Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage

by XSProject
Happy Holidays From the XSProject Team!
Happy Holidays From the XSProject Team!

As we wrap up another year, it is hard to believe that XSProject has been partnering with GlobalGiving for 5 years. It was November 2009 when we posted our first project report.

In January, we met our original funding goal of $35,000. XSProject set another goal of $50,000 and, because of generous donors; we are well on our way to funding that amount.

The needs of the trash pickers in Jakarta continue to grow as more families have difficulty finding work and become part of this community.

XSProject has expanded the services and support to the community to include medical attention and workshops for young women and mothers who live there. The fact that Retno and her team have been able to gain the trust of these often skeptical trash pickers to participate in these programs is a huge step forward.

  • With the Jakarta Rotary Club, XSProject vaccinated 100 adults for tetanus.
  • For the first time in their lives, all the mothers received dental check-ups, cleanings and treatments if needed.
  • Working with a local hospital, XSProject hosted a series of 4 workshops, taught by registered nurses for the young women and mothers. Conducted right at the open garbage dump, these informal workshops taught them about keeping the family healthy with good hygiene habits and preparing nutritional meals. Other topics included family planning and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • The hospital administration and XSProject partnered to offer free medical treatment to all women and children. At the workshops, they received an identity card that allows them free treatment. XSProject is then billed for the services at a reduced rate.
  • As an extension of these workshops, each Friday, XSProject takes baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables to the community. For the mothers, being able to provide nutritious food and snacks, especially for their children, encourages healthy habits.
  • In September, all the women received complete eye examinations. Thirteen required reading (non-prescription) glasses and 11 needed prescription eyeglasses. Three adults will need surgery for cataracts.

Most of the men who pick through the trash remain fearful of any medical treatment. Yet they are the ones who most need it. Only by educating the entire family can we encourage the men. This is our challenge for 2015.

XSProject is so grateful for your donations. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. We hope you will continue to support us in 2015. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you are planning a trip to Jakarta and would like to visit us.

Grandmother's First Eyeglasses
First Trip to the Dentist
First Trip to the Dentist
Grandmother Gets a Vaccination
Grandmother Gets a Vaccination
Angela gives a workshop on photographic techniques
Angela gives a workshop on photographic techniques

In September, XSProject had the pleasure of hosting two members of the US GlobalGiving team.

Angela and Marissa spent two days in Jakarta  with the team sharing how to create compelling stories about XSProject’s work and teaching photographic and video graphic techniques.

On the first day, Angela and Marissa conducted a workshop on techniques to produce high quality photos and videos. XSProject’s new photographer, Narjas, was happy to receive hands-on training from Angela. It was her first photography workshop ever!

Later, everyone had an opportunity to use the cameras. With GlobalGiving’s coaching and support, they learned how to tell a story through the lens of a camera.

Retno Hapsari, General Manager took the group to the “heart” of XSProject; Jakarta’s Cirendeu open garbage dump. A few of the pictures taken are included in this report.

To be able to tell a compelling story through photos and videos is a gift. That is the gift Angela and Marissa left XSProject. To be able to tell a story through pictures, a photographer must reach into the soul of the subject, reveal its essence through the lens and deliver it to the heart of the viewer. That is the best kind of story.

Children of Cirendeu
Children of Cirendeu
Retno shows Angela and Marissa waste materials.
Retno shows Angela and Marissa waste materials.
Mother and Child of Cirendeu
Mother and Child of Cirendeu
A Mom with Her New Outpatient Card
A Mom with Her New Outpatient Card

On July 3, XSProject held its first Family Planning and Counseling Workshop for 20 women from the trash picker community at XSVillage in Cirendeu, Jakarta.

Two nurses from Mother and Child Lestari Hospital led the workshop. Family Planning, known as Keluarga Berencana (KB) has been conducted for women in Indonesia since 1970. For these young women and mothers, however, this was their very first opportunity to learn about caring for themselves and their family. 

The workshop topics ranged from explaining the different types of birth control available, to women’s health issues and pre and post-natal care. 

At the conclusion of the workshop, each woman received a pink outpatient card from the hospital. Now, when they need to see a doctor, they just show their card to receive treatment. Through an agreement between XSProject and The Mother and Child Lestari Hospital, XSProject pays the doctor bills for the women at a reduced rate. 

The health of the people in this community is fragile. Most have never been to a doctor, dentist or even received a vaccination.  It is common in communities like this for people to be afraid of doctors. Sadly, adults and children can die from an illness that could have easily been treated by a doctor.

 XSProject has been slowly introducing proper hygiene, nutrition and healthy habits into the community over the past few months. The women in particular have begun to embrace the programs and have asked for more information. It has been exciting and encouraging to watch as they share what they have learned with other women in the community. With each workshop, the attendance grows a little bigger.

Thank you to our GlobalGiving donors for helping XSProject make these programs possible.  

Learning About Family Planning
Learning About Family Planning
Proud to Have Her Health Card
Proud to Have Her Health Card
Moms and Babies
Moms and Babies
Dr. Faauzan Talks to the Community About Tetanus
Dr. Faauzan Talks to the Community About Tetanus

In April, XSProject and the Jakarta (Indonesia) Chapter of Rotary Clubs International teamed up to give tetanus vaccinations to the trash picker adults living at the Cirendeu community garbage site.

Oh wait! Did I forget to mention that, like most of us, trash pickers hate being stuck by needles?  

Here’s a video clip of the day’s events: 

Eighty people had signed up to receive vaccinations. But when the day arrived, only half of them showed up at XSVillage where the event was held. Curiosity and a free lunch brought in another 20 adults.There are still many more who need to have the vaccination, though.

Tetanus is a disease caused by bacterial poisons and marked by stiffness and spasms of the muscles and locking of the jaws.It is spread when water and sewage systems are disrupted, causing water contamination. It is especially dangerous to trash pickers and people who live at garbage dumps because their immune systems are already compromised.

Dr.  Faauzan, talked to the community about being careful around scraps of metal and rusted nails. He shared the early signs and symptoms of the tetanus infection and encouraged everyone to take the series of 5 shots to have up to 25 years of coverage. 

Dr. Faauzan’s team included three volunteer nurses, a local nurse and 2 nurses from the Jakarta Rotary Club.  Everyone got a blood pressure check and lunch hosted by XSProject. The children got to watch as moms and dads tried to be brave when it was their turn to be vaccinated.

You can help XSProject vaccinate the entire community with your $25 donation. The next vaccination date is November 4, 2014.

A Successful Event-Jakarta Rotarians & XSProject
A Successful Event-Jakarta Rotarians & XSProject
Ibu Salim
Ibu Salim's New Home Under Construction

Dear Friends,

This month we are sharing a a story about the Salim family, who live at the landfill.

Pak (Mr.) Salim was a trash picker in Indonesia his entire life. He had very little money and no education, but he dreamed of a better life for his eight children.

Over the years his children grew up, and like many other young people living at the land fill, never had the opportunity to go to school. Pak  Salim was the leader (lapak) of the original trash picker community that XSProject worked with.  It was from Pak Salim’s dream of educating the children that XSProject’ s Education Scholarship Fund was born.

Pak Salim passed away in November, 2010. His wife, Ibu (Mrs) Salim and his children and grandchildren still live in the same community but now XSProject assures that the children receive everything they need to get a good education and start in life, except…

In January, the monsoon rains flooded and badly damaged the homes in the trash picker community. One home that was completely destroyed belonged Ibu Salim and three of her grandchildren who lived with her. 

With the help of XSProject, GlobalGiving donations and a fundraising event, enough money was raised to purchase materials to build her a new home. Her sons and other men in the community completed the construction quickly and in May, Ibu Salim, Agus (age14),  Septi (age 9) and Bagas (age 6) moved into their new home.

 Pak Salim’s dream lives on through determination of the community and XSProject to give each child a safe home, and a complete education that will enable them to find work well beyond the trash heaps.

Ibu Salim
Ibu Salim's Old House Was Destroyed by Rain
Ibu Salim and Bagas in the New Home
Ibu Salim and Bagas in the New Home
Ibu (Mrs)  Salim
Ibu (Mrs) Salim
In the Kitchen!
In the Kitchen!

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Location: Cilandak Barat, Jakarta - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Karen McDaniels
Denton, Texas United States
$60,855 raised of $95,000 goal
655 donations
$34,145 to go
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