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 Dance Club members enjoying practising outdoor
The Dance Club members enjoying practising outdoor

Dear kind donors,

We hope that this newsletter finds you well.

Life in Central Kalimantan since the pandemic is still far from normal, however, life must go on. Besides our daily tutoring sessions with primary school students, as well as the regular children who come to read books at the library, last December, we decided to reopen the dance club. The Dance Club has always been a big part of the Community Library. The dance club members have even performed in several local and national official ceremonies. Before the pandemic, once a week around 30 children would come to practice traditional dances as well as traditional musical instruments. 

The decision to reopen the Dance Club was taken with great consideration and responsibility. Since this activity takes place outside the library, with enough space between the dancers, we thought it would be safe for children to come and dance again. We believe that this class can provide a recreational and relaxing activity for the children who have gone through so much this past year. The classes are also great for the children's physical and mental well-being, especially during this pandemic. Many positive impacts come from learning dancing, such as a healthier body, learning about discipline, teamwork, and an increase in children's self-confidence. Hopefully soon, we will be able to reopen other activities at our library. 

We have a special surprise for you this month: check out a video of the Kalimantan library activities " YUM Community Library in Kalimantan " we hope through this video that you will be able to transport yourself to Central Kalimantan!

On another note, we had the honor to be interviewed by GlobalGiving for their recent article called  "Education in COVID-19 era" in which YUM’s Executive Director, Vanessa Reksodipoetro, was one of the contributors. Read the article to find out the challenges that students are facing around the world and how we, as nonprofits on the ground, are helping students bridge the gaps.

Dance Club for the younger children
Dance Club for the younger children
Dance Club for the older children
Dance Club for the older children
Only when it rains do we gather inside
Only when it rains do we gather inside
A glass of milk for everyone after practising
A glass of milk for everyone after practising
Hands washing before and after practising
Hands washing before and after practising
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A small group learning at YUM Library
A small group learning at YUM Library

Dear friends and supporters,

Happy New Year!

We wish you a new year filled with peace, joy, and prosperity! We survived 2020 and thrived because of your continued support. We were able to exceed our goals and expand our services because of the generosity and commitment of people like you.

As we begin this New Year, we are thrilled to inform you that this project, Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan, has been chosen as GlobalGiving's Project of the month for January 2021! Our project to enhance the quality of literacy and education in Central Kalimantan was duly selected from a pool of more than 5,000 nonprofit projects in 170+ countries. Nearly 3,000 donors come together and make monthly donations to keep the Project of the Month going. This extra support means the world to us—and to the children living in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan.

In Indonesia, schools have been closed for almost 10 months now creating an enormous learning loss for children since most of them have to learn on their own. YUM learned of this information through conversations with parents, teachers, and the students themselves. In the area where the YUM Community Library is located, small groups of people are allowed to gather with special permits, adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols. Therefore we applied for this permit and took this opportunity to facilitate small group learning sessions and provide tutoring activities for primary school students who struggle with reading, writing, and math. The tutoring classes run with a maximum of ten students taught by one tutor. They attend classes once a week and the lesson lasts for one and a half hours. All of the participants have attained permission from their parents to come to our premises. We hope that this small initiative will help keep the kids in Bukit Batu, not only learning but also be excited by it.

We look forward to continuing our efforts and reaching out for more children to help this year and we can only do so with your continued compassion and generous support. 

 

Sincerely,

Yolanda

Project Leader

Please wear mask and wash your hand first!
Please wear mask and wash your hand first!
This group is learning about time with Miss Ardha
This group is learning about time with Miss Ardha
Reading session: Practice makes  perfect!
Reading session: Practice makes perfect!
Math learning session
Math learning session
A glass of milk for every student!
A glass of milk for every student!
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A story book has always been children's favorite
A story book has always been children's favorite

Dear kind donors,

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones in good health in these difficult times.

It has been eight months since the Covid-19 outbreak in Indonesia. Though our Community Library remains closed until the government mandates otherwise, this does not mean that we stop connecting with the children in the surrounding areas.

All over Indonesia, children continue learning from home. In big cities, they are learning online. However, in rural areas like Bukit Batu, children struggle to learn on their own. The resources from school are limited due to inadequate learning materials and lack of teachers. Parents are now struggling to provide food on their table as many of them have lost their jobs and the added expenditure for their children’s education is not on their list of priorities. 

With your donation, we have been distributing home learning packages in several villages.  The package consists of storybooks, coloring materials, a box of milk, and educational working sheets (English words puzzle, Mathematical crosswords, and thematic writing instructions like National Children's Day and Independence Day). Most of the packages are delivered to the children’s homes while few others are picked up by their parents from the library. We also welcome library members to make a direct appointment with the librarian to borrow books related to their schoolwork.  

On a final note, we will be participating in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign on GlobalGiving. We’d love you to join us and donate to this project because GlobalGiving has $1,000,000 in matching funds for all donations received on December 1st! Will you help us keep the library alive so it may deliver more home learning packages to the children?

Thank you for your continued support for our project.

We cannot do this alone.

 

Stay safe,

Yolanda

She is coloring a different shape of animals
She is coloring a different shape of animals
He is so happy showing us his working sheet
He is so happy showing us his working sheet
Reading in a group is always fun!
Reading in a group is always fun!
The girl with home learning package+a box of milk
The girl with home learning package+a box of milk
Happy National's Children Day!
Happy National's Children Day!
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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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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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