The Importance of Partnership and Collaboration in Non-profit Sector

Written by Sekar Ningtyas Kinasih, Content Writer
Project Child Indonesia

We believe that collaboration is not about an option to choose, but a necessity to strengthen the efficiencies and effectiveness to tackle down of what we need to settle and generate a better impact for a better world.

When we are talking about how the non-profit organization stirring their mission forward, how to keep it steady while achieving goals or how to prevent any crisis mode on the financial system, well, the power in collaboration or partnership is at an all-time way best to take larger steps in ameliorating the community and create a better world. Even though the organizations have particular reasons to work collaboratively, Forbes finds that there are similar aims that the organizations are looking for such as: saving costs, strengthen programs, organizational efficiency and effectiveness, improve services and leadership skills.

Saving Costs

The greatest benefit in doing collaborations with other fellows of nonprofit organizations is saving so many costs, particularly in administrative matters. Both organizations can lighten each other up to maintain their expenses for training, workshop facility, office supplies, transportation or anything that relates to their missions.

Strengthen Programs

Collaboration also helps expand organizational programs through building new ones or combining the existing programs and making them stronger. It is possible to lead to a wider set of resources and support tools that will make programs more reachable at lower costs. Both organizations can expand their capacity to be developed and provide more value from each program that has been run. Besides, another major benefit from the collaboration is also enhancing the awareness of the organization’s brand. This can be counted as a strategy in promoting each organization to reach broader networks or partners. Whether it features through social media, website or any traditional marketing efforts which inherently doubles the branding strategy. 

In this case, Project Child Indonesia has involved with many parties to support the establishment movement of their program. For instance in November 2018, PCI together  with Semua Murid Semua Guru (SMSG) had discussed about the importance of educational movement in Indonesia to encourage the idea of volunteerism to people in getting used to reading news and collaborate more often to encourage the same movement since we trust on how collaboration among independent organizations would have more impact rather than working on our own.

Organizational Efficiency and Effectiveness

Efficiency and effectiveness would be another highlight benefit that the organization would have by implementing the collaboration. The efficiency means that the organization is more capable to accomplish the missions more quickly and the effectiveness means the organization is capable to reach the goals more successfully.

Improving Services

In collaborating, the organization would gain a new opportunity to improve its service provided and generate access to new different kinds of tools or resources. For instance, there is a collaboration between 2 organizations that one of them is focusing to serve the homeless community, while the other one (the partner) is who provides job training. These combinations can fulfill each other’s that one could refer the companies to get more job trainer or resources, and the other could refer their clients who need the shelter for more services.

Leadership Skills

The major concern of building up the collaboration is to rise up the capacity in exploring the new leadership skills. When executives or board members from different non-profit organizations gather their capability, knowledge and any other expertise skills cooperatively, then there would be more steps to absorbed in furthering the missions. Additionally, the partnership would encourage new leaders to join and move together in the organization in a better direction.

Every single of non-profit organizations across the country, they have been working for not-just-to maximize of what are they aiming to in the first place, but also to inspire and provoke other people on a larger scale. But large scale progress would not happen straight away. It requires the combination of more and more collaborators among different organizations, pooling resources and battling together. It also requires a concrete establishment through create innovation of programs and reinforce one another. Regarding this, Project Child Indonesia is incredibly fortunate to get many opportunities in collaborating with various partnerships in the form of doing workshops, research, hosting and big event collaboration to funding.


19 August 2019: A Celebration of Women Humanitarian Day

Written by Sekar Ningtyas Kinasih, Content Writer
Project Child Indonesia

On 19 August 2003,  it was a day, a moment– where the UN building located in Baghdad was struck by a massive bomb of the terrorist. At that time, there were about 22 people involved in humanitarian missions in Iraq regrettably become victims of death after the bomb attack, which Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in the country has become one of the dead. Since then, every year the UN commemorates the loss by forming World Humanitarian Day. Besides, it is also reflected to show honor to each worker who risks their lives in humanitarian services and to gather aid for people who are facing crises all over the world.

This year, the United Nations is set up a campaign so-called Women Humanitarians to show appreciation for women’s contributions in making the world a better place. They believe if the phrase “unsung heroes” is entitled to be given to the women since they have been working on the front lines as first responders to crises that occurred within their communities and play a vital role in the survival of families and everyone who become the victims. The efforts of Humanitarian should realize that the fact of women or girls as same as like men and boys– have to participate in responding for all crises, without setting aside if women reserve the right to be a leader and decision-maker. 

“It’s very important for women to play a leadership role during emergencies. This can prevent serious violations like violence against women, including sexual violence and psychological violence. Women’s presence itself is a deterrence that safeguards women’s rights.” – Nadege Pierre (33), first responder in Hurricane Matthew’s response in Haiti (Oct 2016).

ActionAid organization that working for justice and poverty prevention in the world, has started to promote women’s leadership in emergency circumstances as they count on the fact that women make up 50% of populations, but oftentimes they excluded in taking part to determine their own future because of ‘gender blind’ still remained in humanitarian actions. This can be an interpretation that the access of women are rejected  to get protection and services that lead to the rise of gender-based violence and losing livelihoods. Beside that, the organization has been working for more than 45 countries and the reality shows that by putting women on the top notch position (leader), not only their livelihoods be sheltered, but also beneficial for wider community.

Women also noted as the largest number of gender who risk their own lives to save others. They are noted as frontline responders everytime crises and conflicts arise. Therefore Women Humanitarian Day need to be celebrated– as it becomes a basic line of UN Women establishment followed by 4 strategic priorities such as; 1) Women can lead, participate in and gain equal benefit from government; 2) Women deserve to have income security and decent work; 3) Ensure all women and girls live free from all kinds of violence; 4) Engage women and girls to participate and become a great influencer to create peace, resilience, benefit equally from the risk of disasters and humanitarian actions. Besides, the UN Women often collaborates and promotes the UN system’s work to all UN Member States (more than 60 countries) through set it up as global standards that is expected to be a potential in supporting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and create a more inclusive world.


“Transforming Education” – As the Theme of International Youth Day 2019

Written by Sekar Ningtyas Kinasih, Content Writer
Project Child Indonesia

International Youth Day has become an annual celebration that designated for young women and men around the world– trusted to be the essential partners in encouraging human rights and development. The notion of the commemoration created on 12 August 1999 in Lisbon, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY)– known as a strategic framework of guidelines for supporting, empowering and improving every hardship that faced by the world’s youth. The program also incites to raise the awareness that young people are counted as a powerful agent to represent a better world: both today and the future. The statement strengthened by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in one of her writings that state “Young people are not only our future, they are our present. They are the most connected, the most outspoken and the most open-minded generation the world has ever seen”. 

Each year, International Youth Day (IYD) relies upon a new theme as a conceptual plan that communicates the chances, guidances and explicit objectives for every individual to take action. This year, 2019– IYD comes up with a theme of “Transforming Education” as a highlight goal to make education more universal and approachable for all the young people, involved the youth themselves– where it also refers to Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG) to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’’ It also derives from the global statistic results which revealed that there are just 10% of people in low-income countries who complete upper secondary school, 40% of the population in the world who never taught or completely understand their mother tongue and over 75% of secondary school refugees are out of school. 

On top of that, in 2015 the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) research showed that 42% of Indonesian students failed in reaching the minimum standards and performed at lower levels in science, reading and mathematics defeated by students in neighboring Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. In further analyses that were conducted by some of the international organizations, the struggle in improving Indonesia education system typically caused by insufficient funding, the inadequacy of human resources, poor incentive system and management. For more than a decade, Indonesia Ministry of Education and Culture have generated strategic plans to build smart and competitive individuals so they are capable to be successfully for jobs and many greater opportunities as it helps in raising the economic competitiveness. 

However, facing the battle of inferior Indonesia education quality has been rooted in politics and power affairs which affecting to the lack of financial, human resources and administrative requirements for a high quality education system. Therefore, referring back to the new theme of International Youth Day’s current year that transforming the education system to be more equitable and inclusive are needed big part’s role; including the youth themselves as often being the “knowers” and “actors” in educational change-makers. The governments have to stay responsible and persistent in building a powerful education system for society at all levels and backgrounds. Citizens have to stay engaged with the governments liable– but the young people must take bigger parts through conjoined with other parties such as NGOs, business players, social enterprises and more platforms to transfer quality education as to form a safe and better future.

Basic Principle to Understand Why Oral Health Education is Important For the Children

Written by Sekar Ningtyas Kinasih, Content Writer
Project Child Indonesia

The children who suffered in oral health problems tend to have- doubled-susceptibility in facing the crisis of self-confidence, hard in socializing, even at worse-they tend to avoid smiling and laughing compared to other kids that owned better healthy teeth and mouth.

The condition towards people’s teeth and mouth health care circumstantially counted as a significant indicator of the overall health within the human body. This fact has brought up by a realization in the existence of the teeth itself – that is functionally working as a first-entry-point of foods before passing to the digestive system for nutrient absorption. Even though people understand that the role of teeth is not simple, unfortunately, the level of awareness amongst Indonesian for taking care of their oral health is really poor. Not surprised, this situation sums up to the current major teeth diseases such as cavities (caries), a buildup of coral teeth, abscesses (swollen gums)– even at worse, some recent studies show that the infections on gums could lead to heart disease. 

Adopting from the result of Basic Health Research of 2018, Indonesia has claimed as one of the countries with the percentage of 57,6 out of the total populations with the highest prevalence of dental and oral health problems. The worse case reveals that 93 percent nominal of cavities sufferers are dominated by kids — where it possibly bring to broader consequences which affecting to academic potential and self-confidence of children as future provisions. This phenomenon intensively become matters for every party in our country; as such it’s become the foremost reason of “Indonesia Free from Caries 2030” establishment– generated by the Indonesian Minister of Health that fully supported by Indonesian Dentist Association (PDGI) through carry out the socialization of the importance of children’s oral health to various schools, provide mass fluoride administration and the closure of molar teeth which oftentimes prone to caries.

“The percentage of children in Indonesia who experience a toothache in 2018 is 64 percent, whereas 41 percent of them confessed if the intensity of the pain has reached to be moderate to heavy levels. This issue might be a major impact on the children to deal with lots of difficulty at school, both cases of academic and socialization”, said one of the dentist, Dr. Ratu Mirah is as well known as a Division Head for Health & Wellbeing and Professional Institutions of the Unilever Indonesia Foundation.

Unwittingly, the disruption of children’s oral health has become a serious challenge that we should not be underestimated. The circumstance of what they feel about the aches is affecting the lower productivity at school, minimize the capacity in taking the lessons and loss of appetite which could affect incomplete nutrition of the children’s growth. Not to mention, it’s often because of the lack of preventive actions from parents that most of the time they take the children to see a dentist when problems arise — not by doing the check-up routines for once in every 6 months. Hence, the concern towards education about oral health to the children needs to be prioritized since it’s become a basic principle to build up children’s confidence in interpersonal experience when socializing and exploring various things that can be valuable for their future.

Poor knowledge of Indonesian regarding dental health requires roles from numerous parties — not just depends on active facilitator such as Puskesmas; but as well as from the guidance of UKS (Unit Kesehatan Sekolah), local governments and the involvement of non-government organizations that commonly get attached into the remote areas. This awareness leads to Project Child Indonesia initiation to take action as a form of support to the Indonesia Free from Caries 2030 program by establishing a free dental check-up that held on 7 August 2019 at one of PCI’s SS programs; Sungai Gajah Wong. The activity purposely targeted to the residents around the river; both parents and children, where each individual got the opportunity to have a live consultation with our collaborator from Opal Dental Clinic’s experts (doctors).

During the consultation period, the results revealed that there were about 20 people (children and adults) who possessed similar diseases such as cavities or the emergence of caries, imperfect teeth growth, coral’s build-up and the condition of spaced teeth. Therefore, Project Child Indonesia hopes this action could be a starter point for every individual in upgrading their awareness to get to know about why oral health education is necessary, as it becomes a basic line for the parents to make a new form the children’s habit of brushing teeth twice a day– reducing particular consumptions that possibly trigger to the caries growth such as eating too much sweetness or drinking of any kind beverages that contain high sugar level– while frequently to take lots of drinking water and gurgle more instead.


Standardisasi Kualitas Air Menurut Dinas Kesehatan dan Dinas Lingkungan Hidup

Ditulis oleh Sekar Ningtyas Kinasih, Content Writer
Project Child Indonesia

Kompleksitas permasalahan sumber air bersih di Yogyakarta masih memerlukan upaya lebih lanjut yang ditujukan kepada pemerintah daerah, masyarakat maupun kelompok tertentu yang terlibat dengan pembangunan proyek pemerintah. Diungkapkan oleh salah satu peneliti senior dari Pusat Penelitian Limnologi Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan (LIPI) tahun 2016 bahwa maraknya pembangunan hotel dan apartemen, minimnya lahan konservasi, perubahan tata guna lahan pertanian menjadi non-pertanian merupakan perkara utama krisis air kota Yogyakarta. Adapun unsur-unsur lain yang mempertajam penurunan kualitas pada air bersih seperti limbah rumah tangga, limbah industri hingga tingginya konsumsi air secara berlebihan. 

Kesadaran akan air sebagai materi esensial pada keberlangsungan hidup manusia menjadi dasar utama penerapan Drinking Water Program yang dilakukan sejak tahun 2016 ke beberapa sekolah oleh Project Child Indonesia– sekaligus bukti nyata terhadap dukungan implementasi Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) nomor 6, yakni menjamin ketersediaan air bersih dan sanitasi layak secara universal pada setiap lapisan masyarakat di tahun 2030. Pada tanggal 10 Juli 2019, PCI kembali mengadakan sosialisasi Drinking Water Program bersama 5 sekolah mitra baru yaitu SD Cokrokusuman, SD Sayidan, SD Karangmulyo, SD Ngupasan dan SD Wirosaban yang juga dihadiri 22 perwakilan sekolah mitra lainnya maupun 3 perwakilan oleh Dinas Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan, Dinas Lingkungan Hidup dan Dinas Kesehatan Kota Yogyakarta. 

Tak hanya mempromosikan bagaimana DWP meningkatkan keterjangkauan akses air minum yang cukup terhadap anak-anak sekolah, di kesempatan yang sama para fasilitator seminar juga memberikan penyuluhan standardisasi kualitas air menurut Dinas Kesehatan dan Dinas Lingkungan Hidup melalui 3 parameter utama sebagai berikut:

Syarat Fisika
Air berkualitas perlu memenuhi beberapa syarat fisika seperti:

  • Jernih alias tidak keruh – umumnya disebabkan oleh butiran koloid tanah liat.
  • Tidak berwarna dan tidak mengandung bahan-bahan berbahaya pada kesehatan.
  • Tawar – apabila secara fisik air memiliki rasa asin, manis atau pahit, dapat diartikan bahwa air tidak layak konsumsi.
  • Tidak berbau – kondisi air yang bau mengindikasikan adanya penguraian bahan organik oleh mikroorganisme air.
  • Suhu normal – memastikan suhu air tidak panas yang kerap disebabkan oleh pelarutan zat kimia pada saluran pipa dan berujung pada resiko kesehatan. 
  • Nilai kandungan Total Dissolve Solid atau disingkat TDS (zat padat) tidak melebihi 1000 untuk air bersih dan 100 untuk air minum.

Syarat Kimiawi
Ada pula beberapa syarat kimiawi yang perlu diperhatikan yakni:

  • pH (derajat keasaman) – tingkat keasaman pada air umumnya dikarenakan adanya pelarutan gas oksida (karbon dioksida), sehingga disyaratkan kandungan pH mencapai 6 hingga 8 agar senyawa kimia tidak berubah menjadi racun yang mengganggu kesehatan.
  • Besi (Fe) – kondisi air yang memiliki kandungan besi lebih dari 0,1 mg dapat dicirikan dengan warna air yang cenderung kuning dan rasa khas seperti logam. Hal ini dapat beresiko pada gangguan dalam tubuh.
  • Kesadahan – kesadahan ditimbulkan oleh adanya kandungan sulfat dan karbonat , klorida dan nitrat dari magnesium, kalsium,  besi dan aluminium. Tingkat kesadahan dalam air dipastikan tidak melebihi 500 mg/l karena dapat menimbulkan terbentuknya lapisan kerak putih pada alat dapur, korosifitas pada pipa air hingga kondisi perut mual.
  • Nitrat dan Nitrit – pencemaran kedua zat ini bersumber dari tanah maupun tanaman, yang apabila terkandung pada air dalam jumlah berlebihan akan menghalangi aliran oksigen di dalam tubuh.
  • Timbal (Pb) – pencemaran air dapat ditimbulkan oleh logam timbal (Pb) yang kemudian memicu resiko gangguan ginjal, hati, otak hingga kematian sehingga patut untuk dihindari.

Syarat Mikrobiologi
Memastikan air minum tidak terkontaminasi oleh bakteri E.coli (Escherichia Coli) yang merupakan bakteri patogen penyebab gangguan pencernaan seperti diare dan muntaber. Beberapa Coliform lain yang patut dihindari adalah Salmonella Typhi yang memicu terjadinya demam typoid (tifus). Bila bakteri ini masuk melalui mulut dan tersebar di dalam tubuh, hal ini dapat berujung pada gangguan pencernaan yang ditandai dengan gejala seperti demam, sakit kepala, sakit perut dan penurunan nafsu makan.

Melaksanakan uji kelayakan air bersih sesuai standardisasi yang telah ditetapkan oleh pihak Dinas Kesehatan dan Dinas Lingkungan Hidup sangatlah penting, guna menjamin bahwa setiap lapisan masyarakat berhak memperoleh air bersih sebagai pemenuhan kebutuhan hidup dan terbebas dari ancaman kesehatan. Implementasi DWP merupakan salah satu komitmen yang diharapkan dapat menjadi sarana terpenuhinya tujuan-tujuan pembangunan berkelanjutan (SDG) disertai dengan tumbuhnya kesadaran masyarakat dalam pengambilan langkah preventif pada pencemaran air dalam kehidupan sehari-hari seperti pengurangan pemakaian deterjen, menghindari pembuangan sampah ke sungai, tidak mengeksploitasi sumber mata air, mengoptimalkan pelaksanaan rehabilitasi lahan kritis sebagai konservasi air bawah tanah hingga penggunaan air secara wajar (tidak berlebihan).

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Standardization of Water Quality According to the Health & Environmental Services

Written by Sekar Ningtyas Kinasih, Content Writer
Project Child Indonesia

The complexity of the water source’s problem in Yogyakarta still requires further countermeasures addressed to the local government, communities, as well as certain groups who’ve been involved in the development of government project. As stated in 2016 by one of the senior researchers from Pusat Penelitian Limnologi Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan (LIPI), the rampant towards hotel constructions and apartments, deficiency of soil conservation, alteration of land’s usage for agriculture to non-agriculture–are becoming the main cause of water crisis in Yogyakarta, coupled with some other aggravating factors that lead to the lowering of clean water such as the waste of households, large industries and excessive consumption of water.

The awareness towards water as the essential substance for human survival has become the foremost reason to the Drinking Water Program establishment which has been carried out since 2016 to several schools by Project Child Indonesia– as well as a tangible evidence of supporting towards implementation of the 6th goal of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which ensuring the availability of clean water, achieving universal access to basic sanitation at every level of society in 2030. Right on July 2019, Project Child Indonesia held another Drinking Water Program socialization with 5 new partner schools that are Cokrokusuman elementary school, Sayidan elementary school, Karangmulyo elementary school, Ngupasan elementary school, Wirosaban elementary school, which also attended by other 22 partner school representatives and 3 representatives of Education and Culture Services, Health Services and Environmental Services of Yogyakarta.

Not only promoting on how the DWP is capable to raise the affordability of access to adequate drinking water for the children, on the same occasion the seminar facilitator also provided information regarding water quality standardization according to the Health and Environmental Services through the following 3 main parameters:

Requirements based on Physics
Good quality water have to fulfil some physics requirements such as:

  • Water must be clean (clearness) – generally, cloudy water is caused by clay’s colloidal granules.
  • Colorless and not contain harmful substances that threaten to health.
  • Tasteless – if the water is physically salty, sweet or bitter, it determines that the water is not suitable for consumption.
  • Odorless – stinky water condition indicates decomposition of organic substance by water microorganisms.
  • Normal temperature – make sure the water is not in the high temperature (hot) that usually caused by dissolving chemicals in the pipeline and leading to health risks.
  • The value of Total Dissolved Solid (TDS) does not exceed 1000 for clean water and 100 for drinking water.

Requirements Based on Chemical
There are some other chemical requirements that need to be considered as follows:

  • pH (scale of acidity) – the acidity level within water generally formed due to the dissolution of gas oxide (carbon dioxide)– then it requires the pH content on a scale of 6 to 8 so that the chemical will not form into a poison that can cause to the health risks.
  • Iron (Fe) – water conditions that possess an iron content of more than 0.1 mg physically characterized by water colours that tend to be yellow and tastes a bit like metal. This is clearly would lead to body’s disorders.
  • Hardness – hardness is formed by the presence of sulfate and carbonate, chloride and nitrate from magnesium, calcium, iron and aluminium. Make sure that the level of hardness in the water does not exceed 500 mg/l to prevent the formation of white crust layers on the kitchen appliances, corrosivity in the water pipes and the possibility of stomach nausea.
  • Nitrate and Nitrite – the pollution of these two substances, mostly comes from soil and plants, which the excessive amounts in the water would block the oxygen flow within the body.
  • Lead (Pb) – water pollution commonly caused by a lead metal (Pb) which then trigger to risk of kidney, liver, brain and to the worst risk like death– therefore this substance should be avoided.

Requirements based on Microbiology
Reassuring the drinking water should not contaminate of E. coli (Escherichia Coli) that is known as one of the pathogenic bacteria that causes digestive disorders such as diarrhea and vomiting. While there is also another Coliforms that must be avoided like Salmonella Typhi which triggers typhoid fever (typhus). Whenever these bacteria enter the body, several digestive disorders might occur through certain symptoms such as fever, headache, abdominal pain and decreased appetite.

Implementation of a feasibility test of clean water according to the standardization of Health and Environmental Services is becoming necessary as guaranteed that every level of society is worth to have a decent water to complete life aspects at the whole and free from the health threats. The enforcement of Drinking Water Program counted as a commitment that hopefully turned out to be a solution of fulfilling the goals of SDG– along with the rising of citizen’s awareness in taking preventive steps toward water pollution on a daily basis, such as use minimum amount of detergent, not throwing litter into rivers, not exploiting springs, optimizing the restoration of critical land and converted into an underground water conservation and using water efficiently.