Help Promote Good Reading Habits in Kalimantan

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
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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
The children so excited watching the experiment
The children so excited watching the experiment

In Indonesia, Science is not one of the children’s favorite learning topics. They consider it as difficult and intense subject. Through YUM’s Integrated Community Library in Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan, we encourage the children to like and learn more about Science in a fun way.  The learning methods involve simple experiments, games and watching movie clips related to science.

This activity began in January 2015 and is held twice a month.  We are grateful for your donation to our Library which is now equipped with visual aids and hands on equipment to support learning and includes items such as animals torso, solar system, books and movies.  The children learn about water circulation, names of the planets, gravity, law of attraction etc. Around 10-15 children participate in this activity.

The children show great enthusiasm during this activity and hence your continued support on this project is very important to sustain their interest and growth in science.  We would like to continue to encourage them to learn more and update their knowledge about science. More educational tools, movies, books will be required to help achieve the above goals in order to further support the children’s education. None of the activities above could be even remotely possible without your donation.

On behalf of the children from Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan we would like to sincerely express our gratitude to all of you, our honorable donors. Thank you.

The children trying the experiment by themselves
The children trying the experiment by themselves
The children watching the experiment seriously
The children watching the experiment seriously
The Librarian explaining about the experiment
The Librarian explaining about the experiment
The children observing the Solar System
The children observing the Solar System
The Children listening  the danger of Bush-fired
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
A child tries to put on the mask
The children watch the news about Kalimantan
The children watch the news about Kalimantan
The manual instruction to protect themselves
The manual instruction to protect themselves
Cross Word Puzle Competition
Cross Word Puzle Competition

On June 10th, a large number of children were excited waiting at the YUM Library in Kalimantan. That was the date much waited by them: the day that would start our competitions divided in 5 categories: loud reading, storytelling, cross word puzzles, arts and crafts, and last but not least, writing a story. Those were the activities chosen for the celebration of the Creativity Day on June 14, when winners of each category and runner’s up would be unveiled and win beautiful prizes!

Indeed, the favourite event of the year for those kids whose only place to read novels, comics, fiction, etc. and develop their creativity is our Library, the only one in the area of Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan.

The theme chosen this time for the Creativity Day was: The Beauty of Diversity which was reflected in all our competitions, so that children in Kalimantan may learn to live in harmony and accepting religions, cultures and ethnics and respecting each other’s differences.

Thanks to our donors, YUM initiated two years ago the implementation of two Creativity Days a year, an event of festivity to compensate efforts and encouraging children to come to our Library to read and join our programs which are aimed to deepen their knowledge and awaken their creativity. 

Thank you GlobalGiving Donors for your 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. 

Art and Craft Competition
Art and Craft Competition
Drawing Competition
Drawing Competition
Award Distribution
Award Distribution
 

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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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