retno Shows the Flexiway Light to the Students

Their homes are barely 20 square feet, to house  a family of five. There are no windows and the solitary light bulb doesn’t shed enough light to read by. The only other light in the home is from the television.

This is the environment that children in XSProject’s education program, who live at the Cirendeu garbage dump, struggle with every day. Once the sun goes down at about 6:00, doing homework and trying to study for a test is impossible. Many of the young people already have poor vision and wear eyeglasses.

When the organization, Future Without Poverty offered XSProject 20 personal solar lights for the students, we just couldn’t refuse. Made by Flexiway Solar Solutions, the lights can sit on a table, the floor, or even be hung. 

So, one Sunday afternoon last May, XSProject’s General Manager gathered twenty middle and high school students together to show them how to charge and use to their own personal solar lamps for studying and walking safely home from school when it is dark.

It took the students no time at all to learn to install the stand and operate the two brightness levels. There was a lot of excitement as Retno Hapsari handed each student his/her very own solar light.

There are still 54 students in the community who could benefit from having a personal solar light to study by. XSProject is not able to obtain more lights free of charge, but we can purchase them for $10 each. We think the benefits to the students is immeasurable. 

You can be part of this amazing program to help XSProject purchase 54 more solar lights, by making a $10 donation to XSProject today.  

All  donations of $10 in the month of June will be used to purchase solar lights for the remaining  54 students.  Thank you for supporting XSProject and the students!

Ardi Gets His Own Solar Light
Ardi Gets His Own Solar Light
Twenty Students Receive Their Solar Lights
Twenty Students Receive Their Solar Lights
Rifa Receives Her Solar Light
Rifa Receives Her Solar Light
Let There Be Light!
Let There Be Light!
Armand, Andre and Rudy
Armand, Andre and Rudy

In last December’s Project Report, we introduced you to three “at risk” young men, Andre, Armand and Rudy, who had just returned from a 100 day program at The Learning Farm (also a GlobalGiving partner) where they learned to grow organic produce, speak English, work on a computer and run a small business.

While they were gone, XSProject secured a plot of land for these young men to turn into an organic farm when they returned home.

This report is an update and the simple yet amazing story of how these three young men, raised in poverty, changed their lives, and found it in their hearts to “pay it forward” because GlobalGiving donors didn’t give up on them.

It’s a small plot of land. The soil was compacted, dry and rocky. It took the farmers several months and lots of composting and soil testing just to bring it back to life.  In the evenings they drew plans on what produce would be grown where on the farm. XSProject purchased a hydroponic tower for them.

Some seeds sprouted and died. They tried starting seedlings in paper pots. They built a greenhouse.  Soon they had leafy greens and beans. Then up came the tomatoes, corn and broccoli. They knew they were on their way.

Once the farm started to produce, they gave some of it to the Cirendeu trash picker community. Their friends were amazed at what they had accomplished.

But the young men wanted to do more. They wanted to share their knowledge; to educate their community about organic farming. 

They decided to invite the local elementary schools to visit their farm. The first school agreed…then the next and then another. It started with Grade 1 classes, then Grade 2 the next month and so forth. The children learned where their food came from, starting from seeds, how to plant and care for them so they would grow. How to make compost, how to tell when the produce is ready for picking and how delicious vegetables can taste when they’re picked right from the garden.

As of this writing, the XSProject Organic Farm is open for field trips and tours. Andre, Armand and Rudy love sharing their farm and educating us about nutrition and growing without pesticides.

What’s next?  They want to train other young men to be organic farmers. They want a second larger area to grow even more produce so they can become suppliers to restaurants. So XSProject is looking for another location and today, these young men have a business they can be proud of.   

Learning About Seeds
Learning About Seeds
Andre with a First Grader
Andre with a First Grader
Picking Produce at the Farm
Picking Produce at the Farm
A Future Farmer?
A Future Farmer?
Taking Some Greens Home to Mom
Taking Some Greens Home to Mom
Medications Are Just No Fun!
Medications Are Just No Fun!

This is the time of year XSProject begins planning the next school year for the children of Jakarta’s trash picker community.

The 2016/2017 year begins July 1. There will be 51 Elementary School, 17 Middle School and 12 Vocational/High School students. We are also welcoming 18 children into XSProject’s Kindergarten class. That’s a total of 98 students. Wow!

XSProject provides each child with six new school uniforms (one for each day), new shoes and socks, backpacks filled with school supplies and even new underwear! These are the necessities that their parents cannot afford to provide and why so many children of poverty never go to school in Indonesia even though school is “free”.

Not long ago, we realized that, while XSProject can provide what the children need to attend school, the greatest need is to assure these young people are healthy and able to follow the lessons. This means health check-ups, dental  and vision exams.  Because of their poor diets, and living conditions, most of the children already have cavities, hearing and vision difficulties before the First Grade..

In January, XSProject, with the help of Miss Vicky, our beloved Kindergarten teacher, took eight children to get eye exams.  Of the eight, five of the children need eyeglasses. The eye doctor also suggested that all (98) children should begin taking vitamin supplements containing antioxidants, Vitamin C, E, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids to support eye health.

XSProject already treats all the children for intestinal worms such as round, tape, toxacara and threadworms on a regular basis. Even though Miss Vicky continually instructs all the children about hygiene, when your home is on a garbage dump, it’s impossible to stay healthy.

A week after the eye exams, XSProject gathered all the children and mothers to hear Miss Vicky explain why and how to take both the vision and intestinal worm medications. To get everyone started, she personally administered the first doses to each and every child and told them to bring back the empty bottles to her so she can give them more.

GlobalGiving donors have been instrumental in helping XSProject make these programs possible. If you would like to be part of our XSProject community and help, a $30 donation will buy prescription eyeglasses for 2 students and a $25 donation will supply both vision and intestinal worm medications for 2 students.  

It takes a lot of love and care to break the generational cycle of trash picking. XSProject does this one child at a time.

With Mom at the Eye Doctor
With Mom at the Eye Doctor
Checking for the Right Prescription
Checking for the Right Prescription
Miss Vicky Instructs About Taking Medications
Miss Vicky Instructs About Taking Medications
A Little Help From Miss Vicky
A Little Help From Miss Vicky
Graduation Day at The Learning Farm
Graduation Day at The Learning Farm

...No Garden is Without Weeds.

Last August, XSProject partnered with another GlobalGiving organization,The Learning Farm, to send 3 at risk teens from the Cirendeu open garbage dump in Jakarta to learn organic farming and how to run a small produce business.

What started with the dream of a “small” produce business is now a large scale program that has fostered education, independence and confidence in four young men. 

But let’s start our story from the beginning.

These teens had little or no formal education, but they saw an opportunity to make a better life for themselves, their siblings and their trash picker parents. Leaving their families and community for the first time, for four months was a daunting decision. There were troubled times and tough times. One of the teens left after the first week and returned to a trash picker life. Learning to work the gardens, and to grow and harvest the produce was the hardest work they had ever done. On November 17, the two remaining boys graduated from The Learning Farm. Their proud mothers and siblings, joined by XSProject staff, attended the graduation, knowing their son’s and brothers had become young men with purpose.

Things never work out as planned at XSProject and this program was no different. After the ceremony the plan was for the two graduates to return to Jakarta. But two other graduates, Armand and Rudy, did not have enough money to return to their homes on remote Indonesian islands. So XSProject General Manager, Retno Hapsari, brought them back to Jakarta to start their new lives as organic farmers, too.

While the young men had been in training, XSProject had secured a plot of land near a local hospital that could be farmed when they returned. The hospital had already agreed to purchase the organic produce the young men would grow. They even donated the roof of the hospital for a hydroponics system for lettuce, kale and other leafy greens. Produce not purchased by the hospital daily would go to the 100+ families of the trash picker community.

The weeks since they have returned from The Learning Farm have been a whirlwind of activities including a tour of the soon-to-be gardens, laying out the garden plots, preparing a presentation for the hospital staff, finding an apartment for all of them and attending a day long workshop on hydroponic produce. They toured the XSProject offices and went shopping for tools, gloves and other items a good gardener would need. 

Now they have started preparing the garden plots and the compost piles. Soon there will be greenhouses and a hydroponic system to build. Their evenings are spent pouring over seed books, planting seeds in paper pots and thinking about the future. 

During his time at The Learning Farm, Armand developed a passion for bio-science.  He has a big dream that is very real to him; to attend university, get a science degree and help his country alleviate hunger.  I believe he might just achieve it, too!

Throughout this project, Retno and I have been asking ourselves, “Can we afford this?” Yes we can!  It is made  possible because our GlobalGiving donors are making it so. We cannot do this without you. XSProject invites all GlobalGiving Super Giving Hero’s to continue to be a part of this amazing story by making a donation.

On #Giving Tuesday and throughout the month of December, XSProject will be raising money to fund the Organic Garden program for 6 months, until the gardens are producing enough for the young men to earn their own money. Please help us give these former at risk teens a helping hand up towards a better future.   

A Sweet Moment Between Mother and Son
A Sweet Moment Between Mother and Son
Graduate, Andre with Diploma
Graduate, Andre with Diploma
Making a Business Plan
Making a Business Plan
Presenting Their Program to Hospital Staff
Presenting Their Program to Hospital Staff
Preparing the First Compost Bin
Preparing the First Compost Bin
 

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XSProject

Location: Cilandak Barat, Jakarta - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​www.xsproject-id.org
Project Leader:
Karen McDaniels
Denton, Texas United States
$78,163 raised of $150,000 goal
 
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