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Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 72 East Bali Mountain Children
Pengalusan student at EBPP Temporary camp
Pengalusan student at EBPP Temporary camp

As we started the new 2018-2019 academic year on 2nd July, I wanted to (a) sincerely thank all of our donors whose support has enabled us to continue educating our motivated Pengalusan and Jatituhu children and (b) update you with their recent achievements/successes and the challenges we face in the months and year ahead– especially as we ran the programs from January 2018 without sufficient funding,but we still continued,as our commitment to give them an integrated and relevant education.

 National Exam Success

Although they had limited time to prepare (only returned to school in mid-February after  Mt Agung eruption evacuations), we are delighted to report that allstudents who took the National Exams in April & May GRADUATED from their respective levels:  5 from elementary, 4 junior high and 5 from senior high school (3 Pengalusan boys& 2 Jatituhu girls). The elementary and junior high school graduates continued to the next level at our school, whilst 3senior high school graduates planned to continue to tertiary education and the other 2 have jobs lined up.Read Pengalusan Graduates success stories, below. From illiteracy to graduation!

 

Challenges

1) Funds urgently needed for Jatituhu and PengalusanChildren's Education!

Our mission since EBPP started in 1998 is to eliminate illiteracy in impoverished communities.In addition to the children presently in school, 8 Jatituhu children are eager to enrol to our Elementary School – inspired by our new graduates - but we are unable to accept them yet due to shortage of funds. Our school is the only real choice for them as the nearest government school is average of 2+ hours walk from their remote hillside homes. Please support us to continue educating the present Jatituhu and Pengalusan children and give the opportunity of the 8 children in waiting to enrol for the 2018-2019 academic year – and enable these students to continue their education, graduate, and lead their communities to prosperity.

Please donate to our GlobalGiving campaign. On GGRewards Bonus Day, 18th July: 9am - 11.59pm EDT (Bali time: 9pm on 18th July - 11.59am on 19th July),GlobalGiving matches all donations up to $500by 50%!

2)  Uncertainty of Mount Agung Volcano Eruptions

Mount Agungstarted erupting again on 27th June, with multiple eruptions and earthquakes to date, the biggest eruption being on 2nd July forcingPengalusan and other communities living nearest the crater to evacuate to a safer locationat Ban village office, 12km away. Fortunately our Jatituhu School is not yet affected as Jatituhu is 8km from the crater and outside the danger zone.

Pengalusan School activities have been affected again by this current situation - but EBPP has given utmost support, and from 9th July, all Pengalusan students- together with our nearby Cegi School, also suspended due to eruptions - are studying in EBPP temporary camp in Tianyar village, 20 km from the crater. Every day EBPP picks up the students from the evacuation camp and drives them to Tianyar.We hope and pray that Mount Agung’s activity will soon cease so that these students can return to study in their own school.

These children need your help. Please continue supporting them in this new academic year.

Thank you so much for your donations that enable these children continue their education.

 

Success Story of our Senior High School Students Graduates

1)    I Want to be Indonesia’s Forestry Minister

My name is Nengah L. I took the national exam in April and May. The tests were difficult, but I studied really hard and I’ve finally got the news that I passed the exam!

I still can’t believe that I could graduate from high school. For 12 years, I was very happy to attend EBPP School and I enjoyed learning with my friends. My favourite lesson was EMpower because it taught me so many practical skills and knowledge, such as computer operation and gender. I am especially impressed with EMpower Spark & Ignite classes as I could learn about relationship between genders, something that is not openly talked about in our community. In the future, I hope men and women will get the same experience and opportunity in the community.

Now that I have graduated, I want to aim high. My father, mother, and brother only work as farmers, but I want to continue studying in college – something that no one in the family had done. After that, I hope to find a good job in Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry and maybe achieving my lifelong dream to be the Forestry Minister of Indonesia!

2)      Working to Help My Family after Graduation

My name is Nyoman O. My Mum and Dad only work as farmers, while they have four children to take care of, including me. Sometimes I will also help them taking care of our cows, or weaving bamboo baskets to be sold at the market. I am very grateful because EBPP has provided me with free education for 12 years. I have learned how to read, write, and count, as well as many other life skills.

Now that I have graduated from high school, I want to find work outside the village, preferably in the hospitality industry. This way, I can help my family to get a better life!

3) My Time in EBPP School

My name is Nengah M from Pengalusan. I am 19 years old. My hobby is playing volley ball with my friends. I have a dream to work in a hospitality industry.

I have learned so many things during my time studying in EBPP School. I made a lot of friends, and I enjoy learning with them. One of the most important things I learn in school was about gender equality and the importance of respecting everyone, regardless of their gender.

After this, I want to work in a hotel or other hospitality industry outside the village. I want to be a successful man that can benefit my family and my community.

 

Learning EMpower computer class at EBPP camp
Learning EMpower computer class at EBPP camp
Jatituhu student with Mt Agung behind them
Jatituhu student with Mt Agung behind them
Motivated Jatituhu students
Motivated Jatituhu students
Class study
Class study
Students are evacuated after the recent eruptions
Students are evacuated after the recent eruptions
Regular meeting with the parents
Regular meeting with the parents
Students and teachers during the opening ceremony
Students and teachers during the opening ceremony

The 2nd of May, 2018 was a special day for all of our teachers and students as we celebrated the National Education Day. The children and the teachers were very excited to welcome this once-in-a-year event!

The celebration began at 9 AM with an opening ceremony. Speeches were given by EBPP Founder and CEO - David J. Booth, EBPP Team Leader - Komang Kurniawan, and the Head of Education Team - I Made Suarjana. They encouraged our students to study hard and graduate high school to pursue a better life in the future.

The event continued with a play entitled "Rumahku Tempat Merajut Mimpi” (My Home, A Place Where I Live My Dream). The play narrated the actual Mount Agung volcano crisis in September 2017. It vividly described the challenges faced by the villagers while living in the evacuation camp and how those problems were overcome. It was an exciting play which combined the story with traditional and modern dance, music, poetry reading and singing. More than 20 talented representatives from six EBPP schools were selected to perform.

The event carried on with exciting general knowledge quizzes, puzzles and chess contests. There were also painting demonstration and displays. Prior to the distribution of awards, the students cheerfully presented music performances to close the event. We challenged our students to develop their creativity and self-confidence. These are necessary skills to acquire as we want our students to be accomplished, not only in academic subjects but also talented, creative and confident in other aspects of life!

YOU CAN SUPPORT US IN PROVIDING EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN EAST BALI:

 In the spirit of celebrating National Education Day, we'd like to remind you to support our GlobalGiving’s Mother’s Day Campaign which will last until May 13th, to provide education for the children of Pengalusan and Jatituhu. You can visit our campaign page at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-our-education-today-for-a-brighter-future/

In this Mother’s Day campaign you can help us to provide education for the children of Pengalusan and Jatituhu by donating to our campaign in honour of special mothers in your life. You can also give them a special gift card acknowledging that you helped to fulfil the dream of other mothers in the impoverished communities of East Bali!

Together We Create Education for All!

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Students perform Puspanjali -"Welcome Dance"
Students perform Puspanjali -"Welcome Dance"
EBPP Students Cendrawasih
EBPP Students Cendrawasih'Bird of Paradise'Dance
Students
Students' drama about Mount Agung eruption crisis
Closing dance of the students
Closing dance of the students' drama, led by Peny
Proud local mothers watching students
Proud local mothers watching students' performance
General knowledge quizzes
General knowledge quizzes
Jatituhu students actively competing in the quizz
Jatituhu students actively competing in the quizz
Students competing in puzzle competition
Students competing in puzzle competition
Students concentrating in chess competition
Students concentrating in chess competition
David motivates the students after back to school
David motivates the students after back to school

As we mentioned on our November 2017 report that Jatituhu school was suspended from 22nd September due to the potential of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupting and were allowed to resume again on 13th November after volcano activities reduced. Ultimately, Mount Agung DID  erupt on 21st November,  followed by more eruptions in the next few days, when the government ordered the community to be evacuated again to a safer location more than 12km radius from Mount Agung crater.

However, our teachers continued to give classes to the students in various evacuation camps although it was not maximal. We also gave the students their first semester exams at the camps in mid December 2017.

On 4th January, after the eruptions stopped and volcanic activitydecreased the government finally  reduced the hazard zone to 6km from the crater that allowed the Jatituhu community to returned home and we resumed full Jatituhu school programs on 8 January 2018. 

Now that ourJatituhu School has resumed normal activities, both EBPP staff and students have to work harder to catch up with the curriculum not yet covered due to their evacuation. In addition to academic lessons, they have also resumed extra curricula EMpower classes, present topics being about "Preventing Pregnancy or Abstaining". We hope that the knowledge and empowerment given in these lessons will discourage students from getting married at an early age.

For the next EMpower classes, we’ve partnered with STMIK STIKOM Indonesia, a computer& IT university based in Denpasar. Their lecturers will start on 27th February 2018 teaching our high school students professional computer skills of Word, Excel, Graphic Design and internet skills to enable them to be competitive in the jobs market and help lift their village from poverty to sustainable social and economic development. Our Grade 6 (5 students), 9 (3) & 12 (3) students however, need more intensive classes because in April & May 2018 they will sit the Government National Exams to graduate elementary, junior and senior high school respectively.

Their education in Jatituhu school is made possible through your kind donations to our crowdfunding campaigns, launched in November 2015, when you helped us raise $13,776 and achieve our target to sponsor 12 of our primary school students for 2 years, from January 2016 until December 2017. Presently in total we have 28 students at Jatituhu school. From January 2018, we are again facing difficulties as the present donors of our 16 others students are also unable to continue financial support. With your help, we can continue providing comprehensive education for all our 28 Jatituhu students.

The average cost/year for one student in 2018 is US$584. To provide education for 28 students and sustain the operating costs of our education team, transport and school facilities for all students in Jatituhu School for 2018, we need to raise US$16,352.

We, the students and the Jatituhu community would be very grateful if you candonate again to make their dream become reality.

Students learning at evacuation camp
Students learning at evacuation camp
Students learning at evacuation camp
Students learning at evacuation camp
First semester exams at the evacuation camp
First semester exams at the evacuation camp
Happy students back to normal school
Happy students back to normal school
STIKI
STIKI's lecturers introduction

With the pride and excitement of the festive celebrations and Jatituhu students’ achievements in competitions and on stage during our Indonesian Independence Day event still resonating in Jatituhu community, the children all got down to more serious studying at school at the end of August, with some of our GlobalGiving sponsored primary students now in junior high school.

The happy atmosphere in Jatituhu abruptly turned to fear on the 13th September when Mount Agung (one of Indonesia’s dozens of active volcanoes) started rumbling and the government announced the danger level of Mount Agung had risen to II (alert) from I, meaning there was a potential threat of eruption. Living only 9 kilometres from Mount Agung crater, minor earthquakes were not unusual, but this eruption alert drove panic into the communities, with elders recalling the devastation of the last Mount Agung eruption in 1963, when they’d no roads, transport or communication.

The government advised all the 19 Desa Ban communities to be ready to evacuate if the threat level increased. Five days later, on 18thSeptember, they raised the alert level to III, standby, causing worry and confusion as they saw clouds of thick black smoke coming from the crater! 

On 22nd September, after continuous and stronger Mount Agung earthquakes, at exactly 8.30pm, the alert level was raised to IV, indicating an imminent eruption, and everybody living within 12km of Mount Agung crater, including all the residents of Desa Ban, were ordered to immediately evacuate to safer locations. All the people were confused; they didn’t know where to run or what to do! This grave and urgent situation caused panic and all the Jatituhu residents just ran to unmade public roads and followed their neighbours down the mountain slopes, arriving a few hours later at emergency shelters prepared by the government in the adjacent regency of Buleleng, over 35 km from Jatituhu School. The next day, reality set in and, apart from the worry of leaving all their possessions at home during the panic exodus, their main concern was for their livestock of cows, pigs and goats left in their pens; as we know, their animals are their only wealth at home so they had no alternative but to go back home to take care of and feed them!

The difficulty of living in refugee camps was a new experience for our students and to fill their spare time, Jatituhu students took the initiative to entertain other refugees by performing Balinese cultural dances."We are very proud of the students of Jatituhu; although they are struggling in the refugee camps, they also have the initiative to entertain others," said the government committee at the refugee camp. Our students also enrolled at the nearest schools from their refugee camps during the evacuation period. EBPP team regularly monitored and gave the necessary assistance to make sure all our students can attend to the schools to continue their education

After a month, on October 29th, the government declared the earthquake activity at Gunung  Agung had dropped dramatically, and lowered its status from level IV to level III, permitting the people living outside the radius of 7.5 km from Gunung Agung, including Jatituhu, to go home! Nevertheless, all people are to remain vigilant, because at any time, the status could rise again – and erupt without warning.

Coincidental, two days preparations could begin for Galungan Day, which falls on November 1st, and Kuningan Day on 11 November, the most important religious ceremonies for Hindus in Bali. During this period, the schools took 2 weeks off for the ceremonies, which also gave time for EBPP team to prepare everything to restart our schools activities on 13thNovember. The EBPP team started to clean up the offices in Dusun Ban which had been abandoned as it was in the hazard zone, as well as moving the office equipment from the temporary office, at EBPP Chairman’s house in the adjacent village of Tianyar Timor during evacuation period.

Now, starting this week, 13th November, our 12 sponsored students and other Jatituhu School  students can return to study as before. Even though the situation is still on alert status, with frequent earthquakes, all the students are highly motivated and aspire to be successfully continued to higher education and hope the knowledge they gain can be beneficial and can bring a better future for all the residents of Jatituhu.

Terima kasih Global giving crowd funding for its support and providing successful opportunities for 12 impoverished students from Jatituhu School.

THANK YOU

    • We are pleased to update the activities of our 12 Jatituhu School students, sponsored by GlobalGiving crowd funding donors
      Six of the 12 Elementary school students took the National exams for graduating elementary school from 21 - 22 May 2017. They all had to learn in class and study at home more diligently, in order to answer all the mock previous exam questions our education team gave to our students to prepare them for their exams. As the actual government tests progressed, some children looked tense, because they were afraid they can’t answer the questions.
      A few hours later, one by one, the students came out of the room, and we saw their smiles; they seemed happy and sure they had answered all the exam questions correctly.
      In June 2017, all the students were excited because the announcement from the Government Education Department stated that they had all graduated - and they could continue their education to junior high school! EBPP team were of course very, very proud.
      The next activity was practising for the celebration of Indonesia's 72nd Independence Day on the 17th of of August, which EBPP has celebrated annually since 2002, with students from our 6 schools deciding on the creative activities they would perform in front of all fellow students and an audience of hundreds of local people and guests.
      The celebration this year was very crowded and festive as all EBPP students gathered in one location. The event started with the flag raising ceremony, followed by several fun field competitions: 2 of Jatituhu students competed in the hurdles, and one came second; 2 competed in the Sack race, where one came 3rd; 2 of competed in the Crazy rope event, with Jatituhu School coming 3rd; and 2 of joined the “Moving water with long straws from one bottle to another” – and were the champions! Hooray!!
      Creativities performances followed, with three Jatituhu students, sponsored by the Crowd funding, performing the traditional Balinese dance named “ Puspanjali” dance, a welcome dance, with a very agile movement that made all the spectators cheer, gining our students a very warm feeling, comforted and unnerved. In addition there were 5 children who participated in the "Photo voices” drama, to educate the audience about the students in the school who learnt to use the camera to take photos about the existing issues in their village that they presented to the local and regional government, illustrated through the photo.
      The students of Jatituhu have excellent talents, they are very good at performing drama, andmost of the text in the drama is developed by them and guided and trained by the staff of EBPP.
    • This last 3 months have been extremely exciting and all the sponsored students have made very good progress and they felt very proud and grateful for the help of the crowd funding donors, without which they could not continue studying in school.
      THANK YOU
 

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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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Project Leader:
David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia
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