Generate Income & Hope From Non-Recyclable Garbage

by XSProject
Thank You GlobalGiving Partners!
Thank You GlobalGiving Partners!


Dear GlobalGiving Partner,

Because of your generous donations, XSProject is excited to tell you that our project, Generate Income and Hope from Non-Recyclable Garbage is now fully funded. As our way of thanking you and expressing our sincere appreciation, we thought you’d like to know what we did with all your donations. So we are sharing with you today how your money was spent.

1. 30.7 tons of trash were purchased and removed from Jakarta’s waste stream and repurposed into 58,000 products that XSProject sold around the world.

2. The trash pickers who sold their non-biodegradable trash to XSProject were paid 2 times the market price for the trash, which provided nutritious meals and clean water to their families.

3. XSProject gave vocational training and work to 80 marginalized and otherwise unemployed people who now sew products from trash for XSProject. Having a structured work environment and a steady salary has dramatically changed the living standard of our team of washers and sewers.

4. XSProject funded the K-12 education of 60 children from the trash picker community. We believe that the best way to break the cycle of poverty is to educate the children. This changes the family dynamic and gives hope to trash pickers that they can move beyond their current condition.

5. XSProject’s General Manager, Retno Hapsari spoke about the trash picker community at countless schools, conventions and social gatherings in Indonesia. In her talks, she created awareness about the trash that consumers generate, often without realizing it, and the environmental effects it has on plants, animals, land, water and communities.

XSProject’s work is far from finished, however. We hope you will continue to be a partner with us so we can continue the work we have really just begun. The trash picker community is in desperate need of clean water, medical attention, better nutrition and expanded vocational training. If you can find it in your heart to make recurring donations, XSProject will put them to good use. Regardless of whether it’s a single donation or recurring, whatever the amount, a trash picker and his family will be forever grateful.

Please write us with your comments, questions and suggestions. We want to hear from you and we will reply to each and every E mail.

With gratitude,

Karen McDaniels, Project Leader -

Retno Hapsari, General Manager -

P.S. Are you wondering what happened to the work we did with the children? Please visit our NEW GlobalGiving project site: Give an Education to a Trash Picker’s Child. Project #16185.

Best Friends
Best Friends
Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, trash picker
Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, trash picker
The Mural of Children
The Mural of Children's Dreams Finished

In December, XSProject's product designer, Rinda and 14 other young designers from Jakarta painted a mural on the walls of the pre-school classroom at the Cirendeu Community Garbage Dump.

Equipped with donated paint, brushes and other materials, they brought to life "The Mural of Children's Dreams". The walls and roof of this classroom are constructed from cardboard, scraps of wood and salvaged metal, but they were soon transformed into an enchanting scene of children and animals, astronauts and an octopus.

The children watched the transformation with excitement and anticipation of their turn to paint. As they worked, the designers explained to the children that to love Nature and all living things means that we must take care of our Mother Earth and do what we can to preserve her for the future.

Then it was time for the children to each fill in their "dream box". With encouragement from the designers, they wrote about their hopes and dreams for the future.

The designers left one wall for the children to paint. In a short time, bright, happy pictures of clouds, rainbows, suns, moons, stars and angels emerged.

The Mural of Children's Dreams project is just one way that XSProject works with the children of Jakarta's trash picker community to encourage creativity and to get them thinking about what is possible in their lives. It was a magical day of sharing, teaching, encouraging and dreaming. Rinda and the other designers created a safe and happy place for the children to play and learn. Along the way, they connected with little hearts to foster hope and dreams.

The Children
The Children's Wall
Designers Helping the Children Paint
Designers Helping the Children Paint
Watching the Designers Paint the Wall
Watching the Designers Paint the Wall
Desti Lives with her Mother at the Jakarta Dump
Desti Lives with her Mother at the Jakarta Dump

This holiday season, XSProject is raising money to send 12 children from the Jakarta landfill community to the First Grade next year. Five-year-old Desti and 11 of her friends have been attending pre-school and are now eligible to enter Grade 1.   

It costs $116 per year to send a child to school in Jakarta. Because of your donations, XSProject is already supporting 32 elementary school and 14 middle school children. Our greatest reward is that these children, regardless of how difficult their lives, are dedicated to their studies and homework. They do not drop out of school but return each year to advance to the next grade. At some level, as young as they are, they know the importance of getting an education.

Please help us fund Desti's education next year as well as that of her other First Grade friends. You can make a $50 tax deductible donation to GlobalGiving's Gifts for Good program and XSProject will send you a great looking wine tote made by our sewing community from scraps of recycled car seat material and batik fabric. Or, any amount you choose to donate will go a long way to help XSProject provide education for these kids. Please use this link to help Desti and her friends:

Happy Holidays from all of us at XSProject and thank you for supporting the Jakarta trash picker community.

Education is the Only Way Out
Education is the Only Way Out
Preparing to make trash beautiful
Preparing to make trash beautiful

The XSProject office in Jakarta, Indonesia is where most of the training, designing and sewing of our products takes place. Our sewing community is extended beyond the office however, by the senior sewers who work at XSProject.  

Several times a year, XSProject’s senior sewers reach out to novice sewers in the community and invites them to attend sewing workshops at XSProject’s office. During these workshops, our senior sewers demonstrate how the trash is prepared and then turned into the beautiful shopping bags, totes and other items that we sell.  Once the workshop is completed, the community sewers are then able to make our products in their homes and under the direction of our senior sewers.

With the holiday season fast approaching, the XSProject office is humming with the sounds of the sewing machines making products to fill our customer orders. We are grateful that our community of sewers is able to help complete these orders, using the skills they learned in the workshops. This is why XSProject deeply believes that “Trash Transformed is Lives Changed".

Piecing bags together before sewing
Piecing bags together before sewing
Teaching the production process to new sewers
Teaching the production process to new sewers
The final products. Trash transformed!
The final products. Trash transformed!
Learning My ABC
Learning My ABC's

Dear XSProject Donors,

Before everyone gets too busy with the upcoming holiday season, XSProject and the boys and girls at XSVillage
are sending this Thank You note  and video to all our GlobalGiving donors. Please click the link below to see the video.

The children would like you to know that you are all appreciated, not only because of your donations but because you care enough about educating children that you have done something about it by choosing to make a donation to XSProject.

2013 has been a breakthrough year for the children of XSProject. There are now 48 children from trash picker families getting an education. We started the onsite preschool with volunteer teachers. This allowed more children to enter the first grade this semester. Four students just entered Junior High School and one student is now in vocational school.

Your donations have made this possible and the students know that. They take their studies seriously because they don’t want to let you down. The fact that they live in extreme poverty with hazardous waste around them only makes them more determined. Through your donation, they have a glimpse of a better kind of life and a dream of reaching  that life.  Thank you.



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Location: Cilandak Barat, Jakarta - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Karen McDaniels
Denton, Texas United States
$61,783 raised of $95,000 goal
678 donations
$33,217 to go
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