Children
 Indonesia
Project #16185

Give An Education To A Trash Picker's Child

by XSProject
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
Kindergarteners Akbar, Kirana, Zheefana and  Rika
Kindergarteners Akbar, Kirana, Zheefana and Rika

Do you remember your first trip to the doctor’s office? Do you remember how you felt? Were you anxious? Nervous?  Even with Mom there?

XSProject’s kindergarten teacher, Miss Vicky arranged to have her class of 12 pre-schooler’s take a field trip to RSIA Lestari Women and Children’s Clinic and Hospital to see what going to the doctor was all about. To make things even more fun, she invited their mothers to go along, too.

But Miss Vicky had a secret plan. This was going to be the very first health check up for the little kids from the Cirendeu open garbage dump and she wanted it to be a fun experience.

As adults, many trash pickers will not go to a doctor no matter how sick they are because they are afraid.

RSIA Lestari  has a special relationship with XSProject. Dr Titi, who owns the hospital and her staff take care of the Cirendeu trash picker community and send the bills, at a reduced rate, to XSProject.

When the Miss Vicky arrived at Lestari with the children and mothers, they were greeted by Dr. Maya and her three nurse assistants.  

It was a lot of fun to get their height measured and get weighed on the fancy scale! Then they got to sit on the big hospital beds to get their ears checked, stick out their tongues and say “AHHHH” and feel the cold stethoscope listening to their heart rates.

After all the excitement of the trip, and the attention of the nurses, it was time to have blood drawn and to receive vaccinations for Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib (the leading cause of bacterial meningitis among children under 5).

Suddenly this field trip wasn’t so fun anymore, even with mom right by their sides. But they were brave and tried hard not to cry as they got pinched and stuck in both arms!  On top of that, there was the humiliation of having to give the nurse a urine sample! Thank goodness that was the last thing Dr. Maya asked them to do!

Before they left, Dr. Titi and her team gave the children nutritional snacks and milk.

Some of the children were sick and could not get their vaccinations. So, Dr. Maya sent medicine home with their mothers,with instructions on how to administer it. They would have to come back the following week.

On October 28, Miss Vicky took her class and the mothers back to Lestari to learn the results of the children’s tests. All of the children are underweight and have nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Maya is scheduling x-rays for some of the children. Other children have hookworm. (Hookworm is caused by walking barefoot on contaminated soil like a garbage dump and causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue and anemia. The physical and cognitive growth of children can also be affected).

Miss Vicky and XSProject instruct both children and adults to always wear shoes. But in many cases, they have no shoes, just “flip flops”.

For $100, all 12 of these children received a complete heath check-up, their mothers learned how to keep their children healthy and our great GlobalGiving donors get to see the results of their donations through these adorable pictures.  XSProject is continually grateful for the wonderful GlobalGiving community. You are helping to save lives every day. Thank you.

Rika Gets Weighed
Rika Gets Weighed
Checking My Height
Checking My Height
Say "Ahhhhhh"!
Say "Ahhhhhh"!
Relaxed patient with Mom looking on
Relaxed patient with Mom looking on
The XSEducation Scholars
The XSEducation Scholars

Rizal is one of the 75 students who are in XSProject’s XSEducation program. In July, he entered Middle School (7th grade).

Before XSProject came to the garbage dump, the few children of trash pickers who went to school did not have good grades, so when they graduated from elementary school they could not go on to public middle school. Now, with the support of XSProject and their moms, students like Rizal, have higher expectations for themselves, strive to get good grades and work hard to be able to attend the public middle school.

It’s difficult to get accepted  into Jakarta’s public schools. Seating is limited and students must have very good grades to be accepted. Parents rush to school the minute they learn that registration is open, to register their children for the new school year.

When Rizal’s mother, Mis, learned that the middle school registration was open, she and another mother, Ida, went quickly to the school to register their sons. When they arrived, the school staff  told them they needed to pay IDR 600,000 ($50) that day or their sons would not get registered.

They didn't have the money that day and were very worried and disappointed. They called their friend Wati,  who works with XSProject. Wati took them money from XSProject and Rizal and Ida’s son, Bachrudin, were soon successfully registered for the year.

When Mis and Ida returned home, XSProject General Manager, Retno Hapsari was waiting for them. They had not remembered that XSProject already promised to pay for all the children’s education, even in public middle school. When Mis heard this from Retno, she broke down to tears, sobbing as if a burden had lifted off her shoulders. She kept saying thank you and that she didn’t know what would have happened if there was no XSProject to help.

This is a simple but often repeated story of how much these mothers want their children to get an education so they can have a better life. In this case, it had a happy ending.

But the real story begins and ends with the generosity of GlobalGiving donors. There never would have been a story about how determined Rizal’s mother was to get him registered if it had not been for one donor’s $50 contribution to XSProject. Such a simple action made a profound difference. That donation changed Rizal and his family’s life.

Rizal (center) with Arto (l) and Bachruddin (r)
Rizal (center) with Arto (l) and Bachruddin (r)
Rizal
Rizal's School Photo
Best Friends Say Good-bye.
Best Friends Say Good-bye.

As  schools in Indonesia close for summer vacation, we want to give a big "shout out" and thanks to the international schools that opened their facilities and hearts to the children of Jakarta’s trash picker community this semester.

It is with great thanks and appreciation to all the administrators of the international schools, for opening their playgrounds, gymnasiums and classrooms so XSProject could bring the trash picker families to socialize, receive health check-ups and have play and study dates and mentoring for the students.

Thank you to the faculty of the schools who generously give your time, year after year to tutor the struggling students from the Cirendeu open dump. When the students were unable to come to the international school, you found a way to go to them in their homes, to make sure their assignments were completed and homework was checked. Their lives are better because you care.

We cannot forget to thank all the international students (you know who you are)! One of the great things about going to school in another country is learning about other cultures and making new friends, sometimes for a lifetime.  Lives are enriched by the friends you make. However far away you are this summer, it’s only miles that separate you. 

XSProject and all the students in the XSEducation program look forward to seeing you in September.Sampai jumpa lagi!

Precious Last Moments
Precious Last Moments
Making Farewell Posters for Friends
Making Farewell Posters for Friends
Middle School Friends
Middle School Friends
See You Next Semester!
See You Next Semester!
Help  Fifi Get an Education
Help Fifi Get an Education

Hello friends,

On Tuesday, April 14, XSProject will participate in the Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day. I hope you will join me by making a contribution to XSProject so we can continue our work educating the children at Jakarta’s trash picker community.
          Microsoft has $100,000.00 in matching funds.
They will match YOUR DONATION 50% until the money runs out.

     Matching begins on April 14 at 9AM (EDT) and ends 11:59PM (EDT).
    See these times in your city: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

XSProject regularly participates in YouthSpark Bonus Days. When I am at the Cirendeu open garbage dump in Jakarta, I hear so many stories from the young people with big dreams but little hope. This is why education is so important to me and to the work XSProject does.

Many of you reading this already contribute to XSProject’s work to provide education to the trash picker’s children. Your generosity has already changed the lives of the students who are now able to go to school and of their parents who speak with pride about their children.

I want to introduce you to three of our students: brother and sister Oki and Fifi and Nurlela. XSProject has been paying for the education of these young people since they were very young. Now, as they prepare to enter vocational (high) school, they will have to decide if they want to choose a vocation or go on to college. They know that without the continued support of XSProject they will not be able to do either.  

                                                             Oki’s Story

Oki completed vocational school last year, where he studied social work. After an internship at the Department of Social Services and Welfare, he was hired full time to rehabilitate and find homes for the many children who live on the streets of Jakarta.  

Oki will need a college degree as a Social Worker to advance his career and make more money so he can buy a home and move his family away from the garbage dump. College for Oki is about $600.00 per semester.

                                                               Fifi’s Story

Fifi is Oki’s sister. She is 15 and in her last year of middle school (9th grade). Later this month she will take her exam to be accepted into vocational (high) school. She will start in July.

Fifi’s dream is to train and work in the Hotel and Hospitality industry. Like Oki, she wants to find good work so she can help her family find a better home, away from the trash heaps. She takes her education seriously, loves to read and always looks for books people have discarded. The cost to send Fifi to vocational school in July is $335.00 a year.

                                                           Nurlela’s Story

Nurlela was born and has lived her entire life in Jakarta's trash picker community. She was one of the first children to go to kindergarten with financial support from XSProject. Today she is in the 11th grade at a vocational (high) school. In addition to school, she is also working as an intern at the XSProject office. 

At school she is studying Accounting and will graduate in 2016. "After I graduate," she says,"I plan to look for a job. If I get the opportunity, I also want to go to college. XSProject has helped me a lot and I have gotten new skills and knowledge during my internship. The main reason I want to work is to help my parents, so my family can have a nice house away from Cirendeu (garbage dump)." The cost to send Nurlela to college is $300 per semester.

 Please contribute what you can on April 14 to make Oki’s, Fifi’s and Nurlela's dreams of higher education a reality.

                                  Thank you from all of us at XSProject in Jakarta!

 Click below on April 14 between 9 AM and 11:59PM (EDT) to get your contribution matched 50% by Microsoft YouthSpark!

                                     Find the right time in your city:
                                  http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Fifi
Fifi
Oki
Oki
Nurlela
Nurlela

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Location: Cilandak Barat, Jakarta - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​www.xsproject-id.org
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Karen McDaniels
Denton, Texas United States
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