Life skills for 250 of tsunami victims in Aceh

by Centre for Community Development Studies (PUSPEM)

As part of our effort to maintain the high quality of projects on our site, GlobalGiving regularly sends long-term representatives into the field to visit our partner organizations and monitor the projects that are listed on GlobalGiving. Recently, GlobalGiving’s representative in Southeast Asia, Jacqueline Lee, met with PUSPEM’s team in Indonesia. You can read her postcard about their tree planting project here.

Although Jacqueline was able to verify that the PUSPEM’s tree planting project had taken place, PUSPEM created many obstacles that prevented her from visiting the organization’s two life skills projects.  I have included her report about this visit below. As a result of this most recent interaction with PUSPEM in the field, GlobalGiving has decided to retire these two projects and discontinue our relationship with PUSPEM.

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Jacqueline Lee's report on her visit to PUSPEM

Unfortunately, I was not able to visit PUSPEM’s project #2113, Life Skills for women in Bantul. I experienced push-back and difficulty in scheduling a site visit, which all GlobalGiving partners agree to in the Terms and Conditions of GlobalGiving. PUSPEM insisted that GlobalGiving provide $1,000 in order to pay for food, accommodations, and allowances for project beneficiaries. I was confused by this request given my understanding that the project beneficiaries were residents of the Bantul community. In addition, the project leader insisted that, should a site visit take place, he arrive before I do in order to “set things up”. As a result of these, among other obstacles, including a series of substantial misunderstandings between myself and the project leader, I was not able to visit the project to verify the activities described on the website.

Business management training
Business management training

In March 2012 our team has been providing business management training to 15 mothers.

In the training materials we provide are;
a. How to start a new business
b. How to manage the business
c. marketing of products

Participants who attend this training is very enthusiastic about this training. The participants hope there is follow-up of training such as life skills and revolving capital assistance.

Mama Murdiana one of the participants who followed the training said; with business management training is a follow-up without any training as skills training and capital assistance will all be in vain. 

Budget constraints in this project so the project is only running as it is. Therefore we look forward to the donors to continue to assist this program so the program can continue.

We also like to thank the donors who had been much help so that this program can be implemented.


Mothers in Bakoy refugee barrack
Mothers in Bakoy refugee barrack

In 2005 we had a lot to give assistance to the displaced victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Bakoy refugee barracks, Aceh Besar. there is still about 250 families that still living in refugee barracks because they were waiting for housing aid has not been submitted by local governments. Their current condition is very worrying because there is no more assistance came, it makes our re-moved to help them. Budget constraints, so this program can not be maximized. three weeks from now GlobalGiving Bonus Day (14 March 2012) we invite the donors to participate in this program so the program can be implemented effectively.
We also hope you can tell this project to your families and colleagues to participate in this program. Thanks you very much for the help may God repay you.



Pak Jalil (Welder)
Pak Jalil (Welder)

We have received donations for this project $120. This money is used to help Mr Jalil for the business location as well as renting a residence in Lambaro, Aceh Besar.

Mr. Jalil who have children 3 people have now started his business again as a welder, with his skill as welder, Mr Jalil can make or repair fences houses, windows, staircases, etc.

The average income per month ranged Mr Jalil Rp.1.500.000 or about $ 180
With this income, Mr. Jalil can support his family and send their children back to school.

Message from Mr. Jalil, thank you very much I say to the donors so that I can go back to start my business as a welder.

In addition we are Team Puspem Foundation say a big thank you to GlobalGiving and the donors for all your helps and attention so that the program can be implemented.

In the future we also hope to donors to continue to assist this project so the program can continue.



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Organization Information

Centre for Community Development Studies (PUSPEM)

Location: Bogor, West Java - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​
Centre for Community Development Studies (PUSPEM)
Project Leader:
Andi Asriadi Rauf
Leader of Puspem Foundation
Bogor, West Java Indonesia

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