Eyes Wider on Extreme Weather

written by Adides Gideon Simanjuntak, Stephanie Ruth Armida, Rafy Ramadhan: Content Writer Interns at Project Child Indonesia

Have you noticed the extreme weather conditions around us lately? Recently, our country has been hit by the Tropical Cyclone Seroja in East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. It is one of many other natural disasters we have had. Indonesia has had 197 natural disasters between January 1 and January 23, 2021, according to the Indonesian National Board of Disaster Management (BPNB) (Fardah, 2021). This phenomenon also happens in other countries. For example, the Australian wildfires that happened last year which were caused by heat waves. Early in this month, Germany just had late-season snow in April (Washington Post, 2021). What is actually going on and why is it happening? 

Extreme Weather due to Climate Change

Remember about global warming? It’s just getting worse. The increasing greenhouse gas emission (GHG) due to the overuse of fossil fuel, deforestation, and industrial factory farming (Causes of Climate Change, 2017) has caused earth temperature to increase. It led to climate change and triggered extreme weather– an unpredictable weather that occurs greater than its range in the past (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2005). 

The Impact of Extreme Weather

Extreme weather triggers heavy downpours, droughts, floods, storms, heat waves, and hurricanes. Met Office (2018) explained that it happens due to the unstable situation of the atmosphere and the rising temperature of the sea. These will bring negative impacts not only to our environment, but also to the economy and social sector. 

For the environment, extreme weather might reduce the ecosystem’s capability in absorbing carbon; hence, increasing the quantity of carbon in the atmosphere (The Weather Channel, 2013). Drought is one of the most damaging extreme weather in this context, because as trees and plants die, there will be nothing to absorb carbons. Hence, the extreme weather will be even worse. Drought also puts living creatures in danger.

Drought also brings death to plants and it surely disturbs the ecosystem. The danger is not limited on the land, as the rising temperature in the sea will also disturb the marine ecosystem. This results in the loss of biodiversity of flora and fauna. It can also increase health risks to humans (What Are the Effects of Climate Change?, n.d.). Extreme weathers like floods and unpredictable hurricanes can even cause casualties in a short amount of time.

Economy and social wise, the destruction of agriculture, infrastructure, productivity and other fields may threaten our economy and social life as well. Losing our land and water due to extreme weather can lead to food insecurity, affecting not only the local people but also to the market. This can result in economic problems including the loss of jobs while our government has to spend money to aid the affected.

Every Cloud Has Silver Lining, Including COVID-19 

Though the current pandemic has brought so many problems into the world, it has also brought a good impact that shows us that reducing climate change is possible. If the climate change issue is solved, extreme weather will disappear on its own. Dwortzan (2021) said that many countries are showing great reductions on GHG due to less transportation activity, decreasing usage of fossil fuels and sustainable sources of foods. For the first time in forever, the world has been put into rest. It shows us that our actions matter in light of fighting climate change.

Our Actions Shape Our World

Even our smallest actions can make a big difference. We can start making changes by reflecting about our daily activities. For instance, we can try paying attention to our eating habits. Make sure that we eat and buy food responsibly to minimize food waste. Believe it or not, food waste also has its part in emitting  greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. You can also try growing your own food by doing urban farming. You can grow your own vegetables even in a minimum space, for example on your garden or rooftop. 

Regarding energy consumption, we can start using energy more mindfully. We can start in our house by plugging off our charger after using, eating outside less, and minimizing electricity consumption. We can also take public transportation if possible to reduce the usage of fossil fuels.

Last but not least, do not hesitate to spread awareness about these issues to your friends! Sharing your eco-friendly behavior can inspire others to act on our world, and together we can make our world a better place.

“Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay”

-Sallust

References

Days After Historic Warmth, Europe Braces for Shocking Blast of Cold, Snow. (2021, April 5). Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/04/05/europe-cold-blast-snow/

Can Extreme Weather Make Climate Change Worse? | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel | weather.com. (2013, August 15). The Weather Channel. https://weather.com/science/environment/news/can-extreme-weather-make-climate-change-worse-20130815#:%7E:text=The%20researchers%20have%20shown%20that,to%20remain%20in%20the%20atmosphere.

Causes of climate change. (2017, June 28). Climate Action – European Commission. https://ec.europa.eu/clima/change/causes_en#:%7E:text=Humans%20are%20increasingly%20influencing%20the,greenhouse%20effect%20and%20global%20warming

Dwortzan, M. (2021, January 29). How will Covid-19 ultimately impact climate change? MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology. https://news.mit.edu/2021/how-will-covid-19-ultimately-impact-climate-change-0129

Fardah. (2021, February 6). Indonesia enters 2021 with “abnormal” natural disasters. Antara News. https://en.antaranews.com/news/167468/indonesia-enters-2021-with-abnormal-natural-disasters

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (2005). Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis. Web.Archive.Org. https://web.archive.org/web/20051101154444/http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc_tar/wg1/088.htm

Met Office. (2018, December 13). How is climate linked to extreme weather? https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/climate/climate-and-extreme-weather

What are the effects of climate change? (n.d.). Www.Myclimate.Org. Retrieved April 16, 2021, from https://www.myclimate.org/information/faq/faq-detail/what-are-the-effects-of-climate-change/

PCI Feature: About Project Child Indonesia Internship and Volunteer Program

Written by Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

This is the last month of Project Child Indonesia’s Internship Program Batch 32.  And yaa! As you expected, Internship and Volunteer Program Batch 33 will be opened soon! Project Child Indonesia is going to open registration for the next batch in around July for the Internship Program and August for Volunteer.

Sstt, let me spill the tea! There will be a new department you can join in the next internship program! That’s interesting, isn’t it? To enhance the euforia, let’s read more to these sections below to know what interns think and gain from this program.

Perfect Environment For Self-Development

I love the culture. Finally I found a place to work where I’m free to express myself. I’m free to do what I want as long as I don’t cross the boundaries and complete my responsibilities.

– Theresia Tyas Kirana, Human Capital Intern

Project Child Indonesia has a perfect environment for the staff, interns, and volunteers to express themselves freely. As Kak Thea mentioned in our previous article, fear is common to experience when we start something new or when we need to speak in public. But in Project Child Indonesia, you can tell your opinion without doubt and fear, and get no judgement. Even Though there are many people who already have excellent experiences, they still want to learn and process together. It’s a safe place for you to develop yourself!

Halal Bi Halal Project Child Indonesia

Being an intern in PCI has definitely been a fun and interesting experience. I didn’t expect I could bond with my co-workers this easily to be honest. I think it will definitely be one of my 2021 highlights!

–Dara Ayu Ariane, Content Writer Intern

As an organisation, it’s also important for Project Child Indonesia to construct solidarity, either between divisions or members. Therefore, the Human Capital Department always carried out some events like, Buka Puasa Bersama (Bukber), and Halal Bi Halal.  No need to worry if you are a thousand miles apart! There were online bounding events too, such Online Yoga and Breathwork, Welcoming Party, etc. So, even though you are in a different region, you are still able to participate actively and meet your friends!

Buka Puasa Bersama

I feel lucky to be an intern at Project Child Indonesia. I found a lot of good people which have same frequency, so I can get along with them as well.

–Sakina Dila, Graphic Designer Intern

Besides the moment we mentioned above, there are cultural activities we usually do to strengthen the bonding between the members. We usually held a weekly meeting with a little bit of spice- a fun game each month to refresh our mind! If you are staying in Yogyakarta, you can come to the office and meet the staff and other interns. Besides working, you can also have fun and have casual discussions with others.

Don’t Let These Precious Experiences And Knowledge Slip Out From Your Hands!

As an intern and volunteer, we will definitely get a job according to our job description. Kak Dara mentioned that as a Content Writer Intern, she has been able to learn how to create really diverse articles in the span of 6 months. By working continuously, our skill in the fields that we are working on becomes more excellent and helpful for our future. “I think that’s going to be really good ammunition for the future.” She added.

I’m really a beginner in all aspects and am very happy to discover new things and knowledge from training that was held for interns and volunteers.  I didn’t think that it’s necessary nor did I know how some things work. But by being an intern, I can improve myself.

–Sakina Dila, Graphic Designer Intern

Aside from working as your job desc, being a volunteer  and  intern also give you a privilege to join some useful training. Besides the bonding events, the Human Capital Department also held CV training, and how to write B2B Communication Tools with an excellent speaker. The topic of training may be different for each batch, but always be an essential knowledge for us.

It’s amazing isn’t it? You are not only gaining experiences from being an intern in a certain division, yet you will get plenty of experiences in a lot of more things. This is a once in a lifetime chance!

So, are you ready for the next batch program? Go prepare yourself and don’t miss this precious chance! Stay tuned in Project Child Indonesia’s Instagram or you can check on this website for new update information. See you in the next batch people!

PCI Talks: Gender Equality for Every Child in Indonesia

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

Gender equality can still be quite hard to achieve, especially when it comes to educational opportunities. Project Child Indonesia realizes this issue and has been actively trying to help mitigate it. On May 24th, 2021 the NGO held another webinar featuring Rezki Satris, a lecturer focused on Feminism and Gender Studies at the University of AMIKOM Yogyakarta, as the guest speaker. Taking on the theme “Gender Equality for Every Child in Indonesia”, the webinar aims to help participants understand more about the importance of gender equality from an early age and how to implement this in kids’ learning process. It was also sponsored by To My Daughter, a jewelry company based in Bali that has a mission to help young girls in impoverished communities worldwide. The perfect sponsor for the insightful webinar!

Alongside its moderator Stephanie Ruth Armida, who is Project Child Indonesia’s Content Writer Intern, the webinar started off with a brief introduction and then it continued with a Gender Equality Education Workshop by the guest speaker. The topics that were discussed included factors causing women’s discrimination in the education sector, solutions to gender gap issues, as well as the purpose of gender perspective education. 

During the Q&A session, participants actively asked a variety of questions regarding the persisting gender inequality issues in Indonesia. One participant asked about the difference between gender equality and gender equity, while another asked about the guest speaker’s stance on recent governmental efforts in alleviating gender inequality in Indonesia. 

If you’re interested in attending our next PCI Talks, don’t forget to follow our Instagram page to stay updated with our future activities and programs! 

PCI Feature: 1,700 kilometers Away from Home

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

Chasing our dreams often requires making some hard sacrifices. One of them may be to migrate to a different city or country, and missing home is a normal feeling to have. But when it comes to the month of Ramadan that feeling intensifies and suddenly the urge to go back home is just much more apparent. To be able to engage in various communal traditions, like breaking the fast together over a big family meal, is something most families in Indonesia look forward to and cherish every year. But no one would expect a one year long pandemic to be part of the agenda. Muhammad Diva Permadi, Project Child Indonesia’s Media & IT Manager, is no stranger to the difficulties of being away from home. Keep reading to know more about his journey and find out how he has managed to overcome the challenges! 

Becoming a “solo-player”

In 2016, Muhammad Diva Permadi decided to move to Yogyakarta in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. With home at Batam 1,700 kilometers away, it was the start of a new chapter in his life. When your families are that far from you, it wouldn’t be surprising if it was quite shocking at first. Permadi, as his co-workers like to call him, shared that everything seemed so foreign to him when he first arrived in Yogyakarta. Not just in terms of language, since many people in Yogyakarta often use Javanese, but also with people’s behavior. It was quite difficult for him to get used to how people refer to the direction of the wind (points of the compass) when giving out directions.

Aside from getting used to the culture, Permadi had to cope with becoming a ‘solo-player’. “It can get pretty lonely because usually there are family members with me at home in Batam, but here in Yogyakarta I live alone. So, it’s usually the unexpected things that can be quite a challenge. For example, if I get sick in Batam there is my family who can help out with assisting me to the doctor and my medication, but because I live alone, I have to adapt and learn how to take care of myself properly. I learn how to be a ‘solo-player’,” said Permadi.

His Choice, His Responsibility

Facing other challenges of living alone and away from home can take a while of getting used to, and some people may call it quits and prefer to move back home instead. For Permadi, it’s all a matter of responsibility. “This is the decision I have made, so I must take responsibility for it. Even though I do make mistakes from time to time, it’s all part of the process and the least I can do is to learn from the experiences,” shared Permadi.

1,700 kilometers can seem really far away, but with a simple click of a button, Permadi has managed to stay in touch and connected with his family and friends back home thanks to Whatsapp and other communication applications.

Harder During Ramadan

If in Batam he would have bazaars as well as iftar together with family and close friends, Ramadan in Yogyakarta was very much different for Permadi. In the beginning, he felt really empty because doing the same festivities with the same people was pretty much impossible. “There was this sense of loss, especially during fasting period when I couldn’t enjoy the simple things, like a family member waking me up for suhoor or cooking family meals for iftar. The feeling of euphoria is different when I am celebrating Ramadan in Yogyakarta. I often found myself thinking, ‘why does this year’s fasting seem harder?’”.

In total Permadi has celebrated 6 Ramadans away from home. He shared that as time goes on, he’s become more used to it almost to the point where he’s become neutral about the feeling. But with time, Permadi has been able to bond closer with more people making Yogyakarta not as lonely as before.

“Even though I am used to being away from home, that feeling of homesickness does not fade one bit.”  

Key Takeaways

Being away from home and family can be a huge learning experience. Permadi shared that his situation has made him learn how to be more adaptable to unexpected and unfamiliar circumstances. When we migrate to different cities or countries, we naturally become exposed to various cultures that may have fused, making it such an interesting way to learn and get to know new people and their cultural backgrounds.

“No matter how long or far away we are, there will always be this feeling of wanting to go back home. So, for those of you who are also living kilometers away from home, hopefully you will soon get that chance to finally go home.” – Muhammad Diva Permadi

Overcoming Medical Waste Problem during the Pandemic

Written by Adides Gideon Simanjuntak, Rafy Ramadhan, Stephanie Ruth Armida: Content Writer Interns Project Child Indonesia

It has been more than a year since we have our ‘14 days quarantine’. Who would have thought that the pandemic would stick around for such a long time? Just imagine all the medical waste we have produced up until now! If we do not pay any attention to medical waste, it will cause us problems in the future. Let us see what medical waste actually is, what are the problems caused by it, and what we can do to help!

What is Medical Waste?

According to WHO, Medical Waste can be classified as waste that is generated with the body fluids/contact with human beings or animals. Masks, gloves, hazmat suits, and other used medical devices from COVID-19 testings are the common examples of medical waste that has increased during the pandemic. Medical waste comes not only from hospitals, but also from households. Everyone produces medical waste, including us. 

Problems Arise

As the number of COVID-19 patients keeps getting higher each day, the number of PPEs (Personal Protection Equipments) used is also getting higher. This results in more medical waste produced. Unfortunately, our country hasn’t been able to handle it very well. Due to COVID-19, medical waste in Indonesia has reached 6.417,95 tons as of February 4th, 2021.

Right now, our country is facing problems from several dimensions:

  • Environmental
    • Most PPEs contain polypropylene, polyurethane, polyacrylonitrile, polyethylene, and polyethylene terephthalate, chemicals that make it harder to break down. The fragmentation of it will not only harm the land, but also the water ecosystems in rivers and the sea.  They can tangle and poison animals such as fish and birds that live near water. 
    • PPEs will release toxins if they are burned in the open, causing air pollution. Medical waste such as these has to be incinerated to kill the dangerous elements in it. However, even Incinerators cause pollution, meaning more health problems to the respiratory system and the skin. 
    • Landfills are overwhelmed by medical waste. The degradation process of medical waste can release the toxic chemicals to an open environment which can be hazardous to people around the area. 
  • Social

Because rivers are now heavily polluted with medical waste, families who rely their lives  on rivers are at risk. For example, residents who depend on the Cisadane river for their daily necessities are now scared of using the water because it’s too dangerous (Keck, 2020). Workers who rely on waste picking are also impacted because they have to be in contact with the medical waste; hence, they have a bigger risk of catching the virus. 

  • Economic

To save our country, our government has to work on solutions, and they definitely cost a lot of money. For example, they are building new incinerator plants, and while the government is working on those, they also have to spend more on third-parties in order to let hospitals use their incinerators to burn medical waste.

The Good News

You can a little be at ease, because our government and other bigger parties surely are working on the solutions for our medical waste problems. One of them is that our government is cooperating with cement factories by using their kilns as incinerators. In the meantime, Rosa Vivien Ratnawati, the Director-General for Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Substances Management at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia stated in one of Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)’s webinar last year that the government is currently focusing on building five new incinerators this year and a total of 32 incinerators within the next five year.

Another solution comes from LIPI. They are working on an environmentally-friendly method which is called recrystallization. It even produces recycled plastics with higher purity, as explained by Sunit Hendrana (2021), one of the researchers in LIPI. 

Lastly, our government also utilizes autoclaves, a sustainable tool to manage medical waste. It sterilizes medical waste using heat from pressured steam. WHO is working with our Ministry of Environment and Forestry and in collaboration with UNDP on building four autoclaves in hope that it can help solve the lack of incinerators in the country.

What Can We Do to Help?

There are many things we can do to help our environment, and they are very simple! Starting off small, we can reduce disposable mask consumption by wearing a double cloth mask or reusable mask such as the N95 mask. It might seem trivial, but if everyone does it, we can eventually reduce huge numbers of domestic medical waste. Also, in case you are unsure what to do with your medical waste, you can disinfect them simply by soaking in bleach/detergent before disposing of them at your nearest public health center (hospitals, clinics) where they can help you with better medical waste management. Remember, even the smallest thing can bring a huge impact if done by a lot of people. Stay safe and stay kind to our environment!

References:

Keck, M. (2020, September 7). COVID-19 Medical Waste Is Heavily Polluting This River in Indonesia. Global Citizen. https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/covid-19-medical-waste-Cisadane-river/

Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia. (2021, January). Rekristalisasi, Solusi Daur Ulang Sampah Medis. http://lipi.go.id/berita/single/Rekristalisasi-Solusi-Daur-Ulang-Sampah-Medis/22316

Rikin, A.S. (2020, April 22). KLHK Akan Bangun 5 Insinerator Tahun Ini. Bisnis.com. https://ekonomi.bisnis.com/read/20200422/99/1230996/klhk-akan-bangun-5-insinerator-tahun-ini

PCI FEATURE: OVERCOME YOUR FEARS, SHOW YOURSELF

Written by Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

In this new kind of world, showing our existence is an important thing to do. Without doing that, we will be forgotten and left behind because the world today is very dynamic and adaptive. We can show our existence by making an appearance in public by sharing thoughts, showing talents, or taking action for changes and/or improvements. Unfortunately, not everyone has the courage to show themselves in public. But it isn’t something that we can’t change, right?

In this edition of PCI Feature, we had a collaboration with Theresia Tyas Thea Kirana, Human Capital Coordinator Intern Batch 32, to discuss that topic. Starting from being a radio announcer in her university – which is her dream job since childhood, Kak Thea expanded her experience being a Master of Ceremony (MC) in various events. Now, she is ready to share all of her opinions and also tips and tricks on how to conquer the fear and anxiety of public speaking!

It’s All About Choice

Public speaking can be a scary thing to do for many people. So, a lot of us hesitate to try it. Still, it’s an important skill for our self-development. Therefore, we need to push ourselves to get out of our comfort zone.

“There are two choices in life, get out of your comfort zone or just stay still. Each of it has consequences and the decision is yours. What consequences do you want to have? Just stay still and get nothing or learn something new that have two more possibilities, fail or succeed, which both of it are actually a lesson”, shared Kak Thea

Being a radio announcer which was her passion since childhood and being a MC was something she had never done before. But because of her curiosity and desire to try new things, she tried to get into that field.

About Fears

Fears are common to experience when we do something for the first time. It can be a trap for us to not try or vice versa, encouraging us to learn new things to cover up our fears. “It’s okay to be afraid”, said Kak Thea, “There is a ‘sweet spot’ about fear which can urge us to move forward”, she added. ‘Sweet spot’ can be like, when we are afraid of not knowing about certain topics, we’ll try to read about it. So when people ask us, we already know the answer.

In the discussion with Kak Thea, we also tried to find a solution for our instagram follower’s fears. Most of them are afraid of being wrong and different when they share their thoughts in public. In this kind of situation, Kak Thea shares her opinion that it’s okay to be different because each of us have our own thoughts about something. “If I’m always afraid, I won’t move anywhere. People’s response is beyond my control, so I try to know what things I can and can not control, then focus on it”, reminded her.

Furthermore, from her point of view, only you can overcome your fears about making mistakes because the willingness to change is from yourself. It’s okay to make mistakes, because there is no one who doesn’t make mistakes. “Humans make mistakes, the thing we should focus on is how we respond to our mistakes that we want to learn more and more”, she added.

Sometimes, our fears are only in our thoughts. It’s not the reality. Try to manage your internal work, do your best, and surrender. The results and people’s response is not in our hands

-Thereia Tyas Thea Kirana

Live is Supposed to Learning to Learn

“My lecturer said life is supposed to be ‘learning to learn’, and that’s impressed me”, tell her. According to her, when we learn something new, we will learn more and more and it will tickle our curiosity. It’s okay if you only know this much tho. Instead, you can turn it into a chance for learning. “I can’t wait until I feel enough, so I’ll share what I have right now. If someone thinks my opinion is nonsense or what I did was wrong, I will apologize and try to learn more” explained her.

It’s a destiny that humans will never feel enough. That feeling will affect our decision to move forward or not. To overcome that kind of situation, Kak Thea tried to apply the “Growth Mindset” which is a belief that our talents aren’t fixed, but constantly in development. It’s a mindset that learning doesn’t stop when we leave our school or university and accept failure or even welcome it as an opportunity to learn.

Overcome Your Fears, Show Yourself

“There are actually many benefits I can get out of making an appearance in public. From being a radio announcer, I got channels to be a MC. Both of them make me learn so many things and it makes me realize that I have the capacity to learn this much. It motivates me to learn more. Making an appearance in public also teaches me to be more confident and upgrade how to beautify my words. Recently, I learned to surrender more and not hold onto my expectations tightly. Just do what I can do.” shared Kak Thea when asked about what benefit she gets from being a radio announcer and MC.

Kak Thea concluded that making an appearance in public is important for our self-development. As a human, we are always learning. By sharing our thoughts, it’s our way to respect ourselves, we respect what we think and what we learn. Nevertheless, She understands that stepping forward to a crowded place is not an easy thing to do, and as time goes on, she learned that fear is natural to feel. So, how does she overcome her fears?

Here are her tips! First, you need to sit with yourself and accept your fears. You need to acknowledge and break down your fears, what it is and why it appears. You can use journaling methods like Kak Thea did, or else, like talking with friends. By recognizing and describing your fears, it’s easier for you to find a solution. Then, the last but not least thing you can do after trying to make an appearance in public is more surrender. Failure or can’t get as we expected is something we can’t control, and it’s fine.

The important thing is not being right. It’s the willing to learn and learn and not quickly satisfied with what we had

Theresia Tyas Thea Kirana

So, overcome your fears, show your existence, share your thoughts, and show your talents. It’s not about being right or wrong. The important thing when you share your thoughts is that you have strong reasons why you say it and it doesn’t attack anyone. Share it with a lot of confidence then listen to other’s opinions. Take your chance right now!

Bangga akan Indonesia: Sebuah Kompilasi

Ditulis oleh Mikhael Sianturi, Intern Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Dikenal sebagai negara yang mempunyai banyak keragaman dalam banyak hal, Indonesia mempunyai banyak hal unik yang mungkin kita tidak sadari.  Dengan ini, kami berharap kompilasi ini bisa lebih membuka mata para pembaca secara lebih akan negeri ini dan isinya.

Luasnya negara ini

Apakah kamu tahu seberapa luasnya negara ini dibandingkan dengan Eropa? Mungkin kalian pernah mendengar website baru ini yang bernama thetruthsize.com yang mempunyai fungsi membandingkan luas negara-negara di dunia. Berikut adalah negara Indonesia yang ditimpakan di Eropa untuk perbandingan. 

Perbandingan Indonesia dan Eropa

Salah satu kekurangan dari peta konvensional atau pun globe adalah tidak mampunya kedua opsi ini untuk menerjemahkan ukuran luas asli negara-negara. Hal ini dikarenakan adanya kurva planet Bumi. Dengan fitur yang disediakan oleh website thetruesize.com, orang-orang mampu membandingkan luas negara-negara seakan-akan planet Bumi itu datar. Dan ternyata, Indonesia itu tidak kalah luas dengan Eropa.

Jadi, walaupun di satu sisi kita bisa bangga negara kita yang luas, kita harus bangga akan orang-orang yang membuat logistik antar pulau memungkinkan karena adanya perairan yang luas juga. Ini bukanlah pekerjaan yang mudah.

Bahasa dan ragamnya

Selain itu, hal yang kita patut banggakan dari Indonesia adalah jumlah bahasa yang lahir dari aneka ragam ras yang ada di Indonesia. Menurut Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, tercatat 718 bahasa yang ada di negeri ini. 

Peta bahasa Sulawesi dari Wikipedia.com

Untuk sebagai contoh, kami akan mengambil Sulawesi. Menurut, website Sulawesi Language Alliance, terdapat 5 rumpun bahasa di pulau Sulawesi. Dari 5 rumpun bahasa ini, lahir 114 bahasa tersendiri. Angka ini memang terdengar besar, namun Sulawesi masih duduk di peringkat ke-3 di belakang Papua dan Borneo dalam perihal jumlah jenis bahasa yang terdapat. 

Nenek moyang yang masih ada

Hal lain yang patut kita banggakan dari Indonesia adalah salah satu penghuni tertuanya. Naga Komodo bukanlah sebuah nama yang asing bagi kita lagi, tapi apakah kamu tahu kalau kadal ini sudah ada sejak 300.000 hingga 4 juta tahun yang lalu?

Naga Komodo (ilustrasi oleh Unsplash)

Menurut riset yang dilakukan oleh Scott Hocknull, seorang kurator senior di museum geosains Queensland, beliau menemukan fosil yang berumur seperti ini di Australia bagian timur. Setelah membandingkan fosil dengan kerangka tulang komodo modern, hasil yang ditemukan adalah kedua kerangka serupa. 

Negara Penangkis

Beralih dari fauna, kami akan pindah ke humanitarian, khususnya di kejuaraan yang diadakan 2 tahun sekali, yaitu Thomas Cup. Thomas Cup adalah kompetisi bulu tangkis internasional yang telah berdiri sejak tahun 1949. 

Pemain Bulu Tangkis (ilustrasi oleh Unsplash)

Kini, Indonesia sudah menang 13 kali di kejuaraan ini, dengan Tiongkok duduk di peringkat ke-2 dengan 10 kali. Keunggulan ini sangat patut kita banggai.

Kompilasi ini hanya meliput sangat sedikit dari banyak lagi kebanggaan negeri ini, dari yang kita sadari maupun kita tidak sadari. Sama seperti bahwasanya 112 tahun yang lalu, organisasi Budi Utomo lahir ke negeri ini, salah satu langkah terbesar Indonesia mencapai kemerdekaan. Selamat hari kebangkitan nasional, pembaca.  

How to Prevent Academic Burnout

Written by Mikhael Sianturi, Content Writer Intern of Project Child Indonesia

Academic burnout. A period where every college student, or highschooler for that matter, does not want to experience. It is a state where students feel unmotivated and tired either physically or mentally, or both, while still having the need to meet the demands that the university has given to them.

The reasons

Why does this happen? Like always, life is full of demands, and so is university. But if we are to list it to several points, here they are:

  1. Physical or mental issues. Everybody is unique and has their own flaws, unfortunately. One may feel okay keeping up with schedules outside of college study, but another may not. One may also feel like they can keep their chin up and focus on the lecture well from the beginning to the end, but another may not since their head is messing with them. 
  2. Lack of motivation. This one is pretty self-explanatory. When a student sees no purpose behind doing something, it gets in their way to accomplishment, or in other words, reaching the moment where they submit their task. To submit and get good grades is often not enough of a good reason for students to do their tasks. 
  3. Outside influences. University life is not the only life people will go through. Family, financial stability, time management; these may very well affect one another.
  4. Assignment overload. It is no secret that university lecturers give too much homework sometimes. Add that with the large amount of hours students put into following the lecturing session itself and the very possible amount of hours needed for things outside of study, where would they put their time to do homework?

Some of these, if not, all of these factors may lead a student to the topic of the article, which is academic burnout. It is always better to be safe than sorry. So, if you feel that you are making steps closer to being burnout in your college life, take it seriously. 

Tips

Here are four things you can do to prevent academic burnout from happening:

  1. At the beginning of a semester, all university students are to organize the subjects that they want to take. A lot of people say that taking huge portions each semester will give a breathing room near graduation, and it is not entirely false. However, put everything into account when you’re about to take a big portion of subjects. There is nothing wrong with being a little slow progress wise since it will provide us breathing rooms every now and then, not just near graduation. 
  2. Organize. List the upcoming deadlines, take notes during lectures, ask for materials that you might have missed from other students, or even just clean your room since it really does represent your own mind. An organized life will ease the mind by a mile.
  3. You’re a human being with limited energy, so do take a break. Make sure you’re taking breaks that will really reward you the energy and the capability to be back at 100% to continue your daily student life. Either it’s a ten hours worth of sleep to catch up with your late night shifts, a walk to the park, or a bonding with your friends, make sure to do it properly. 
  4. It’s more than okay to ask for help. As from whom, the options vary. If there’s a psychologist on stand-by hired by the university, take it into consideration since professionalism is guaranteed. A talk with your parents or sibling(s) is also an alternative. Finally, one can never go wrong with talking to your own friends, as they are most likely brother or sister in arms.

World Red Cross Day

Written by Mikhael Sianturi, Content Writer Intern of Project Child Indonesia

The world has been in a constant cycle of disaster, either naturally or unnaturally. The neverending war in the middle-eastern, lack of proper healthcare here and there, sexual violence, Covid-19 pandemic, and many more play in the role of this world’ piles of problems.

Many of these issues are addressed by the very organization mentioned in the title: the ICRC, or International Committee of the Red Cross. They are the people who are rarely credited for their service in the field. People would read their appearances on news articles but never credit their effort for cleaning the debris of the issue they’re in. So, in order to commemorate the World Red Cross Day on the 8th of May, let us see and appreciate what these men and women have done throughout the time.

Covid-19

One of the very appreciated aspects of how ICRC works is their transparency. On their website, people can access their reports regarding their work. One of the reports is about the organization’s response to covid-19 in the near and middle east.

The organization had provided support in the form of food, hygiene, water, tents, and many more to countries such as Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.

(credit: Muyassar Mansour, ICRC.org)

War and its victims

ICRC also works with blood, by not spilling them but by collecting them. One of ICRC’s programs is body retrieval of the victims of conflicts. A conflict that they had mentioned in their website is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that ended in the middle of November last year. Indeed, a conflict that not a lot of us paid attention to. 

A story that the ICRC covered to highlight just how devastating the debris that the conflict had caused was the story of a missing person. He was the son of Ahmad, who fought in the conflict and was presumed dead.

And that is the most bitter part, Ahmad’s son was presumed dead due to the lack of his body.

“To this day, we have no news, not even a body to cry over. My son’s fiancée has promised to visit his grave in a wedding dress, if his remains are ever to be found,” Ahmad claimed.

To this date, the ICRC has been involved in more than 170 retrieval missions. To retrieve a body, it is not a simple case of finding the body and bagging it. The terrain in which the bodies are located, matching the GPS location of which the bodies are with the military, placing individuals in individual bags, and the very possible case of bodies no longer intact. This is not an easy task. 

(credits: ICRC.org)

To bring the article to a more local level, of course, we need to remind ourselves that our own country has a Red Cross organization, too, namely Palang Merah Indonesia.

Palang Merah Indonesia has been busy dealing with the logistics needed to aid those who are suffering from the flood in West and East Nusa Tenggara. The numbers are staggering: 938 families or 2.655 individuals are affected in East Nusa Tenggara, 28.808 in the West. Over 9000 houses damaged in West Nusa Tenggara along with 319 hectares of rice field in the same fate. In the East, more than 800 houses were damaged.

(credits: pmi.or.id)

To aid the situation, Palang Merah Indonesia sent over a cargo weighing over 4 ton worth of medicines and daily needs that people over in West and East Nusa Tenggara do not possess. Authority says that the entirety of the cargo is worth over Rp 267.600.000 and will send periodically to April 10.

With that said, let’s appreciate those who work for the Red Cross organization more for they have done a lot and are not credited enough. We hope that these listed events have peeled your eyes a little more to the chaos of the world before us and those who collect the debris of it. 

5 Ways to Stay Connected During Pandemic

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

As the pandemic celebrates its one year anniversary, we’re all starting to get even more frustrated with staying at home and being apart from our loved ones. Many people are starting to adjust with online alternatives, but we all probably have had more online meetings in the last few months than in our whole life. This can be quite troublesome as it can lead to screen burnout really quickly. Don’t worry! We’ve got some great tips on how to spice up your online interactions to stay connected during the pandemic! 

Stay Connected with a Care Package!

Sending gifts is always one of the greatest ways to put a smile on other people’s faces. It doesn’t always have to be on their birthdays, Christmas or other special dates–any day can be a special occasion! Been wanting to have lunch or dinner together with a loved one? Don’t let the pandemic get in your way, because it’s time to set up a virtual date! If cooking is out of the agenda, just arrange to have their favorite food delivered. A quick access to your go-to online food delivery app and maybe change to your favorite going-out-outfit that you haven’t worn in a while, will definitely spice things up even more! A care package that you send doesn’t need to have expensive items in it. Sometimes sending a simple postcard, a mug, or a “new normal kit” will surely bring a smile to your loved one’s face

More Virtual “Dates” 

Other than having a virtual lunch or dinner date with your loved ones, you can also virtually do other activities together. Set up a virtual afternoon coffee together with a good friend you haven’t talked to in a while and start catching up on all the juicy gossip you’ve missed! Or maybe you’ve been wanting to watch a horror movie but too scared to do it alone? Call up a friend or two so you can be spooked together. You can also combine our previous tip by sending a painting kit to a loved one and have an online panting session together. 

Video Calls with a Twist

Instead of just a plain video call, why don’t you try making a Presentation Slide to go with it? You can include funny pictures of your weekly plans or even make your own fun little games! There are so many online game platforms like Kahoot where you can turn a normal catching-up session into a fun trivia quiz to reminisce about the good ol’ pre-pandemic days. 

Don’t forget about your local community!

Our loved ones usually tend to be our families, friends, or significant others, but it can also include our local community. Check in on your neighbors once in a while can really make a difference in ensuring health protocols during the pandemic. It’ll definitely make organizing local vaccination sites easier.

Share the love

We’re lucky enough to have easy access to online platforms, but what about those who aren’t? There is always something we can do to help those in need, no matter how small it may seem. Donate to your favorite organizations, send letters or supportive messages to hospital patients and marginalized communities, or participate in other campaigns! You can donate to Project Child Indonesia’s fundraising page on Kitabisa.com to help support our Online Learning Assistance program so the children at three river communities in Yogyakarta will be even more enthusiastic to continue their studies!

Quarantining during the pandemic doesn’t mean we have to completely stop doing fun things and socializing with our loved ones. By working around the health restrictions, we are keeping things interesting while staying connected to one another!