Children
 Indonesia
Project #16185

Give An Education To A Trash Picker's Child

by XSProject
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Thank You From the XSProject Family!
Thank You From the XSProject Family!

All of us at XSProject Indonesia want to thank you, our partners and the amazing staff at GlobalGiving for your support of our work in Jakarta’s trash picker communities in 2016.

We are enormously grateful for your all contributions and your donations during the GlobalGiving Match-A-Million drive on #Giving Tuesday. Without YOU, it would not be possible for us to improve the lives of our families living at the Cirendeu open garbage dump.

Because of you, XSProject has added new programs at the Cirendeu community this year:

  • Revamped our health checkup program for more than 100 families from the trash picker community. Vaccinations, vitamins, dental and hearing checks are now regularly scheduled for adults and children.
  • Established a semi-annual program to provide exams, prescriptions and “reading” glasses for all adults who cannot see well and mandatory for children who cannot pass the simple “eye chart” exam.
  • Installed nine new water tank towers at Cirendeu in preparation for providing clean drinking and cooking water for the community.
  • Provided clean drinking and cooking water with water filtration pots to 70 families that were distributed by the Jakarta Cilandak Rotary Club.
  • Provided 20 middle and high school students in the XSEducation program with portable solar lamps to use for studying and safety. Recent donations have allowed us to purchase 40 more lamps that are on their way to us as of this writing.
  • With funding from The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), we built a community building at Jakarta’s garbage dump to house a new kindergarten, a library and a workshop/giftshop for Cirendeu Handicrafts.  
  • Launched Cirendeu Handicrafts – A division of XSProject that offers vocational and business training to young women and mothers who live at the garbage dump, making it possible for them to earn their own money. They learn how to start their business, purchase the materials, make and sell their products, manage their finances and receive micro-loans to expand their product lines.

From XSProject’s family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season. In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, and never in want.

Learning to Take Medicine
Learning to Take Medicine
Both mother and daughter get eye exams
Both mother and daughter get eye exams
Clean drinking and cooking water for each home
Clean drinking and cooking water for each home
Ariska can study using her solar lamp
Ariska can study using her solar lamp
The Ladies of Cirendeu Handicrafts
The Ladies of Cirendeu Handicrafts
Choosing Books to Read
Choosing Books to Read

Now that the Cirendeu Community library is completed, the children of the trash pickers are coming regularly to read books. Most of the donated books are for Grades 1-4, which many  children have already read. It was clearly time for the older students to choose books that were more suitable to their age.

 Gramedia is the “Barnes and Noble” of Jakarta. On a recent Saturday, XSProject’s General Manager, Retno Hapsari, took ten of the 5th and 6th grade students on an outing to Gramedia to choose books for the library.

 They had never been to a bookstore before.  First, they had lunch at the mall. Many of them had never been to a mall, either. At Gramedia, imagine their amazement at seeing so many books in one place; so many choices.

 It was overwhelming and hard to decide which one book each of them could take home. They chose carefully, trying to decide if their choice, when donated to the library would be interesting to other students, too. What big decisions for these young people, but in the end, each one was happy with his book selection.

 XSProject plans to continue this program by taking fifteen 7th, 8th and 9th graders to Gramedia next month and eventually the 10th thru 12th grade students. Soon, the library will have a nice selection of books.

 Through books, the trash picker’s children learn about the world, other cultures, begin to form dreams and goals and explore topics that shape their lives. By donating to XSProject on GlobalGiving, you will support our purchase of more books for all students. During this holiday season, please consider this gift that is sure to inspire  these young people.

The Girls Like to Read in the Store!
The Girls Like to Read in the Store!
They Helped Each Other Choose Books
They Helped Each Other Choose Books
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
 

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XSProject

Location: Cilandak Barat, Jakarta - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​www.xsproject-id.org
Project Leader:
Karen McDaniels
Denton, Texas United States
$84,465 raised of $150,000 goal
 
338 donations
$65,535 to go
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