Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
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The children practising the Kahanjak Dance
The children practising the Kahanjak Dance

As children are energetic, active and love music, one of the fun and educational activities that is running at the YUM Community Library Kalimantan is the Dance Club. Every Wednesday, the children come to practice dance. They practice traditional dances from Central Kalimantan, including Manyadiri, Bawi Kinyah, Khanjak and Dayak Ngaju.  Sometimes they also practice the Yapong dance, originating from Jakarta, the Tanggui dance, originating from West Kalimantan, as well as Pendet from Bali and modern dances too. 

There are more than 30 children that participate in this activity. They are divided into 4 different groups according to their ages, ranging  from 8 to 12. Miss Yeyen and Miss Diana are passionate and patient dancing instructors. They love teaching the children. They are also able to create simple and fun dances for the smaller children so they can also enjoy this activity.

In 2016 the children have performed in several official ceremonies, such as YUM Creativity Day, Subud National Congress, the Global Issue Network Congress and National Solidarity Day. The last event was particularly important, because their dancing was watched by president Joko Widodo.

Thanks to your generous support through GlobalGiving, YUM can continue to  accommodate and facilitate these talented children from Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan. Your support will help provide more dance rehearsals, music instruments and dance instructors to keep the activity running. This positive activity will enable the preservation of original Indonesian culture, as well as help to build character, regional pride, and self-confidence for the children themselves.  

Miss Diana correcting the children
Miss Diana correcting the children's posture
Dances and Smiles
Dances and Smiles
Performing at Creativity Day
Performing at Creativity Day
National Solidarity Day 1
National Solidarity Day 1
National Solidarity 2
National Solidarity 2
Over 200 people came to Creativity Day
Over 200 people came to Creativity Day

Every year there is one event that the children of Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan, always look forward to: Creativity Day. During this event, children can participate in various educational competitions to show their talents, such as coloring, poetry reading, arts and crafts, making puzzles and many more. We also have fun games such as hulahoop skills, playing football in sarongs (traditional cloth), bakiak racing (traditional slippers), and tug of war. Creativity Day motivates the children to be more confident, creative and able to work in a team.

This year the event was held in August, and the theme was “Indonesian Heritage and Culture”. We want to encourage the children to be more aware of local cultures, and work to help preserve it, especially the Dayak culture in Kalimantan. In Bukit Batu, not every family is originally from Kalimantan. Some of them are from Bali, Java, Sumatera and many other islands in Indonesia. Therefore, we also want children to keep in their mind that although they come from different places, being united in diversity is very important.

Though the day was filled with fun games and competitions, it was also an opportunity for everyone, young and old, from various regions of Indonesia, to gather together and celebrate learning and diversity!

Would you like to help more students from Kalimantan to take advantage of this amazing project? GlobalGiving is helping us get more donations this end of year. By donating on #GivingTuesday (Tuesday 29 November), your donation will be matched by 50%! 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 at midnight EST and conclude at 11:59:59 pm EST or when funds run out. This is the largest amount of donations GlobalGiving has matched in one day!

If that's not enough to be excited about, GlobalGiving will also be matching new recurring donations starting from November 29th until December 31st! A generous anonymous donor has agreed to match new monthly donations at 200% up to $100 per donor

We're extremely excited about these opportunities and we hope that you are too! Please help us spread the word to your family and friends. Happy holiday from us all! :)

Dayak traditional dance performance
Dayak traditional dance performance
Bakiak race is always a lot of fun!
Bakiak race is always a lot of fun!
Indah & Gita with their favourite books
Indah & Gita with their favourite books

Indah is one of our library’s regular visitors. This 5 year-old girl comes after school almost every day. “I love coming to the library because the YUM Library has a lot of books, games and toys” she said. “There are always many different kinds of activities every day. My favorite activity is coloring and drawing. I love borrowing books with many beautiful pictures because I am not been able to read yet. My parents drop me here after coming home from school and having lunch. They feel safe letting me stay and play here.”

Another regular visitor is Gita, she is in the 4th grade now. “I live nearby to the YUM Kalimantan premises. My friends and I walk together from home to here. There are so many interesting books and toys in the library. Once a week after the Health and Nutrition program, Miss Rusti the librarian will offer a glass of milk for the children. The library is like a second home to me, I go here almost every day. Sometimes Miss Rusti helps me with my homework too.”

This end of year, we would like your help with another of YUM's projects, a library and early childhood learning centre in West Java which is currently looking for donors to keep it alive. This award-winning project is up on GlobalGiving and you can view the project here

GlobalGiving is providing four amazing opportunities for you to make the most out of your donation:

1. Little By Little By Little Campaign: from October 25th to November 1st, all donations up to £50 via globalgiving.co.uk will be matched at 50%!

2. #GivingTuesday: on November 29th, for the first half million dollars raised, all costs of transaction processing on donations is covered by a generous donor! So your donation goes fully to your chosen organisation!

3. Year End Donations: on November 29th, there is $20,000 available in bonus prizes and after that until December 31st, there is an another $10,000 available in bonus prizes!

4. Recurring Match Donations: from November 29th to December 31st, any new recurring donation will be matched 100% on the fourth month! If you were to set up a recurring donation on #GivingTuesday, your donation would be free of transaction costs, contribute towards our goals of reaching one of the $20,000 bonus prizes AND be matched at 100% on the fourth months. That's A LOT for one donation :)

Please know that we are extremely grateful for donors like you for all the help you are providing to our projects! Thank you for being part of our community!

Warm regards,

Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM)

Gita and her arts and crafts creation
Gita and her arts and crafts creation
Storytelling activity at the library
Storytelling activity at the library
Hand Washing Activity
Hand Washing Activity

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

Time flies...   It’s not only books and magazines that are available at the YUM’s Library but we also offer various educational activities. One of them is Health and Nutrition Education. 

The lack of information and knowledge about health impact the children’s life in Kalimantan. Many of them suffer from wormy disease, skin disease, malnutrition, bad teeth etc. The aim of this activity is to improve children’s health and nutrition by providing theory and practice of clean and healthy behavior. Therefore this program is very important for the children in the area YUM is serving. The children participating in this program come from surrounding villages.

YUM’s staff delivers this program in a fun and creative way, such as watching a short movie, singing together, games etc. At every session of this program, YUM distributes glasses of milk. The theme given is very close to their daily life, such as hands washing, teeth brushing, proper height and weight, nutritious food, cleanliness and others.  Now the children at the YUM Kalimantan Library understand that they need to wash their hands before eating and frequently brush their teeth.

Dear GlobalGiving donors, we are truly thankful for your trust and the continuous generous support given to the children in Kalimantan through YUM. None of the above is possible without your help. Thank you!

YUM Staff measuring the child
YUM Staff measuring the child's height
Learning the vitamins and fruit by pictures
Learning the vitamins and fruit by pictures
The children picking up the garbage
The children picking up the garbage
Excercising before fun sport
Excercising before fun sport
Finally, drinking milk
Finally, drinking milk
Drinking milk together at YUM Kalimantan Library
Drinking milk together at YUM Kalimantan Library

Dear GlobalGiving generous donors,

I hope this letter finds you well. I would like to take this opportunity to share my wonderful experience during my visit to YUM Integrated Community Library in Kalimantan last March.

I met the library staff and get closely involved with the children. They are so cheerful, enthusiastic about reading, and excited to participate in the diverse library activities. The librarian told me that many children are so keen to come to the library that they come from school, and she had to ask them to go home first to change their clothes and have lunch!

When I was there, the Library had Health and Nutrition workshops. The librarian informed the children about the danger of worms and the importance to have clean hands. The children were so focused during the session. YUM always tries to educate the children about healthy living. After the health presentation, the children gathered in the hall to have a glass of milk. The other activities that I got involved with are Arts and Crafts, as well as the Dance Club.

I’ve attached some pictures for your perusal, and hope that you will be able to visit the Library someday, to see firsthand the joy your support has brought into these children’s lives.

Thank you for your continuous support,

Behalf on the children in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan

Kind regards,

Yolanda

Health and Nutrition Workshop
Health and Nutrition Workshop
The children playing along with the toys
The children playing along with the toys
The Children Dance Club
The Children Dance Club
Me and all the children at YUM Kalimantan Library
Me and all the children at YUM Kalimantan Library
 

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Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Location: Jakarta, DKI - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​www.yumindonesia.org
Project Leader:
Yolanda Utami Nilasari
Program Development and Donor Relations Coordinator
Jakarta, Indonesia

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