Be Happy, At Home!

Written by Graciella Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

It’s International Day of Happiness! Do you know that your happiness contributes to the global economy? The UN General Assembly had called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples.” Simply said, if people are happy then the global economy will grow too. It is more a humane approach to developing the economy than blatantly forcing people to work harder but make them suffer.

The UN has recognised happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and you should too! Here are the reasons why:

  1. Happiness boosts your health and promotes a healthy lifestyle, thus you’ll live longer!
  2. You’ll be more productive and you’ll possibly have larger income!
  3. Your happiness makes your relationships with others stronger, longer, and more fulfilling!
  4. Happiness has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

The theme for International Day of Happiness 2020 is “Happier Together.” As a social being, we cannot live alone, right? We receive more fulfilment if we have fun with others than by ourselves. Going out with friends and family will always be more fun than to go out by yourself.

There are a lot of ways for you to be happy. Even though doing group things are fun and fulfilling, doing things that you enjoy by yourself is fun too! Especially with the spread of COVID-19 and the fact that you should stay home, being happy by and with yourself is more important than ever. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways in which we can entertain ourselves. Watching youtube videos, scrolling through twitter and countless hours on instagram, reading books, or playing video games can be your source of happiness when you cannot and should not go out. You can rearrange your room and order decorations online if your room brings you happiness or you can try cooking your favorite food because food always brings happiness, right?. There are also lots of online classes that you can take if you want to develop yourself while having fun as well.You can and should be creative with how you spend your time while you’re home-bound. Happiness and fun come from the simplest things. So, be happy and stay happy, peeps! 

Important note: Please stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Happiness can be found everywhere, even at home. If you live longer, your happiness will last longer too!

References:

  • https://www.njlifehacks.com/happiness-benefits/ (Accessed on March 18th, 2020 at 18.16)
  • https://www.dayofhappiness.net/about (Accessed on March 18th, 2020 at 18.16)

Drinking Water Program: Project Report

Written by Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Water and sanitation have been a significant issue for Indonesians, especially for those who are living in remote areas. Most of the time, the quality of water is not safe enough for humans to drink. Survey shows that 67.1% out of 940 households have e. coli in their drinking water. It leads to many diseases, such as diarrhea.

Drinking Water Project (DWP) is created to overcome this water issue in Indonesia. DWP partnered with PT Kalbe Farma through Entrostop Anak to provide clean water for nine schools in three sub-district in Lebak, Banten. Banten has abundant diarrhea cases, and Lebak, especially, was chosen because it is falling behind from other districts in terms of economic, health, and environmental condition. The purpose of this activity is to build environmental awareness by supplying clean drinkable water in elementary schools and teaching students about the importance of sanitation and hygiene. This activity is also part of PT Kalbe Farma’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), especially in the field of health, hygiene, and prevention of diseases caused by dirty water.

PT Kalbe Farma, together with Drinking Water Project had successfully installed water filters for nine different schools in Lebak, Banten. Education for sustainable health and environment was delivered for fourth graders in all nine schools. PT Kalbe Farma and DWP also provided tumbler (drinking bottle) for all students.

References:

  • https://projectchild.ngo/blog/2018/03/20/infographic-dwp

International Women’s Day: Women’s Right is Human’s Right

Written by Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Throughout history, women have been suffering unfair treatments from society. Mainly because they live in a patriarchal society, one that favors men. Women are treated not as their being, but rather as the property of men. They were deprived of their rights, such as the right to vote and the right to live freely. Every aspect of a woman’s life was dictated by society: from the way they dress, how they should behave, to how they should spend their life.

If you take a look back on a history book, women’s achievements were rarely celebrated. No one ever remembers Mileva Einstein, the first wife of Albert Einstein, and her brilliant help for Albert. The world only remembers Albert Einstein as the sole founder of the theory of relativity and forgets Mileva Einstein who helped him to find the equation. Society favors men so much that there is almost no trace of women’s achievements.

As time progresses, women begin to voice out their frustrations and demand equality. However, achieving gender equality is a community effort. As individuals, we have our thoughts, opinions, behaviors, and mindsets. As a community, our beliefs can have an impact on the larger society. In line with the IWD 2020 theme: Collective Individualism,  every person should take their part in the fight for gender equality. It will take each of us to change the future.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

– Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist

It is not about a particular gender’s rights, but a human’s rights because women are humans too. As a community, we should actively go against action that opposes the celebration of women’s achievements, biased against women, and imposes stereotypes on women. We should challenge society’s outdated perspectives and broaden it.

The effort to achieve gender equality is not a one time race, it is continuous labor. An equal society will have a prosperous economy and create a more harmonious community. Remember, it is a collective effort. So, are you ready to be part of the change?

If you want to know more about International Women’s Day and what you can do, you can visit: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

References:

  • https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme
  • https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-forgotten-life-of-einsteins-first-wife/

Sekolah Pantai Action for National Waste Awareness Day

Written by Asdinar Galuh, Sekolah Pantai Volunteer of Project Child Indonesia

National Waste Awareness Day or “Hari Peduli Sampah Nasional” was appointed at the first time in 2006 by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry and commemorated in every 21st February. Indonesia has always been a waste emergency from year to year. This is growing concern that is capable of causing natural disasters and disease. Therefore, National Waste Awareness Day is great opportunity to take action for everyone in Indonesia. Through the small things and also realizing about how dangerous the waste is, with a real action has become the efforts to repair the damage that is happening on this earth.

It is considered more meaningful and more important than a million quotes and proverbs without an action. The words about caring for the waste will have no effect and meaning without tangible effort. Sekolah Pantai, one of the Program in Project Child Indonesia (PCI), take a real effort by joining clean-up at Pancer Door Beach in 29th February 2020. The event entitled “RISE ABOVE YOUR PLASTIC” presented by Pacitan Surf Club (PSC) that collaborated with organizations and community groups in Pacitan. PCI supported the event not only by joining the clean-up but also provides free drinking water and the organizer provides free tumbler for anyone who is thirsty during the event. They are allowed to take and to fill as much water as they wanted. A dark brown donation receptacle made of bamboo is also placed next to drinking water for the people who want to donate money to do virtue.

This event is followed by 22 kids of Sekolah Pantai, 10 parents and 14 PCI team members. The participants are not only from Sekolah Pantai, but also the people from another organization, the residents near the shore, the fishermen, even some foreign tourists. It can be seen from the faces of children who are very enthusiastic to intervene to clean the beach. They are eager to collect many kinds of rubbish and put them in white sacks. In addition, Sekolah Pantai also contributes to the campaign about the awareness and our concern keeping the environment out of the waste and to save our world from the damage. The materials for our campaign are made from rubbish and unused goods. Basically, the kids of Sekolah Pantai understand and care so much about the importance of protecting the environment. They also listen to explanations about the rubbish they had just cleaned while learning about the kinds of rubbish and how long it becomes degraded.

The presence of National Waste Awareness Day is meant to enable us to make a concerted effort to reduce waste. We should celebrate it, but it all depends on us. We don’t have to wait for a year to clean up our environment, do we? We can clean up our community every day. Because, keeping our neighborhood clean is definitely important. So, what are we waiting for? Just Do It. We all are responsible to save this world and to make it better for our future generations.

Plastic: An Indonesian Enemy

Written by Graciella Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Do you know that Indonesia is second place in terms of the world’s plastic waste producers? After China, we produce at least 25.000 tons of plastic waste every single day. All of that plastic is undeniably going to end up in rivers or coastal waters. 15 percent of plastic that pollutes the world’s oceans comes from Indonesia.

Plastic has become a modern-day Indonesian enemy. In March 2019, the soldiers of the Indonesian army had to clean up the piling plastic in Bandung’s river. The crisis is so severe that not only rivers but also beaches are also affected. Sanur Beach, Bali is one of the examples of this ever-growing pandemic. Tourists who visited the beach to enjoy the view are going to be welcomed with the smell of rotting plastic waste surrounding the area. Not only will this damage the environment, but this issue will also indefinitely damage our economy as well.

Fortunately, the Indonesian government is fighting back. However, the fight cannot be one-sided. As Indonesian citizens, we must join in on government initiatives. Understandably, our life has become more comfortable with the help of single-use plastic. However, making small changes in our life, such as reducing and reusing plastic, will help reduce our contribution to the world’s plastic invasion. If you shop, for example, start bringing your own reusable bags. If you eat out in places that use single-use plastic, bring your own utensils. Bring your own tumbler when you buy drinks, such as boba tea or coffee. It might seem too complicated and time-consuming, but imagine the impact it will bring. If you drink out of a plastic cup at least three times a week, if you start using a reusable cup, you reduce the use of plastic cups 3 times a week, which adds up to at least 156 cups per year! People say that it’s useless if only one person makes the change, but they never calculate how much a single person contributes to producing plastic waste. Now imagine if everyone starts doing so, imagine the changes that we will see as a generation.

If you reduce the use of plastic little by little each day, the turtles, jellyfishes, and octopuses on those environmental videos don’t have to suffer because of your waste.

Start small and make big changes in the future of our planet.

References:

  • https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/indonesia-has-a-plan-to-deal-with-its-plastic-waste-problem/. (Accessed on 28 February 2020 at 14.41)
  • https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2019/03/01/the-waste-challenge-is-indonesia-at-a-tipping-point-1551431355.html. (Accessed on 28 February 2020 at 14.41)

International Polar Bear Day: Make Small Changes and Be the Change the World Needs

Written by Graciella Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

International Polar Bear Day is celebrated worldwide every February 27th. It aims to remind the citizens of the world to preserve our environment, especially the polar bear habitat. Every year, their number decreased due to climate change. Polar bears are classified as endangered or vulnerable animals because there are only 23.000 of them in all 19 places of their habitat.

The main factor that contributes to their decline is the greenhouse effect. It is when our earth is heating up due to the excess use of carbon dioxide (CO2) and the other greenhouse gases. When the planet gets hotter, the ice where they live melts, thus limiting their living space. Moreover, due to climate change, the population of seals is decreasing. The decrease causes difficulties for the polar bears to hunt for their prey.

Climate change is not only affecting polar bears and seals. It is affecting us, humans, too! Have you ever noticed that the weather has become unpredictable these past years? It rains when it’s supposed to be sunny and vice versa. It is getting colder in places that have been hot for years and hotter in places that have been cold forever/ The Arctic, the polar bears’ habitat, for example. The ice, in which the polar bears have depended for years, has begun to melt, and it is melting fast. The polar bears are not the only casualties of this phenomenon. The melting of ice causes the surface of ocean water to rise, which then resulted in the flooding or even the loss of lands because their surface is lower than the ocean.

What can we do then? The answer is simpler than you might think. As a global citizen, you can start small and be consistent. Be aware of your carbon spending and ways in which you contribute to the excess of greenhouse gases. If you can bike, walk, or ride public transportation to help lessen the production of carbon dioxide, that’s a good start. You can start to reduce, reuse, recycle your trash, and switch to reusable or renewable energy since the use of fossil fuel is also a big contributing factor to climate change.

It is not too late to start taking action. As people often say, it’s better to be late than never starting. Reduce the use of single-use plastic, reduce the frequency of your carbon production, and change into renewable energy. Make small changes in your life and be the change that the world needs.

References:

  • https://polarbearsinternational.org/about-us/. Accessed on Feb 21 at 15.30.
  • https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/5-ways-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint . Accessed on Feb 21 at 15.30.

International Mother Language Day: A Celebration of the World’s Language Diversity

Written by Graciella Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Every one of us uses language to communicate with each other. Some of us might speak only one language, or some might be bilingual or even multilingual. No matter which group we belong to, we all have a mother language. According to the Great Dictionary of the Indonesian Language of the Language Center (KBBI), mother language is “the first language that is mastered by a person since birth through the reoccurring interaction with his/her language community.”

Even so, every two weeks, a language disappeared. Why? The answer is simple enough: globalization. The rapid growth of the world has blurred the border between communities. Languages, cultures, and traditions became mixed. Some flourish while some have to wither and eventually die. Languages that often are used in politics and business, such as English, Spanish, and Mandarin, will continue to attract new learners and speakers. Graphic shows that more than 43% of the estimated 6000 languages in the world are on the brink of extinction due to a lack of speakers. The disappearance of a language means a loss of memory, culture, and tradition that might as well be an opportunity and intellectual heritage for people of the world.

The United Nations declared February 21st as International Mother Language Day in hope of preserving the worlds’ languages and promoting linguistic and cultural diversity.

A Bangladeshi-born Canadian, Rafiqul Islam, presented the idea in 1998. He wrote to the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, urging the United Nations to pay attention to the continuous extinction of mother languages all over the world and to take concrete actions to overcome the issue. The date was suggested and then chosen to commemorate four young students who were shot by the police in 1952 during the Bengali Language Movement that took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Indonesia is known for its richness in culture and language. There are over 652 vernacular languages spoken all around Indonesia. Most children in Indonesia grow up speaking more than one language. Indonesian households typically have two or more languages spoken among the members. For example, children that grow up in Java and have Javanese parents are likely to have Javanese as their mother language and acquiring Indonesian later on at formal education. Albeit that, Ethnologue, a web-based statistical database of world languages, mentions that 138 Indonesian vernacular languages have been labeled as threatened, nearly extinct, and extinct. Most of the Indonesian vernacular languages don’t have the same privilege as Javanese, Sundanese, or Balinese. Lack of speakers and the decrease of interested learners are likely to be a possible reason.

International Mother Language Day serves to celebrate and honor differences between the world languages and to promote cultural, linguistic diversity and multilingualism. A multicultural and multilingual community creates a more tolerant society. Preserving languages and linguistic diversity mean preserving culture and tradition, the very same things that shape who we are as a person. It is our utmost duty to carry out this initiative, if not for us, then for the future of the world.

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Love: The Secret of Success

Written by Graciella Ganadhi, Content Writer
Project Child Indonesia

There are many definitions of success. Some people describe success with wealth, while some say that to be successful is if you can show kindness in every situation. In reality, success is subjective. Different people have different opinions on the definition of success. However, no matter what your definition of success is, shouldn’t the ultimate goal is to be happy?

Many factors contribute to someone’s success. Financial support is one, of course. Those who are born privileged with enough resources to support their needs, especially their education, should have higher chances of being successful. Fortunately, money isn’t everything. How many cases of rich children being neglected, deprived of affection and attention, and had turned out unhappy?

In parenting, love and affection should be the primary concern. Children need to grow up in a loving and supportive environment. Many Asians parents opt not to give a physical touch to their children out of old habits or traditions. However, a study has shown that a physical touch is an essential factor if you want your child to grow up successful. It improves confidence and self-image tremendously.

“12 hugs a day, keep the doctor away,” they say.

Other than mere physical touch, attention is essential for the success of a child. As parents, you have to differentiate between good and bad attention. Minimize the usage of negation such as: “Don’t play with your food!”, instead start saying: “Good job on finishing your food!” and start praising their good behavior. Not only will this help keep their behavior in check, but it will also help them develop a good self-image.

The celebration of Valentine’s Day should not only be wasted celebrating lovers. Valentine’s Day should be a day where we celebrate any type of love. All human beings need love, after all. Parents should show their love to their children more explicitly and vice versa. There is no harm in showing affection. So, spread love and kindness, everyone!

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Tantrums in Children: A Wise Way to be Considered

Written by : Sih Pirenaningtyas, Teaching Learning Assessor
Sekolah Sungai Gajahwong


Have you ever seen children lying on the floor because their parents did not buy them toys? Or have you ever seen children whimpering and crying endlessly when their brother or sister doesn’t obey what the child wants? It is common for these children to be called tantrum. A tantrum is a powerful emotional outburst, accompanied by anger, aggressive attacks, crying, screaming, rolling, jerking both feet and hands on the floor or ground, and holding breath. Factors that cause tantrum is vary, such as the inability of children to express themselves, desire to seek attention, unpleasant conditions, and parenting aspect. Tantrum is a phase of children’s development which generally occurs at the age of 18 months to 4 years. The things that can be seen from tantrum behavior are that children want to show their independence, express their individuality, express their opinions, and express anger and frustration, so adults can understand if they are confused, tired, or sick

However, if parents allow children to tantrum it will have an impact on the child’s psychological condition. According to pediatrics, abnormal tantrum occur in children over 4 years old. Children who experienced abnormal tantrum often hurt themselves or others during tantrum with a duration of more than 15 minutes. In addition, the frequency of occurrence of tantrum is more than five times a day. So that children don’t experience abnormal tantrum, we must know how to wisely respond to tantrum in children.

Then, how to wisely respond tantrum?

There are some wise tips for children tantrum. First, give the child space to vent his emotions. Second, shows empathy for the child. Pinching, hitting, and doing other violence is not allowed in dealing with children who are in a tantrum. Empathy sentences can make a child calm and not become more. Third, keep children away from dangerous objects. Then, understand the child, be patient and calm.

Most people think that tantrums in children are the responsibility of parents. However, we who are close to children also need to know how to wisely respond to children who are in a tantrum. Because, a supportive environment will have a good impact on children’s development.

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How Important Character-Building Is: Case of Gajahwong Student

Written by Vanya Gerina Azzahra, Teaching Learning Assessor
Project Child Indonesia


One of the River School Programs is located on Gajahwong river bank. There was a unique phenomenon of Gajahwong children as a team in charge got to the place for the very first time. Some of the volunteers might have volunteering experience beforehand so that it perhaps became a common thing to face with. Gajahwong children have been known for their uniqueness. In comparison with Code and Winongo children, Gajahwong children tend to be more aggressive. They do not hesitate to ask volunteers to pick them up before class begins, they ask volunteers to wait on them while they take a shower and other kinds of actions of seeking attention. There was also a child with special needs in which volunteers need to give extra attention. 

With the majority of boys within the class, an act of bullying happened toward the special-needs child. Besides, when the team was in collaboration with Association Internationale des Etudiantsen Sciences Economiques et Commerciales in Universitas Gadjah Mada, they found these children were very difficult to condition. Once ever an exchange participant from Egypt asked a group of boys basic information of themselves, the boys replied roughly speaking. 

In order to address those issues, it is significant for a teaching-learning assessor along with the volunteers as a unit of the team, to understand how important character-building on children. So, what is the nature of character-building? According to Yudi Latif (2009) character building explains various aspects of teaching and learning for personal development, including moral reasoning, social and emotional learning, conflict resolution and moral-ethical philosophy. Volunteers as the teaching-facilitators should have a strategic role in realizing the character of children. The facilitators, as central figures, are of course required to be able to portray good characters so that they can be role models for children. The behavior that children pay attention to by the time is on how facilitators look, how facilitators talk, how facilitators behave, facilitators attitude to knowledge as well as their commitment to what they say. If the facilitators could play it well, it will affect the children. Thus, children will grow into individuals who have good characters.

There is a Javanese philosophy called Andhapasor (humility) where its significance is to be humble and never segregate between people according to race, culture, religion, ethnicity, and so on.

This type of character-building must be implemented toward children. The value should be upheld responding to what happened in class. Facilitators should not only prohibit children from doing bullying but also expected to have the capability to explain more to children why bullying is bad, why is it important to respectsomeone who is different from us.

As an attempt to manifest the implementation of character-building towards children, Gajahwong’s team comprised of the teaching-learning assessor and the volunteers have tried the utmost best during this time – recalling that acts of bully, discrimination, inappropriate words, oftentimes to happen. Gradually the children begin to realize which of their behaviors are bad for others, and which ones are good for others. Change occurs by degrees. That change is something that the team wishes to achieve from the very first place because they do not want to merely spend time to teach children onsite for granted, but also leave positive impact on children’s selfhood.

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