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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


NATIONAL EDUCATION DAY ACTIVITIES AND IMPENDING NATIONAL EXAMS

By Komang Kurniawan, Chairman and Team leader

Here we reporting the continuing great developments and activities of our 12 Jatituhu School students sponsored by Global Giving crowdfunding donors
Indonesia National Education Day is commemorated every year on May 2nd in Indonesia. On this day EBPP schools are also celebrating very lively. Various entertainment events such as performing songs, Balinese dance and academic competition of six schools were prepared
It is a joy for the students who are helped by crowdfunding, because this found 12 of Jatituhu students still continuing their education, and being able to join academic quiz competition at the elementary school level: two students joined the competition and they get 3rd place out of EBPP’s 6 schools! A great result and many congratulations!
The activities of the last few months are still focused on academic lessons, as the national examination is almost here, precisely to be held on 21-22 May 2017. Six of the 12 students assisted by crowdfunding will take the final national examination: hopefully they are all successful, so they will be able to continue to the next level or junior high school in July 2017.
Ni Komang P is one of the students who will take the final national exam. Usually, when she gets home from school she always helps her parents work as farmers, but because of the national exam is almost now she is more diligent studying. The subjects she liked best were the science; she was also very good at painting.
"One day I want to be a famous painter and I have to be able to teach others, because the painting is beautiful" said Parti
Life in a remote village, away from the crowds did not diminish Komang's sense of enthusiasm for studying; to go to school she had to walk for an hour by walking through the path and dusty road. Every day she always wakes up early. Before going to school she has to collect the grass for the two cows she was raising and also collect firewood for cooking
Both parents are very proud of her, they always support Komang to always study hard in school in order to have a better future. They are also very grateful to crowdfunding donors, as without this found young Komang cannot go to school
"Many thanks to crowdfunding which has helped ease the burden of my life and help my child to go to school, without you my daughter could never be like now" said Komang's parents.

Our 12 Jatituhu School GGUK crowd funded students have excelled recently, and we are very proud to congratulate our 6th grade primary student, I Kadek SW, who came 2nd in the chess competition between all primary schools, including 8 government schools, in Ban village. This competition is held every year, but 2017 is the first time EBPP students have entered.  Kadek also got the highest academic score in his class when we distributed the first semester report book last December with total score 930. The second place was Ni Kadek S with total score 928 and the third place was Ni Nyoman M with total score 925. Proudly these 3 students are funded through GGUK. 

The beginning of the year 2017 is a year which is full of activities for these twelve students from Jatituhu School. Four of these students now in primary school grade 6 will take the government National Exam in early May 2017 to graduate and hope to proceed to junior high school, so will have to study harder so they can pass the exam!

“Because I have to pass the examination, almost every night I always study longer than usual so that I would be able to be the best, and I don’t want to make the donors felt disappointed if I could not pass the exam” said Ni Nyoman P, one of the grade 6 students. She hopes that all students who participates the government National Exam will pass the exam with a very good result.

Our students in 5th grade have been busy learning Balinese language so that their village retains their traditional roots. In fact, many Balinese cannot write using the Hindu Balinese letters, because all of the letters and the writing are very different compared with the letter they write every day at school. The Balinese letters exist since a long time ago in the past, and were developed in India and introduced came to Bali. The way to writing the sentences using the Balinese letters called Sanskrit. This letter is usually uses to write a purified story or Balinese spelling called Mantra which relates to Hindu Religion in Bali. Already, many of our 5th grade primary school students can write by using Sanskrit letters.

Since July last year, our junior high students have been busy making the product of bamboo as one of their extra curricula classes. I Nengah D who used to be a very shy student can now make many kinds of bamboo products such as a dragonfly, a photo frame and some music instruments. There are a lot of bamboo plants around their environment where they live, but none of them could use it to become a product which is more useful for their life. So that is why Duana is one of the junior students who learn from EBPP staff in our EMpower programme in order to process bamboo into added value product. He also wants to have a better future by selling bamboo products. He said, “I want to learn how to make furniture from bamboo, so bamboos in my place will become more useful and valuable”.

Overall, funding from the donors through our crowdfunding campaign is very useful for these twelve children in Jatituhu School. We can see from the way of their thinking about their future is changing. They want to be a successful person in the future through education. They also want to learn many things at school to improve their knowledge and for a better future. Thank you very much to all the donors, without your help these twelve students could not get their hope and dream.       

We are proud to report on the continued development of the 12 students in Jatituhu education programs that you sponsored through our crowdfunding campaign. All students are very eager to learn in the school even though they have to walk quite far, average 1 – 1.5 hours by foot from their house to the school. No public transport in this area, because the village is located on the slopes of the mountain, and can only can be accessed by foot; thick dust in the dry season, slippery in the rainy season, every day they pass, nevertheless they never complain because the one thing they want is SUCCESS, as verified by the expectations of one of the students below.
 
I Nengah D is currently in class II Junior high school and the 11 other students are still in elementary school. He was born in Jatituhu on August 17th 2003 and he is the 6th son from 7 children. His parents are dry land farmers who can only grow crops in the rainy season. He is very diligent in helping his parents; although he is still a child, he works like an adult. On none school days (Saturday and Sunday) he works from early morning to dig soil in his dry farm, planting or maintaining the crops and taking care of some livestock such as cattle, chicken and pigs.
 
At the school he was known to be very quiet, but diligent in study. He likes history and Bahasa Indonesia subjects and sometimes Nengah looks very nervous when they learn in group lessons in class, because he is the only boy in the class. However, he always tries to be the best, as can be seen from their development while studying at EMpower programme, our youth empowerment programme to give various skills to the students for their future. In this programme, from July 2015 to June 2016, they all learn about nutrition, reproductive health, job skill, financial literacy and computer literacy and from July 2016, bamboo handicraft training. In this semester he is also learning about the Photovoices, where he wants to tell about the issues that exist in his hamlet to be made public though photos, so that local government and others also know what issue exist in their hamlet. Since he knows that EBPP found the donors to continue his education, he became more confident to study and he showed so much passion for learning in school. 
 
He said: "I am very worried if no one helped me, I may not be at school, as my expectation was to go to a government school, but I have to walk very far and also I do not have a cost for myself. Lucky there is EBPP’s school in our hamlet, makes me and my friends can learn together to have better future, so I would like to say big thank you to everyone who has helped all of us to continuing our studies. I'm hoping so much to get a sponsor until university level, so after graduation I can help my village and also help families and communities to improve in many things to have a better future.”
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Indonesia's Independence Day flag raising ceremony

School is an important place for children to study and share their knowledge. Because education is so important to the intellectual and social growth of a child, EBPP raised funds using a crowdfunding campaign to improve Desa Ban’s Jatituhu hamlet where 12 children are reaping the benefits and thriving from their studies more than ever.

Through the help of an EBPP Art Teachers, children are now able to use art supplies to turn plain white paper into a beautiful work of art. They combine many colours to make incredible pictures. Only those children who enjoy art as a hobby and wish to work at it daily achieve such a high standard of artistic talent – it’s something they must work at and dedicate themselves to.

August is the happiest month of the year for children of EBPP because we celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day on August 17th, 2016. This year was the 71st Independence Day and the event was very fun and successful for everyone who attended. The day allows children to participate in competitions and races as well as perform music, dance and drama.

Before the event begins, all students receive a nutritious breakfast which includes bread and fresh fruit. Afterwards, everyone gathers to attend the flag ceremony and participate in competitions including: chess, 100 metre sprint, potato sack races, and Panjat Pinang (traditional Indonesian Independence Day game which has people climb up a slippery pole by working together in order to win the prizes placed at the top – it’s always a highly anticipated event)!

During the performance part of the day, children participated in music, dance and drama and this year they were very entertaining while also being educational. They started with a series of sketches entitled “EMpower”. These skits were about nutrition, reproductive health, and how to operate computers. Then, the traditional Balinese dancers wowed the audience with their incredible routines. Afterwards, there were musical performances that included singing and playing instruments. One of Jatituhu student, Ni Nyoman Sudarmi, performed “Merak Angelo” (Peacock) Balinese dance.

In this annual EBPP Independence Day celebration, some of our Jatituhu students were winners in the followingcompetitive events: I Kadek Suryanata came FIRST in our inter-schools chess competition; Ni Nengah Maga Ani, besides being good in Balinese dance, she also came second in the 100 metres girlsrace;I Ketut Rudi came 4th in for 100 metre boys race and Ni Komang Parti, Ni Wayan Sukerni & Ni Kadek Sudarmi all got first place in the clogs race!

At the end of the events, trophies were presented to all the schools, based on their scores from the different events and then all were given hygiene kits comprising towel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, all donated by Bali Dynasty Resort. Finally all of the children helped clean up the plastic waste that had been left after the festivities before heading home.

100 meter women run race
100 meter women run race
100 meter men run race
100 meter men run race
"Merak Angelo" (Peacock) Balinese dance
"Merak Angelo" (Peacock) Balinese dance
"Panjat Pinang" climb up a slippery pole
"Panjat Pinang" climb up a slippery pole
Inter-schools chess competition
Inter-schools chess competition

Ni Nyoman Maga Ani (RHS in the photo above) was born on January 3rd, 2005 in Jatituhu hamlet on very dry slopes of Mount Abang in East Bali. She is the 2nd of 5 children and her parents are farmers who are only able to plant vegetables (corn and cassava) in the 4 months rainy season.

Her mother miscarried when she was pregnant with her youngest brother due to falling on the steep hill slopes whilst finding grass for their cow. At the time, she slipped and fell and her leg got impaled on a dry tree branch and became swollen, resulting in serious infection and weakness, resulting in the baby dying before birth.

Maga Ani never despairs, even though she is only 11 years old as she loves to help her parents. She wakes up every day at 6am then looks for grass for her cows and also looks for firewood for cooking. She also takes care of their pig after school hours.

Currently Maga Ani is in fifth grade of elementary school. Last year she felt sad when EBPP explained that one of the Jatituhu school sponsor stopped the donation due to difficult financial condition. She was though very happy when we told her that she still able to continue her education because EBPP managed to get sufficient funds for her and the other 11 Jatituhu children through the GlobalGiving UK crowd funding platform.

She loves learning the Balinese language as her favourite school subject and she really likes to work in groups. Her favourite school activity though is learning Balinese dance. Due to her high motivation, within a few months Maga Ani was able to master several types of Balinese dances, such as Pendet (welcome dance), Puspanjali, Rejang and Merak dances. She is often asked by the community to perform Balinese dance at the local temple when they have traditional religious ceremony. In the future, she wants to be a Balinese dance teacher and establish a dance studio to teach the children. Maga Ani also likes to paint, and would also love to become an artist one day!

In celebration of Indonesia’s National Education Day on May 2nd, 2016, Maga Ani and some of her friends was also chosen to represent Jatituhu elementary school for inter-school quiz contest.

Overall, EBPP’s 12 Jatituhu children who received sponsorship though GGUK crowd funding campaign last year are very motivated to study and promise to continue their education so that someday they can realise their dreams.

 

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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia
$29,780 raised of $57,015 goal
 
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