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

Project Child to Expand its Drinking Water Program to Eastern Part of Indonesia

The UN recognizes access to the clean water as one of the basic human rights. However, the access to safe and affordable drinking water is still a country-wide problem in Indonesia. There is still no free drinking water installation system available in primary schools in Indonesia. Thus, the cheapest way to get drinking water is by boiling tap water. This becomes an issue when the tap water itself is contaminated, so boiling won’t ensure its safety. The safer option is to buy mineral water sold in plastic bottles or gallons which is costly and will generate a significant amount of plastic waste.

 

Clean water access is one of the leading concerns that made us start the Drinking Water Program in 2014. Considering that children do not have access to the clean and free drinking water during their time at school, we came up with an idea of providing safe and affordable drinking water access for school children. We installed water filters in our partner schools and encourage children to bring their own tumbler, therefore minimizing trash from single-use plastic bottles. We also hold weekly classes to give lessons about healthy living and environment preservation.

 

The program currently runs in 12 schools in Yogyakarta and 8 schools in Pacitan. By 2017, we have successfully installed 28 water filters in Yogyakarta and Pacitan, and help give access to clean drinking water to more than 2000 school children. In 2018, we are planning to expand our program to partner with more schools in Indonesia. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, there is a total of 234.711 primary and secondary schools across Indonesia, attended by a total of 52 million students. While 77% of the schools have access to clean drinking water, it is estimated that there are 50.000 schools still lack access to clean drinking water. Our long-term goal is to reach out to double the number of children we have currently impacted and raise awareness of the importance of safe and affordable drinking water access to local and national government. Our closest plan in the near future is to bring this program to Fakfak Regency in West Papua Province. Depending on the number of students present in 3 chosen schools, we aim to impact approximately more than 500 students aged 7-13 years, in the time span of one year.

 

We are going to use a similar approach that had been successfully implemented in our partner schools in Java. After researching the geographical and economical challenge in each school, we will build an active collaboration with primary schools and community administrators, especially in communities living near the shore and under the poverty line. The next step will be installing water filters in our partner schools and launch training sessions for local communities on water filtration, sanitation, and maintenance. We will also hold regular classes on water, sanitation, and hygiene in collaborating schools for one year.

 

To ensure the sustainability of this program, we will form the water committee in each school, consisting of teachers and parents. The water committee will be responsible for the usage and maintenance of water filters installed, making sure that the program will still last even without our direct assistance. We also plan to collaborate with local youth organizations, health government clinics and the official health department working in the field of drinking water to perform monitoring on the program. We are hoping that this program will grow bigger and become one of the local health government clinics or health department programs. Hopefully, this will be a positive start for this program to expand to more places in Indonesia, helping people in remote islands who still lack access to drinking water.

 

You could help make this plan come true by donating via 

https://kitabisa.com/airuntuksekolah

All your donation will be used for installing the drinking water filter in schools in Fakfak Regency, West Papua.

 

by Margareta Danastri, Media Intern at Project Child Indonesia

5 Tips to Stay Hydrated at School

By Felix Prayogo

 

Students, especially those in elementary schools, have a high probability of getting dehydration. The problem with these students is, that they don’t understand the early symptom of dehydration. There are several ways to teach them and make them understand about this issue, but sometimes students need another way to tell that they are hydrated enough, especially when in school. These are 5 ways to ensure that students stay hydrated.

Be a good role model.

Children tend to copy what’s around them, especially adults who are closest to them. Parents and older siblings are the ones who they try to copy. So why don’t you start to teach them how to keep hydrated. Tell them to drink a lot while in school. Don’t forget to bring tumbler for both you and the child, and give them an example of the importance of the drinking. You can also teach them how to identify early symptoms of dehydration so that they can tackle that easily. Being good around them makes them good children.

Include water-based foods at their lunchboxes.

Many fruits and vegetables are made up mostly of water, making it easy to get some extra hydration at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A few of favorites include cut-up watermelon, grapes, cucumber, and broccoli. For school, you can add fruits and vegetables to the menu. Children tend to love fresh fruits and of course, they will love some watermelon in their lunchboxes.

Let your child pick their bottle and lunchbox.

Children are much more likely to drink and eat what’s inside if they love the outside of their bottles and lunch boxes. Bottles and tumbler nowadays are varied in design and looks. Most likely children will choose bottles with their favorite cartoon characters on it. It’s an incentive for them to keep them hydrated. Probably it will cost you more, but it’s a small price to pay to keep them happy and hydrated at the same time.

Pack water – no matter how close the destination is.

Some parents may be indifferent to these tips as the school is near their house. But whatever the reason, ask them to bring their bottles (with water inside, of course). Keep them hydrated even if your home is close enough to the school and children will go home earlier than their friends.

Prefer water over other drinks.

When choosing drinks for kids, avoid those that have caffeine, such as iced tea or many sodas. As a diuretic, caffeine can contribute to the dehydration process by increasing fluid loss. In addition, as a stimulant, it can depress the symptoms of dehydration. Beverages such as soda or juice-flavored drinks might taste refreshing, but the high sugar content is unhealthy for many reasons and should be avoided for hydration except as a last resort.


We hope these tips help you and your children to keep hydrated at the school.

Enhancing Environmental Awareness through Field Trips

As part of our effort to provide alternative education to the children of Yogyakarta, Project Child is promoting environmental awareness through local field trips. We believe that field trips give children an invaluable educational experience outside of the classroom while enhancing their appreciation of nature. By visiting different institutions around Yogyakarta, children are able to learn in a more practical and interactive manner compared to a traditional classroom setting.

Last Sunday Project Child took local schoolchildren to Bhumi Merapi, where they fed and played with animals, planted trees, and swam in a nearby river. These moments of natural connection gave relevance to school lessons and our recent group sessions.

Field trips are excellent for child learning in a number of ways. Field trips cater to different learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinetic) through active play, observation, and group projects. They allow children to learn about ideas and environments only available outside their neighborhood. They can stimulate a child to try new things and can spark new interests and passions. Finally, through field trips, children learn about serving others in their community.

Project Child believes that experiencing nature is important, as it has a positive impact on our psychological and emotional health. Many scientific studies show that spending time or living in more natural settings relaxes the body and calms the mind.

Project Child aims to provide holistic learning for our students; our field trip to Bhumi Merapi was indicative of this effort. Project Child will continue to develop activities for students to have a lasting impact on their life. If you want to be part of this goal, you can take an active part through volunteering and contribute to our cause.

Kapitania Imaniar & Septian Fajar
Program Coordinator at Project Child Indonesia