The Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

The moment you start feeling thirsty, your body is most likely already insufficiently hydrated. Especially children tend to forget to drink enough and are at a high risk to become dehydrated. When the kids are outside and playing with their friends, they can easily risk lacking of water intake, as they are often not aware of the significance of drinking enough water. Parents, therefore, should encourage their children to drink enough and take water breaks, especially if they are physically very active.

Generally saying, drinking sufficient amount of water is one of the most important things to stay healthy. Adding to that, it has various other (health) benefits.

Water is good for the whole body

Since 70% of human body consists of water, the majority of the blood and every cell in the body are composed of water. Human body simply needs enough water to function properly. Drinking enough also boots the internal metabolism and helps the body to properly break down food.

Water helps with headaches

When having a headache or migraine, drinking plenty of water is the first thing that should be done. As these are commonly caused by dehydration, water can bring some relief. A good way to prevent headaches is to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Water keeps you awake, fit and concentrated

One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness. Drinking enough water therefore can help the body stay refreshed and awake. When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer. Drinking water can help energize these tired muscles. Dehydration can lead to an impairment of attention span, memory and motor skills. As the brain consists of mostly water, drinking helps it work, think and concentrate better and be more alert. When children drink enough, they are more able to follow in school and focus on assignments and test.

Water saves calories

Water has no calories, fat, carbohydrates or sugar – in comparison with the often very sugary soft drinks. Consuming soft drinks at a high rate can cause a variety of negative impacts on the body such as obesity to diabetes. High calorie and sugary drinks are especially popular with children, so parents need to explain to their kids why soft drinks should be the exception and not the norm to relief the children´s thirst.

Water helps save money

Drinking water from water dispensers is cheap and convenient. People can save the most if they use the water dispenser with refillable bottles and take them wherever. Therefore, buying plastic bottles in the supermarket could be avoidable which then could prevent another plastic garbage.

Project Child Indonesia knows how important sufficient hydration is, especially for children. Hence, we established Drinking Water Program in Yogyakarta and Pacitan. We don’t only provide water filters in schools but also an educational program. Currently, Project Child Indonesia is expanding the program to Fakfak, West Papua. To find more information about our programs in Yogyakarta, Pacitan and Fakfak, check out our website!

 

written by Sophia Abigmann

Project-based Learning Approach

Coming to 21st century generation, education is one of the most notable support for children which evolving and constantly moving forward. Project Based Learning (PBL) is used to prepare students from the 21st century challenges, to work on a real problem and solve the it directly using their analytical and practical skill, with a product or presentation as an end-result of the project. Throughout the project, children are expected to work on the project during a period of time given by the facilitators.

Moreover, PBL is suitable for our community class in the spirit of alternative education as it indulges critical thinking, creativity and communication skill as supplementary skills for their education. These skills are important for the children to prepare themselves in further steps of being digital natives and more challenge in the real world. Furthermore, we come to realization that skills connected to real life is a prominent skill, as a matter of fact, not many practicalities of formal education have come to this main issue yet. Adjusting to our time limit in the community class, PBL is conducted once a week in each of our river school with additional meetings based on their own need assisted by volunteer in charge. Thus, through the PBL we conducted in river school attended by variety range of children age group, we attempt to spark curiosity and implement the trial of Project Based Learning, as children in our community is bounded with formal school and formal way of thinking in which teacher teacher play important role as the “story teller”. It needs certain amount of time to indulge and even sparks curiosity of the children.  

The children are given chance to design their own project assisted by the volunteer. Afterwards, the volunteer is the one whose responsible to decide whether the team need extra meeting and project the sustainability of the project. Seeing the format of the project, not to mention the volunteer responsibility, PBL in our community indeed rely mostly on our volunteer as children still need guidance from the volunteer. Working with this new format, indeed give the team special challenge during the process. it is becoming a greater challenge to introduce this type of learning to our children in the community class, as it does need bigger involvements from the children, not to mention initiating the project which ideally comes from the students. These traits of working with the new format are varied from adjusting to different setting of community class, designing the project framework, adding extra meeting for some groups in PBL, etc.

In addition, the current PBL running in our program certainly need further assessment and improvement in many parts. Most importantly, the presence of facilitators which is volunteers are also taken into consideration. The well-trained facilitators in the field are our major approach towards the children and their project. Thus, working hand in hand with facilitators to record the documentations of each project and track the progress, is becoming our major concern at the first place. Lastly, we are putting more effort in equipping the team with sufficient knowledge of PBL by doing some research and learn from various sources.  

A Visit from Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Netherlands

Project Child Indonesia was honored to host students and teachers from Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Netherlands from Monday, April  30th to Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 in the riverside area of Code. There was a total of 27 students and 2 teachers joining the visit, and they stayed for a night in the local’s houses. Their coming to Indonesia is part of an exchange program with SMAN 9 Yogyakarta as the sister school.

Upon their arrival in Code, they got a chance to learn Indonesian Language before heading to the local’s houses where they would be staying in. They enthusiastically learned basic Indonesian vocabularies to be able to communicate with the locals. They then were split into several groups to go on a tour around the area, guided by our volunteers. The spots visited were the riverbanks, the traditional costumes rental, Sekolah Sungai location, and the community leader’s house. After the trip, they gathered at SD Jetis 2 to play traditional games from Indonesia and Netherlands with our team members and some children from the neighborhood. We had so much fun playing Indonesian games Gobag Sodor and Tug of War (Tarik Tambang), as well as a Dutch game called Annemaria Koekoek.

The highlight of the day was the Cultural Night. Our community in Code had prepared some performances on traditional dance and music. They gave their best in the performances, and we were really proud to see the children and community members including the parents and also the elderly perform with such enthusiasm. Afterwards, there was a fun dancing session led by the dancers, who spontaneously made dancing moves to some dangdut tunes. Everyone was having a great time dancing together, and our guests seemed to engage well with the locals during the event. On the following day, we painted some murals on the riverbanks in a collaboration with our friends from ISI Yogyakarta. Then we had a short walk along the riverbanks, before going back to the Community Centre for our closing ceremony.

All in all, It was a great experience seeing youth from Netherlands mingle with our community in Code. Seeing the positive result and feedback, we hope that our partnership with Haarlemmermeer Lyceum will last in the upcoming years. Also, Project Child is open for any kind of collaboration with more individuals and institutions to help bring positive impact to the community. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information!

Olympic Games

As a sign of appreciation Project Child decided to host a special event for the children who attended the Open Class during the last year and were eager to learn about the topics ocean conservation, plastic reduction, pollution, etc… The event “Olympic Games” took place on the property of the Beach School in Pacitan on May 5th 2018. We started in the early afternoon and divided the about fifty children who came into teams so they could compete against each other. Especially the sac hopping tournament in the end of the event brought much joy to the children. One of the reasons for that was that even members of the staff and volunteers of Project Child joined to play the game. The winner team was honored with a small goodie bag and finally everyone celebrated eating tasty cookies. Project Child believes that events like this don’t only show the children our appreciation for the hard work and dedication but we understand it as a necessity to offer children a diverse and fun learning environment. All in all, our team is more than happy with the number of children who attended the event and the smooth run of the “Olympic Games”. We are now looking forward to continuing our Open Class during Ramadhan with a new program that is specifically tailored to this important time in Muslim culture.

Code River Educational Tour with ACICIS and Scotch College, Western Australia

On Tuesday April 17th 2018, the community we have been working with in Sekolah Sungai Code got a visit from students and teachers of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia. The visit was made possible through Project Child Indonesia’s partnership with ACICIS Yogyakarta, who held the visit as part of their School Tour program. There were 5 students and 2 teachers from Scotch Senior School joining the tour, with the objectives of hands-on learning in the Indonesian language and culture, in addition to observing and sharing about environmental issues.

During the tour, the student-teacher group walked around the neighborhood and visited several places, guided by team members from ACICIS and Project Child Indonesia. They came to see a traditional costumes rental, an art center where people display their handcrafts, which doubles as a dance studio, and the community leader’s residence. They had in-depth conversations with the community leader, who answered the students’ questions about river conservation in Code river and how the community tackle the problems they find in maintaining environmental sustainability. They also talked about the milestones Code community had achieved so far, including being the best administered community in Yogyakarta. At the end of the tour, they took a walk along the river to observe the disaster-prone area and directly see the Early Warning System that had been installed.

We would like to thank ACICIS and Scotch College for making this visit possible. It was a delightful trip, and we sincerely hope that the activity could benefit the guests with valuable experience, as well as impacting the community positively by giving insights and different point of view in solving their current problems.

Outbond Event – Sekolah Pantai Pacitan

To round up our half annual educational program, which is part of the Drinking Water Program in cooperation with 4 schools around Pacitan, Project Child hosted a special outbond event on April 15th 2018 on the beach school property in Pacitan.

The event was carried out in order to appreciate the children, who came to the weekly classes over the last 6 months and enriched their knowledge by learning about topics like ocean conservation, plastic reduction, pollution, etc..

We started early in the morning by showing the children an educational video about an innovative possibility of dealing with plastic trash. After watching the video, we equipped the children with reusable trash bags and headed to the beach to undertake a beach cleanup and demonstrate the children how polluted the nature around us already is and how important it is to take action.

As soon as the children returned from the beach, they were happy to find out that we had fresh water and snacks prepared and that it was time to recover their energy and to get ready for the following games. For the activities we decided to divide the children in groups and have them compete against each other. We arranged games like an egg-run, a ski race or a water balloon volleyball game and were content to see, that the children enjoyed playing them. The winner team was honored with self-made wooden medals and finally all children celebrated eating delicious cake, a prize for their committed participation.

All in all, the team of Project Child Pacitan was happy with the smooth run of the event and is now looking forward to continuing the program with a new group of children from our partnering schools.

Internet Literacy Workshop at SD Bumijo Yogyakarta

On Tuesday, April 10th 2018, Project Child Indonesia held a workshop for teachers and parents at SD Bumijo Yogyakarta as our partner for Internet Literacy Program. The workshop is a regular event which is held as part of the program, which aims to prepare teachers and parents with deeper knowledge of digital literacy. The Internet Literacy Program itself has been taking place in the school since November 2017, covering computer donation and weekly classes for students of the 5th grade. Attended by teachers and parents of the 5th grade students, the workshop was intended to give teachers and parents better understanding about the program, and the urgency of digital literacy education in Indonesia.

During the workshop, teachers and parents were given an opportunity to share about the children’s activity regarding internet usage. This information is important for us in understanding the children’s behavior in using internet, and will be used by our educational team to design more relevant learning materials for upcoming lessons. They were also encouraged to discuss the problems they find in educating and supervising children in using internet. Hopefully this activity can be a bridge for our team, teachers, and parents to align our vision on giving the best education on digital literacy. We are looking forward to building better cooperation with teachers and parents to overcome the problems we may face in helping children make better use of the internet.

Sanitation Workshop in Code

On Friday (4/6), Project Child Indonesia held a workshop for the community in sanitation and cultural differences in the riverbank of Code (one of the Sekolah Sungai program locations).The event was initiated with general information on sanitation in daily life and ways to improve it so that the locals could live healthily. Then, after discussing cultural differences on sanitation, the workshop was ended by sharing sessions from former hosts.

The workshop aims to prepare the community in accordance with its upcoming agenda to welcome guests from Haarlemmermeer High School, The Netherlands. They are going to stay for two days to live in as locals do. The agenda is projected to be conducted from April 30 to May 1, 2018. There will be around 27 students and 2 teachers for the hosting program. Project Child Indonesia is honored to support the team and connect them with the community in Code river. There will be more of workshops from Project Child Indonesia to help the hosts to tackle differences in cultural aspect.

The First International Startup Grind Yogyakarta Event

Google Grind

Startup Grind, the world’s biggest entrepreneur community powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, held their first official international event at Antologi Collaborative Space, Yogyakarta on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The event took place as a result of a partnership between Tarugeni Foundation as the local sponsor and Project Child Indonesia as the organizing committee. By bringing the event to Yogyakarta, we aim to empower local entrepreneurs and strengthen their ability to make positive impact in the world.

 

As a city going strong with its economic growth, Yogyakarta is a hot spot for fast-growing startups and emerging companies in various fields. Being a part of Startup Grind, Yogyakarta joins a list of over 250 cities worldwide actively hosting events to connect, inspire, and educate their community of entrepreneurs. Startup Grind events strive to bring together entrepreneurs and people who are passionate about entrepreneurship, providing them with a space to engage as well as giving them inspirational insights through a fireside chat with influential people leading in their fields.

 

The event presented a Forbes “30 Under 30” honouree, Pamela Wagner as the main speaker. Formerly a Google employee, Pamela is the founder and CEO of Ajala Digital, an Austria-based global marketing agency focused on highly profitable advertising campaigns which has helped more than 2000 advertisers across 21 time zones – from Hawaii to Australia – grow their businesses. Interviewed by Jason Canniff, an American social entrepreneur and a Lead Mentor for the Entrepreneurs Institute and GeniusU based in Singapore, Pamela spoke about her journey to success and shared valuable inputs on entrepreneurship and self-development.

 

Attended by 50 people, ranging from business owners to university students, the event started with a networking session, followed by interview and Q&A sessions and more networking afterwards. As Pamela also admitted, networking had contributed more to her success than her study or work experience, Startup Grind accommodates everyone involved to network with people who share similar purpose-driven minds, making real connection and opening up new possibilities to achieve greater globally.

 

Written by Margareta Danastri,
Content Writer – Project Child Indonesia

Developing Professional Volunteerism in Social Works

 

Defining the term “professional volunteerism” is tricky. The word “professional” could mean someone who gets paid for doing a job, whereas the word “volunteerism” means performing work without getting paid. Thus, the term “professional volunteerism” might sound like an oxymoron. However, the word “professional” also means having an exceptional skill and mastery at something. Referring to the latter definition, “professional volunteerism” could be understood as the act of implementing high level of skills, mastery and work ethics in doing unpaid work.

 

Professional volunteerism usually takes place at nonprofit organizations which mostly rely on volunteers to operate. It is done by preparing volunteers with necessary skills and knowledge to make sure volunteers are ready to contribute positively to the community they work with, instead of doing harm. By developing professional volunteerism, a nonprofit organization could maintain the quality of their programs, as well as developing a strong base of skilled volunteers who hold crucial roles in helping the organization achieve their goals. It enhances the quality of service they give to people or community they work with, and gain better trust from donors and sponsors. Professional volunteerism helps to ensure program sustainability in the long run.

 

Professional volunteerism is developed by well-managing the projects and activities where volunteers are involved. The organization is responsible for fulfilling the volunteers’ need for support during their volunteering time and making sure that volunteers are appreciated for their contribution. The ongoing problem commonly found in volunteer-based social work is disorganized volunteer management. Some organizations depend completely on volunteers’ good intention to show up now and then without any clear commitment. It is good to facilitate the volunteers’ time flexibility, but besides being ineffective for the program, volunteers will feel disengaged and lose interest over time. It motivates them more when volunteers gain a sense of meaning and accomplishment from the program and are recognized by the organization for their significance. It is necessary to make a distinct agreement about commitment, responsibilities, and benefits that occur to both parties during the volunteering process. Training and orientation sessions are essential to make sure volunteers are ready to face the challenges as they dive right into the field. When given the right support and treatment, volunteers will be willing to go the extra miles and help achieve a bigger impact.

 

Professional volunteerism assures you that the time and effort you are pouring is carefully managed to benefit both yourself and other people

 

Professional volunteerism also helps volunteers to grow professionally and benefits the volunteers in many ways. Firstly, it lets you practice your professional skills. When you choose to volunteer specifically in the field of your expertise, it gives you hands-on experience and develops your skills set. You can even acquire new skills and have more freedom to experiment in the relatively low-risk environment. This is especially beneficial for college students and fresh graduates who need opportunities to kick-start their career and increase their future employability. Secondly, you will get a chance to expand your networking. You will get to know people from various backgrounds who share the same views and beliefs as you. You can even meet influential people or community leaders, people who will widen your perspective about the world and those you can earn knowledge from. Thirdly, you will gain an incredibly rewarding experience. Volunteering can be very fulfilling as you do good for other people and help make a difference. It energizes you and makes you feel less absorbed in your daily life stresses. It also helps for professional workers who want a break from their stressful job, as well as improving their skills while at the same time giving back to the community. After all, professional volunteerism assures you that the time and effort you are pouring is carefully managed to benefit both yourself and other people.

 

Project Child Indonesia aims to develop professional volunteerism by applying professional management in volunteer involvement. By giving volunteer the proper training and orientation, we intend to reduce the risk of giving harm to the society we work with. We value our volunteers greatly, and we do our best in maximizing our resources to better support our volunteers. We really hope that volunteers will gain valuable experience when working with us, and flourish both personally and professionally. Developing professional volunteerism is also our take on maintaining a sustainable act of kindness. By professionally managing our programs and volunteers, we believe that we are able to achieve bigger and do greater good for the cause.

 


Written by Margareta Danastri