Children
 Indonesia
Project #16185

Give An Education To A Trash Picker's Child

by XSProject
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Young student gets help with medicine
Young student gets help with medicine

At XSProject, the motto for our XSEducation program is “Breaking the generational cycle of trash picking, one child at a time”.  Breaking this cycle means more to us than taking the children who pick trash with their parents off the streets and putting them in school.

As we end this year, more than 100 children and young people are receiving or have received their education through XSProject. We believe “education” is about more than sending a child of poverty to school and hoping they can learn, graduate and find a good job. Our goal is to help each student succeed in life.  

We learned early on that, because of the fragile health of trash pickers children, they are doubly challenged. This is why XSProject spends as much time and money on taking care of the health of our students as we do fulfilling our promise to give them a K-12 education. Annual eye exams, prescription eyeglasses, dental and hearing checkups as well as regular vaccinations are as necessary to the success of our students as their school work.

XSProject could have built a school just for the trash picker children in Jakarta. But we send them to public school because we believe they should assimilate with children of all social statuses regardless of economic means. Leading a successful and accomplished life includes learning social skills and respect for everyone. What they cannot learn at home, they learn from school friends, peers and adults they respect. Acquiring skills like diplomacy and self-confidence are as important as educational proficiency.

Please consider being a part of our bigger story this holiday season. GlobalGiving and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are matching your gifts beginning November 29, #GivingTuesday and throughout the month of December.  Won’t you help us break the generational cycle of trash picking, one child at a time by making a donation? 

 1. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has generously provided $500,000 in matching funds for #GivingTuesday, enabling GlobalGiving to match donations up to the first $1 million raised! Matching will begin on November 29 at midnight EST and conclude at 11:59:59 pm EST or when funds run out. 

2. All new recurring donations made from #GivingTuesday through December 31st will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation!

3. For our partners in the UK, GlobalGiving-UK will be matching your donations at 50% match, up to £600 per unique donor per project until matching funds run out! The Christmas Giving Campaign begins at 00:00:01 am GMT on Tuesday, 29th November and ends 14:00:00 GMT on Saturday, 31st December 2016. There is £20,000 in matching funds available and £4,500 in bonus prizes.

4. Let your generosity overflow. Give a GlobalGiving Gift Card to someone special this holiday season.

 *Quote by Art Buchwald

Students in the Bookstore
Students in the Bookstore
Maysaroh Studys Using Her Solar Lamp
Maysaroh Studys Using Her Solar Lamp
After School Studies
After School Studies
Ibu Bedah Reads Stories to the Children
Ibu Bedah Reads Stories to the Children

Since opening on October 16, the new XSProject Library and Student Center located at the Cirendeu garbage dump in Jakarta has been a hub of activity. Our staff has been collecting, sorting and cataloging donated books to fill the library shelves. There are books for almost every reading level and interest. Tables and chairs are on their way but for now the children are happy to just sit on the floor and read.

Ibu Bedah, who lives at the trash picker community, is our new Librarian and in charge of the reading programs. She knows the types of books the students enjoy and helps them select stories. For the moment, the Center is open just three afternoons a week. Since this is where the students in the XSEducation program go to do their homework and get help if they need it, a tutor will be joining Ibu Behah on the staff soon and the Center will be open longer hours.

Future plans include storytelling time and educational games with themes that include transportation, animals, geography and number games.

Since opening, almost all the books in the library have already been read. Still, the students go to Ibu Bedah’s house and ask her to open the Center early so they can go read and study. It is great to know that this is a place where the children really like to be.

We need many more books to fill the library as well as magazines and educational puzzles. While we continue to receive donated books, our goal is to add 500 new books to the library before the end of this year. We will try to raise about $2,500 for both fiction and non-fiction books. 

XSProject will be partnering with GlobalGiving again this year on GIVING TUESDAY -  November 29th. There will be matching funds available from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation so your contribution to XSProject will be matched. With your support, today or on GIVING TUESDAY, we can meet our goal and provide an exceptional reading program to the children at Jakarta’s Cirendu trash picker community. 

These Students Love to Read
These Students Love to Read
Even Pre-School Children Enjoy the Stories
Even Pre-School Children Enjoy the Stories
A Student in the XSEducation Program
A Student in the XSEducation Program
After Reading a Story, Ibu Bedah Gives a Quizz
After Reading a Story, Ibu Bedah Gives a Quizz
Kindergarten students and Miss Vicky
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
2016-2017 Kindergarten students
Our new school under construction
Our new school under construction
Putra, Desti and Azam visit the new school
Putra, Desti and Azam visit the new school
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!
 

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XSProject

Location: Cilandak Barat, Jakarta - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​www.xsproject-id.org
Project Leader:
Karen McDaniels
Denton, Texas United States
2016 Year End Campaign
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$82,750 raised of $150,000 goal
 
313 donations
$67,250 to go
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