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Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan
The library member coloring the worksheet
The library member coloring the worksheet

Times have changed since the outbreak of COVID-19 and each country, each person has had to adapt. The same goes for our community library in Kalimantan. When the first cases of COVID-19 were found in Indonesia, YUM's first response in Bukit Batu was to temporarily close our projects, spread information about the outbreak, reminding everyone to wear a mask, keep washing hands, and to stay at home as much as possible. In collaboration with the local authorities, the messages were communicated through social media platforms and further reinforced through printing banners, posters, and flyers. We also distributed more than 2,000 masks, soaps, and flyers to families living in the 7 surrounding villages. The placement of 200 posters and 12 banners in 14 different locations was another action that YUM took to help slow the spread of the virus. As many families do not have phones or television, the banners and posters provided information about COVID-19 and the steps to take to prevent being infected.

As for the library itself, we still remain in contact with our library members. Our librarian has made a special weekly schedule for home activities. We have prepared educational games, worksheets, some learning supplies and a box of milk for our most active members to take home and work on. Some of the activities are related to COVID-19 and its prevention. Parents can either collect the packages from YUM's Library or have a YUM staff deliver them to their homes.

The Ministry of Education has mandated that schools remain closed until the end of the year and so will the library. Children living in rural areas like in Bukit Batu are unable to follow online learning and this puts them at a disadvantage. That’s why we would like to continue distributing educational packages for our library members and hopefully more students in the area. This is how we adapt: our library team wishes to lend library books, create educational worksheets, create videos related to updated information on COVID-19, promote health and nutrition and impart simple tutorials of art & craft, so that the children of Bukit Batu continue to receive the kind of education they deserve.

For that, we will continue to need your help and support. We cannot achieve this alone and your partnership is essential for us. Please consider sharing this information to your friends and family. Thank you!

 

Warm regards and stay safe,

Yolanda

The boy with the educational packages+box of milk
The boy with the educational packages+box of milk
Reading together at home with their siblings
Reading together at home with their siblings
The boy with his drawing creation
The boy with his drawing creation
YUM's staff distributing help  to the villages
YUM's staff distributing help to the villages
The library members with their mother
The library members with their mother
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The students in front of YUM's Library
The students in front of YUM's Library

* Please note that the events described below happened before the Covid-19 crisis around the world. Our community library has closed its doors to the general public since March 16th as soon as the Indonesian government announced schools closure and social distancing recommendations.

YUM’s Community Library in Kalimantan has been actively inviting students from several schools in the area to join our program. Our aim is to provide students with high quality reading sources, especially those who live quite far from our library. In the months of January and February, students from several preschools and elementary schools have been visiting our library every week. During their time in the library, the students have the same access to our book collection as any other member. Our beloved librarian, Miss Rusti, is the one who accompanies them and prepares all the tools that they may need.

There is also a 10-minute reading policy that students are encouraged to follow though some of them are not fluent yet in reading as they are either in Pre-school, Kindergarten or 1st grade. In order to tackle this issue, Miss Rusti conducts a group reading session where she reads aloud the book that they will discuss together. Other activities in the library include things such as a science club, play time with educational toys and games, drawing, and coloring.

“There are many students in our school who find it difficult to read and this made us realize just how limited our access was to reading materials. But thanks to YUM’s initiatives, our students now have access to sources of quality knowledge that we have been lacking so far. We would love to bring our students here more often whenever we have the chance. And once again, we thank YUM for this wonderful opportunity.” Emi, teacher of SDN 3 Tumbang.

Finally, YUM would like to say how grateful we are for the kind and continuous support that we have received from all of you through GlobalGiving. Your donation has helped in sustaining our projects and spreading our reach to more people. Thank you!

As we work in these uncertain times, it seems clearer to us that our community in Kalimantan needs us more than ever. And we need you! Not much is happening in terms of Covid-19 prevention in our area by the local government. If you’re able, please make a donation to this project so we can help our communities by providing them with soaps, masks and food packages to families most in need. Thank you again for being part of our community!

Ms. Rusti reading a book for the students
Ms. Rusti reading a book for the students
Puzzle time!
Puzzle time!
Ms. Rusti explaining the picture of fire fighter
Ms. Rusti explaining the picture of fire fighter
Having a glass of milk after activity
Having a glass of milk after activity
Inside of the YUM's Library
Inside of the YUM's Library
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10 minute reading before the Library activities
10 minute reading before the Library activities

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

Happy new year 2020!

I hope this year will bring everyone of you more joy and happiness.

On behalf of YUM’s beneficiaries and staff, I would like to express our gratitude for your generous support to the “Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan” project through GlobalGiving for all of these years.  Your continuous support has enabled YUM to furnish the library with qualified reading material, tutors and properties. Thank you!

The YUM Community library has been one of the essential parts of many people’s lives  in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan where YUM is located. Everyday more than 35 children spend their spare time in the library for reading and participating in various fun, educational and creative activities. Below are the stories of Amara and Nova,  YUM’s library new members.

“I am Amara, 2nd grade at Tangkiling Primary school in Bukit Batu, Palangkaraya. I am a new member of YUM Community Library. I am so surprised knowing that YUM library offers so many updated reading books, educational and fun activities. My favorite book here is “Aku Mau Makan Sendiri” (I can eat by myself) and my favorite activity here is watching movies.  I am happy being here in the library because I can meet and have many new friends here.”

“Hi, everyone. My name is Nova; I am 2nd-grade student at one of primary school in Sukamulya. I have known YUM a long time ago before I started going to school. At that time, I only come to the library to participate in the Creativity Day.  I was still shy because I was not able to read. The library now looks very beautiful, especially with the new white clean floor. My father used to drive me here, but since I get older and brave enough, I now go to YUM library together with my friends. We walk from our home.  I have two favorite books at the library; 'Indonesia Folktales' and 'The Great Child series'.”

Miss Rusti reads one of the books
Miss Rusti reads one of the books
The children re-write the story- writing activity
The children re-write the story- writing activity
The boys enjoy Art&Craft activity
The boys enjoy Art&Craft activity
While the girls enjoy coloring activity
While the girls enjoy coloring activity
Amara - YUM's child
Amara - YUM's child
Nova - YUM's child
Nova - YUM's child
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The students arrival at YUM's Library
The students arrival at YUM's Library

Ever since the haze disaster in 2015, YUM has run several activities to prevent and counteract its adverse effects on the community. One of them is YUM's Fire & Haze Prevention campaign, which takes place either in the library room or schools in the area. By imparting good and healthy living habits to the children, we hope that they could be the first prevention factor related to the bush-fires.

The activities began from an explanation about the cause of fire and proceeded to steps taken for the prevention of Haze.  A short video played to provide information on how the fire had started and produced the haze. During the activity, the children, accompanied by staff at YUM, were divided into groups and given tools such as paper, stationery and colorful pencils to create posters for the campaign. They were also allowed to take these posters home or school. Students of 4th to 6th grade from one of the schools, SDN 3, Tangkiling, were invited to the library to be part of this campaign. Their activities were similar to the library member and at the end of activity everyone was offered a  free glass of milk.

For the last three years, there were almost no forest fires or haze in the area. Unfortunately, this year, due to a very long dry season and a still prevalent slash-and-burn activity among big plantations and local farmers, the fires started to create hazardous smoke and haze around the villages in Central Kalimantan. Because of bad air quality, many people began to suffer from respiratory problems. YUM will continue our commitment to assist our communities by providing essential items such as medicines, N 95 masks, oxygen and milk in order to reduce risks to their health due to the haze.

Thank you for your kind attention to YUM’s projects. 

The students enjoy looking for their fave books
The students enjoy looking for their fave books
YUM's staff explaining about the prevention
YUM's staff explaining about the prevention
Presentation about prevention to library members
Presentation about prevention to library members
The children's expression during the presentation
The children's expression during the presentation
Student's poster about Protection for the Earth
Student's poster about Protection for the Earth
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The ribbon cutting session
The ribbon cutting session

The renovation of our Community Library in Kalimantan is finally done! 

All of the furniture, books, materials and tools have now been put back in their places. What took more time was re-organizing the books according to each theme. The community library has more than 5,000 books, 200 magazines, 400 children’s movies and almost 100 different kinds of educational toys.

We set the Re-opening of YUM’s Library on the same date as our annual Creativity Day. “I have a dream” was the chosen theme for this Creativity Day event. We want to encourage the children to dare to dream big and pursue them bravely. We also want to emphasize the importance of completing their basic education.  Many children in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan do not have the opportunity to finish their education due to a lack of parental support, both financially and mentally. Early age marriages, the need to find a job to support their families and stunting issues are just a few of the problems that hold these kids back from finishing their education.

There were several creative and fun games and competitions held before the day of the reopening: coloring, drawing, storytelling, hula hoop and making a speech in English . The day of the reopening was marked by a ribbon cutting session by the representative of Linklaters, the generous donor who has given their full support toward the renovation. During the Creativity Day event, the children from the dance club performed “Karami Anak Luwu Ewu” and the children from the English club sang “I have a dream”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Laskar Pelangi”. Finally, came the children’s most favorite session: the announcement of the winners and the reward distribution. Around 400 children were at the event and they enjoyed every moment!

“On behalf of my school, I would like to thank YUM for inviting us to take part in this competition. All of our students are very happy with this event.  Our students won the 2nd prize in the coloring competition” Miss Fitriana, Tangkiling School principal.

“During YUM’s Creativity Day, I participated in the coloring competition but unfortunately I did not win. But I did win the second position for Hula Hoop competition. I came here with my friends from school. We enjoy all of the activities very much and cannot wait to visit the library after school. Thank you YUM and all of the donors for your kind support.” Riandra,  1st grade student.

Special dance performance.
Special dance performance.
English speech competition
English speech competition
The participants of coloring competition
The participants of coloring competition
The favorite moment: Rewards distributions!
The favorite moment: Rewards distributions!
The children with the donor representatives
The children with the donor representatives
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Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Location: Jakarta, DKI - Indonesia
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Project Leader:
Yolanda Utami Nilasari
Program Development and Donor Relations Coordinator
Jakarta, Indonesia
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