Climate change; is there a future for our child?

written by Amanda Ramaningrum, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

I think we all agree that climate change is getting worse year by year. Extreme weather changes, heatwaves, floods, animal extinctions, and many more have happened this year. Did you feel the air is getting hotter these days? Well, it is actually caused by global warming effects, where now the earth is 1° Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times. 

According to Intergenerational Inequities in Exposure to Climate Extremes research, the next generation (The Alpha Gen) will face extreme weather 7 times worse in the future if we don’t take serious action to decrease carbon emissions. Not only extreme weather, but they will also experience heat waves 36 times worse than their ancestor’s generation, the boomer’s. 

If this condition continuously happens, is there a future for our child?

Well…

Gladly, nations all around the world have made a commitment to increase earth temperature by signing The Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, 6 years ago.

The goal of this agreement is to strengthen the global treatment of climate change, by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. 197 countries participated in this agreement, such as big power countries–U.S.A and China, as the largest carbon-emitting countries. 

Climate change became the main topic too at the last United Nations General Meeting Assembly (UN GA) that was held last September 2021. China shows great effort in dealing with this crisis, by stating that they would refrain from constructing new coal-fired power plants overseas.

On the other side, a big IT company–Google, also shows their support towards this problem. By October 2021, advertisers, publishers, and YouTube creators can no longer monetize content that denies the existence of climate change. 

It’s a relief that they took some action. Then, how about Indonesia?

Sadly, Indonesia still needs a big effort in reducing carbon emissions. Did you know Indonesia is included in the list of the top 10 largest carbon emitters in the world this year? Yes, with 615 tons of CO2, we successfully join the top 10 together with U.S.A and China. 

Actually, some actions have been taken by Indonesia’s government, such as officially changing the sales tax for luxury goods, in order to reduce carbon emissions from motor vehicles. But, we need more serious action from the government to face this crisis. 

As an ordinary citizen, what can I do to help?

Worry not! As an ordinary citizen, of course there are so many things we can do to save the earth. Remember, small things matter. We can do some tiny acts like bring our own shopping bags when we go shopping for groceries, use public transportation, or if you want to do a bigger thing, you can join some campaign about climate change. 

Together, let’s take better action to fight the climate crisis. Wish for a speedy recovery for our lovely earth! We can do good, for a better environment~

References 

China headed towards carbon neutrality by 2060; President Xi Jinping. (2021, September 22). UN News. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1100642

Indonesia, C. (2021, October 18). Aturan Baru Sri Mulyani, Pajak Mobil Kini Mengacu Emisi. ekonomi. Retrieved October 29, 2021, from https://www.cnnindonesia.com/ekonomi/20211018133758-532-709187/aturan-baru-sri-mulyani-pajak-mobil-kini-mengacu-emisi

Peters, J. (2021, October 7). Google and YouTube will cut off ad money for climate change deniers. The Verge. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/7/22715102/google-youtube-climate-change-deniers-ads-monetization
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Project Child Indonesia Collaborates with the Alumni Grant Scheme

Written by Fitri Nurrahmawati, Grant Researcher Intern at Project Child Indonesia

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought tremendous impacts to various sectors, including education. The distance learning policy that was implemented at the beginning of March 2020 forced more than 60 million students all over Indonesia to study from home in order to avoid virus transmission. But, the accessibility to facilities and infrastructure that support the effectiveness of learning from home is not obtained inclusively by all students, thus amplifying the inequality issue that has been prevailing in Indonesia even before the pandemic.

According to SMERU (2020), students with limited support receive the worst impact from the distance learning policy[1]. Assistance to understand the subject materials as a form of learning support is considered to be a luxury in these circumstances. That is because the online interaction between students and teachers creates a barrier that makes the teachers unable to monitor students’ progress in real-time, namely due to several problems such as poor network coverage or knowledge constraints to use the online platforms. Students that come from vulnerable backgrounds are less likely to get direct assistance in understanding the materials since they are more presumably to face budget constraints to support additional online learning needs, including private tutors to help with their homework. Besides, their parents are often too busy making ends meet to fill the teacher’s role for their children. Those conditions make the children from vulnerable families prone to more learning loss.

OLA, an intervention to a more inclusive education

Project Child Indonesia developed Online Learning Assistance (OLA) in order to compensate for the challenges faced by children and parents in optimizing mandatory distance learning from school. In this program, Project Child Indonesia helps children ages 10-12 from lower and middle-income families that are having difficulty facing the shifting of the learning process system by providing Online Tutoring Sessions where volunteers assist children to apply concepts from school subjects especially Math, English, and Science, along with developing mindful learning strategies such as mindful breathing and mindful movements.

Each child is assisted by 2 volunteers through weekly online tutorials that are conducted in the cycle of semesters. The assistance is conducted via WhatsApp. Why WhatsApp? According to the research by Barhoumi (2015), WhatsApp mobile learning activities can be powerful and effective tools for students. It helps students learn and share knowledge and acquire, disseminate, and analyze information and knowledge [2]. Furthermore, WhatsApp has an easy to use interface and has been widely used in daily life where it has ranked as Indonesia’s most popular communication application, used by 143 million total users[3][4]. Cost-wise, WhatsApp can be said as the best alternative since it is a free application that requires no fees or subscriptions. It also has less data usage compared to other alternatives such as teleconference apps. Prior to the commencement of Online Learning Assistance, volunteers are equipped with training and capacity building in September (Induction Training, Mindful Teaching, Data Protection and Digital Safety for Social Programs, and Children and Young People Safeguarding Policy).

Our program was piloted in 2020, where we assisted 80 children from middle to lower-income families to understand the subject material concepts taught in schools, especially Science, Math, and English as the core subjects, considering that learning activities have not been conducted effectively thus creating a learning loss for children, especially children from vulnerable backgrounds that receive limited support. Our evaluation shows that 77.4% of children felt assisted through our programs and 80% state that this program is needed during the pandemic. In the next semester, besides teaching the core subjects, volunteers will also introduce children to mindfulness techniques, such as mindful breathing and mindful movement in order to improve their concentration and reduce stress.

Through the Alumni Grant Scheme that is administered by Australia Awards in Indonesia, the Australian Government enables Project Child Indonesia to engage with more children who would benefit from this program. Project Child Indonesia will have the opportunity to scale up our program to children across Indonesia. We are excited to be developing the initial stages of the program and look forward to its fruition.

References:

[1] Alifia, U., Barasa, A., Bima, L., Pramana, R., Revina, S., & Tresnatri, F. (2021). Learning from Home: A Portrait of Teaching and Learning Inequalities in Times of The Covid-19 Pandemic. Smeru Research Note No. 1/2021, from https://smeru.or.id/sites/default/files/publication/cp01_covidpjj_eng.pdf

[2]Barhoumi, C. (2015). The Effectiveness of WhatsApp Mobile Learning Activities Guided by Activty Theory on Students’ Knowldege Management. Contemporary Educational Technology, 6(3). doi: 10.30935/cedtech/6151

[3] The Most Used Communication Android Apps in ID according to SimilarWeb. (2021). Retrieved August 2021, from https://www.similarweb.com/apps/trends/google/app-index/id/communication/top-free/

[4] Tobing, D., & Simanjuntak, V. (2021). Does WhatsApp controversy affect Indonesian SMEs?. Retrieved August 2021, from https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2021/01/25/does-whatsapp-controversy-affect-indonesian-smes.html

3 Books to Read in 2022

Written by Arlenea Halyda, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

People say that books are the windows to the world—buku adalah jendela dunia. As an avid reader who tends to use books as an escapism method, I’m inclined to agree. Though, I’d like to alter a bit of that phrase, if I may.

Books are the windows to the soul.

As we’re entering 2022, it’s more important than ever to reconnect with the people around us; friends we haven’t seen in over a year, family members we haven’t visited in a while. During the global pandemic of 2020 and 2021, most of us were probably confined within our homes to prevent the virus from spreading. And having gone through such periods of isolation, I came to realize that as important as it was to see the world, it’s more important to be able to connect with people, especially when we couldn’t see them. Right now, we may not have a world to travel in, but human connections have the power to transcend any boundaries. 

And books, while it allows you to see the world, it mostly grants you the ability to roam the mind—whether it’s your own, the characters, the author, or a friend who recommends it to you. It was, after all, created by a stream of thoughts that’s poured into words on paper. Hence why I said books are the windows to the soul.

So, in this article, I’d like to share three books that are filled with hope, lessons, and what it means to be connected with people. Seeing that 2022 is a brand new year full of new opportunities, I thought these books might inspire you to make the best out of this year.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (Fiction)

Whether you like cats or not, Nana the cat is guaranteed to leave its claw mark on your heart.

The premise of The Travelling Cat Chronicles is quite simple: Satoru and his cat Nana were embarking on a road trip in which they visited the friends Satoru made during his youth. The book was narrated by Nana the cat, and he took us through Japan’s countryside as we recounted Satoru’s past memories. Throughout reading this book, I truly felt as if I was seeing Satoru’s world unfolding before my eyes, basking in a golden glow of nostalgia and reminiscence.

Nana’s narration was truly what made this book special. Instead of lamenting how he and Satoru were going to be separated, Nana focused on the beautiful parts of the journey. He showed us how deep friendship can run, and how meaningful passerby people and animals can be. Nana’s subtle yet strong emotion bled through the pages, just like how my tears stained the paper.

Through Nana and Satoru’s journey, I understood better what it means to be a friend. They’ve shown me all facets of love, and how even the simplest acts of kindness can go a long way. I came to understand that in a fickle and unpredictable life, the best thing you can do is to give out love and kindness. That’s what Satoru did, and I aspire to be someone like him.

If you’re looking for a wonderful tale of friendship between a cat and a human, pick this book up! Prepare your tissues, though.

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey (Biography)

Ever wondered what kind of wisdom is stored within the Oprah Winfrey? Here’s your chance.

What I Know for Sure is an anthology of Oprah’s own lived experiences. But unlike most biographies, Oprah didn’t tell you the chronological order of her life—she instead told you the stories through the lessons she learned through her experiences, and what she ended up knowing for sure. Oprah weaved her life’s tale so gently that you can’t help but feel like she’s another one of your friends, reading these stories the way a friend would.

Reading this book felt like a huge weight was taken off my shoulder. It has shown me that there are always things to learn at any given time, and I came to see how precious our lives are, how many joys are stored in even the littlest things. I understood that the bad things that happened don’t define us—the things we learned from them do. It gave me the consolation that things will change… But throughout it all, there will always be things we’ll know for sure.

These things we’ll know for sure are our core beliefs, the lessons our mother taught us, and the lessons we gained ourselves. And after reading this book, for the first time, I felt okay knowing that I haven’t had everything figured out yet. Life continues for as long as we live, and what a celebration that is.

If you’re in need of a book that feels like a giant warm hug, this is the book for you.

Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura (Fiction)

If you’re in need of thrilling ghibli-esque escapism, you can bet on this book to deliver just that.

Lonely Castle in the Mirror told the story of Kokoro, a stay-at-home middle school girl who found a portal to another world glimmering in her mirror. Inside the world was a castle with six other children, a ferocious Wolf Queen, and a deal of a lifetime: to find a key, and be granted any wish she’d like. As time went on, however, Kokoro almost forgot about the main task and befriended the other children instead, forging a bond she never thought she could have.

This whimsical story is full of twists and turns, with wholesome friendship and enough mystery to keep you on your toes. The message from this book is a bit subtler than the previous two, but it still stuck with me nonetheless, leaving me pondering about this book until even now.

This book taught me that it’s okay to seek help, and there might just be a wonderful thing waiting for you on the side you thought was so scary. It helped me come to terms with the fact that we might be separated from our friends and the people in our lives might not stay with us for a long time, but that’s okay—their kindness and the memories we shared will stay with us forever. And most importantly, this book helped me see that we’re allowed to be happy as much as we’re allowed to be sad; something that looked so simple, yet so hard to discern.

However, please be mindful of several scenes when reading this book. It has certain topics around bullying and harassment that may be triggering to some people.

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Have a good 2022 ahead, and happy reading!

Shifting the Way We Live to be Enough

Written by Juhandi Dwi Putra Lyana, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

When I was in highschool, I saw my friend get an achievement because he won a science olympic. I congratulated him, but deep down I envied his achievement. It could be me. Stephen Covey calls this as Scarcity Mental. It can be said that this mind has been developed since we were kids. We may, however, live in abundance with practice.

According to Stephen Covey,  “The Scarcity Mentality is the zero-sum paradigm of life. People with a Scarcity Mentality have a very difficult time sharing recognition and credit, power or profit – even with those who help in the production. They also have a very hard time being genuinely happy for the success of other people”. It is based on the idea that there simply is not enough to go around.  Our mind begins to focus on the shortage of love, friendships, time, and money. We feel alone and unwanted, powerless and pessimistic that we will not be treated fairly.

Before we jump into how to change scarcity to abundance, we need to know what abundance is. According to Stephen Covey, The Abundance Mentality flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in sharing of prestige, of recognition, of profits, of decision making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives, and creativity”. Abundance is a profound feeling of self-awareness about your role in the world. It is not measured by things. 

How to Shift Scarcity to Abundance

First thing that we need to change is by deciding to do it. Making a decision is the hardest part. Once you have done that, the rest will fall into place naturally. 

  1. Have Appreciative Conversations

When we notice good qualities in others and point them out, our mentality turns to one of optimism. This, in turn, highlights the positive aspects of your life. Do not forget to thank them and compliment them on their work.

  1. Organize Your Home and Your Life

When we are disorganized, a part of our brain tells us that we are not in control, that everything is falling apart. We must begin to arrange ourselves, taking small steps at first.

Perhaps you should begin by arranging time to clean your own room. Clean up the messes, and we will have more mental room for other, more positive aspects of our lives.

  1. Reduce Your Media Consumption

Media is designed to tell us that we don’t have enough so that we yearn for more. We see someone else’s posts and feel sad when we look at ourselves.  We compare ourselves to only partially true images that people portray.  We can’t possibly compete with a false image and you inevitably fall short. That is defined as scarcity.

  1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Do not compare yourself to others because you have no idea what is going on in their lives. You are sufficient in your current state. You are a one-of-a-kind individual. Everyone moves at their own speed and on their own schedule. They, like you, are also going through a difficult time.

  1. Remind Yourself That There is More Than Enough

This is a basic exercise that we can repeat over and over again. Remind yourself that there is enough and that you are enough when you feel lost and empty. Give yourself a cheerleading statement such as “this too shall pass”, “I am enough”, “there is reason in this”, “I will survive” or whatever works for you. It could be a song lyric or something said by someone. Find words that inspire you that you may repeat to yourself as a reminder.

We have to make our “not enough” to be our motivation to achieve something in future. We have the biggest control of ourselves. Don’t let our scarcity mental make us suffer. We need to remember that each of us has our own places. Let there be abundance in our mind. 

Reference

Butler, L. (n.d.). Living in “Not Enough”? How To Feel About What You’ve Got. Bay Area Mental Health. Retrieved 10 29, 2021, from  https://support.bayareamentalhealth.com/kb/en/article/living-in-not-enough-how-to-feel-about-what-youve-got

New Year, New Me: A “Good” Resolution

Written by Nathaniel Alvino Risa Prima, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

2021 might have been rough for some, and no one could promise that 2022 would get much better. There will always be challenges along the way, but hey! Isn’t it better to remain high-spirited and optimistic in every period?

What makes humans as advanced creatures is that we have the ability to learn from our past experience. We are able to turn our memories into a note to guide us through a new circle of period. Every human has their own “superpower” to recall the past patterns and make them as a foundation for the future endeavours.

One of the most familiar and easiest ways is through the writing of New Year’s resolutions!

Well, have you taken a seat for a while to write your resolution for 2022?

Most people start the new year (or new year eve) by writing down their dreams, aspirations, and what-so-called “resolution” as their new year starter. It has indeed always been a good idea to involve yourself through a new beginning with full optimism and spirit.  

Resolution usually includes the dream, aspirations, purposes, and goals that people want to reach in a new phase or period. It might be in the form of numbered lists or paragraphs. Depends on whatever suits the writers, personally. Some prefer to write them in a piece of paper, while others prefer to write them in their gadget.

If you ask me, I prefer to keep them in my head, simply. I only dream and aspire for a few significant things, so my memory works pretty well to memorize my little resolution. Dreams and purposes are very personal to me. Thus, my heart will guide me to keep them fiery within me.

You can do whatever the way that suits you!

But, eh, what makes a resolution to be good?

Hmm, the answer was never supposed to be out there! It’s always within you! Many young people aspire to be smarter, taller, richer, stronger and few expect themselves to be kinder.

They pursue many things with passion and confidence. Education and support have always been their biggest drive. They treat their dream as something that is urged to be turned into reality.

Well, whatever you decide to write on your paper for 2022 is not something that deserves to be judged by the external parties such as your parents, friends, colleagues, your work partners, or even, me – who write this article. It’s you who have the full authority to put the things you want to do or accomplish in your resolution.

On the other hand, there is this particular issue. Some of us have been often swayed away by how our surroundings and society expect us to be – to the extent that we don’t recognize what we really need, or most importantly, what we really love.

Sometimes, we want things not because we really want them; let alone love them. Instead, it’s because of the existence of the majority who want it or idealize it, so we would be perceived as a “weirdo” if we don’t want them, too.

In other words, some of us still follow (or are driven by) the crowd stream.

I still remember the one time I talked with my girlfriend. We talked about the things that we want to do in the future. She said she wants to live in a humble, small-town neighbourhood for the coming years; she wants to turn herself away from the urban money and high-paid job. At the beginning, I questioned her aspiration, “Why?”

Then, her answer still makes me wonder and think until today.

“Why? Simply, because I love it!”

For some people, money is not the most important thing. Let alone high-paid jobs. While for others, it might be. Hmm, I suppose nothing wrong with either of them. It’s pretty much the corollary of internalized teachings and values. At the end of the day, who am I to judge?

You can always dream to your “wildest”! Each one of us has the power, ability, and right to write whatever you aspire to in your New Year’s resolution.

Nonetheless, I have two short messages for you to put in mind. First, please make sure that your aspiration brings you and others joy. Don’t aim for something that only brings yourself pain and hurts others. Second, please recognize what you truly need and love. Stop being a fish that follows the stream. Instead, like a salmon, do your own stream!

Happy New Year!

5 Recipes to Make Your New Year’s Eve Special

Written by Dhiandra Sekar Taji, Social Media Admin Intern at Project Child Indonesia

It’s almost December! It means we are almost ready to ring in the new year with a bang! But, unfortunately the pandemic is still not over yet. Many of us will be settling in for an evening on the couch rather than going out for a night on the town. But just because your new year’s eve is different from the previous year doesn’t mean it can’t be joyful and meaningful. With just the proper amount of planning, you can still throw the New Year’s Eve blast at home with a lot of things to do. 

The last day of the year is one of the most important days in our life. Let’s take a look back for a second. The past few months have been challenging for us and New Year’s Eve is an ideal time to reflect on the things that we’ve done and reset our life. Like seriously, what better day than the last day of the year to reflect on all the things that you’ve accomplished and overcome?  So, before the clock strikes 12, here’s a highlight reel of ways to ring in the new year.

Outfit Time!

Who says you can’t dress up with your fancy clothes for evening chilling at the couch? Of Course you can! There’s no need to break tradition this year if you usually wear your best dress for New Year’s Eve. Other than that, you can do a family photoshoot at home with your fancy clothes. Also you can do candle light dinner with your family to match the vibes. Sounds fun and fancy at the same time right?

Baking

Baking is the best thing to do on the last day of the year because it takes a lot of time to spend. After a year like 2021, we all deserve a good treat to ourselves. You can try to make appetizers and desserts for chilling on the couch because it’ll reduce the mess of forks and knives without sacrificing good eats so you don’t have to worry about messing up your fancy dress. Don’t forget to grab some coke to accompany your chilling time!

Movie Time

If counting down the time for new year is not your thing, maybe you can watch some movies. Staying up all night while watching movies is a fantastic way to ring in the new year, so make sure your movie queue is ready! Oh, don’t forget to grab some snacks because watching movies without snacks is the worst thing ever.

Host a Virtual Game Night and Video Call With Your Loved Ones

It’s so sad that we can’t be with all of our family and friends on New Year’s Eve. But, it’s okay, you still can catch up with them virtually. You can play some virtual games on the internet or you could ask your friends to make a prediction for the new year about each other. This game can be fun especially when the predictions are a little out there. Don’t forget to ask them to save the prediction at their notes so it can be a proof which friend makes the right and the wrong predictions. Sounds crazy and fun at the same time right?

Write Down Your Resolutions

I guess new year new me won’t happen if you don’t write it down about it. After you’ve completed your year-end reflections for the previous year, it’s time to look forward to the upcoming year. You can write about your dreams, things to do, things to buy, or anything you want. Also you can try one of these simple lifestyle changes every day. You’ll not only kickstart a healthier body and mind, but you’ll also feel great and ready to make 2022 a much better year than ever

So, there’s no reason to spend the last day of the year with boring activities just because right now we are in the middle of the pandemic right? Well, good luck and may the upcoming year be filled with unforgettable memories and amazing people. Forget about all the bad things that happened to you last year and enjoy a fresh start. 

References:

Gordon. (2021, January 3). 10 Ways to Make New Year’s Eve 2020 Special. Verywellmind.Com. Retrieved November 21, 2021, from https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-make-new-year-s-eve-special-this-year-5092485

Labianca. (2020, December 29). 18 Festive Quarantine New Year’s Eve  Ideas to Ring in 2021. Goodhousekeeping.com. Retrieved November 21,  2021, from https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/g34704057/quarantine-new-years-eve-ideas/

Morillo. (2020, December 23). 11 Totally Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve At Home This Year. Delish.Com. Retrieved November 21, 2021, from https://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/g34934794/quarantine-new-years-eve-ideas/

4 Heartwarming Movies For The End-Year

Written by Nathaniel Alvino Risa Prima, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This year has been a really tough fight for each of us, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its corollaries. For some, staying productive might not be the peak priority and that’s totally okay! Instead, the most important thing is that you have gotten through all the challenges. Kudos for that and thank you very much for surviving!

Well, in the other news, we now arrive at the other side of the year: the holiday season!

Some might have been lucky enough to meet and gather with their families and other loved ones, while some have to remain away due to the personal responsibilities and pandemic policies. Wherever you are and whatever you are up to currently, I only wish you peace, happiness, and comfort! 

For many, spending time in front of a big-screen to watch movies would bring happiness and recreation – even, to the degree of personal liberation. Thanks to technology and digital advancement, there are so many platforms and types of entertainment that one could find easily nowadays. You can even watch cinematic works through your very own laptop! 

Therefore, in the current opportunity, I’ll provide you with some great movie recommendations to get yourself through this cold, rainy season. Most of them might not be the freshest nor the most popular, though. But trust me, they would do justice to spark your joy and imagination, as well as bringing warmth within! 

Minari (Lee Isaac Chung, PG-13, 2020, 1h 55m)

(Source: IMDB, 2021)

If you are around with your family during this holiday, then Minari (2021) is a must-go! Telling the story of Korean Americans who moved from South Korea to Arkansas, the movie highlights the intimate relationship as well as internal turbulence of a diaspora family: Jacob, Monica, Anne, David, and Soonja. Unlike most modern Korean families who rely on corporated services, trade, and industry in either East Coast or West Coast, Yi’s family hangs their lives on the future of farming in the isolated Southern town named Ozark. 

The cinematic piece denotes the struggle faced by first generation immigrants in the foreign land which includes the question regarding one’s belonging and identity, with family as its main theme. Starring Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Noel Cho, Alan S. Kim, and Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari (2021) would bring you to a type of emotional trip that is rather tranquil in notion. Through the beautiful delivery and warm setting of Arkansas farmland, it’s indeed a good companion through the cold, rainy weather. 

Luca (Enrico Casarosa, PG, 2021, 1h 35m)

(Source: IMDB, 2021)

Some movies are meant to surprise the audience for a short term, and while the others leave a certain impression that lasts long. Luca (2021) is one of the laters!

No one would get bored while being brought to the warm and serene setting of Southern Italy – with clear ocean, vespa, and pasta! Depicted through attractive animations by Pixar, the movie revolves around the story of friendship between Luca, Alberto, and Giulia. 

Under what appears as ‘typical’, there is a little secret between the three: they are coming from two different worlds. Thus, their friendship is being truly examined. Would Luca, Alberto, and Giulia be able to jump across the fence and remain together as they’re always meant to be? Nothing could explain better than watching the piece yourself! If you are away from your family, Luca (2021) would certainly fit to be watched with your close friends! 

Tick, Tick… Boom (Lin Manuel Miranda, PG-13, 2021, 1h 55m)

(Source: IMDB, 2021)

Well, well, if you love watching movies with musical scores, then Tick, Tick… Boom (2021) should be on your refreshed list! In the other news, it’s a one in a million occasion to encounter the ex-Spiderman, Andrew Garfield’s singing, right?

Departing from the real lives of Broadway legend, Jonathan Larson, the piece highlights the “Bohemian” lives that an artist has been put through, in order to reach their goals. The cold and catastrophe nuance of The Big Apple would help the audience to get a closer look to the darker side in the lives of creative and artistic individuals. It also intertwines with the early-AIDS pandemic in the 1980’s which heavily affected many lives and futures.. 

If you are a real dreamer whose dream is not perceived as worthy enough by the society you currently live in, then this movie might get you in a good, emotional cry! 

Flipped (Rob Reiner, 2010, PG, 1h 30m)

(Source: IMDB, 2010)

Unlike common coming-of-age stories, Flipped (2010) revolves around the two eighth-graders in the 1950’s. The two protagonists, Bryce and Juli, were destined to encounter each other’s presence along the high sycamore tree which grows in the middle of an American suburb.

The heartwarming part about the movies would be the relationship surrounds the lives of young teenagers – when digitalization and technology advancement were not as apparent as nowadays; the scene of school, neighborhood, family, and front yard would let the viewers to take a step into the depth of American golden era in the post-World War II. It’s a kind of movie which would make you smile warmly throughout due to the cute little things! 

Hmm, now, are you ready to grab your snacks and do some binge-watchings?

Well, if you have any other suggestions, don’t forget to put them on your lists. Make it a long one. During this special holiday, spend as many times as possible with some good stuff to watch with your loved ones.

Don’t forget to stay warm and healthy throughout this end year as the weather might be out of control. It’s really cold and rainy outside. Please relax and take a break from everything for a while. You deserve all of the comforts and warmth.

Happy holiday and take care!

References

IMDb.com. (2010, September 10th). Flipped (2010). IMDb. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0817177/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

IMDb.com. (2021, June 18th). Luca (2021). IMDb. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12801262/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

IMDb.com. (2021, August 5). Minari (2020). IMDb. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10633456/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

IMDb.com. (2021, November 19th). Tick, Tick. . . Boom! (2021). IMDb. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8721424/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Family Quality Time and How It Affects Us

Written by Juhandi Dwi Putra Lyana, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

On June 22, 2021, Fast and Furious 9 was released. The film is basically about a street race that brings the power of family in its narration. There are even a lot of memes on the internet about the plot itself where Dominic Toretto, the protagonist of Fast and Furious series played by Vin Diesel, and his team considers each other as family, talk about its importance and express willingness to take risks and make sacrifices to protect each other. 

From that film, it makes me realize the importance of family. No matter what happens, there will be a family behind you. How bruised we are and how far we go, family is one of the places which will always welcome us back. I know the memes are funny, but still, it gives me a goosebump. 

Family is the first stage in our life. It can be said that every aspect of our life started in the family. How a kid interacts with relationships, copes with events, and learns about living life is heavily influenced by the family in which they grow up. It’s only possible if we proactively be a part of the family. We can imagine if our own family, our first stage, is not safe. Then it will affect our next step in life.

Let me ask you, when was the last time you spent quality time with your family? Or when was the last time you spare your time to make a quality time with your family?

Sometimes, we are so busy that we forget about having quality time with our family. Your dad, mom, or siblings may be wondering about how you are right now. It is okay to be productive and busy, but remember to spare a couple of times to meet your family and spend quality time with them.

What is the significance of quality time with family? Let me explain it to you.

  1. Increasing family bonding

Spending time together as a family creates stronger emotional bonds. According to studies, families that participate in group activities together have a deeper emotional link and are better able to adjust to events as a family.

  1. Building self-esteem

Children who spend time with their parents doing activities together develop  high self-esteem. When children feel that they are valued by their parents, they feel more positive about themselves. 

  1. Developing communication skill

Children observe their parents’ interactions with one another and with others to learn how to behave and communicate. Family bonding time is a great method to model desired behaviors, and spending time together as a family may help parents connect with their kids and communicate more effectively.

Family activities do not have to be costly things to be meaningful. The key thing is to spend time together. When it comes to the time we spend with our family, we often assume it is all about the quantity of time we spend with them, when in reality, it is about the quality of time we spend with them. We need to be more concerned with how we spend our time with family than with the number of hours we spend with them. 

Now that you know why family time is important, why don’t you try to be like Dominic Toretto? Spending more time with your family can help you establish a strong family bond, and you will remain together through the good times as well as the bad.

Project Child Indonesia and Mercedes-Benz Delivered Sanitation and Hygiene Facilities to 10 Schools in Yogyakarta

Project Child Indonesia initiated the provision of hand washing facilities in elementary schools through the Sanitation and Hygiene Program. We collaborated with Mercedes-Benz in the development process until the handover of hand washing facilities, which was also supported by Dinas Pendidikan Kabupaten Sleman. These facilities have been handed over to 10 elementary schools in Sleman, Yogyakarta and completed in December 2021. The schools are SDN Pojok, SDN Sinduadi Barat, SDN Sinduadi 2, SDN Jombor Lor, SDN Jatisari, SDN Tlogoadi, SDN Plaosan 1, SDN Gabahan, SDN Kaweden, and SDN Purwosari. 

The COVID-19 pandemic encourages people to be more hygienic and implement health protocols in order to prevent the virus transmission. Thus, it is very important to create a clean environment to support health care, especially during the pandemic, to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. The Sanitation and Hygiene Program became our big theme in developing sustainable programs to support clean and healthy living behavior campaigns related to the 6th Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Clean Water and Sanitation.

Through the Sanitation and Hygiene Program, Project Child Indonesia provides access for more than 3,600 school residents by providing hand washing facilities for elementary schools in Sleman, Yogyakarta. The provision of these facilities is followed by giving health education using digital booklets, educational posters, and also educational videos about practices related to sanitation and hygiene. 

The hand washing facilities are expected to be used by the entire school community, especially elementary school students to wash their hands regularly as a way to prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria in the pandemic situation. We also hope that the health education that has been provided can be understood and applied properly.

In early 2021, Project Child Indonesia aspired to contribute continuously in the midst of a pandemic situation, especially for children in elementary schools. With the full support of Mercedes-Benz, the Sanitation and Hygiene Program can run well. We are very grateful for this collaboration and are very thankful to Mercedes-Benz for supporting our program.

The Mother’s Day: Recognizing Your Love to Your Mother

Written by Nathaniel Alvino Risa Prima, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

The role of a mother has not only been apparent for the physical and emotional aspect of a being. Beyond, mother has nurtured as well as caressed the deeper aspect in each of us: our souls. Its ultimate significance as ‘feminine power’ has contributed to the teachings of love and compassion towards all of us since the very beginning: the time when we were out of their womb. 

Even though the patriarchal world has not rarely denied the role and positioning of a mother – especially in the domestic household – in comparison to the father, it could not be dismissed that every human being needs the role of a woman figure in their life, which is initially familiarized by a mother. 

Reflected by the circulated popular belief, it is “doa ibu” (the mother’s prayer) that allows someone to be successful in their lives. The same goes with the inherited values by the local wisdom as consistently told in infamous oral tradition such as “Malin Kundang”. High respect and appreciation for mothers are expected to be shown by the children, or else they might be doomed!

But, how is the current situation between us and our mothers?

Along with the fourth wave feminism, postmodern movement, as well as the latest economic pursuit, it is encountered that there are so many aspects that have changed in the lives of men and women, olds and youngs, riches and poors. It includes, but not exclusively, the relationship between mothers and their children.

How so?

Well, nowadays, we encounter more and more mothers leaving their older, domestic roles, and instead, together with the fathers, pursuing professional careers. Not to mention that there are also mothers who have to be a single fighter, collecting money on their own, so that their children might survive. This kind of case usually happens in bigger, developed cities where societal and marriage issues are much more prominent and complex.

Regardless where your mother is: in the office, on the road, or inside your house – while yelling at you to pick up the dirty laundry and do the dishes – they always deserve your love and attention, as what they have always been in effort to give. 

As for some, having a good, caring mother might be “a privilege”. While for some others, the blessed presence of mother’s love might be less noticed. This situation would differ from one to another. The sad thing is this unfairness does justice to how our reality does revolve, thus, it only needs to be accepted. 

What can we do except to accept and look closely? We only might find the silver lining!

And no, I wouldn’t tell you to suddenly approach your mother and tell them that you love them. 

Love is a strong word. Sacred, I’d rather say. So, use it wisely and correctly. Make sure that you really know what storms behind its meaning. A word that is said without knowing the meaning would be futile. It goes along with the fact that everybody’s approach and understanding of love is diverse. 

Same goes with the seconds you tell your mother that you love them – as sacred the mother’s love is. 

It’d be much better to sit a little and remember the good things and nice memories that your mother has left to you since the very beginning. (But hey, if you’re sure that you can’t find any, it’s okay! Don’t be too hard on yourself, everyone has their own life multitudes, including their relationship with their mothers). 

Ah, and sometimes, the best things are hidden under what appears as complicated things. In other words, some occasions leave us as if it’s only meant to be some bad remarks firstly. While deeper, after further questioning and realization, it’s actually done for the sake of good, positive things (e.g. sacrifices that your mother has done to you).  

Now, for those who have recollected one, ten, or even two hundred thousand positive aspects of your mother,  you’re now ready to take your pen and notebooks. Make your simple list and it would do justice! Then, read and absorb those things in your mind and heart. I repeat, in your mind and heart! Put reflective questions such as: Why did my mother do it? How do they bear all of those things? What can I do as her son/daughter?

This kind of reflection is a deep emotional journey. Therefore, a tranquil period at night would do better. Reflective journaling, followed by personal questions would be the initial step, but the next step now depends on you! As you are the ones who involve yourself in the connection with your mother. Figure and do the things that would serve your mother’s love the best. 

Remember, the biggest realization doesn’t equal the biggest things that might be seen with one’s eyes. Same goes with love. You can’t see it, but you can always feel it somehow! Beyond thoughts and material possessions, recognize what does truly matter to your mother from your heart within. 

Happy Mother’s Day!