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Youth in Humanitarian Action: Vulnerable Roles, Significant Influence

Written by Maria Olivia Laurent, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

On 19 August 2003, the world was stunned to silence by the bombing attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq. On that day as well, the humanitarian sector suffered a tragedy unlike ever before, with 22 people dead, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, in a targeted attack on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). To remember the losses that day and the significant effort from all humanitarian workers, the United Nations formalized 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. Today, we celebrate the hard work of all workers who have given their lives and dedication in providing support and protection to people most in need. This year’s World Humanitarian Day’s theme is #RealLifeHeroes, focusing on the inspiring personal stories of humanitarian heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic. Events and campaigns held by various organizations worldwide bring together partners and institutions to advocate for the well-being of aid workers. I believe everyone who reads this article is a humanitarian, whether you work in this sector, or you have a passion as one. Let’s discuss what being a humanitarian really is and our roles as young people in it!

What is humanitarian aid? Is it the same with other types of emergency aid? 

Yep, any aid given during emergencies and disasters is considered humanitarian aid. All programs, procedures, and supports are designed to save lives and alleviate suffering during and in the aftermath of crises. The ‘human’ in humanitarian means that those aids directly benefit the affected people. For example, giving shelter and food to earthquake victims, treating injured civilians in war, connecting displaced families, etc. Have you ever donated to an emergency fundraiser? If yes, you can also be considered giving humanitarian support. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) of the UN is the main body responsible for coordinating emergency responses. 

During emergencies and conflicts in their countries, young people are forced to shoulder the burden of fighting on the frontlines for their communities and become extremely vulnerable to violence and exploitation. Many are forced to drop out of school to care for their families. Basic necessities like safety, health, and sanitation are also cut off. Children face the dangers of being illegally recruited as child laborers and soldiers. Girls may also face pressure to marry early to secure their families’ survival, effectively killing their dream and future in these uncertain times. 

Getting Involved

If we look at the bigger picture, even aid workers in international organizations are also subjected to discriminative treatment. Either their hard work is overlooked, or their communities don’t receive enough support to do their mission. But if you begin to doubt if your work really matters, please don’t! We may not have much money or resources, but remember, our voice and perspective are invaluable. The development of technology and education have profited the humanitarian sector and modern innovation on how to help people better as well. Young people’s knowledge of social dynamics and disaster prevention like flooding and climate change help countries prepare and recover from crises. More and more young volunteers are going straight to the center of disasters and becoming agents of change. 

As first responders, we must demand to be involved in decision-making and leadership positions. After all, we know our communities better than others. Organizations need to have a balanced power structure and promote youth representation. This way, we are not only helping those in need, but also improving our knowledge of natural and social issues that arise. Women, especially, as the largest victim group in any disaster, must be equally acknowledged. The humanitarian industry is still dominated by men and often fails to listen to women’s opinions. Because of this, potential aids and programs may neglect women’s needs. Maximizing young girls’ roles is essential in designing and implementing the action plan. If we can start having an equal power dynamic in the humanitarian industry—undoubtedly the industry which revolves around people most—then I believe other industries will also follow and reinforce the roles of young men and women. 

Guidelines for Youth Humanitarian Initiatives

This IASC guideline created by UNICEF and several partner organizations focused on the key points related to services, participation, resources, and data that youth communities can use to develop their programs both in emergency aid and peacebuilding initiatives. “These new guidelines call upon us to give away power; to trust young people and to work with them as partners by giving them safe space to meet and discuss their ideas on how they can improve life in their own communities,” said Henrietta Fore, the UNICEF Executive Director (UNICEF, 2021). Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic provides many opportunities for the youth to contribute by raising awareness, countering misinformation on social media (hoaxes), and mobilizing assistance by being medic volunteers or field operational personnel. 

Access the guideline here: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/events/iasc-guidelines-working-and-young-people-humanitarian-and-protracted-crises

The five key points are: 

  1. Service – Promoting inclusive programs for all young people within humanitarian settings.
  2. Participation – Supporting engagement and partnership with youth, through sharing information and involvement in decision-making processes such as budget allocation, etc.
  3. Capacity – Strengthening young people’s capacities and capabilities as humanitarian actors and empowering local youth-led activities. 
  4. Resources – Increasing resources for the needs and priorities of youth affected by crises.
  5. Data – Ensuring the use of age-and-sex-disaggregated data pertaining to youth in humanitarian settings.

There are so many humanitarian organizations and communities both in Indonesia and worldwide you can join and contribute to. Each of them caters to specific needs, such as education, gender equality, poverty alleviation, and others that you can adjust to your interest. Project Child Indonesia has various programs focusing on children’s development, especially their educational needs and wellbeing. Through our programs Sekolah Sungai, Mindfulness, and Online Learning Assistance, we thrive on helping children from poor communities to reach their full potential. Check out our website and social media to know more. Lastly, happy World Humanitarian Day to all workers and contributors, and we hope to see you as our next humanity warriors!

Reference

Adolescents in humanitarian action. (n.d.). UNICEF. https://www.unicef.org/adolescence/humanitarian-action

IASC Guidelines on Working with and for Young People in Humanitarian and Protracted Crises. (2020, November 2). IASC. https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/events/iasc-guidelines-working-and-young-people-humanitarian-and-protracted-crises

Shifting power to young people in humanitarian action. (2019, June 24). Action Aid. https://actionaid.org/publications/2019/shifting-power-young-people-humanitarian-action

World Humanitarian Day. (n.d.). OCHA. https://about.worldhumanitarianday.org/

Mengembalikan Perspektif Sungai Bersih dan Sehat Anak-Anak

Written by Amaranila Nariswari, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Sejak tahun 2011 lalu, pemerintah Indonesia menetapkan tanggal 27 Juli sebagai Hari Sungai Nasional dan secara resmi mencantumkannya dalam Pasal 74 Peraturan Pemerintah No. 38 Tahun 2011. Harapannya, dengan adanya Hari Sungai Nasional ini, masyarakat akan lebih peduli terhadap kebersihan lingkungan sungai-sungai yang ada di Indonesia serta mengembalikan fungsi sungai yang sebelumnya tercemar dan tidak dapat dimanfaatkan secara optimal. Berbicara tentang sungai, apa sih, yang ada di benak kalian jika kalian membaca atau mendengar kata ‘sungai’? Kira-kira sama tidak ya, perspektif setiap orang terhadap sungai? Atau coba kalian bandingkan diri kalian pada saat ini dengan pada saat kalian kecil, apakah ada perubahan pandangan mengenai sungai? Coba kalian menggambar sungai, ada komponen apa saja yang tercantum dalam gambar kalian itu?

Ternyata ada lho, penelitian yang melihat bagaimana anak-anak mengkonstruksikan konsep dari sebuah sungai. Penelitian ini dilakukan oleh Margaret Mackintosh dan diterbitkan pada tahun 2010. Mackintosh (2010) dalam artikelnya mencoba mencari tahu seberapa dalam pemahaman anak-anak umur 9-10 tahun di Inggris mengenai sungai melalui analisis terhadap beberapa kegiatan, di antaranya ialah hasil wawancara dan menggambar. Beberapa jawaban menarik yang tercantum dalam artikel Mackintosh tersebut di antaranya menyatakan bahwa sungai merupakan “something that flows and has fish and water” (sesuatu yang mengalir dan memiliki ikan dan air), tidak sedikit pula yang menjawab dengan “wet water running down” (air basah yang mengalir) atau “a long blue thing that’s wet” (sesuatu yang berwarna biru dan panjang yang mengalir). Jawaban-jawaban tersebut cukup menarik, bukan? 

Apabila dianalisis, jawaban-jawaban tersebut cukup menggambarkan bagaimana anak-anak mempersepsikan konsep sungai. Jawaban-jawaban tersebut didominasi oleh aspek air yang mengalir, dibarengi dengan rerumputan di sekitarnya, kemudian ada pula kegiatan-kegiatan yang dapat dilakukan di sungai, seperti berpiknik atau memancing. Pada kenyataannya, kegiatan-kegiatan tersebut tidak mudah dilakukan di sungai-sungai di Indonesia karena air sungai yang tercemar menyulitkan kegiatan memancing, dan banyaknya polusi tanah menyebabkan minimnya rerumputan di sekitar sungai untuk berpiknik. Volume air yang seharusnya cukup untuk mengairi tanah di sekitarnya juga mulai berkurang, padahal, volume air tidak pernah berubah, lho! Baik pada saat ini, seribu tahun yang lalu, atau seribu tahun ke depan. Hanya saja, jumlah air bersih memang berkurang, dan sungai-sungai mulai banyak yang mengering karena wujud dan lokasi air yang berubah. Sedih sekali, kan!

Bagi mereka yang tinggal di bantaran sungai, dampak dari minimnya air sungai yang bersih tentu berpengaruh dalam menurunnya kualitas hidup. Berkaca dari hasil penelitian di atas, sudah seharusnya kita sadar tentang pentingnya menjaga kebersihan lingkungan, mulai dari membuang sampah pada tempatnya hingga menghemat penggunaan air bersih. Melihat kondisi masyarakat sekitar sungai yang rentan, Project Child Indonesia memiliki program yang ditujukan untuk mendukung perkembangan masyarakat di tiga lokasi bantaran sungai berbeda di Yogyakarta: Kricak, Gajahwong, dan Code. Ialah “Sekolah Sungai”, program ini berfokus untuk mengkampanyekan isu-isu kesehatan, lingkungan yang bersih, dan pemberdayaan masyarakat setempat. Apabila kalian ingin tahu lebih lanjut mengenai program Sekolah Sungai dari Project Child Indonesia, kakak-kakak dapat mengakses tautan berikut!

Selama masa pandemi ini, kegiatan Sekolah Sungai disesuaikan dengan kebutuhan masyarakat sekitar. Salah satunya adalah kebutuhan belajar adik-adik di tiga lokasi bantaran sungai di atas. Kebijakan pemerintah yang sebelumnya mengharuskan kegiatan belajar-mengajar menjadi daring bukan merupakan perkara mudah bagi masyarakat sekitar. Sulitnya akses terhadap internet dan tingkat pemahaman yang berbeda bagi tiap-tiap anak tentu juga menjadi ‘PR’ tersendiri bagi orang tua. Melihat peliknya permasalahan ini, Project Child Indonesia hadir dengan program “Online Learning Assistance” (OLA) guna membantu adik-adik beradaptasi dalam kegiatan belajar-mengajar secara daring maupun peralihan ke masa luring pada saat ini. 

Dikembangkan sejak tahun 2020, program OLA ini telah menjangkau lebih dari 40 sekolah di Yogyakarta dan Pacitan dalam memfasilitasi kebutuhan pembelajaran daring bagi kelompok yang paling rentan. Didanai oleh Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS) dan dibantu oleh para relawan, OLA memberikan fasilitas pembelajaran peer-to-peer bagi anak-anak usia 10-12 tahun dalam memahami materi belajar di sekolah, terutama dalam bidang matematika, sains, dan Bahasa Inggris. Project Child Indonesia juga mendukung kebutuhan emosional adik-adik dan para relawan melalui kegiatan “Mindfulness”. Kegiatan ini bertujuan untuk merangsang kecerdasan emosional anak-anak melalui partisipasi aktif dalam kegiatan yang bersifat interaktif antara relawan dengan anak-anak di tiga lokasi di atas. 

Melihat keberhasilan dari dua program tersebut, selanjutnya Project Child Indonesia memiliki cita-cita untuk terus mendukung program pemerintah dalam menciptakan akses pembelajaran daring yang setara bagi seluruh anak di Indonesia. Project Child Indonesia dalam hal ini memprioritaskan mereka yang memiliki akses terhadap sumber daya yang terbatas agar pulih dari situasi pandemi pada saat ini. Tentu saja, program kami tidak akan berhasil tanpa bantuan dari para donor dan relawan yang telah menyisihkan sebagian sumber dayanya untuk bersama bergerak dalam kebaikan! Kakak-kakak dapat mengakses informasi lebih lengkap mengenai program kami dan berdonasi melalui tautan berikut

Referensi

Mackintosh, M. (2010). Children’s Understanding of Rivers, International Research in

Geographical and Environmental Education, 14:4, 316-322, DOI: 10.1080/10382040508668365

Saving the Groundwater: Bringing Groundwater Awareness through Online Campaign

Project Child Indonesia celebrated 2022 World Water Day by organizing a series of events and campaigns to promote groundwater awareness concurrently with the UN World Water Development Report 2022 and UNESCO’s annual environmental theme. Project Child Indonesia, along with various stakeholders and organizations, created a water week dedicated to not only raising awareness of groundwater but also encouraging people to take action in contributing to protecting our most vital natural resources for the sake of future generations. 

In celebration of World Water Day, Project Child Indonesia raised “Saving the Groundwater with A Healthy Lifestyle” as the main theme of this year’s biggest environmental event yet. The event took place from the 19th to 26th of March 2022, involving a rough estimate of 100+ volunteers and stakeholders taking part in the online campaign and webinar. The webinar was not only made to increase awareness, but to also celebrate the works of dedicated environmental actors and organizations in their respective fields. The key actors are:

  1. Sabrina Farah Salsabila, a master of science candidate from HE Delft Institute for Water Education;
  2. Muhammad Rizky Pratama from Bye Bye Plastic Bag Chapter Jogja, an organization committed to educate and end the use of single plastic use. 

These actors enlightened us on the importance of groundwater and how we can prevent contamination from taking place. In addition to that, this webinar was intended to help us understand how our lifestyle affects the scarcity and quality of our natural resources. It is in fact important to note that our lifestyle greatly affects the environment. Knowing that, any form of action to save the environment can indeed prevent major disasters, so long as we remain consistent. 

To this day, Project Child Indonesia continues to advocate for the cause by collaborating with Campaign.com #ForChange in order to get more people to take action and promote a healthier lifestyle for all. 

https://www.campaign.com/challenge/id/save-the-groundwater-with-healthy-lifestyle

Click the link and take part in our online campaign NOW! By taking part in this campaign, you’re not only doing the Earth a favor, but you’re also supporting our cause and helping our organization to facilitate upcoming projects!

Our speakers and participants

Project Child Indonesia Received Special Recognition as Non-Profit Organization for the 2021 Digital Transformation Award

Project Child Indonesia is grateful and humbled to have received the 2021 Digital Transformation (DX) Award organized by Swiss Chamber of Commerce (Swisscham) Singapore and Deloitte. The DX Award celebrates innovation and digitization across Southeast Asia, inviting multinationals, SMEs, startups, profit and non-profit organizations, in categories including Cybersecurity, B2C, Healthcare, Insurance, Financial Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Buildings & Infrastructure. Project Child Indonesia was given a special recognition prize as a Non-Profit Organization to attend the pitching night in December 2021. Facilitated by Swiss Chamber of Commerce (Swisscham) Indonesia, we attended and received the physical trophy on 29 March 2022.

The Award was given in recognition of our Online Learning Assistance Program, an adjustment of our River School program, which aims to address the challenges of distance learning for children from vulnerable communities during the pandemic. Numerous children experienced lack of parental guidance, lack of understanding on school subjects, and lack of access to proper gadgets and internet support. Although today’s children are adept at using gadgets and could adjust quicker to digital learning than parents and teachers, digital literacy and access to proper learning facilities remain low, prompting concerns of learning loss. 

The Online Learning Assistance program focuses on providing additional formal and non-formal education for children living by the river and coastal areas of Indonesia through online tutoring. With the support of our partners, namely the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesia and PT XL Axiata, we were able to provide 30 tablets and 3 routers respectively to be used during hybrid classes. We have conducted a total of 140 online and offline classes in 2021, assisting a total of 268 students supported by 91 volunteers as tutors. This year, the 4th batch (Batch 34) of the program is underway, supporting 90 children from Yogyakarta and Pacitan. 

We are truly grateful to Swisscham Singapore and Deloitte for recognizing our vision of supporting children in their online learning journey. We hope that with this recognition, Project Child Indonesia can further provide educational assistance to children through our Online Learning Assistance program. 

Learn more about our Online Learning Assistance Program here.

Problems Solving with Business?

Written by: Paschalis Cahya Irawan, Social Business Trainee Intern Project Child Indonesia

Can business solve social problems? can by designing a social business. Social business or often referred to as social entrepreneurship is defined as a business that is motivated by social problems or other problems This business is also a form of solution to social and environmental problems by managing problems into a business innovation with a mission to solve these problems.

Before getting to know the concept, I was not interested in a business that only looks for profit, but after knowing the concept of social business, I have an interest in the form of the concept. Until finally I studied deeper and had the desire to put the concept into practice.

In the end, I looked at social media and saw that there was an internship program at one of the NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations) Project Child Indonesia which opened an internship program in the field of social business. After considering, I finally enrolled in the program, in my mind to know how to implement social business directly and how the process of social business development.

As someone who doesn’t know the details of social business development, I have learned a lot from the internship program. From what I know, making a social business by looking at social and environmental problems is not enough. There are still many processes that must be passed to set up a social business.

By participating in the internship program, I learned from several colleagues from various other fields of knowledge. I have come to understand that designing a social business is not just looking at the existing problems. But I also need to think about how to design a business that has more value not only looking at the problem but how the business is sustainable.

Social business begins with good intentions to help others independently and sustainably through business activities. During the internship program at Project Child Indonesia and meeting many friends who have other perspectives, they have provided valuable lessons in the process of designing and preparing the needs for building a social business. In addition to providing new knowledge, we also see how the challenges of setting up a social business are by thinking about the possibilities that occur with the implementation of the business idea. This is a valuable experience for me and hopefully we can all do good with each other through a business.

Quoting from Muhammad Yunus “Create a tiny plan to help a few people at a time”, let’s make a business plan to help others.

Why You Should Not Wait to do Good

Written by: Angelien Chrestella Pardi, Social Business Trainee Intern Project Child Indonesia

The Guilty Conscience

I have always enjoyed taking trips and going on car rides. With the hustling life of college and work, especially during this pandemic, I often find myself utilizing this time to de-stress, listening to relaxing music while observing the life of lives happening around me. During these car rides, however, it is not uncommon for me to encounter the sights of people living difficult lives. For instance, children knocking on car windows asking for change, the elderly carrying white sacks, rummaging through waste piles, etcetera. 

Just like any other people, looking at how arduous life can sometimes be for the underprivileged truly tugs my heart. I frequently find myself empathizing with these people and telling myself that I will serve good and help them when I become successful, later, in the future. However, the tiny voice at the back of my mind persistently haunted me with this one question: Why? Why then? 

The Why, explained

I am positive that I am not the only person guilty of having such a conscience. Guilt-tripping others for having these thoughts was not my intention as it is only natural for humans to prioritize themselves, and their needs, over others. Nevertheless, have we ever paused for a moment and considered why we keep telling ourselves to help others only after being affluent and comfortable with life? Why do we have to wait for that moment to come to help others? Let’s take a short pause and reflect on this question.

Now let me ask you this: What if that perfect time never comes? What happens then? Does that mean that you will not do good in your life? Certainly not because the truth is, in life, there is no ideal time to do a particular thing. Surely, doing good is no exception. There will never be a perfect time for you to do good and help others. Believe me, that moment will never come. You are merely wasting your time if you are waiting for it. If you want to help others, simply start helping. Pronto.

How Can I Help?

You already have the desire to do good. That is great! This proves your benevolence and caring attitude towards others and that you are willing and ready to make altruistic contributions to your community. Yet, you are still unsure how you can help others. What comes next? Where do I begin? 

Don’t worry! Here are a few ways you can do good:

1. Be a Good Samaritan

Don’t turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to a person in need. Instead, help them however you can. Buy food for the hungry, offer blankets to the cold and assist the elderly when they are crossing the road. These small acts of kindness might seem like nothing to you, but you will never know how much it truly means to them.

2. Volunteer Your Skills and/or Time

Volunteering is one of the most incredible ways you can help your community. Aside from adding happiness and meaningful purpose into your life, it can also give you a sense of belonging within the community. All these benefits aside, you can choose how you would like to contribute and help based on your interests and passion.

3. Fundraise for a Cause

Engaging your friends and family to fundraise for a cause that is close to your heart is a great and fun way to support your community. Additionally, donating in place of a special occasion towards a cause of your interest is an extraordinary way to make it memorable and meaningful.

4. Donate

Understandably, not all people have the time to do community service despite their desires to do so. And that is completely okay! Donations come in a lot of forms and it is totally up to you on what you would like to donate, of course, taking into consideration the needs of the community. For instance, you can drop off and donate food to local communities, clothes to homeless shelters, books, and supplies to local schools and orphanages. 

Moreover, there are many NGOs out there that accept cash donations. By helping these NGOs through the provision of financial support, you will be assisting them in funding their sustainable programs, thus, helping the community.

5. Lend Your Voice

Unsurprisingly, not everyone dares to stand up for themselves. This is especially true for the victims of bullying, rape, racism, sexism, and many more. This usually constitutes the society’s minorities: the homeless, the neglected, the oppressed, and the powerless. Therefore, if you are active on social media, or any other platforms for that matter, then you can put your skills to great use! Lend them your voice and speak up for them, with them. Your actions will raise awareness to the people around you and who knows, it might give them the courage to stand up for themselves and help bring positive and beneficial changes to society.

Doing Good with Project Child Indonesia

As a volunteer-centered non-profit organization, Project Child Indonesia offers several opportunities for people, particularly young adults, to participate in making a difference within society. From volunteer roles to internship positions, public campaigns to fundraising events, Project Child Indonesia aspires to inspire more individuals to care about the community, especially in advocating and supporting Indonesian children and citizens residing in the underprivileged communities of Yogyakarta. Therefore, if your passion and interests lie in children advocacy and education, and you find yourself committed to making an impact on society, volunteering your time at Project Child Indonesia will undoubtedly be worthwhile.

The Bottom Line

Mother Theresa once said,

A day without doing something good for others is a day not worth living.

This quote holds a sincere, unfeigned depiction of life’s most fundamental essence. Life will surely lose all of its meaning and purpose without the little acts of kindness, deeds of compassion, and the universal language of love. 

Regardless of which actions you decide to take on, always remember to do good because it is these actions that make our lives profoundly meaningful. Every seed you plant today will yield big fruits in the future. With this, wait no more and begin helping others for “Everyone can do good”.

Keunikan dan Keindahan Kewirausahaan Sosial

Ditulis oleh: Faya Augustian Ariestyarini, magang Social Business Trainee Project Child Indonesia

Tergabung sebagai bagian dari tim social business trainee di Project Child Indonesia Batch 32 merupakan suatu pengalaman baru dan unik bagi saya. Menjadi pengalaman baru karena merupakan kali pertama saya mengikuti program magang dan tergabung ke dalam tim social business, sekaligus menjadi pengalaman yang unik karena tergabung ke dalam tim social business di organisasi non-profit yang artinya akan lebih banyak mengkonsep bisnis bertajuk kewirausahaan sosial (social enterpreneurship). Saya banyak belajar mengenai organisasi non profit, seperti definisi, orientasi, struktur keorganisasian, hingga bagaimana tahapan yang tepat dalam merancang kewirausahaan sosial untuk diimplementasi pada organisasi non-profit Project Child Indonesia. Bisnis model dalam Project Child Indonesia unik karena membentuk skema kewirausahaan sosial, yang berupa ide bisnis dengan tujuan tidak sekadar mengejar keuntungan, tetapi juga untuk kebaikan sosial sehingga dana yang diperoleh dapat dimanfaatkan untuk mendanai program sosial yang berkontribusi untuk lingkungan. 

Berdasarkan hasil riset yang dilakukan oleh British Council dan USESCAP dengan judul Developing an Inclusive and Creative Economy: The State of Social Enterprise in Indonesia (2018), hasil pertumbuhan social enterprise di Indonesia terus mengalami pertumbuhan yang signifikan selama beberapa tahun terakhir. Bahkan dalam lima tahun terakhir saja, jumlah wiraswasta sosial berkembang 5 kali lebih besar dibandingkan 5 tahun sebelumnya.  Berdasarkan hasil riset tersebut, tentunya akan timbul pertanyaan terkait dengan apa yang menjadi daya tarik social enterprise yang seakan menjadi tren baru di dalam dunia bisnis pada saat ini.

Alasan dibalik popularitas dari konsep kewirausahaan sosial dalam bisnis ialah keunikan kewirausahaan sosial yang menyajikan cerita-cerita dan tujuan yang unik dibalik didirikannya bisnis tersebut. Kewirausahaan sosial yang hadir dengan menawarkan tujuan mulia, membawa manfaat, serta perubahan bagi lingkungan, seakan menjadi keunikan dan magnet tersendiri bagi kewirausahaan sosial. Terdapat beberapa hal yang menjadi alasan mengapa kewirausahaan sosial unik dan penting keberadaannya bagi lingkungan dan perekonomian itu sendiri, antara lain:

1. Sebagai pelopor bisnis sosial yang mampu menggerakkan orang lain untuk berkontribusi membantu lingkungan dan masyarakat.

Kewirausahaan sosial menjalankan model bisnisnya dengan berupaya menyelaraskan tujuan memperoleh keuntungan dengan nilai-nilai sosial mereka. Hal ini dapat memicu motivasi orang lain untuk tergerak membantu dan berkontribusi membawa dampak bagi lingkungan, sehingga membawa perubahan bagi lingkungan dan perkonomian sekitar.

Hal ini ditemukan pada Project Child Indonesia sebagai organisasi non-profit yang memiliki visi yakni setiap anak di Indonesia memiliki kesempatan untuk belajar, memiliki kehidupan yang sehat, merasa didukung, dan aman untuk hidup di lingkungan bersih yang siap menghadapi bencana alam. Selama beberapa bulan tergabung dalam tim magang sosial bisnis di Project Child Indonesia, saya menyadari bahwa bisnis model yang disajikan oleh Project Child Indonesia dapat memotivasi masyarakat untuk turut berkontribusi membawa dampak bagi lingkungan, baik partisipasinya melalui donasi secara langsung, tergabung dalam program magang, maupun relawan.

2. Bisnis yang menawarkan nilai sosial dan ekonomi.

Kewirausahaan sosial yang memiliki tujuan khusus untuk berkontribusi menyelesaikan permasalahan sosial berpeluang untuk menemukan peluang pasar baru yang sesuai dengan ceruk masyarakat tersebut, sehingga kehadiran kewirausahaan sosial dapat dengan cepat dan efisien, dalam membantu memecahkan permasalahan sosial dan perekonomian dari masyarakat atau lingkungan tersebut.

Berdasarkan visi dari Project Child Indonesia, model bisnis dari organisasi ini mengusung konsep kewirausahaan sosial, yang juga secara spesifik mengarahkan kami sebagai social business trainee untuk menciptakan model bisnis yang sesuai dengan nilai-nilai dan tujuan dari Project Child Indonesia. Contohnya adalah ketika saya dan rekan-rekan satu tim diminta untuk menyusun konsep warung vegan di Project Child Indonesia. Dalam penyusunan konsep bisnis dari warung tersebut, tentunya dilandasi oleh beberapa tujuan sosial yang sesuai dengan nilai-nilai Project Child Indonesia. Kami sebagai bagian dari tim social business trainee di tantang untuk membuat konsep bisnis yang selain membawa manfaat ekonomi berupa profit, tetapi juga menyajikan nilai-nilai sosial di dalam bisnis yang dikonsepkan.

3. Memiliki tujuan mulia untuk membawa dampak bagi lingkungan.

Project Child Indonesia dengan mottonya “Everyone can do good” menawarkan nilai sosial yang menarik dalam organisasinya. Hal ini berlaku pula dalam pembuatan konsep bisnis pada Project Child Indonesia, setiap unit bisnis yang dirancang harus dapat sesuai dengan nilai-nilai Project Child Indonesia yang dapat menyeimbangi antara profit dan kebermanfaatan bisnis bagi lingkungan. Setiap model bisnis yang dirancang oleh kami sebagai tim social business trainee, harus disertai dengan nilai-nilai sosial dengan membawa tujuan dan memiliki misi bahwa keberadaan bisnis akan membawa manfaat bagi lingkungan, sehingga nilai-nilai sosial dan ajakan perubahan sosial merupakan inti dari setiap kegiatan operasional dari bisnis yang mengusung konsep kewirausahaan sosial.

REFERENSI

British Council. (2018). The State of Social Enterprise in Indonesia. Available at https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/the_state_of_social_enterprise_in_indonesia_british_council_web_final_0.pdf (Accessed 26 May 2021).

Cohive Space. 2017. 5 Reasons Why Social Entrepreneurship Matters. Available at https://cohive.space/blogs/5-reasons-why-social-entrepreneurship-matters/ (Accessed 26 May 2021).

Roger L. Martin & Sally Osberg. (2007). Social Enterpreneurship: The Case for Definition. Available at https://ssir.org/articles/entry/social_entrepreneurship_the_case_for_definition (Accessed 26 May 2021).

The Uniqueness and Beauty Of Social Entrepreneurship

Written by:  Faya Augustian Ariestyarini, Social Business Trainee Intern Project Child Indonesia

Joining as part of the social business trainee team at Project Child Indonesia Batch 32 was a new and unique experience. It was a new experience because it was my first time participating in the apprenticeship program. It was also a unique experience because I joined the social business team. Project Child Indonesia as a non-profit organization means that there will be more business concepts entitled social entrepreneurship. I learned a lot about non-profit organizations, such as their definition, orientation, organizational structure, and the proper stages of designing social entrepreneurship to be implemented in Project Child Indonesia’s non-profit organizations. The business model in Project Child Indonesia is unique because it forms a social entrepreneurship scheme, which is a business idea to pursue profit and social good. The funds raised can be used to fund social programs that contribute to the environment.

Based on the results of research conducted by the British Council and USESCAP with the title Developing an Inclusive and Creative Economy: The State of Social Enterprise in Indonesia (2018), the results of the growth of social enterprises in Indonesia have continued to experience significant growth over the last few years. Even in the previous five years alone, the number of social entrepreneurs has grown five times greater than during the last five years. Based on the results of this research, of course, questions will arise related to the attractiveness of social enterprises, which seems to be a new trend in the business world today.

The popularity of the concept of social entrepreneurship in business is the uniqueness of social entrepreneurship, which presents unique stories and goals behind the establishment of the company. Social entrepreneurship, which offers noble goals, brings benefits and changes to the environment, seems to be a unique and distinct magnet for social entrepreneurship. There are several reasons why social entrepreneurship is unique and essential for the environment and the economy itself, including:

1. As a pioneer in social business that can motivate others to contribute to helping the environment and society.

Social entrepreneurship operates its business model by trying to align the goal of making a profit with its social values. At the same time can trigger other people’s motivation to be moved to help and contribute to the environment, thus bringing change to the environment and the surrounding economy.

Project Child Indonesia is a non-profit organization whose vision is that every child in Indonesia has the opportunity to learn, have a healthy life, feel supported, and are safe to live in a clean environment that is ready to face natural disasters. For several months being a part of the social business trainee team at Project Child Indonesia, I realized that the business model presented by Project Child Indonesia could motivate the community to contribute to making an impact on the environment, either through direct donations, joining the apprenticeship program, or volunteering.

2. Businesses that offer social and economic value.

Social entrepreneurship, which has a specific goal of solving social problems, can find new market opportunities under that community niche. Social entrepreneurship can be quickly and efficient in helping solve social and economic issues of the community or environment.

Based on the vision of Project Child Indonesia, the business model of this organization carries the concept of social entrepreneurship, which also explicitly directs us as social business trainees to create a business model that is in line with the values ​​and goals of Project Child Indonesia. In one of our projects, we are preparing the business concept of the shop, based on several social goals that are following the values ​​of Project Child Indonesia. As part of the social business trainee team, they challenged us to create a business concept that brings economic benefits in the form of profit and presents social values ​​in the conceptualized business.

3. Having a noble purpose of having an impact on the environment.

Project Child Indonesia with the motto “Everyone can do good,” offers attractive social values ​​in the organization. The slogan also applies in making business concepts in Project Child Indonesia. Each business unit designed must be following the importance ​​of Project Child Indonesia, which can balance the profit and benefit of the business for the environment. Every business model created by the social business trainee team must be according to the Project Child Indonesia social values ​​and have a mission that the existence of a business will bring benefits to the environment. It is so that social values ​​and the invitation to social change are at the core of every operational activity from companies that carry the concept of social entrepreneurship.

Reference:

British Council. (2018). The State of Social Enterprise in Indonesia. Available at https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/the_state_of_social_enterprise_in_indonesia_british_council_web_final_0.pdf (Accessed 26 May 2021).

Cohive Space. 2017. 5 Reasons Why Social Entrepreneurship Matters. Available at https://cohive.space/blogs/5-reasons-why-social-entrepreneurship-matters/ (Accessed 26 May 2021).

Roger L. Martin & Sally Osberg. (2007). Social Enterpreneurship: The Case for Definition. Available at https://ssir.org/articles/entry/social_entrepreneurship_the_case_for_definition (Accessed 26 May 2021).

Get to Know the Most Common Natural Disasters in Indonesia

written by Stephanie Ruth Armida and Rafy Ramadhan: Content Writer Interns at Project Child Indonesia

Indonesia is known for its beautiful nature. However, behind Indonesia’s beautiful sceneries, there lurk dangers of natural disaster that can befall us any time. Located in the Ring of Fire, one of the world’s most geologically active areas, our country is prone to geological disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. We are also threatened by hydrometeorological or water related disasters such as floods, landslides, droughts and wildfires. In this article, we are going to discuss three of Indonesia’s most common disasters, which are earthquakes, floods, and landslides. We will also talk about what we should do if we ever have to face them!

Earthquakes, Floods & Landslides 

Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical (BMKG) stated that the intensity of earthquakes have increased at the beginning of the year (Thirafi, 2021). This happened due to aftershock of the earthquakes and the faults –cracks, in the earth where sections of plate are moving into different directions. People living in dense locations and/or near active tectonic locations are more likely to suffer the worst impact of the damage. Besides its danger due to  the amount of damage it can deal, an earthquake may lead to other disasters such as floods and landslides.

Floods, often caused by heavy downpour in the rainy season, are one of many disasters that are caused by humans most of the time. Poor water drainage, deforestations, and narrowing rivers are some of the many root causes of floods (Rayda, 2021). As discussed in our previous article, extreme weather has increased  the intensity of flood and it is getting more difficult to be predicted. Areas affected by floods are often covered by silt and muds. Floods may also contain hazardous materials in the water, such as sharp debris, dangerous chemicals, and sewage that might harm people. Moreover, it can damage facilities and leave affected residents with clean water shortage, no electricity,  and high risks of waterborne diseases. 

The last kind of disaster is landslides. Landslides are also caused by hydrometeorological phenomena. Oftentimes, they are triggered by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and heavy downpours. Now, we have an increasing number of landslides due to deforestation, climate change, and the conversion of open lands for modern-use purposes (Landslides : FAO in Emergencies, n.d.). Like any other disaster, landslides can cause structural destruction, loss of natural resources and damage to the land. It can also block rivers, hence higher risk of floods. 

Socio-Economic Impacts

The direct impacts of said disasters are dire indeed. However, we cannot ignore the indirect (and mostly long-term) impacts of these natural disasters as well. Our economy and society suffer from natural disasters which happen in a significantly high frequency, because our country is prone to natural disasters. 

From the economic point of view, devastated infrastructure can lead to poverty due to decreasing flow of income. Rebuilding destroyed infrastructures also suck up a considerable amount of budget from our government from time to time, given the fact that almost half of Indonesia’s districts are affected by natural disasters annually. 

From the social perspective, Natural disasters can cause education impairment, since school buildings are damaged and/or used as shelter for residents who are suffering from the phenomena. It can also trigger psychological impact such as trauma and anxiety.

Mitigation & Preparation

Despite the fact of being prone to natural disasters, the infrastructure in our country is not developed enough to be able to withstand the impact caused by them. While it is our government’s job to create sufficient disaster mitigation for its citizens, it is also our own responsibility to be prepared to face any natural disaster, especially those which have high potential to occur in our area. 

You can begin by creating a family safety plan and emergency supplies. Look up for disaster safety tips! Even the most simple knowledge like knowing what to do during a natural disaster such as hiding under your desk during an earthquake or running to the highest land near your area during floods might be a difference between life and death. 

We recommend you to download BNPB’s Disaster Pocketbook for more knowledge about natural disasters from here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d5A4bATq1VpqSgibS_bWd5JhLrrCpXE5/view  

Knowing emergency hotlines to call during a disaster  is also crucial should you ever need emergency help!  Here are the numbers you can call in our country to call for help:

  • Ambulance: 118 or 119
  • Police: 110
  • Search and Rescue (SAR): 115
  • Natural Disaster Officer: 129

Although sometimes natural disasters cannot be prevented, we can still try to save our nature and ourselves by fighting climate change. How? By creating eco-friendly behavior! Go check our previous articles for more helpful information, and as usual, everyone can do good, so do not forget to share this information to everyone! 

References

Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB). (2020). Buku Saku Tanggap Tangkas Tangguh Cetakan Kelima 2020 (Vol. 5) [E-book]. Pusat Data Informasi dan Komunikasi Kebencanaan BNPB. https://bnpb.go.id/buku/buku-saku-tanggap-tangkas-tangguh-cetakan-kelima-2020

Landslides : FAO in Emergencies. (n.d.). FAO. http://www.fao.org/emergencies/emergency-types/landslides/en/#:%7E:text=The%20impact%20of%20a%20landslide,increase%20the%20risk%20of%20floods

Rayda, N. (2021, February 8). The Indonesian government is exploring multiple options to contain the worsening floods, but there are obstacles including climate change and illegal settlements. CNA. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/jakarta-flooding-relocation-giant-seawall-anies-baswedan-13864908#:%7E:text=Although%20not%20as%20severe%20as,of%20the%20city’s%20business%20districts.

Thirafi, H. (2021, January 23). (Update) Potensi Multi Bencana Hidrometeorologis dan Aktivitas Kegempaan Meningkat, Masyarakat Diminta Tidak Panik tapi Tingkatkan Kewaspadaan | BMKG. BMKG | Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika. https://www.bmkg.go.id/berita/?p=potensi-multi-bencana-hidrometeorologis-dan-aktivitas-kegempaan-meningkat-masyarakat-diminta-tidak-panik-tapi-tingkatkan-kewaspadaan&lang=ID&tag=apps-info-bmkg

Changes in Children’s Mental Health During Covid-19

Written by Lubna Hanifa M, Grants Researcher Intern Project Child Indonesia

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected millions of people worldwide in different ways. Most people, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity have experienced its effects in one way or another, perhaps changing their lives forever. The pandemic has threatened not only global physical wellbeing, but mental wellbeing as well. 

Amongst those at risk are school-age children who are currently at crucial periods in their life for learning and socialization. Thanks to the pandemic, many students are experiencing consequential damage to their mental health which may have enduring long-term effects. 

The Switch from Offline to Online Schooling

First and foremost, one of the major consequences of the pandemic has been the widespread closure of schools. The drastic shift to online learning – that is still ongoing, even now – has the potential to trigger further mental health problems as they interfere with numerous aspects of a child’s life. For school-age students, peer groups hold an incredibly crucial role in their lives. Furthermore, regular school days provide structure and routine for children. As they are robbed of these critical things, feelings of loneliness and uncertainty become common. As a consequence, children may become more dependent and clingy towards parents. If these feelings persist and are severe enough, further problems may arise that negatively impact their mental health such as depression or anxiety.

Costs of Self-Isolation and Quarantine

In addition to school closures, children who have experienced or are undergoing self-isolation or quarantine may also experience detrimental effects in regards to their mental health. Young children in particular are susceptible to grieve the parental separation, as parents are key individuals in that life stage. Moreover, children who had experienced mandatory self-isolation were more likely to develop posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, as well as adjustment disorder.

Feeling Unsafe at Home

For some children, the major risk factor to their safety actually comes from their own households. The prolonged time of staying at home exposes them to dangers they would otherwise be able to avoid by going about their daily routines before the pandemic hit. Social isolation in abusive homes is a specifically pressing issue. Increased stress and economic uncertainty experienced by their parents is a factor that can potentially exacerbate the occurrence of domestic violence and abuse. Such family situations can lead children to feel increasingly restless, anxious, or irritable in addition to being physically threatened. In some cases, it is possible that the child has experienced pent up emotions as a result of prolonged stay at home periods, thereby making them more prone to conflicts with other family members in the household. 

All in all, although certain regulations are in place to protect children and their families from the virus, these restrictions might actually inflict unintended harm. The urgency for regulation-makers to balance the threat of the virus in addition to the threat towards the public’s mental health, especially that of children, must be taken into urgent consideration.