Charity Run of the Anne-Frank high school Rheinau

On the 19th of December 2014, it was Marvin Kiefer’s pleasure to personally introduce Project Child and our project ‘Sekolah Sungai’ to the Anne-Frank high school in Rheinau Germany. During the school’s closing event before the Christmas holiday, the donation from the school to Project Child was officially handed over, and Marvin introduced what we are planning to implement in Indonesia with their support.

This summer, the 400 high school students organized a charity run during which they collected the incredible sum of 5.728,26 Euro. Project Child will use this donation to build a community building and classroom on the site of the beach school in Pacitan, as soon as the wet season ends in spring 2015. This community center and classroom, which will offer enough space for up to 50 people, is part of the proposed learning centre, and will include a library and pc work stations. Furthermore, this space will be used by teachers to prepare the classes that will be held not only at the centre itself, but also in more outer lying communities across the region of Pactian.

The Project Child team, also representing the children, wishes to thank the students for their superb commitment to help to improve education for the children of Pacitan. Additionally, we wish to thank all the regional sponsors who supported the charity run.

We are proud to have such an ambitious partner in the Anne-Frank high school, who Have chosen to assist with the development of Project Child and our work with the people of Indonesia in the long term.

Under water with our partner Diving Ocea

We thank the Foundation Diving Ocea for promoting Project Child !!

As both our organizations share the ideals of ocean conservation and environmental awareness we are glad to have a strong partner to exchange ideas and experiences about developing our educational programs in order to work hand in hand with Indonesian communities for cleaner beaches and oceans.

About Diving Ocea: Recently established and based in Yogyakarta (Central Java, Indonesia), this NGO is a voluntary organization concerned with activities relating to the environment and also pastimes. Diving, walking, trekking, discovering sites of exceptional beauty in an environmentally respectful and responsible manner.

First Aid Class

On the 24th of August 2014 two doctors from Germany joined the Monday class to teach the children the basics of first aid.

Since “Kricak Kidul” is a riverside community there are obviously some hazards that can occur on a daily basis. Cuts from walking barefoot in the water while fishing, because of sharp rocks, shattered glass, or old rusty nails are one of the most common health threats. The lack of education, especially among the youngest of the community, often disables them to take proper actions when somebody gets hurt. Badly treated wounds can be the cause of infections that ultimately lead to more severe illnesses.

The children where excited to meet the German doctors. After their formal introduction and a big round of applause, Dorina and Daniel taught the children about burns, open wounds, cuts, and cramps and how to behave when they face them. They also showed them what to do in case somebody chokes and how to measure someone’s pulse. The children were eargerly participating and also voluntered to do some excercises. During the class some of them were chosen to become “dokter kecil” (little doctors). They received a first aid kit and are the ones chosen to be consulted in case of accidents. You could really see that the children were very impressed by the presentation. Even after class most of them sat down together to measure each other’s pulse and discussing the necessary actions in case of emergency.

We would like to thank Dorina and Daniel for their visit and their presentation. They provided essential insights on how to make every day life in “Kricak Kidul” a lot safer.

 

Project Child Sekolah Sungai first aid class

Indonesian Children’s Day

The 23rd of July is “Hari Anak Nasional”, or Indonesian Children’s Day. Hari Anak is a day to focus on improving the lives of children by making them feel secure, valued and loved by involving them in community activities.

For Hari Anak 2014, “Project Child” hosted a “football day”, where the children from our Sekolah Sungai were taken to the local futsal field to play football. Leading the training session was Kristian Adelmund from Liga Indonesia Premier Division team PSS Sleman, also based in Yogyakarta.

We are happy to report that the football day was a huge success! The children had a fantastic time, running around after multiple balls flying around and diligently following Kristian’s direction. A few children were extremely determined to score a goal against a PSS Slemen player, often taking advantage of distraction and other foul play. After the session, the children flocked to Kristian for him to autograph their shirts and footballs.

Involvement in sport is a crucial facet of a child’s development. Many children, especially in developing countries, are often not motivated or educated about the importance of being physically active. Sport provides a fun, social way to remain active. Sport also teaches valuable skills including teamwork and social skills, and with conscious coaching, can also build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Many thanks to all the volunteers, especially Kristian, for making the day an absolute success! Terima kasih! Many Thanks & Vielen Dank also to “Education For Indonesia” who helped us through their support from Germany to have this event.

 

Project Child Sekolah Sungai sportsday

Free Health Check-Ups

“Project Child” has now provided Free Health Check-ups on two separate occasions for the people of “Kricak”. The first was held on Sunday the 5th of May 2013 and the most recent on Sunday the 23rd of February 2014. PCI collaborated with CIMSA UGM (Centre for International Medical Students Association, Gadjah Mada University) for this service. Dr. Didik Setyo Heriyanto Sp.PA, Ph.D and his medical students assessed each resident individually, for general health including blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and tuberculosis.

Meanwhile, the PCI volunteers taught the children the importance of using clean water. This is crucial in an area such as “Kricak” which is built on a river, as the river is misused as both a rubbish dump and a water source. Correct water use is a regular theme in PCI classes. Each child received their own bar of soap and had a healthy lunch.

Basic medicine and child food supplements were provided. In response to the 2014 Mount Kelud eruption, new face masks were also handed out to protect against volcanic ash.

 

Project Child healh check up

Cheap Bazaar

“Project Child” collected many generous donations of second-hand clothing and other household items from people around Yogyakarta, such as international exchange students, friends and from Olifant School Yogyakarta. PCI decided to set up a cheap ‘bazaar’ so that recipients would not be merely taking a ‘hand-out’, but rather, consider the need or value of each item. Every item was priced between IDR 1,000-10,000 (USD $0.10 – $1). PCI assisted the children as they busily set up their bazaar in “Kricak”, and sold the items to the parents. At the end of the bazaar, PCI collected and redistributed the money equally amongst the children, and discussed what it could be used for. This project was part of PCI’s ‘Zero Rupiah Project” campaign. PCI did not personally contribute or receive any money for this project.

Here are some of the things the children said:

“I usually go and help my father selling hand-made toys every Sunday, but this Sunday I wanted to do the bazaar, so the money I earned today I will give to my Dad.” – Deni, 8 years old.

“I’m going to put it in my ‘celengan’ (piggy-bank) to buy books and pens for next time at school.” – Yolanda, 10 years old.

 

Project Child Program

Natural Disaster Awareness and Precaution Day

Merapi volcano erupts on average every four years. The last eruption occurred in 2010, resulting in devastating flow-on effects to the riverside kampung in Yogyakarta. Millions of cubic metres of pyroclastic material were swept down the river, clogging and raising the level of sediment on the riverbed. Now, in the tropical wet season, the river is easily flooded and water overflows onto the low-lying lands of “Kricak”. The dangers of floods affect not only the simple infrastructure of the slum but are also a severe health risk to the Kricak people.

In July 2013, University Gadjah Mada held an international Summer School program to ‘enhance the role of young Health Professionals on Disaster Medicine and Management.’ This was an internationally recognised program, with students from Germany, Austria, Egypt, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Japan, Spain and Slovenia. PCI collaborated with this program for the opportunity to bring this expert, international-level knowledge to the “Kricak” children and parents in an interactive, easy-to-digest format. Also, for the first time, the “Kricak” community learnt how to perform First Aid. PCI believes it is fundamentally important to facilitate disaster awareness to vulnerable communities that live in disaster-prone areas.

 

Project Child disaster class

Environmental Theatre

In February 2013, thirty PCI children performed in a play about the environment. This cute piece of theatre was held in Olifant International School and was an open-house event. The storyline conveyed both the beauty of living on a riverbank and the problems faced in this environment. In this way, the children (and the audience!) learned that conserving this environment is crucial for the people living there.

This play was performed in the early stages of PCI, and we were thrilled and grateful to work with the Olifant School professionals of child education. Special thanks also goes to Prianka Rama, the young “Kricak” man who wrote the story out of concern for his kampung and the students of STMIK AMIKOM Yogyakarta, who created the colorful costumes entirely from recycled materials.

 

Project Child environmental theatre

“Green class & Vertical Gardens”

The aim of the “Green class” was to give the children the opportunity to truly realize what a healthy environment is like, and to experience an environment that differs to their home. PCI took them on a day-trip to Banyu Mili Garden and Pool; this was imperative as there are no free public parks in Yogyakarta. Therefore, PCI had to raise the funds to take the children to this garden in order to show them a well-cared-for green area. The children were allowed to play and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area, which was so unlike the densely-packed “Kricak”. Afterwards, PCI gave the children a blank piece of paper and asked them to paint their dreams for “Kricak”. This was one of their paintings:

 

 

In the next step to increase the greenery and gardens in “Kricak”, PCI is in the process of building “Vertical Gardens”. The vertical gardens is part of the “Zero Rupiah Project” campaign. Structures are being built out of recycled materials, such as old furniture, in order to create a frame, and plastic bottles for pot-plants (which the children will decorate) along each rung. The “Kricak” families can therefore grow their own plants and vegetables in the small confines between their houses. This will also encourage more vegetables to be included in their daily diets. The children will be responsible for tending to the gardens, so that from an early age they will understand the value of actively caring for something, which is the next step from their lessons about not polluting the environment.

 

Project Child green class

Healthy cooking class and “Morning Bite” project

Healthy food is easy to provide when you have enough money. However, to make nutritious food for the family when money is tight, one has to be very smart when sourcing the ingredients. The aim of the healthy cooking class and the “Morning Bite” project is to encourage the “Kricak” families to make healthier choices. When this was raised in a mothers’ meeting, the women asked to be taught healthy international recipes.

The healthy cooking class was an introduction, in which our international volunteers showed the parents how to cook recipes from their own countries, with an Indonesian twist of course! PCI compiled a cookbook with the new recipes with locally sourced ingredients, with an indication of the price per meal on each page. The parents learned that they could cook food in alternative ways to retain its nutrition and minimise the amount of added oil and sugar, thus keeping within the same daily budget.

In order to build upon the growing education in this area, PCI is implementing the “Morning Bite” program. This program aims to provide a healthy alternative for breakfast once or twice a week, to demonstrate that it is possible to source this kind of breakfast for a low cost. Depending on the momentum of the “Morning Bite” project, PCI may micro-finance some mothers to continue the ‘healthy breakfast point’ businesses independently.

 

Project Child cooking class