The Children listening the danger of Bush-fired
As you may know, the YUM Kalimantan Library is located in the area of Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan, an area that during the months of September and October the air quality was the worst on the world due to the haze produced by the bush-fires. Our communities were constantly exposed to pollution levels above 1,000 often above 2,000 and, eventually, reaching levels as high as 3,900; more than ten times above the hazardous level.
Our premises in Kalimantan, became a Clinic Post at that time assisting the communities with a team of doctors who voluntarily arrived from Jakarta, and giving consultation and medicines, vitamins and others to hundreds of adults and children who most of them were suffering respiratory problems.Our Library was not an exception, the Librarian and other personnel at YUM in Kalimantan made all efforts to provide children not only with creative and fun activities but also with masks to protect them from the haze as well as daily consumption of milk, vitamins, oxygen and others and information about the danger of the local practice of burning the bushes.
Finally, at the beginning of November the rains arrived and the Library is back to its regular activities for enjoyment of the children. Again time to read and storytelling, drawing and dancing… yes, all is back to normal. But now children have learnt that bush fires should be stopped so that a sad situation like the experienced during those weeks should never happen again.
YUM wishes to express its gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors continuous support to hundreds of children in Kalimantan and giving them the opportunity of imparting the good habit of reading, the base for a good education. Children in Kalimantan are confident they will continue having new books to read, new color pencils to draw, new documentaries to watch, their hopes much depend on your valuable help. Thank you.
Due of the long period of inhaling bad air, some children and adults were severe affected and developed serious lung’s illness.YUM is committed to give continuation to the action relief, assisting our communities and provide them the necessary assistance. The details of which can be found at: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/kalimantan-haze-emergency-appeal/
A child tries to put on the mask
The children watch the news about Kalimantan
The manual instruction to protect themselves