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Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming

by The Learning Farm
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Save 45 Vulnerable Youth through Organic Farming
Donating the organic vegetables for public kitchen
Donating the organic vegetables for public kitchen

The challenges we face are lessons for all of us at the farm to act based on compassion and empathy. In spite of our limited resources, TLF collaborated with MEDCO Foundation to provide vegetables for public kitchens that feed medical front-liners who work at COVID 19 Emergency Hospital, Wisma Atlet Senayan.

We also continue to make delivery of our healthy vegetables to several institutions in need around Jakarta and the surrounding areas. These include several orphanages: Panti Asuhan Yos Sudarso, Yayasan Al-Kahfi, Yayasan Cikal, Wisma Atlet, Asrama Yatim dan Duafa Mijan Amanah, Yayasan Sayap Ibu Bintaro, Panti Asuhan Al’khairiyah, Panti Asuhan Tanjung Barat, and Panti Asuhan Pondok SI BONCEL. 

We are grateful to be able to give essential support as an organisation. We hope that the donation program is helping everyone who works in the front-line of COVID 19 and supporting some orphanages organisations. During the pandemic, we need to stick together to maintain our resilience and impacts. 

Donating to the orphanages org (Yayasan Cikal)
Donating to the orphanages org (Yayasan Cikal)
Orphans children receive TLF organic vegetables
Orphans children receive TLF organic vegetables
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Poster Information of COVID-19
Poster Information of COVID-19

The coronavirus outbreak has infected in many countries around the world, including Indonesia. This situation implicated to our programs where we are now strictly implementing a ‘no guest policy.’ We regularly invite the individual, institutions, and organisations to participate at The Learning Farm, however, due to the coronavirus outbreak, we then decided to postpone the volunteers and visitors coming. This is a difficult decision to make, but we want to protect our loved ones.

The social impact of the coronavirus outbreak is significant. Many people out there are consuming the news without exact resources so that there are many versions of coronavirus definitions. To address this situation, we educate the students and make some precaution strategies such as socialise coronavirus based on World Health Organisation reference, involve students to clean the environment and encourage them to wash their hands frequently. These activities are helping students to be more aware to protect themselves in these trying times.

In addition, we make some mini sports competitions for students to help them maintain their worried and mental health. We invite the students to participate in some sports activities for instance volleyball, table tennis, and football. They are excited and enthusiastic to be the best for their team.

Cleaning the TLF Environment
Cleaning the TLF Environment
TLF Sport Competition
TLF Sport Competition
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A refugee amongst top 10 students
A refugee amongst top 10 students

The Learning Farm Indonesia has been successfully empowered 1156 vulnerable youth to become independent and productive members for their communities. During its 14 years of successful operation, we have run 34 batches of the basic program (100 days) and 19 advanced level programs (200 days).

In 2016, we are started to work in collaboration with UNHCR Indonesia by giving a refugee place to learn organic farming. They are unaccompanied youth which is coming from various countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Yemen etc.

At the moment, we have 32 refugees alumni where they are now back to their community. Most of them have impacted other refugees such as teaching Bahasa Indonesia, being an interpreter, and teaching hydroponic farming methods. Apart from that, two refugees alumni have resettled to Australia and Canada.

Those who live in Indonesia as a refugee is disallowed to work and to study. They practically stay in their rental home or the detention centre. However, The Learning Farm training has helped the refugee students to be more resilience while living in Indonesia. By these experiences, they are then actively participated in their community and involved with Indonesian people whether in the traditional market, hospital, and any other circumstances.

Refugees take a photo with staff and volunteer
Refugees take a photo with staff and volunteer
Teaching activity presented by TLF refugee alumni
Teaching activity presented by TLF refugee alumni
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Students are seedling the seeds
Students are seedling the seeds

The term youth is broadly defined by the UN as the age group from 15 to 24 years old, which marks the transition from childhood into young adulthood. It is a period when young people develop independence, self-sufficiency and maturity. In Jakarta and surrounding areas, there are approximately 1.900 refugees and asylum-seeker youths who are living independently, with limited assistance from UNHCR and partners.  These young peoples are unable to work legally in Indonesia, and while UNHCR and partners are working to increase access to post-primary education and livelihood skills training, there are still major challenges for refugee youth to achieve full independence. The current outlook for durable solutions for refugees in Indonesia is also unfortunately limited. 

Since November 2016, The Learning Farm, has sought to offer solutions for refugee communities by extending its program to refugee youth. The Learning Farm teaches organic farming methods which serve as learning and therapeutic tools that provide a sense of order for these young people, fostering their resourcefulness and building their sense of self confidence. 

Through this inclusive approach, The Learning Farm has offered a chance for refugee youth to practise their skills and opportunities to contribute positively to the community. Refugee graduates from The Learning Farm are serving their communities by volunteering to teach organic farming, Bahasa Indonesia, English, and showing leadership in many other ways. The refugee participants are deeply grateful for the valuable learning experiences, friendship and home they found in The Learning Farm.

On behalf of UNHCR, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to The Learning Farm colleagues and board members. The Learning Farm is an impressive example of solidarity on the part of the global community, which will have a positive impact on this generation of young people – offering hope and solutions for refugees.

Student practices to make a bed
Student practices to make a bed
Graduation Day
Graduation Day
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Top Three Basic Students of Batch 33
Top Three Basic Students of Batch 33

The long-awaited graduation day came for our Batch 33 students. It was a wonderful event celebrating the student-chosen theme of 'Never Give Up Because Hope Will Always Be There'. The evening began with appreciating the students’ commitment over the last one hundred days in the program, we then recognised the three ‘most’ students nominated across ten categories that represent their past year.

We then had an internal flag ceremony with just Batch 33 but later, finished the event with representatives from all the organisations who supported and recommended the students to The Learning Farm. Many heart-felt messages and positive memories were delivered by the batch leader and the representative students as their thank-you to TLF.

We were honored to be visited by Ibu Sranya and Pak Marti Natalegawa. They were delightful and giving a wonderful congratulatory speech to the students who completed the Basic program in Rumah TLF.

Graduation Ceremony of Batch 33
Graduation Ceremony of Batch 33
Basic Student Performance on The Stage
Basic Student Performance on The Stage
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The Learning Farm

Location: Cianjur, Jawa Barat - Indonesia
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Project Leader:
Wahyudi Wahyudi
Cianjur, Jawa Barat Indonesia
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