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Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
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Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
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Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
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Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
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Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
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Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
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Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
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Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
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Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
Educate and Empower 55 East Bali Mountain Children
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Our teachers deliver materials to students' homes
Our teachers deliver materials to students' homes

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, EBPP Pengalusan and Jatituhu schools’middle and high school have studied online through WhatsApp groups whilst for elementary students, our teachers deliver materials to students’ homes three times a week, accompanied by our local tutors.

We are also pleased to report that, due to the generosity of donors, we’ve managed to continue providing monthly food staple packages to all students and their families – who all suffer economic hardships, since May 2020 to help ease the burden of life. In June 2021, we also provided hand sanitizers, tissues and bars of soap to all students to help maintain good sanitation.

In our EMpower – The Emerging Market Foundation (EMpower) extra curricula courses, all of our junior and senior high school girls joined the Girl Fund program, which used Photovoices methodology where they conduct interviews within their communities on gender equality, school dropouts and environmental problems, all of which they documented through photographs and PowerPoint presentation and presented to local and regional government through a photo exhibitions and presentations about these problems and potential on 10th of June 2021, coordinated by EBPP and Photovoices International. All students who participated in this program were very happy, because in the end they were able to present the Photovoices activity successfully even though they had to follow strict health protocols.

In March and April, all our final year elementary, junior and senior high students took their final government standard exams and we’re proud to report that when results were announced in June, all graduated as follows: Senior high school:Jatituhu 1 & Pengalusan 5; Junior high: Jatituhu 3; Elementary: Pengalusan 14. Our other students, took their end-of-semester test on May 24-28 2021, and at the beginning of June, we distributed report books to all students, who proudly took them home to show their happy parents,At the start of the 2021-2022 academic year on 12th July, we registered six new students in 1st Grade at Pengalusan school.

Covid-19 Vaccinations for 12-17 year old Students

To improve immunity in children and prevent transmission of the coronavirus, we are delighted to report thatall Jatituhu and Pengalusan students aged 12-17 years received their first Covid-19 vaccinationon July 23for free. https://www.eastbalipovertyproject.org/ebpp-students-get-first-covid-19-vaccine/

76th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, 17th August 2021

To commemorating Independence Day, which we cannot celebrate by gathering together for our traditional event, EBPP holds a virtual competition according to the level of each student. At the elementary level, there is a painting competition with the theme “the ideal environment around me, at junior high school level, there is a poetry writing competition and reciting on a video with the theme of Independence, and senior high level had a story writing competition with the theme “conserving the natural environment around us”. We are excited to judge the results and award prizes to the winners!

May this success continue to be achieved even in difficult situations like this. We thank all donors, without your help, we could not continue this Education program.

Our teachers deliver materials to students' homes
Our teachers deliver materials to students' homes
Monthly food staple packages to all students
Monthly food staple packages to all students
Monthly food staple packages to all students
Monthly food staple packages to all students
EBPP girl makes presentation to the goverment
EBPP girl makes presentation to the goverment
EBPP girl makes presentation to the goverment
EBPP girl makes presentation to the goverment
Graduation ceremony
Graduation ceremony
Covid-19 Vaccinations for 12-17 year old Students
Covid-19 Vaccinations for 12-17 year old Students
Students find place which have internet signal
Students find place which have internet signal
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Entering January and starting the second semester of the 2020-2021 academic year during the Covid-19 pandemic, all students are still learning from home: high school students online and offline for primary. We’re pleased to report that they are all learning more independently at home and use their spare time to both help their parents and, to relieve their boredom, they’ve enjoyed developing creative activities that vary according to their interests and potential in each hamlet where they live.

Through this opportunity they’ve been producing some pretty good and interesting works. Many have enjoyed learning to create origami art crafts after training and guidance from our teachers, making some unique shapes and a wide range of flowers, etc. Some of our students work in groups (of course by following all health protocols) with friends who live close by, creating some very beautiful origami flower bouquets

In addition to origami, they came up with several creative activities that recycled items such as used plastic bottles, which often litter the environment where they live, with Jatituhu students making flower pots from used bottles and, as it was still the rainy season, they also planted various types of fresh flowers and made attractive home gardens.

Meanwhile, Pengalusan School studentshave been making various handicrafts from bamboo, which is easy to find around their environment, such as dragonflies, steamers, and windmills. In addition, quite a few students have created some very beautiful works of art, according to their interests and also the supporting resources in the environment where they live. Some students also channel their talents through caricature art, drawing caricatures according to their imagination which contain messages to be conveyed to those who see them.

In March, it was time for mid-semester learning evaluation! Tests weredistributed online for junior and senior high school students, while for primary students,test papers are distributed to each house and done individually.

Students’ extracurricular activities, sponsored by EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation: The Girl EmpowermentPhotovoices program, for all junior and senior high school girls: students using smartphones to take photos of their family and communities’ activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and conducting basic research on common problems that exist in their respective hamlets; then with the photos, documenting these problems for presentations in an online exhibition. It is hoped that the various government agencies invited to the event can provide the best solution to each problem.

Even though they only learn from home, the spirit of the students is still high. They also continue to work and improve themselves through EBPP’s comprehensive, integrated and relevant programs.

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As we reach the end of the semester for the 2020-2021 school year, EBPP students are still learning from home both offline and online during the Covid-19 Pandemic. For elementary school students learning offline, they were given photocopies of lesson material at their respective homes and fortunately our local tutors from both Pengalusan and Jatituhu schools were available to help if they had difficulty understanding the materials. Meanwhile, junior and senior high school students continued learning online with smartphones (none have computers) using both Google and WhatsApp groups. They can ask the teacher directly if they are having difficulties. To support the smoothness of their online learning, EBPP was able to install an internet antenna at Jatituhu School (no available internet signal for Pengalusan due to their remote Mount Agung location), so that students no longer experience interference with signal problems while studying, and each class has a special learning schedule made by the teachers.

When we held semester exams in mid-December, all students answered all the exam questions from their homes – but that did not deter them from all succeeding!  

Nengah, a Pengalusan 12th grade high school girl said, “Every day I wait for the teacher to deliver the question sheets to my house. When I worked on the questions, I felt joy and sorrow. I am happy because at the time I was working on it I was flexible and I was able to do it after helping my parents’ work. The sadness is that I cannot ask the teacher directly about questions that I don't understand, so I feel confused about answering them.”

In November, it was it is an honor for two of our Pengalusan students who are the most talented young artists when they represented their school in a Bali map painting competition, against two students each from EBPP’s other 5 schools. The criteria for the winner are those who can paint the most accurate copy of the Bali map. It was a very proud moment when the two Pengalusan boys, Nengah, 12th grade student, won 3rd place and, Gede, a 6th Grade elementary student, won First Prize! Gede’s map will be featured in the new culinary book "Bali Kita-Bali Kamu" (Our Bali – Your Bali) written by Mr. Dean, chef-proprietor of two Bali restaurants, to raise funds for EBPP and 4 other Bali charities. As an appreciation, the winners get a special certificate and prize. Congratulations to the students who are doing well!

For EMpower extracurricular lessons, students learnt about Nutrition, taught by EBPP Health Team for seven weeks, key topics being: guidelines for regulating dietary nutrition, the first 1000 days of life, exclusive breastfeeding, introduction to solid food, malnutrition and posyandu. "I am very happy studying in the EMpower class”, said Wayan, a 10th grade high school girl, “because the learning is very fun and I can learn about malnutrition and posyandu. I can practice directly how to fill in the baby’s growth chart health card (KMS). In this lesson I also gained knowledge on how to give babies the right diet according to their age. This information is also very important because I can educate my family at home.”

The learning experience at home is a challenge for all students because they have to struggle independently at home and they must try to find a stable signal to be able to access online learning. Thank you to all donors who have helped so far. In the end all the students said "Merry Christmas and happy new year 2021".

We hope you enjoy THANK YOU and Season Greeting video from our Pengalusan children link here.

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All EBPP schools are still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but thanks to ourteachers’ creative solutions, all students continue learning effectively from their homes.

Primary school students are still learning offline with all teachers preparing the materials and delivering to their respective homes, joined by a local tutor, with question and answer sessions relating to the previous learning material, ensuring that teachers who monitor students always apply the Covid-19 health protocols. Life is difficult though for our young students, as recounted by 11 year old 5th grade student Ni Luh A in Jatituhu, who doesthough remainpositive about her future:

Happy to help parents at home during the Covid-19 pandemic

“My name is Ni Luh A. I’m 11 years old and a fifth grade elementary student at EBPP Jatituhu School. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak when EBPP schools had to close, my friends and I have to study at home.

I live with my father and brother as my mother died two years ago during the August 2018 Lombok earthquakes. Initially studying at home was a little difficult for me because I had no friends to discuss with because our house very far from other houses. Fortunately our teachers come every few days to deliver study material, when I can ask questions about the subject materials given earlier. Besides, studying at home, I also need to help my fatherwith domestic chores.

Every morning after waking up and cutting grass for the cows that my father and I keep, I have to find firewood to cook and help my father harvest chillies in the garden. The condition of our fields is very dry, steep and difficult to get water, and we can only grow food such as corn, cassava and beans during the rainy season!

Hopefully this Covid-19 virus will soon pass so that my friends andI can study again at school like before! I also thank EBPP and all donors who have helped especially in Education program. Without the help of EBPP, all students in Jatituhu hamlet could not continuing school. I hope to learn a lot at school so that later I can be successful and help my family to have a better life.”

Junior and senior high students 

Junior and senior high school students continue learning online through the WhatsApp groups,even though many having to trek very far to find an internet signal so they can receive online materials and communicate directly with the teachers for solutions to learning problems – any time of day though!

Four graduates to University

At the same time that the new school year started in July, four of our students who graduated high school in June - 2 from Pengalusan and 2 from Jatituhu - started their sponsored university education, with online introductory classes. The two from Pengalusan School studying Accounting and Culinary Cook, and the two from Jatituhu, majoring in Accounting and EducationCounselling respectively. To prepare them for this new and challenging university life, EBPP’s dedicated teachers prepared and delivered intensive computer and English courses, with individual guidance and mentoring, because they have never carried out activities like this before.

Monthly food, hygiene and sanitation supplies 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the current dry season, all students and their families have difficulty sourcing suitable food supplies, but thanks to generousdonors,especially those who donated during our GlobalGiving July Bonus Day campaign, EBPP can continue providing monthly nutritious food packages of rice, green beans, cooking oil and dried fish for all students so that students can study in peace at home withfull nutrition intake, and ease the burden on their families during this pandemic. EBPP MUSTcontinue providing food aid – subject to sufficient donor funds – until December as the government has confirmed that schools cannot open before 2021!

In addition to food aid, we continue distributing hygiene and sanitation supplies to all students while educating on health protocols to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and ensure that students are always healthy and can continue to learn well.

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Art drawing lesson during learning from home
Art drawing lesson during learning from home

After eleven weeks of “learning at home” since our government instructed schools to close on 16th of March to prevent risks of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, our students have adapted well to ‘distance learning’, although they often tell us they miss direct teacher interaction in the classroom and meeting their friends. But, learning independently with limited resources has been challenging!

High School Graduation Exams: As we’ve no internet or computer labs in our village, our 9th grade junior high and 12 grade senior high students took their final exam at home, with hard copies of the exam sheets delivered to their homes by the teachers, from 16th 20th March. Congratulation! The result of this exam will become as guidance mark fill out on their graduation certificate.

Our distance learning program is divided into two parts: completing the learning module assignments delivered by the teachers to each student; and the second is submitted assignment for marking by the teacher. But when students get confused and struggle with their assignments, they patiently wait for their teacher’s visit for help/guidance. However, these problems don’t lessen our dedicated students’ spirit!

Our elementary students’ home learning is monitored by their local tutors from each school. Luckily, they are able to learn in small groups, always though applying strict social distance and health protocols with the comprehensive sanitation/hygiene kits and masks EBPP provided. This learning method works well, as students can ask their tutor for help/guidance with any lessons they don’t understand.

WhatsApp Learning Groups and smartphones: To complement their hard copy class assignments, our junior and senior high school students created a WhatsApp group to communicate with their teachers and classmates remotely to discuss problems, ask teachers for clarifications, etc. For students who couldn’t afford smartphones, EBPP was able to buy the 16 phones needed through a $1,000 GlobalGiving ‘hardship grant’ and provide, on loan to these students!! Now, all EBPP students have fair and equal access to communications and “online” learning!

Creative art at home: Thanks to a generous art materials donation from Graeme Howell’s Worldwide Action NGO, all our students can eliminate their boredom by developing their creative arts. Guided by our Art Teacher, Pak Wayan, they enthusiastically make personal masterpieces, high school students focusing on comic and caricature drawings, with stories about how Covid-19 affects their life. They stick their masterpieces on their wall outside their house, so people seeing them will laugh and forgot their sorrows for a moment.

Nutritious food Supplements: To prevent the transmission of Covid-19 virus, students and their families cannot leave their village and most struggle to provide adequate daily meals. But thanks to a generous donation in April from a dedicated Indonesian supporter, EBPP was able to provide nutritious food packages for all our students’ families to help for one month, distributed to the students and their parents at their respective schools in early May. This helps students to maintain energy for distance learning. But we need your help to provide monthly, as long as learning from home continues.

Semester exams for intermediate years: As we reached the end of the 2nd semester academic year 2019-2020, our students took their tests, on schedule, at home from 18th 22nd May, flexibly and without time limitations. We’ll provide their results and report books in early June. Keep your spirits up EBPP students. May this situation end soon!

Thanks again dear GlobalGiving donors for your continued support for education.

Your urgent assistance is needed now to continue feeding our children each month until the COVID-19 lockdown ends. Please contact us for further information: david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject,org

Covid-19 check point before entering the hamlet
Covid-19 check point before entering the hamlet
Our teacher visiting the students at their home
Our teacher visiting the students at their home
Student receives lesson materials at home
Student receives lesson materials at home
Working on lesson task during learning from home
Working on lesson task during learning from home
Learning from home observed by the mother
Learning from home observed by the mother
Taking exam from  home
Taking exam from home
Students receive drawing materials
Students receive drawing materials
Jatituhu students wearing their donated mask
Jatituhu students wearing their donated mask
Pengalusan students receiving food supplements
Pengalusan students receiving food supplements
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