PCI Feature: Shifting Perspective with Surayah Ryha

Written by Dara Ayu Ariane, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Maintaining small tweaks in our daily habits can be a difficult thing to remember. What about being part of a solution for much bigger issues? Starting small can even feel like it’s getting us nowhere, but the small actions, like sustainable swaps, are still worth trying. With the struggles that come with the pandemic dwelling on us for a year, people don’t demand for mere simple changes but ones that can actually make a difference. The big and impactful change is no small feat, especially when it comes to poverty and environmental changes. Just because our hands may be tied in certain situations, doesn’t mean we can’t shift our perspectives differently. 

For this edition of PCI Feature we had an amazing chat with the Executive Director of Project Child Indonesia, Surayah Ryha, about what goes on behind the screen of running an NGO and how the people within Project Child Indonesia are working hand-in-hand to bring about change to its surrounding communities. 

A Shift in the Environment 

Before running Project Child Indonesia full-time Surayah Ryha, or Ayya as most of her co-workers like to call her, has been interested in environmental science and protection since 2004. In the same year, she took regional development studies in the Faculty of Geography at Gadjah Mada University and studied generally about the impacts that interaction of humans bring in shaping the Earth. She began to concentrate on coastal resources management, which is a generally rich area for the tropics and yet, the ones in Indonesia have a widespread poverty rate. 

She began to question, “Why do the people who live in the best part of our land become so poor?”, which ignited her interest in environmental politics and policy. Ten years later, after working as teaching assistants and interns for various organizations, she decided to work full-time to run Project Child Indonesia. 

With her background on in-depth environmental studies, Ayya considers people’s way of looking at nature has shifted, “When people talk about nature, we tend to focus on the natural world and take human activity out of the equation. But now, the perspective has shifted and it’s for the better.” Not only is nature just about the greens and aesthetics, humans as the species that influences our environment the most are also part of the bigger picture. 

As the co-founder of Project Child Indonesia, Ayya has been trying to put this perspective of nature into place. “What’s interesting here is how we work with kids ranging around 10 years old as our first beneficiary and youths at around 20 years old for our second beneficiary. As fun as it can be to talk about the environment to children, it is actually very important to discuss environmental issues with youths. They are lucky enough to study at universities, contribute to change, and would likely be in a position of change.” 

A Generation of Change 

Ayya shared that since the beginning, Project Child Indonesia has been focusing on teaching its volunteers and interns how to help create and be part of change. So unlike other NGOs in Yogyakarta, Project Child Indonesia focuses on both youth and children. “Since 2015, we have been able to create something better everyday alongside our interns and volunteers that come from a generation of change, high dynamic, creativity and motivation. And when we work with the best youths from this generation, the result is just incredible.” 

Indonesian education system does teach students about natural sciences, biology and the likes, but Ayya thinks that it needs to interlude with how we feel towards them more. We learn that plastic pollution can be extremely bad for the ocean, but schools don’t really teach students how they can be part of the solution.

The volunteers at Project Child Indonesia have brought their innovations to the learning table in many different forms. When it comes to teaching basic science, they tend to use 3D models, handcrafts and other different mediums. With the teachers at most public schools having their hands tied, organizations like Project Child Indonesia are ready to help marginalized communities around them. 

Aside from helping those in need, volunteers and interns will also build great determination, personal growth, and development during their 6 months period working at Project Child Indonesia. Alongside weekly feedback from professional supervisors, they are able to improve how they communicate with their surrounding communities, as well as constructing and reconstructing ideas that can offer even better ways to help others. 

Currently Project Child Indonesia isn’t open for internship or volunteer program but if you still want to make your mark, you can help support our programs by donating to our Kitabisa.com fundraising page, do fundraising with us using your own fun ideas, or become our partner!

We welcome anyone who shares the same excitement for the projects that we run, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to keep updated on our future plans and keep believing that “everyone can do good”

“Our brains develop as we grow, we re-learn so many things as we progress in life. This is the golden age for us to focus on what really matters to us, and Project Child Indonesia is very happy to be part of finding what really matters to you and all of us.” – Surayah Ryha, Executive Director at Project Child Indonesia

Kolaborasi Batik Enom dan Project Child Indonesia: Jelujur Nusantara

Ditulis oleh Mikhael Sianturi, content writer Intern of Project Child Indonesia

PROJECTCHILD.NGO – Batik Enom, sebuah perusahaan butik lokal yang menjual batik, meluncurkan seri produk baru mereka, yaitu Jelujur Nusantara. Peluncuran seri produk baru ini dilaksanakan melalui Zoom pada hari Jumat, 17 Maret 2021, melihat musim pandemi masih belum terlihat ujungnya. Peluncuran produk berlangsung dengan lancar dari pukul 16.00 hingga selesai.

Jelujur Nusantara

Jelujur Nusantara adalah produk dan juga kampanye yang disuarakan oleh Batik Enom untuk melestarikan khazanah Indonesia yang sedang kritis. Dengan motif-motif yang merepresentasikan kekayaan-kekayaan tertentu dari Nusantara, Batik Enom bekerja sama dengan beberapa organisasi dalam peluncuran Jelujur Nusantara.

Organisasi-organisasi yang terlibat berjumlah tiga. Organisasi pertama adalah Centre of Orangutan Protection (COP) yang berfokus dalam perlindungan orangutan dan habitatnya. Organisasi kedua adalah Komunitas Peduli Puspa Langka Bengkulu yang bergerak dalam bidang pelestarian puspa langka di Bengkulu.

Lalu, organisasi terakhir adalah Project Child Indonesia sendiri.

Hasil Kolaborasi

Dalam kolaborasi ini, Project Child Indonesia dan Batik Enom menghasilkan dua motif yang diluncurkan dalam seri produk Jelujur Indonesia. Motif pertama ialah “Padi” dari seri Jawa yang menjadi perwakilan sumber pangan utama negeri ini. Pesan yang disampaikan dari sini adalah pentingnya kesadaran kita akan padi. Walaupun tidak terlihat sedang kritis, terdapat info bahwa 80 persen petani padi berumur 50 tahun ke atas. Cepat atau lambat, kita akan menghadapi sebuah krisis agrikultur.

Motif “Padi” dari seri Jawa

Motif kedua adalah “Ombak & Kapal Pinisi” dari seri Sulawesi yang melambangkan kemegahan perairan Indonesia dan mereka yang hidup mengandalkannya. Pesan yang disampaikan di sini adalah perairan Nusantara yang sangat kaya dan kapal dari zaman lampau yang telah mengarungi semuanya. Kapal Pinisi pun juga diresmikan sebagai warisan budaya dunia oleh UNESCO karena kejayaannya. Motif kedua adalah “Ombak & Kapal Pinisi” dari seri Sulawesi yang melambangkan kemegahan perairan Indonesia dan mereka yang hidup mengandalkannya. Pesan yang disampaikan di sini adalah perairan Nusantara yang sangat kaya dan kapal dari zaman lampau yang telah mengarungi semuanya. Kapal Pinisi pun juga diresmikan sebagai warisan budaya dunia oleh UNESCO karena kejayaannya. 

Motif “Ombak & Kapal Pinisi” dari seri Sulawesi

Tiap satu produk batik motif Padi dan Ombak & Kapal Pinisi, sebanyak Rp.5000,00 akan didonasikan ke Project Child Indonesia. Harapan dari donasi ini adalah terdukungnya program-program yang Project Child Indonesia laksanakan untuk orang-orang di komunitas sungai dan pantai.Lalu, selain kedua motif ini, terdapat dua motif lain yang diluncurkan. Motif pertama adalah motif “Orangutan” dari seri Kalimantan. Pesan yang disampaikan oleh motif ini cukup jelas, melihat keberadaan Orangutan yang sedang terancam punah. Motif kedua juga cukup jelas, yaitu “Raflesia” dari seri Sumatra yang mewakilkan bunga terbesar di dunia. Ini pun juga sedang terancam punah karena berkurangnya habitat. 

Jika tertarik, produk-produk Batik Enom bisa dilihat di website www.enom.id atau di tokonya sendiri yang terletak di Jl. Sagan No.24A, Terban, Kec. Gondokusuman, Kota Yogyakarta. 

Pandemi, Pendidikan, dan Teknologi

Ditulis oleh Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern di Project Child Indonesia

Pendidikan adalah proses memperoleh pengetahuan. Melalui pendidikan, baik di sekolah maupun diluar sekolah, anak akan mendapatkan pengetahuan mengenai hal-hal di sekitarnya dan diharapkan dapat mengubah dunia menjadi lebih baik lagi.  Menurut data Profil Anak Indonesia tahun 2018, Mayoritas anak usia 5-17 tahun berstatus masih bersekolah (83,62%). Sisanya sebesar 12,69% anak tidak/belum bersekolah dan 3,70% anak berstatus tidak bersekolah lagi. Jika dilihat menurut tipe daerah, persentase anak usia 5-17 tahun yang berstatus masih bersekolah di perkotaan lebih tinggi dibandingkan di pedesaan. Sebaliknya, persentase anak yang tidak bersekolah lagi di daerah perkotaan lebih kecil dibanding daerah perdesaan. Penyebab dari perbedaan persentase tersebut diakibatkan adanya perbedaan kemudahan akses pendidikan serta ketersediaan sarana dan prasarana pendidikan.

Pandemi Covid-19 yang berlangsung semenjak awal tahun 2020 secara nyata menyebabkan banyak perubahan di berbagai sektor termasuk sektor pendidikan. Pada masa pandemi, pemerintah mengubah sistem pendidikan di Indonesia menjadi sistem pembelajaran jarak jauh dengan berbagai metode yang berkembang secara dinamis menyesuaikan kondisi pandemi. Salah satu dari metode tersebut yang juga merupakan metode yang paling umum digunakan adalah metode pembelajaran dalam jaringan (Daring). Dalam metode daring, sistem pembelajaran dilakukan sepenuhnya secara online, seperti penyampaian materi melalui video conference ataupun media online lain sehingga metode ini sangat bergantung pada jaringan online dan membutuhkan smartphone untuk dapat mengakses materi yang diberikan.

Sistem pendidikan yang diterapkan di Indonesia saat ini adalah Sistem Pendidikan Nasional, yaitu sistem yang pengelolaannya diselenggarakan secara sentralistik sehingga seluruh sistem dan kebijakan diatur oleh pemerintah pusat dan berlaku untuk nasional. Sistem Pendidikan Nasional didalamnya mengatur mengenai tujuan pendidikan, materi dan metode pembelajaran, tenaga kependidikan hingga untuk persyaratan kenaikan pangkat (Munirah, 2015 dalam Afifah, 2020). Oleh karena itu, perubahan sistem menjadi sistem pembelajaran jarak jauh akibat pandemi harus diterapkan oleh semua sekolah dan instansi perguruan tinggi yang ada di seluruh daerah di Indonesia.

Sistem pembelajaran jarak jauh dapat menjadi solusi belajar mengajar yang efektif dalam masa pandemi Covid-19 apabila setiap siswa dan pengajar memiliki ketersediaan akses terhadap jaringan internet dan smartphone atau personal computer (PC) lainnya serta menguasai cara penggunaan alat komunikasi dan aplikasi yang ada didalamnya. Akan tetapi, tidak semua pengajar dan siswa memiliki fasilitas tersebut sehingga dapat menghambat keberlangsungan proses belajar. Oleh karena itu, Project Child Indonesia menginisiasi program Online Learning Assistance untuk membantu anak-anak Sekolah Sungai, yaitu anak-anak di daerah bantaran Sungai Code, Sungai Winongo dan Sungai Gajahwong. Program Online Learning Assistance tersebut juga bekerja sama dengan PT. XL. Axiata Tbk. untuk memberikan bantuan kuota, serta sesi tutor secara online dan offline bersama dengan volunter agar anak-anak dapat lebih mudah memahami materi dan mengerjakan tugas mereka.

Selain itu, Project Child Indonesia juga membantu memfasilitasi belajar anak-anak Sekolah Sungai dalam proses belajar mengajar menggunakan Tablet PC yang dihibahkan oleh Kementerian Luar Negeri (KEMENLU) kepada Project Child Indonesia. Adanya bantuan hibah 35 Tablet PC oleh KEMENLU sangat membantu keberlangsungan dan kelancaran proses belajar mengajar anak-anak dan diharapkan dapat meningkatkan prestasi mereka karena berkurangnya hambatan untuk mengakses materi sekolah.

Perkembangan Pandemi Covid-19 yang sangat dinamis menuntut setiap manusia untuk juga dapat bergerak secara dinamis. Tidak menutup kemungkinan perubahan-perubahan di berbagai sistem yang terjadi untuk menyesuaikan keadaan pandemi akan tetap diterapkan meskipun pandemi telah berhasil diatasi. Keberhasilan suatu sistem tidak akan bisa dicapai oleh hanya satu manusia, namun hanya bisa diwujudkan bersama-sama sebagai satu kesatuan. Oleh karena itu, penting bagi kita untuk dapat saling mengulurkan tangan untuk membantu sesama sekecil apapun bantuan itu karena, everyone can do good.

Kamu juga bisa membantu meningkatkan fasilitas belajar anak-anak Sekolah Sungai dengan ikut berdonasi di KitaBisa.com Bantuan Belajar untuk Adik-Adik Sekolah Sungai. Bantuan akan disalurkan untuk keberlangsungan sekaligus biaya operasional kegiatan Online Learning Assistance. Everyone can do good, including you. So, when will you start?

Sumber:

https://www.kemenpppa.go.id/lib/uploads/slider/e56dc-15242-profil-anak-indonesia_-2019.pdf

Afifah, Nur. (2020). SISTEM PENDIDIKAN DI INDONESIA. 3.

http://pusdatin.kemdikbud.go.id/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/PANDUAN-PEMBELAJARAN-JARAK-JAUH-BELAJAR-DIRUMAH-MASA-C-19.pdf

PCI Talks: Studi di Luar Negeri 101

Ditulis oleh Mikhael Sianturi, content writer intern of Project Child Indonesia

PROJECTCHILD.NGO – Project Child Indonesia kembali untuk memberikan materi, dan kini dalam bentuk wawasan studi di luar negeri. Judul acara kali ini adalah “Studi di Luar Negeri, Mengapa dan Bagaimana?” Seminar dilaksanakan dalam bentuk webinar melihat situasi sekarang masih tidak memungkinkan untuk melaksanakan seminar tatap muka.  Namun, dengan format acara seperti ini, peserta webinar dari mana saja bisa mengikuti. Maka dari itu, PCI mencoba untuk menyebarluaskan webinar ini seluas mungkin. Webinar dilaksanakan pada hari Selasa, 9 Maret 2021, dari jam 19.00 WIB hingga selesai.

Seperti judulnya sendiri, webinar ini memberikan pengetahuan mengenai kualitas-kualitas bagus yang bisa didapatkan dengan studi di luar negeri dan cara mendapatkan cara mendapatkan beasiswa dan aplikasi studi di luar negeri. Webinar ini menghadirkan tiga pembicara. Mereka ialah Alicia Andie Angkawidjadja dari University of Toronto, Kanada,  Nadia Kristanto dari Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, dan Mikha Triadimas dari La Trobe University, Australia. 

Moderatornya pun juga mengambil studi di universitas di luar negeri, yaitu Dara Ayu Ariane dari Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Jepang. 

Webinar PCI Talks Studi di Luar Negeri, Mengapa dan Bagaimana?

Pembicara pertama, Mikha Triadimas, menyampaikan materinya seputar kuliah di Negeri Kangguru. Ia menjabarkan alasan-alasan mengapa Australia, khususnya Melbourne  menjadi pilihan dia, mulai dari iklimnya, acara-acara di kotanya, arsitekturnya, dan sisi alamnya. 

Mikha juga menjelaskan alasan memilih La Trobe University. Ini dikarenakan Australia yang memiliki iklim pendidikan yang sangat bermutu, mata kuliah yang bermacam-macam, dan waktu yang dibutuhkan untuk menyelesaikan studi yang lebih singkat (3 tahun). Selain itu, Mikha juga menjelaskan sistem operasional berkuliah di universitasnya dan cara pemerintah menangani pandemi yang melanda.

Pembicara kedua, Alicia Andie Angkawidjadja, dalam gilirannya menyampaikan pengalamannya menjalankan studinya di Toronto, Kanada, dan cara mendapatkan beasiswa. Selain itu, ia juga menjelaskan alasan di balik memilih University of Toronto. Mulai dari peringkatnya yang tinggi (#18 sedunia), opsi kelas yang banyak, orang Kanada yang ramah, dan lain lain. 

Pembicara terakhir, Nadia Kristanto, menyampaikan materinya mengenai tentang pilihan universitasnya di California dan cara mendapatkan beasiswa di tengah pandemi. Nadia memberikan penjelasan yang sangat teliti; sampai di langkah-langkah teknis, mentalitas yang dibutuhkan, dan tips-tips yang berguna. 

Pembicara Nadia memberikan materinya

Webinar ini mendapatkan respon positif dari peserta-pesertanya. Berikut adalah beberapa tanggapan dari tiga peserta terpilih.

“PCI Talks kali ini nambah banyak banget wawasan baru, terutama tentang kehidupan seputar kuliah di luar negeri. Lewat 3 narasumber yang kuliah di negara berbeda, aku jadi tau kondisi belajar dan lingkungan di masing-masing negara. Dapet useful tips juga buat dapet beasiswa, lengkap pokoknya. Terimakasih PCI Talks.”

-Adjeng

“Menurutku PCI Talks kemaren insightful bangett, segala tips dan cara-cara untuk dapet beasiswanya tu ditunjukkin langsung sama speakersnya, dan mereka juga banyak cerita pengalaman nyata yang bikin makin penasaran gimana rasanya sekolah di luarrr negeriiiii”

-Theresia Tyas

“The event itself is really resourceful, especially for students who are trying to find more information on studying abroad as well as receiving scholarships. As an undergraduate student pursuing my studies abroad, I find the webinar to be extremely refreshing and insightful, especially the part where I am able to gain other student’s perspectives on studying abroad.”

-Angelien Pardi

World Water Day 2021: Valuing Water, Preserving Life

Written by Safira Tafani Cholisi, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Although we consume and use it every day, sometimes it is easy to forget the importance of water in our life. Water is not only a resource to keep us hydrated or to clean our bodies as well as household necessities, but it also plays a great role in our larger ecosystem. With its fluid property, water is excellent to carry nutrients and other materials to support the living cycle of biotics. An oceanographer named Brian Glazer once said that where there is water, there are always at least some microbes that live and thrive there (Ghose, 2015). Essentially, water signifies life on Earth.

Yet, despite its great significance, not everyone has equal access to clean water and sanitation. Such inequality is reflected in the report by World Health Organization (WHO) which suggests that 2.2 billion people in the world still do not have access to consumable and clean drinking water while 4.2 billion people do not have properly managed sanitation services (1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water – UNICEF, WHO, 2019). In Indonesia itself, water supply and sanitation remain a huge challenge as municipalities and districts, particularly in the rural areas, often lack sufficient budget and funding to build well-functioning infrastructure for water management.

World Water Day 

World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22 March. The day aims to raise awareness about the importance of water and the ways in which we can protect its sources. Clean water and sanitation are included in the sixth Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) by the United Nations, signifying its primacy and the global commitment to provide equal access to clean water and sanitation. This year’s theme of “Valuing Water” will ask us to realize and consider the value water holds in our life other than its monetary value, such as the value of water for our health, environment, and survival (Celebration of World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water, 2021). With this theme, it is hoped that we can get inspired to take concrete actions in protecting water resources and extending equal access to them.

Clean water and children

Children are one of the most vulnerable groups who are significantly impacted by the lack to clean water and sanitation. They become exposed to diarrhea, cholera, and other preventable diseases had there been sufficient supply and access to clean water. Other than the obvious danger of death, these diseases also obstruct children’s learning activity and put a barrier on their path to achieve their dreams. It is also reported that a great number of schools as the primary learning space for children still lack basic hygiene and clean drinking water (Yola, 2018). This condition could affect their study performance and their overall learning outcome.

Project Child Indonesia recognizes the severity of this issue and established the Drinking Water Program which aims to solve the problem of minimum access to clean drinking water by providing water facilities in schools across Yogyakarta, Pacitan, Fak-fak, and Lebak. On top of the instrumental facility, the Drinking Water Program also holds workshops and campaigns to promote health and environmental issues. If you’re wondering how you can support this program, you can always donate to Project Child Indonesia or get involved directly by applying for a volunteer or internship program at Project Child Indonesia. We believe that every child deserves to get the best resources to support their goals, and you too can contribute to realizing their dreams!

References

World Health Organization. 2019. 1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water – UNICEF, WHO. [online] Available at: <https://www.who.int/news/item/18-06-2019-1-in-3-people-globally-do-not-have-access-to-safe-drinking-water-unicef-who> [Accessed 19 March 2021].

UN Water. 2021. Celebration of World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water. [online] Available at: <https://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday2021/> [Accessed 19 March 2021].

Ghose, T., 2015. Why Is Water So Essential for Life?. [online] Live Science. Available at: <https://www.livescience.com/52332-why-is-water-needed-for-life.html> [Accessed 19 March 2021].
Yola, 2018. Young children most at risk from lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in schools. [online] Water Aid. Available at: <https://www.wateraid.org/uk/media/young-children-most-at-risk-from-lack-of-water-sanitation-and-hygiene-in-schools> [Accessed 19 March 2021].

International Day of Forests 2021: A Healthy Forest Equals Our Well-being

Written by Safira Tafani Cholisi, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Every day we go about our lives in a set routine. We live and sleep in our house, take a meal three times a day, drink at least 2 liters of water, and perhaps read a book or use our laptop to study and work. However, it might rarely cross our mind that those daily activities are related to forests. In fact, sometimes we can completely forget that our wooden made chairs and tables come from the trees or that the water we drink is stored and captured by the forest roots. Forests play a crucial role in our lives and yet we are often oblivious to that fact and fail in protecting and conserving our nature and its resources.

It is reported that forests provide for the livelihoods and subsistence needs of approximately 1.6 billion people, some of which are indigenous communities (International Day of Forests 21 March, 2021). Not only a vital source of life for human beings, forests and tree covers also house a great variety of animals, plants, and insects. Some countries depend greatly on forests and their resources for collecting raw food materials and livestock as well as gathering wood necessary for economic activities. Of course, Indonesia is also a country that highly depends on forests.

Indonesia is known to be one of the countries with the largest landscape of tropical rainforests, spanning 98 million hectares or approximately half the size of the country’s territory (Indonesian Rainforests, 2021). These forests are home to a rich biodiversity of endangered species protected by the World Wildlife Fund. Despite this significance, Indonesian forests are annually losing their tree covers at an alarming speed. Studies believe that Indonesia loses a million hectares of its forest every year (Valuing the ecosystem of the Indonesian rainforest, 2021), while Global Forest Watch reports that Indonesia faced a 17% decrease in tree cover since 2000. This decrease is calculated to have increased 10.9Gt unabsorbed CO2 emissions (Tree Cover Loss in Indonesia, 2021). Accelerated deforestation and illegal logging are highly interlinked with increasing disaster risks such as landslides and floods. Indubitably, this poses a serious threat to the ecosystems, economic activities, and health of Indonesians, particularly those living in disaster-prone areas. 

Recognizing the imminent need to conserve nature and protect forests across the world, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as the International Day of Forests (International Day of Forests, 2021). To raise awareness of the importance of forests and their preservation, individuals, and organizations around the world are encouraged to participate in conservation and preservation activities and efforts, including tree-planting campaigns and sustainability movements. The celebration this year adopts the theme of “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being” in order to remind us that forests are inherently linked to our daily lives and provide the resources for our subsistence and living. Thus, by restoring forest conditions, we are also contributing to ensuring our own well-being.

Can you participate in this celebration? Definitely! There are many ways in which you can contribute to raising awareness about the environmental threats faced by our forests and to protect their existence. You can join a nearby tree-planting campaign organized by local communities and obtain seeds to plant. Reducing personal consumption of unsustainable materials made from forest resources, including paper and wood-based products is also a form of a concrete contribution. And if you’re not tight on cash, you can donate to programs and organizations working towards forest conservation and environmental sustainability. All of these deeds are just some of the ways in which you can do good, and we believe that you can always do good no matter how little your participation is!

References

Rainforest Action Network. 2021. Indonesian Rainforests. [online] Available at: <https://www.ran.org/indonesian-rainforests/> [Accessed 15 March 2021].

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Selamat Hari Bahagia Sedunia! Sudahkah Kamu Bahagia Hari Ini?

Ditulis oleh Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Halo orang-orang baik! Selamat Hari Bahagia Sedunia!

Sudahkah kalian merasa bahagia saat ini? Kalau sudah, selamat! Jangan lupakan hal-hal yang membuat kamu bahagia karena tidak semua orang merasa bahagia saat ini. Jika kamu merupakan salah satu yang belum merasa bahagia, yuk duduk sebentar, hentikan sebentar aktivitas yang sedang kamu lakukan, lalu tarik nafas dalam. Tanyakan hal ini ke dirimu “Kapan ya terakhir kali aku benar-benar tersenyum dan tertawa lepas? Saat itu, apa ya yang membuat aku tersenyum atau tertawa?”

Sudah? Kalau sudah, semoga dengan mengingat kembali hal-hal yang menyenangkan untukmu bisa membuat kamu bahagia hari ini.

Setiap manusia pasti ingin bahagia bukan? Bahkan, beberapa diantaranya mendefinisikan kesuksesan dengan “hidup dengan rasa bahagia dan cukup”. Akan tetapi, semakin dewasa, perasaan bahagia mungkin lebih sulit untuk dirasakan apalagi pada kondisi pandemi yang saat ini tak kunjung usai. Sekarang ini, ada baiknya untuk kita menurunkan standar kebahagiaan yang kita miliki menjadi lebih sederhana. Kita perlu menyadari, banyak sekali hal-hal kecil yang bisa membuat kita merasa bahagia, seperti melihat senja di sore hari, menemukan jajanan favorit saat kita masih keciil, membantu mengerjakan tugas sekolah anak-anak tetangga sekitar rumah, atau sesederhana menemukan uang di saku celana yang lama tidak dipakai.

Di tengah kondisi pandemi ini, kita juga dapat menciptakan kebahagiaan loh! Sejalan dengan kampanye untuk memperingati Internasional Days of Happiness, kita bisa melalui masa yang kurang menyenangkan dengan 3 langkah baik, yaitu Keep Calm, Stay Wise and Be Kind.

Keep Calm

Sabar, satu persatu. Duduk sebentar, apa sih yang dikejar?

-NKCTHI

Di tengah ketidakpastian akan masa depan dan masalah-masalah yang diluar kontrol kita, penting bagi kita untuk tetap tenang. Don’t forget to breathe. Seringkali kita merasa semua urusan harus diselesaikan hari ini, semua pertanyaan harus kita temukan jawabannya sekarang, dan masa depan harus tergambar jelas dari detik ini. Tanpa kita sadari, kita memburu diri kita sendiri dan tidak menikmati masa yang saat ini sedang kita jalani sehingga kita selalu merasa tidak puas dan jauh dari rasa bahagia.

You already did your best and if there were many things which wouldn’t go as planned, it’s okay. Let yourself rest. Let the world fix it and decide what’s best for you

-Rara Noormega

Stay Wise

Apa yang kita lakukan akan selalu berdampak baik terhadap diri sendiri, lingkungan, maupun orang lain. Oleh karena itu, kita diharapkan dapat bijaksana dalam bertindak dan mengambil keputusan. Bukankah hidup memang selalu tentang pilihan? Seperti,

“Apakah lebih baik aku menggunakan uang yang tersisa untuk membeli barang-barang lucu, atau mendonasikan uang yang tersisa untuk membantu orang lain yang lebih membutuhkan?”

“Apakah aku harus mengubah lifestyle lebih ecofriendly untuk membantu menyelamatkan bumi atau tetap menggunakan produk-produk biasa yang lebih terjangkau?”

Tentu saja,  setiap pilihan memiliki resiko masing-masing dan pilihannya selalu ada ditangan kita. Namun, akan lebih bijak jika kita mempertimbangkan secara matang apa yang akan kita pilih sehingga tidak merugikan lingkungan dan diri sendiri serta akan lebih baik jika dapat membawa pengaruh positif ke lingkungan.

Everything can be taken from us but one thing: the freedom to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances

-Viktor Frankl

Be Kind

Project Child Indonesia meyakini bahwa “everyone can do good”. Setiap manusia yang ada di bumi dapat memberikan kebaikan terhadap diri mereka sendiri, orang lain, dan lingkungannya. Apakah kebaikan yang diberikan harus dengan melakukan hal besar? tentu tidak, kawan. Bukankah, kerikil dilemparpun menjadi gelombang? Sekecil apapun kebaikan pasti akan memberikan dampak, seperti membantu membawakan koper lansia di stasiun, menutupi tumpahan minyak dilantai, dan menyisihkan beberapa rupiah untuk orang yang lebih membutuhkan.

Salah satu bentuk kebaikan yang bisa kita lakukan untuk orang lain kapanpun dan dimanapun adalah dengan berdonasi. Tanpa kita sadari, beberapa rupiah yang kita donasikan bisa jadi menyelamatkan hidup orang tersebut. Selain itu, menurut laman Greater Good Magazine, berdonasi dapat menciptakan rasa percaya dan terhubung secara sosial dan melepaskan endorfin yang dapat meningkatkan kebahagiaan. Tidak ada salahnya jika uang 25.000 yang awalnya kita gunakan untuk membeli boba milk tea kita donasikan untuk membantu pendidikan anak-anak, atau membantu bencana alam, dan lain-lain dengan harapan, beberapa rupiah yang kita donasikan dapat membuka jalan untuk mereka meraih masa depan.

Di bumi banyak orang baik, tapi kita masih perlu lebih banyak lagi

-NKCTHI

Self Love: Self Acceptance and Self Forgiveness

Written by Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

When was the last time you embraced and accepted your true feelings?

When was the last time you didn’t blame yourself for all the mistakes that happened beyond your control?

When was the last time you stared at your reflection on the mirror and thank yourself for making this far?

If you did those things a long time ago, then do it again now. Look at your reflection in the mirror, put your hands on your chest, and say  “Thank you. Thank you myself for trying this hard. Thank you for not giving up even though you had hundreds of reasons for it. I’m so proud of you. You did great for standing until the end. It’s okay if you’ve made some mistakes because humans aren’t perfect. I forgive you and I love you”.

One of our common mistakes is to compare how we feel inside with how our friends appear outside

-Haemin Sunim

Accepting ourselves might be one of the hardest things to do because we tend to want to be perfect. We often worry about what other people think about us. We often feel not enough with our appearance, weight, skin conditions, and so many things that look like flaws. But, imperfections make us different and special, don’t they?

Source: Pinterest

Like blurry pictures, grain in photos, burnt in analog photos’ corners, those are imperfections that make a photo perfect. It also applies to us. The imperfection in ourselves that we can’t fix might be the ones that make us different, make us more attractive to others.

Source: Instagram The Depression Project

You need to love yourself as much as you love others. You are someone who brings you to this stage of life, someone you should  treat with kindness and compassion. You need to stop blaming yourself because something didn’t happen as planned,  stop looking at the mirror and blaming yourself because you feel not good enough, and please stop comparing yourself to someone you see through social media. The only person who has the right to be compared to who you are today is what you were in the past. When we have become better versions of  us in the past, that’s enough. Don’t be too hard on yourself because the world has been hard enough while teaching us to survive.

There will always be criticism and negative comments that could bring you down and whatever you do always looks wrong for some people. But darling, you are not born to be perfect and it’s not your job to fulfill everyone’s expectation. You are born to be you and there is only you in this world. No matter what people say about you, it doesn’t define you and won’t determine your destiny.

Let yourself rest. Let yourself to be not perfect. Let yourself to make some mistakes. Let yourself to feel broken. Let yourself be happy, sad or upset. Then,  forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for not being strong enough. Forgive yourself because of all the mistakes that you have done in the past because your past is a part of you that you need to accept and forgive. Forgive yourself and then rise again.

Loving yourself is not that easy. But you are not alone because there are so many people struggling too. It’s okay, self love is a long life process and we are so glad you want to start the journey of loving yourself now.

Here are some tips if you want to strengthen your self love:

  1. Practicing mindfulness and self compassion

    You can practice mindfulness and compassion by meditation called RAIN of Self-Compassion. RAIN is an acronym for Recognize what is going on; Allow the experience to be there, just as it is; Investigate with interest and care; Nourish with self-compassion.
    You can meditate when you are feeling overwhelmed, so that you can practice to live in the moment, acknowledge and accept the reality in the moment, take care of what your are feeling and nourish it with self care. Give yourself permission to embrace what you feel in this moment.

  2. Daily affirmations

    We can easily say nice things to our friends but when it comes to ourselves, it becomes difficult. So, from now on, start to tell something nice to yourself such as “I am loved”, “I am enough”, “My past experiences do not define me”, and many more.
    You can find words of affirmation from Pinterest, Instagram account such Rara Noormega, Posi.plant, etc. I also want to recommend some books about self love. Those are “Love for Imperfect Things” by Haemin Sunim and “You are Enough” by Rara Noormega. Moreover, maybe you can find any positive affirmation by listening to musics .

  3. Self-care

    Self-care is the way we care for our mental, emotional and physical health. It could be recognizing and accepting our emotional state, getting enough sleep, eating healthier, using body care and skin care, exercising, forgiving yourself, taking time for yourself and facing your negative thoughts.
    In the middle of your busy life, take a few days to pamper yourself. Do something that makes you happy. It could be waking up in the morning, having a hot tube, having breakfast with your favorite meals, taking a walk in the park, shopping, reading a book, binge-watching movies, or anything.

There are so many things we can do to love ourselves because the form of self-love might be different from one another. But we hope you find your way to love yourself and never stop to love yourself because your existence matters.

Even products labeled “limited edition” are made on a production line with hundreds that are exactly the same. But there is only you in the world. Please cherish the unique individual that is you

-Haemin Sunim

Sources:

https://hellorelish.com/articles/self-care-101-how-to-love-yourself.html

https://www.lifehack.org/863539/learning-to-love-yourself

https://upliftconnect.com/a-simple-practice-to-strengthen-your-self-love/

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PCI Feature: Women Leadership at Project Child Indonesia

Written by Dara Ayu Ariane, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Working for an NGO to most people may seem like an easy job to do. But in reality, there is more than meets the eye.

“Aren’t you just playing around with kids? What’s so hard about it?” 

“Are you even getting paid?” 

“What are you going to get from doing this job?” 

Meet Anjani Tri Fatharini and Nadia Kristanto, managers at Project Child Indonesia, and these are some of the judgments from outsiders they have to endure in their line of work. Keep on reading to find out how they gave their all in their jobs regardless of the hurdles! 

Leading the Programs

Since her university years, Anjani has been interested in issues concerning low politics, especially humanitarian crises. She kick-started her career in the NGO field with Project Child Indonesia in July 2019 as a Program Manager for one of its programs called, Sekolah Pantai at Pacitan. Last year, she took on the position of Program Manager for the Yogyakarta office to organize projects as part of the NGO’s COVID-19 response for nearby marginalized communities. 

Her journey for most is seen as a privilege. With her postgraduate degree, as well as the ability to spread many positive messages and benefits to the people around her. But for Anjani, her work is all about “learning”.

 Meeting stakeholders, volunteers, interns, community members and children from marginalized communities have given her a lot of lessons on how to understand, listen and respect other people. Aside from that, building a sense of empathy as fellow human beings is essential, not just in her field of work, but for each one of us. 

“I think in life, learning is a continuous process that we can do anywhere and anytime.”

Anjani Tri Fatharini, Program Manager at Project Child Indonesia 

Reaching for Partners

As a Program Partnership Manager, people initially thought her work was all about securing funds. And while that may be true to a certain extent, Nadia makes sure Project Child Indonesia is well connected to its partnerships and build the right brand-awareness. 

Just like Anjani, Nadia’s journey wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. She finds her work to be “interesting”, as it differs from most expectations. Many fresh-graduates would aim for their dream company and hustle their way to the top. And Nadia is no stranger to this hustle-culture

After she resigned from her job at an embassy, she decided to dive into volunteer work, and most people questioned her decision. Telling her the resignation was a waste of great opportunity, and her volunteer work was merely a phase. For Nadia, every job has its own sacrifices; including her work for an NGO. Not a matter of salary or title, but more on bearing with people’s judgements of her passion. 

“Don’t worry, there is always a way for everything. I believe in what you’re doing,” expressed Nadia’s mother, one of her biggest support systems throughout her career journey. 

NGO project for marginalized community

Many people may see Nadia and Anjani’s work for an NGO as a mere hobby, and yet working at Project Child Indonesia has given them unexpectedly precious lessons they will continue to cherish. 

Women Amidst a Pandemic

“Women feel a big impact during this pandemic”, expressed Anjani. 

And yet, women’s full and effective participation, as well as leadership in all areas of life are detrimental for everyone. 

People might initially think that Anjani and Nadia’s positions are mere desk jobs, when it is so much more than organizing paperwork and holding meetings. Throughout their time working at Project Child Indonesia, they have witnessed countless issues that women at river communities in Yogyakarta are facing. Unfortunately, it is getting worse during the pandemic. 

Underprivileged and marginalized communities are facing difficulties in accessing nutritious food due to loss of income. The burden of local women becomes multiplied and poses another challenge. Not only do they have to take care of unpaid work, they are also earning less income from their additional side jobs, such as being domestic workers, due to pandemic restrictions. 

In trying to alleviate these negative impacts, Project Child Indonesia has COVID-19 response program and various projects. In June and July 2020, members of Family Welfare Empowerment organization (Ibu-ibu PKK) cooked food for a project called Public Kitchen. Combinations of staple food, side dishes, fruits, and vegetables sold to communities at affordable prices.

Not only did the project contribute to improving the people’s health during the pandemic, it also relieved some of the parents’ stress. “The mothers at these river communities have asked us to organize more programs like Public Kitchen, because we’re not only helping them financially, but also relieving some of the stress they’ve been feeling during the pandemic,” explained Nadia.

On top of that, an on-going program called Online Learning Assistance aims to provide internet data packages and online-offline tutor sessions. It aims to help parents at river communities, as they may have limited amounts of time and knowledge to constantly monitor and assist their children when transitioning to digital learning. 

“The roles of mothers in these communities are now increased, and suddenly they’re not just stressing over household chores and trying to put food on the table. They also have to become at-home teachers and assist their children’s learning,” shared Anjani. She also adds that these women’s struggles need to be more appreciated and understood, so that the division of roles in their families are not only accumulated on the female side. 

Anjani hopes that activities carried out by Project Child Indonesia, such as the Online Learning Assistance, can help out parents (especially mothers) and children in the river communities.

 If you are interested in supporting these programs but are incapable of doing it physically, Project Child Indonesia’s fundraising on Kitabisa.com is back online! Even the smallest amount of donation will be appreciated by the people in these communities. What are you waiting for? Head onto our fundraising page and let’s offer each other a helping hand!

“Every individual has uniqueness and strengths that can make them shine wherever they are and regardless of their gender. Appreciating each individual equally without gender bias is essential.” – Anjani Tri Fatharini, Program Manager at Project Child Indonesia 

Distribusi Printer HP di Yogyakarta dan Pacitan

PROJECTCHILD.NGO – Di musim pandemi ini, banyak sekolah mengalami kesulitan dalam melaksanakan proses belajar-mengajar. Salah satu faktor yang mempengaruhi adalah ketersediaan teknologi di sekolah. Tidak semua pelajar maupun pihak sekolah mempunyai akses terhadap teknologi yang mereka butuhkan. 

Satu kebutuhan yang tidak semua sekolah bisa penuhi adalah kebutuhan akan printer. Walaupun sistem belajar-mengajar saat ini dilakukan secara daring, keperluan dalam mempersiapkan rapor, dokumen legal, surat, dsb masih membutuhkan kertas dan printer untuk mencetak tulisan yang dibutuhkan.

Untuk meringankan beban, HP Indonesia bersama dengan TribunNews mengadakan program Eduxtion yang bertujuan untuk  membantu sistem belajar bagi 100 juta orang pada tahun 2025. Salah satu realisasi program ini adalah dengan memberikan hibah sejumlah 1.162 printer HP Neverstop 1000a/w ke beberapa daerah di Indonesia.

Dalam program Eduxtion, Project Child Indonesia terpilih sebagai salah satu distributor untuk 32 hibah printer di sekolah dasar negeri dan menengah pertama di Yogyakarta. Sekolah-sekolah tersebut adalah sekolah partner Project Child Indonesia. Proses distribusi berlangsung dari 3 Maret hingga 9 Maret 2021.

Setiap kepala sekolah dasar yang menerima unit printer mengungkapkan rasa syukur atas hibah printernya.

“Saya sangat berterima kasih atas unit printernya. Ini akan sangat bermanfaat bagi sekolah kami.”

Ibu Lestari, Kepala Sekolah SD Surokarsan 2, Yogyakarta.

“Wah kebetulan kami juga sangat membutuhkan printer sekarang ini. Terima kasih banyak.”

Ibu Handayani, Kepala Sekolah SD Tegalpanggung, Yogyakarta.

Pada akhirnya, distribusi printer sebagai salah satu implementasi program Eduxtion HP Inc Indonesia berjalan lancar. Semua sekolah yang menjadi tanggung jawab Project Child Indonesia senang untuk menerima unit printer HP. Dengan hibah printer ini, harapannya adalah sekolah-sekolah yang menerima terbantu dalam memenuhi kebutuhan administrasi dan akamedik.