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Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia

by Yayasan Hati Gembira Indonesia (Happy Hearts Indonesia Foundation)
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Build Safe School For Children In East Indonesia
Maikel, graduate of one of our rebuilt schools
Maikel, graduate of one of our rebuilt schools

Setting a Path of Change Out of Poverty

In September we visited schools that have been rebuilt in West Sumba regency in the province of East Nusa Tenggara. One of the seven schools rebuilt is PAUD (abbreviation for Early Childhood Education) Palu Boga. We decided to check in on Maikel, one of the students at the preschool whom we met in 2017, back when we were solidifying our plans to focus rebuilding efforts in the province.

Not far from the school, we saw a humble Sumbanese stilt house where Maikel and his family lived. Maikel was on the way home from school and his father welcomed us warmly into their home, "He just moved up to third grade. He will be home soon." Shortly after, Maikel walked into the courtyard of the house. Smiling faintly, he greeted us Selamat Siang – meaning good afternoon – while we were sitting on the porch of the house with his father, grandmother, and two younger siblings.

It was great to see Maikel in his red and white, a typical uniform worn by elementary school students in Indonesia. We remembered Maikel as the five-year-old little boy in a preschool uniform, which was more than two years ago. Today, Maikel stood tall at the age of eight. He timidly kissed the hands of everyone on the porch - a form of respect to the elders - and then kissed his sister's forehead before removing his backpack and joining us.

After changing clothes and finishing lunch, Maikel took out a book and slowly read a poem he found on a page. There were times when he stopped and seemed to second guess himself in pronouncing certain words, but he would then proceed with a little nudge from his father.

In West Sumba, where 14% of male above 10 years old could not read and write, Maikel's reading and writing ability at his age made us full of hope. We could see that changes were taking place and hope was being restored for the next generation of East Nusa Tenggara.

We asked Maikel on his impression of elementary school, to which he replied that he liked it very much, especially the subjects of Mathematics and Indonesian Language. Ms. Lusia, a teacher from PAUD Palu Boga, who accompanied us that afternoon said, “Teachers from elementary schools told us that our graduates showed great adaptability. They are more familiar with letters, numbers, colors and shapes compared to children from other preschools.” She also iterated that graduates of PAUD Palu Boga were more socially developed because they were used to interacting with teachers and peers and not clinging to their parents, which immensely helped the process of adaptation.

"We are grateful to have a proper preschool close to where we live. Our children learned a lot and the early childhood education prepared them before advancing to elementary school," said Maikel's father.

Maikel set a path of change for his younger siblings. His brother Yohanis, who was also a graduate of PAUD Palu Boga, just entered first grade in the same elementary school. His four-year-old sister had just joined PAUD Palu Boga. His family stayed hopeful that education would lift them out of poverty. That hope was clearly seen in the eyes of his father and grandmother that afternoon as he read the poem. Maikel’s dream remained the same as two years ago, which was to become a police officer.

Below is the first verse of the poem that Maikel read.

Aku suka ke sekolah, (I like going to school)
Banyak teman-temanku, (Many are my friends)
Waktu belajar atau main, (During study or play time)
Guru ada dekatku. (A teacher is by my side) 


Since our last report we completed the rebuilding of 9 schools, making a total of 36 rebuilt schools in East Nusa Tenggara since the start of #iamchange campaign in March 2018. Below are 3 of those 9 schools.

We rely on your support in raising awareness and funds for safe schools in East Nusa Tenggara. Help share our campaign to your family and friends by starting a fundraiser. Thank you!

Maikel and his father
Maikel and his father

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Since our last report, we completed the rebuilding of 6 schools, making the total of 27 schools rebuilt in East Nusa Tenggara. Over 250 schoolchildren are now going to safe schools with proper facilities, thanks to your support!

Two more schools for Sumba and 3 schools for West Timor are currently in progress, including Bakti Luhur Paulus Janssen school for children with disability, which is scheduled to finish in August.

In addition to school rebuilding, we also provided WASH training at additional 7 schools. WASH or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene training is crucial for young children to develop good hygiene practices at school and in their homes.

Promoting Reading Culture in Sumba

The library initiative is part of our community development program that we started last year. It aims to spark reading habit not only in children but also in the communities where the libraries are located.

Access to reading materials, especially in rural Sumba, is very lacking. The community libraries we built and located in 3 different villages are now equipped with donated books for all ages. We see children and adults getting excited with reading; girls in particular make up 60% of the readers. These community libraries are a start in combating illiteracy on the island, which is one of the highest in the country.

We are gearing up to rebuilding more schools in East Nusa Tenggara for the second half of the year. We thank you for your continuous support to our #iamchange campaign.

Thank you!

Rebuilding In Progress - Bakti Luhur in West Timor
Rebuilding In Progress - Bakti Luhur in West Timor
WASH Training for Teachers and Schoolchildren
WASH Training for Teachers and Schoolchildren
Community Libraries to Promote Reading in Sumba
Community Libraries to Promote Reading in Sumba
Recently Rebuilt Joel Preschool, West Timor
Recently Rebuilt Joel Preschool, West Timor
Recently Rebuilt Persaudaraan Preschool, Flores
Recently Rebuilt Persaudaraan Preschool, Flores

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Schools in East Nusa Tenggara
Schools in East Nusa Tenggara

About East Nusa Tenggara

Also known locally as Nusa Tenggara Timur or simply NTT, East Nusa Tenggara located in East Indonesia is the third poorest region in the country. Happy Hearts Indonesia began rebuilding schools in the region in 2016. The great need of decent and safe schools urged us to focus on East Nusa Tenggara and rebuild more schools, and in 2018 we launched the #iamchange campaign that aims to rebuild 200 schools in East Nusa Tenggara over the next few years.

Since the launch of the campaign in March 2018, we have rebuilt 21 schools, serving 1,438 children and supporting 7,190 community members on the islands of Sumba, Flores and Timor.

After schools are rebuilt, Happy Hearts Indonesia also provide the following programs.

School Management & Teacher Training - in collaboration with several organizations, we facilitated a number of school management and capacity building training for teachers in the areas of our rebuilt schools.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Training - to encourage good hygiene behavior in the schools we rebuilt.

Happy Kidsto improve student achievement at rebuilt schools. The Happy Kids program provides:

  • School uniform - beginning of each academic year
  • Nutritional food - three times a week
  • Health education & examination - twice a year
  • Environmental day - monthly activity that includes school cleaning and seed planting
  • Inspirational day - biannual activity that introduces children to different kinds of profession

Community Development Program - we built mobile libraries not just for children of our rebuilt schools, but also for members of the community.

Quotes from Our Beneficiaries

"Our school is much better now! We have a lot of toys, that's why we love to go to school." – Irene, student of PAUD Mawar Laensukaer, Timor

"The children are now a lot more excited when they come to school. The classrooms are bright as they have a beautiful color. The chairs and tables are very strong and of good quality. We are also grateful because HHI has rebuilt the toilets for our students. Thank you so much to HHI and donors who have rebuilt our school." - Gabariel Lahar, Principal of SD Munting Kajang, Flores

"My daughter has become a lot more enthusiastic to go to school, she loves to learn and play with her friends at school. Thank you donor and HHI for helping us rebuild a better school" - Lusia Tefa, mother of a student at TK St Maria Ratu Karmel, Timor

We aim to rebuild 26 schools in East Nusa Tenggara this year. Help us get there! Support the #iamchange campaign by sharing and donating at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/iamchange/.

Happy Kids program
Happy Kids program
School Management and Teacher Training
School Management and Teacher Training
Community Development Program
Community Development Program
WASH Training
WASH Training
School Transformation in East Nusa Tenggara
School Transformation in East Nusa Tenggara

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Project Leader:
Mel Utama
Jakarta Barat, DKI Jakarta Indonesia
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