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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
Retno from XSProject Comforts Sumiyati at Home
Retno from XSProject Comforts Sumiyati at Home

Usually, daily lives of Jakarta’s trash pickers are the same every day. More than half a million people make their living picking through trash cans and dumpsters, sorting out anything they can sell just to feed their families. That is, until something goes wrong.

It’s only a matter of time before someone becomes sick. Living at a garbage dump, on top of the waste, breathing the methane and smoke-filled air and eating a diet of mostly rice, noodles and fried food, even a small cut or mosquito bite can turn into a trip to the doctor.

When someone in a trash pickers family becomes sick, the entire family is impacted.  This is what happened to Maran last month when his wife, Sumiyati was diagnosed with acute leukemia.

When she was finally too weak to care for her children, Sumiyati went to the doctor.  She was immediately transferred to the large Fatmawati Hospital in Jakarta and given 3 blood transfusions – a total of 27 pints. She stayed in the hospital for two weeks and only Maran could visit her. Her sons waited outside the hospital room too young to understand why their mother could not come home and take care of them.

Because Sumiyati and Maran’s two boys, Rahmat, who is in the 5th grade and Deden, in the 3rd grade attend school under XSProject, we soon heard about her condition.  The baby, Eva, had been sent to live with Sumiyati’s parents in another part of the city because no one could care for her.

Maran does not understand what is happening to his wife. Because he is poor, uneducated and the hospital bills are mounting, the doctors do not share much information with him. The hospital released Sumiyati last week, with some medication to take daily and instructions to eat better to keep up her strength.

XSProject is making visits to their home to monitor Sumiyati’s condition. Aminah, a neighbor, has been preparing healthy meals until she can get her strength back. The boys continue to attend school but are confused and worried that their mother might die.

XSProject supports more than 100 trash picker families.  The progress we have made delivering vaccinations, visits to the dentist, eye doctor and educating the children to break the poverty cycle is largely the result of GlobalGiving’s incredibly generous donors.

Saving Sumiyati may be the single most important mission XSProject has undertaken. Your contribution to XSProject to help Maran, Sumiyati and their family is a gift well given. Thank you.

Maran and Sumiyati During Her hospital Stay
Maran and Sumiyati During Her hospital Stay
Maran and Sumiyati with Rahmat and Deden
Maran and Sumiyati with Rahmat and Deden
Happier Days- Sumiyati and Eva with Friends
Happier Days- Sumiyati and Eva with Friends
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A Student Photographer and a Trash Picker's Child
A Student Photographer and a Trash Picker's Child

Several times a year, XSProject conducts consumer education programs about Jakarta’s trash picker community. During these programs, we introduce visitors, schools and tour groups to what life is like living as a trash picker. The program includes a tour through the garbage dump, seeing the homes that are built on and from trash and learning how trash picker families coax a meager living out of sorting through people’s trash to survive. The tour has a profound impact on visitors.

Students from schools across Indonesia and Southeast Asia experience life at Jakarta’s Cirendeu garbage dump followed by a trip to XSProject’s workshop where they can help prepare non-biodegradable plastic trash brought to us by trash pickers. They learn how we wash and sort it and are encouraged to assist our employees in this process. Then, they get to see first-hand how the sewers create fun and functional new products that are sold to consumers to help support the Cirendeu community.

University and post-graduate students visit us as part of a school project or a journalism assignment. What they experience during their trip is expressed in their beautiful and compassionate stories, photos, artwork and videos which they share with their friends and community when they return home.  

No one speaks better about how trash affects people of poverty than the young mothers in our vocational training program, Cirendeu Handicrafts. These moms never pass up an invitation to sell their jewelry and fabric crafts at school bazaars and international clubs. They look forward to chatting with the public, explaining how they make their handicrafts and share, with pride,  stories about their children, who attend school through XSProject’s XSEducation program.

Educating consumers to be mindful of what they purchase as well as what they throw away builds more environmentally conscious communities. If you have an opportunity to visit Jakarta, we hope you will make time to visit us at XSProject.  Until then, we encourage everyone to make recycling a habit in your home and community. Your donation to XProject helps us continue to support Jakarta’s trash picker families, to share their stories and give them the tools to improve their lives.

Student Volunteers Help in the Gardens
Student Volunteers Help in the Gardens
Students Learn How to Wash Trash
Students Learn How to Wash Trash
XSProject GM, Retno Talks to a Tour Group
XSProject GM, Retno Talks to a Tour Group
Learning About Jewelry at Cirendeu Handicrafts.
Learning About Jewelry at Cirendeu Handicrafts.
XSProject Products Made From Consumer Waste
XSProject Products Made From Consumer Waste
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Pak Heri and His Mie Ayam Food Cart
Pak Heri and His Mie Ayam Food Cart

Sometimes you just know you can have a better life, a better job and be a better example to your children and community.

That’s how it was with Pak Heri. Heri lives with his wife, 2 children and a big extended family of trash pickers in Jakarta. Years ago, before the family moved to the garbage dump and Heri became a trash collector, he had a small food card and sold Mie Ayam (noodles and chicken) street food to earn a living. He always wanted to have his own food cart again - someday.

When XSProject and the Business Club at the Jakarta Intercultural School offered Pak Heri a micro-loan to build a food cart, he didn’t hesitate to accept. This was that opportunity to change his life that he had been hoping for.

In no time, Heri had his own food cart built.

Today, Heri is still rising very early and collecting trash from a small number of homes. While he is out, his wife, Sani, cooks the Mie Ayam and stocks the cart with food. He’s home by 11:00AM to pick up the food cart and is on his way back out by 1:00 PM. He returns home around 9:00PM.

Heri is not yet making enough money just from food cart sales to support his family, so he still collects trash to make ends meet. He wants to find a permanent spot to park his cart so he can get regular customers and start to build and then expand his business.

At XSProject, we think Heri is on to something BIG That is why we invite you to help us with something LITTLE: GlobalGiving's  Little by Little Campaign that is running from April 3-7.

GlobalGiving is matching your donations up to $50 at 50%. Our goal is to raise $3,000 towards helping Heri and other trash pickers build carts and subsidize their food cart business for the rest of this year.  

One person, one moment and your donation is the gift of a lifetime. So please don't wait, make your donation now.

Heri and Wife, Sani Prepare the Food
Heri and Wife, Sani Prepare the Food
Hear Going Out to Sell His Street Food
Hear Going Out to Sell His Street Food
Husband and Wife Partnership
Husband and Wife Partnership
Your Donation Affects the Whole Family - Thank You
Your Donation Affects the Whole Family - Thank You
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Aryuni at Her Sewing Machine
Aryuni at Her Sewing Machine

Her name is Aryuni but she is called Yuni at the Cirendeu garbage dump in Jakarta where she lives.

When she was in middle school in her village far from Jakarta, she dreamed of a career in nursing, but her family did not have enough money to send her. Instead, her grandfather paid her tuition to attend a sewing school.

After graduation, Yuni worked at many garment factories in and around Jakarta. But, low wages, long hours and poor working conditions forced her to return to her village.

Several years later, Yuni married. With her husband, she returned to Jakarta to once more look for employment. She went back to work at a garment factory where she earned about $100 a month. With both Yuni and her husband working, it almost seemed they could make it…

Yuni is now 35 years old and has two children, both getting their education through the XSProject Education Program. Daughter Ariska is in the 8th Grade and son, Toufan is in kindergarten. Her husband is a trash picker.

As the children got older, working the long hours at the garment factory far from their home was not good for the family. So Yuni left and went to work for a European designer. She spent her days sewing sequins on brocade gowns but her salary was only half of what she had made in the garment factory, about $50 a month.

She heard about XSProject’s Cirendeu Handicrafts program from other mothers at the Cirendeu dump community who were making jewelry and sewing small handicrafts for sale. Yuni joined the group in 2016 and is now making children’s dresses from batik fabric which XSProject sells on our US website. She makes alterations and household items such as curtains for local and expat customers.

Still, the work is not steady enough to have a regular income. Being the resourceful person she is, Yuni has tried to supplement her income by making and selling simple rice and noodle dishes at the schools in the morning and then sewing in the afternoon.

All of the young women and mothers working at Cirendeu Handicrafts would like to have a steady and better income. Sometimes they have a booth at the market to sell their own products.

If you would like to help Yuni purchase more batik fabric for her sewing projects or supplies for any of the other mothers in our program, making a donation to GlobalGiving will have a profound impact on them. Cirendeu Handicrafts is their business and is the hand up they need toward self-sufficiency and a sustainable income.   

Working in the Cirendeu Handicrafts Workshop
Working in the Cirendeu Handicrafts Workshop
Making Curtains
Making Curtains
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Thank You From the XSProject Family!
Thank You From the XSProject Family!

All of us at XSProject Indonesia want to thank you, our partners and the amazing staff at GlobalGiving for your support of our work in Jakarta’s Trash Picker communities in 2016.

We are enormously grateful for your all contributions and your donations during the GlobalGiving Match-A-Million drive on #Giving Tuesday. Without YOU, it would not be possible for us to improve the lives of our families living at the Cirendeu open garbage dump.

Because of you, XSProject has added new programs at the Cirendeu community this year:

  • Revamped our health checkup program for more than 100 families from the trash picker community. Vaccinations, vitamins, dental and hearing checks are now regularly scheduled for adults and children.
  • Established a semi-annual program to provide exams, prescriptions and “reading” glasses for all adults who cannot see well and mandatory for children who cannot pass the simple “eye chart” exam.
  • Installed nine new water tank towers at Cirendeu in preparation for providing clean drinking and cooking water for the community.
  • Provided clean drinking and cooking water with water filtration pots to 70 families that were distributed by the Jakarta Cilandak Rotary Club.
  • Provided 20 middle and high school students in the XSEducation program with portable solar lamps to use for studying and safety. Recent donations have allowed us to purchase 40 more lamps that are on their way to us as of this writing.
  • With funding from The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), we built a community building at Jakarta’s garbage dump to house a new kindergarten, a library and a workshop/giftshop for Cirendeu Handicrafts.  
  • Launched Cirendeu Handicrafts – A division of XSProject that offers vocational and business training to young women and mothers who live at the garbage dump, making it possible for them to earn their own money. They learn to start a business, purchase their materials, make and sell their products, manage their finances, and receive micro-loans to expand their product lines.

From XSProject’s family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season. In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, and never in want.

Deden helps his mom keep the water filter clean
Deden helps his mom keep the water filter clean
Mother and daughter both get eye exams
Mother and daughter both get eye exams
Ariska can study at night using her solar lamp
Ariska can study at night using her solar lamp
The women of Cirendeu Handicrafts
The women of Cirendeu Handicrafts
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XSProject

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