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Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage

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Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage
Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage

In November last year, we received an e-mail from GlobalGiving that they had selected XSProject’s Generate Income & Hope from Non – Recyclable Garbage project as GlobalGiving’s Project of the Month for December 2017.

The news came at the right time, when we had been thinking about what can we do more for the community. Health is still the major issues for the Cirendeu community of about 100 families of trash pickers with a total of 80 children under XSProject-XSEducation Scholarship Program.

We then informed the Project of the Month Club members what we imagined we could make into reality with the funds we received.

The idea was a Community Home Care, a doctor and a nurse who make regular visits to the community. They would not only help adults and children who are sick, but also encourage and teach the community the importance of prevention and early treatment. Due to either lack of knowledge or money, too often community members wait too long to seek treatment until they are really sick.

In January 2018 when we received the disbursement, we started with budget planning and the preparation for the program. But many things happened in the process that slowed the process down. But now, Cirendeu Home Care is finally open.

We have a room next to the children’s reading room which we have dedicated not just for regular doctor visits once a week to start, but also for us to run an immunization program for the children and adults, family planning consultation for the moms, and other health sessions and trainings.

Immunization program continues to be the number one priority, especially for the younger children. Now we can conduct the program on the premises.

Most of the moms are happy now that they can receive family planning consultation and health care regularly. In the past, we have witnessed moms who lost their pregnancies because they were sick and they waited too long to go to the doctor.

Outside the Cirendeu Home Care, we also use the funds to run a dental health program with a nearby clinic. We started with 19 children from Pre Grade 1 up to Grade 2. After having their first initial checkup, we received the report from the clinic, that almost all of the children have tooth decay. The children have to come back couple times to have their teeth fixed. Dental treatment is quite expensive. So, teaching the moms on dental health prevention is a must.

We have received positive responses from the adults.  The trash pickers live a very rough life, sifting through trash very often without any safety protection, so accidents like puncture wounds from nails and other sharp objects often occur.  The living environment at the trash site also contributes problems such as respiratory infections, typhoid and tuberculosis.

“When will the doctor come this week? Or what time will the doctor come today? We hear this request more and more as the community starts to have the benefit of having a doctor within the community.

Although the per-patient cost is very low, the demand for health program has been much higher than we anticipate.  However, we hope to use the funds from the donation to run the program for the next 3 years.

XSProject is so honored to be selected and to receive such a generous donation from the Project of the Month Club. On behalf of the community, we thank you and want you to know that the funds we received have made it possible in trying to give better health and better life not just for the children but also for their parents.

Aminah and her family
Aminah and her family

Aminah is one of the Angels at Cirendeu garbage dump. She was born in Jakarta on 19th August 1983. Her parents have 6 children, both already passed away. Aminah went to school until SMK (Vocational School), she wanted to continue her education but her parents being a trash picker did not have money to pay her further education.  

 After finishing her school she worked at various shops as a sales person for the next 8 years. With limited education, she cannot advance her career and she has to work many hours and also weekends. She had to stop working because she got sick.

 She got married, had kids, and then opened a small warung (small shop) while taking care of her children.

 “I was never interested in sewing, but I was so disappointed when I asked my neighbor who can sew but she did not want to take my order.

That gave me the interest to learn how to sew so I don’t have to depend on other people when I need something that needs to be sewn.

 “I was so glad that XSProject offered the women at the community opportunity to learn a new skill. I took it without hesitation, plus my youngest child now is already at Pre Grade 1, and goes to school 3 times a week. I now have more time to improve myself, while my son is at school.

 “My goal of learning to sew is so that I can make clothes for myself and my kids and I can fix any clothes that need to be repaired, and maybe that I can also help other sewers if they need help.

 “Of course, I would love to have my own sewing business, so I can take orders and can earn extra income so I can help my husband earn more money.  It would be nice to have my own sewing business at home, so I can work but also still can take care of my family but I would also want to help other moms at the community by teaching them what I have learned, so other moms at the community can also learn new skills.

 “Without the help form XSProject I would not be able to sew now. “

 Your donation to XSProject through GlobalGiving will have a direct impact on making this happen. XSProject can provide many more women with micro finance loans, or just to improve their skills so that they can do something for themselves. Poverty could be just a lack of opportunity. This is the way to go towards self-sufficiency and a sustainable income. We hope you will continue to support our work and you are making the difference for them.

Making pattern
Making pattern
Learning how to use sewing machine
Learning how to use sewing machine
UWCSEA Students Build Oman a Trash Cart
UWCSEA Students Build Oman a Trash Cart

The school year ended in May for the students at United World College South East Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore. So early in June, six young men who just finished the 11th grade, made a trip to XSProject in Jakarta. What started out being a project to deliver school supplies and discarded banners for make new products, turned out to be something quite extraordinary.

Jakarta Street Kids is a UWCSEA service club that raises money for non-profits in Jakarta that support the educational needs of the poor. XSProject and Jakarta Street Kids have partnered for several years. They also sponsor 17 students in the XSEducation program.

On the first day of their visit, General Manager, Retno Hapsari took them to the Cirendeu open garbage dump where XSProject works. While walking through the community, they stopped at the house of Oman and his family. Oman is a trash picker. He collects trash from streets and garbage bins in  large plastic bags that he carries or drags behind him because he does not have money to buy a traditional trash cart. Oman’s wife, Asnah was also at the house and they watched as she sorted the piles of plastic trash.

The young visitors were moved by Oman’s story. They learned that, with a trash cart, he could collect 3 to 4 times more trash he currently collects, thus earning more money from greater sales.  They discussed Oman’s predicament among themselves and decided right then that Oman needed a trash cart.

They pooled their money, gave it to Oman and sent him to purchase enough materials to build a brand-new cart.

The next day they went back to the community and worked with Oman and Heri, a trash picker who knows how to build trash carts. By the end of the day it was finished and ready for use.

“I would never have dreamed that I could have my own trash cart. And I never thought that I could have one in one day”, said a grateful Oman.

In a follow up email to XSProject, one of the UWCSEA students wrote: ”We feel proud that we are supporting an organization like [XSProject] that is doing vital work to improve the lives of the trash pickers and their families. We were able to finish building the cart with Oman and we are very happy we managed to help a man achieve one of his wishes. Thank you for making our visit memorable.”

The day the UWCSEA students spent at Cirendeu, will long be remembered by Oman, his family, and the entire trash picker community. The six young men learned that even a small service project can be life changing for others. We know they will never forget their experience.

Building the Frame of the Cart
Building the Frame of the Cart
All Framed Up!
All Framed Up!
Cutting the Sheet Metal Liner
Cutting the Sheet Metal Liner
All Finished!
All Finished!
Oman and Asnah with Their New Trash Cart
Oman and Asnah with Their New Trash Cart

The use of computer now days has become part of everyday life and in everything we do, from the office to the school works. Unfortunately not everybody can afford to have his/her own computer.

 XSProject feels that the community now needs to have a set of computer available so that the students, the moms, the teacher can use it anytime they need to, close to home and for free, then eventually, maybe the fathers can start learning how to use the computer.

 When we put a new computer and printer in the community library, the community has many reasons to be happy and relieved.

 Septi of Grade 6 said – ‘When I have homework assignment that require a research from goggle, I have to use my mom’s hand phone. The screen is small so it’s hard to see and it takes a long time to get the information I need. Now I can have a bigger screen and I can do my homework faster. Bachrudin of Middle School said - ‘‘The school asked ask me to learn on how to use computer to prepare for the exam, because we will use a computer to do the national exam, and now my friends and I can take turn practice for free and we can do this as many times as we can. Ardiansyah who just graduated also said that now he can search and process the college applications close to home and as long as they need on a free internet.

Ms. Vicky, our pre grade 1 teacher and Bedah – our community administrator, both are also grateful of having a computer in the community as they always need to use computer for preparing class programs and materials, and for Bedah to prepare reports on the community to XSProject office.

The parents are most welcome to the idea of XSProject provide the computer because it saves their time of taking their children to the ‘internet café’ – where they have to pay to use the computer, the internet access and to print their children home works. That was the only option for them to support their children education.

To the GlobalGiving donors, who have supported our community, we thank you and want you to know that your contributions have made this possible. We hope we can count on your support in trying to give better opportunities, not just for the children but also for their parents.

 

The Middle School students practice using computer
The Middle School students practice using computer
Fires Burn Trash Constantly
Fires Burn Trash Constantly

Last November, our friends at GlobalGiving let us know that XSProject had been selected by the Project-of-the-Month Club to receive their December donation. If you don’t know about the Project-of-the-Month Club, it is a group of GlobalGiving donors who pool their donations and each month they select a project to donate to. You can learn more about this on GlobalGiving’s website.

This project report is about the profound impact that pooled donations like this can have on a GlobalGiving partner. We are immensely thankful for this large donation. In Indonesia, and especially at the trash picker communities where XSProject does our work, even $10.00 goes a very long way. But a big donation is a life changing event and can even be a lifesaving event.

The smoke from the fires at the Cirendeu garbage dump is toxic. Each inhale breath tastes like smoke. It burns the lungs and eyes. You can’t see the methane produced by the rotting trash but you know you’re breathing it as well. Sudden health expenses can be catastrophic for XSProject, and we never know when the health of a trash picker or a child can turn into an emergency trip to the hospital.

That is why for a long time, XSProject has wanted to build a simple clinic at the dump. Northing big or fancy but with the goal of preventing and/or monitoring some of the conditions so common in trash picker communities. We will have a nurse on site twice a week to monitor blood pressure and blood glucose, check heart rates, take temperatures, dispense aspirin, bandage skinned knees and know when an illness is serious enough that a trip to the doctor is required. We envision "our nurse" giving workshops to the women and young girls on diet, exercise, puberty, family planning, mother and infant health and general guidelines for wellness.

Thanks to the donors of the GlobalGiving Project-of-the-Month Club, planning has begun on the clinic. This donation will support the clinic for three years. XSProject will be able to fund the clinic on its own after that. Thank you GlobalGiving donors. Please watch for another project report about the grand opening of the XSProject Cirendeu Clinic!

photos by Verena Radulovic

New moms and infants need to receive medical care
New moms and infants need to receive medical care
Young girls need to learn about their bodies
Young girls need to learn about their bodies
 

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Location: Cilandak Barat, Jakarta - Indonesia
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Project Leader:
Retno Hapsari
General Manager
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
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