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How to Build Your Future: Pandemic Edition

Written by Zahara Almira Ramadhan, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Have you ever felt stuck in the pandemic? Online classes, working from home, and limited outdoor activities can certainly make you feel like your potentials are not growing as they should, right? 

It’s no joke that mental health problems have been rising ever since the pandemic. With the loss of real-life interactions with social peers, children and young adults are experiencing drastic changes within their daily activities. Lack of motivation, anxiety, depression, and self-doubt are only some of the common issues found among young people. With so much existing pressure at a young age, your future eventually becomes the subject in question, doesn’t it?

Is there any future for me in this virtual life?

The answer is definitely a yes. There are actually a handful of opportunities waiting for you at the very second you are reading this. You might think that you’ve lost the opportunity to explore the world, but look at the bright side of what digitalization has brought to us! Meaningful programs such as virtual internships and workshops are open 24/7 for you to dive in without sacrificing your academic responsibilities. You can even apply for programs that are originally held in another city or even other countries! Think about it, you can start working towards your future career without worrying about splitting your body into two different places, literally. 

If you are still unsure of where to start (or even starting at all), worry not. Let us guide you through some steps on building your future throughout the pandemic.

Set your goals

The first step is to set your goals. You will always be clueless about your future if you haven’t sat down and thought about your goals. What do you want to do after you graduate? Where do you want to be five years from now? What are your passions?

A wise man once told me to set SMARTER goals, in which each letter stands by its own contribution.

  • Specific instead of being too broad and general.
  • Meaningful. It has to be meaningful for you.
  • Achievable. Make sure you can actually reach the goal.
  • Relevant. Make it relevant to your values, beliefs, and life purposes.
  • Time-Based. Pick a time for your goal to be achieved, such as October 2022 or any other date.
  • Evaluative. You have to evaluate your goals as time goes by.
  • Re-evaluation. If it turns out that you are not making progress, you need to make changes to the goal itself or to the ways you approach it.

Goal-setting can be hard for some people, though. If you find it hard to answer those questions and get specific enough in one sitting, you can always take another time to think about it. This is your future we are talking about, not a due-tomorrow assignment. You can always jot down your ideas one by one, day by day.

Develop your skills

Once your goals are set, you need to decide your ways toward achieving those goals. What skills do you need in order to reach your goals? How can you gain those skills?

During the pandemic, you can gain various skills by joining virtual programs that are available out there, such as:

  • Internships. An internship is a wonderful place to earn skills by handling specific tasks and projects, and you can even get paid for it!
  • Volunteering activities. A volunteering activity gives you a way to learn and earn certain skills while giving back to your community, the environment, or even the world.
  • Online courses. You can learn at your own pace at any time of the day, and most lecture videos can be played multiple times. Some of the courses are even free, and you can earn a certificate as your credibility badge.
  • Workshops or webinars. Many interesting experts are speakers in demand for workshops and webinars, so it would be a great opportunity to learn from the experts themselves. Plus, you can ask questions during the Q&A session.
  • Online competitions. You can turn your interests into a proven skill by joining competitions such as debate, scientific papers, or business innovations competitions.
  • Student clubs or non-profit organizations. Clubs and organizations need structural and functional positions in which you can acquire skills from.

Pro tip: start keeping an eye on your local or international NGOs. Most NGOs constantly need volunteers and interns for their projects and functional positions. Take Project Child Indonesia as an example, we always need young people like you to help us establish a better place for children. See our newest recruitment on our website.

Commit to your plans

Last but not least, commitment is the seal-the-deal step in building your future. Your goals and plans could crumble at any moment if you don’t have a sense of commitment. So, how do you commit to your plans?

Start small. If you have never committed to a project before, I would say short-period ones might be best for you. For instance, instead of registering for a 6-months-long volunteer program as your first experience, try considering a 3-months program first. This way, it is easier for you to stick to the activities.

It is also important to think about the long-term benefits of your plans. Let’s say you choose to develop your targeted skills by joining an internship program. You won’t only gain technical skills from the tasks, but also soft skills and networks from the social environment. All of those benefits don’t have an expiration date, meaning that they can help you in many aspects of your future!

All in all, those are three steps on building your future, even in the midst of the pandemic. I know that the pandemic has been giving us a really hard time, but there is no such thing as “having no future” for young people like us. We still have plenty of time to grow our potentials to its maximum capacity by setting our goals, developing targeted skills, and committing to our plans. Remember to invest as much time as you need during the process, and good luck!

The Incredible Creativity After The Pandemic

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

Not gonna lie, the pandemic has affected every single thing in life. Our activities are limited only inside our home. Before the pandemic, we could go anywhere and do anything without limitation. Because of this situation, we become less productive and creative. However, we need to remember that this is our new normal. It is our new life. We have to adapt so we can survive in this challenging situation.

A lot of companies went bankrupt and the workers were laid off because the company could not afford to pay the workers. Many schools were also closed and the students studied at home. Such a horrific situation, isn’t it? Every single aspect of our life is falling apart. Therefore, as the next generation of the world, we have to be creative to rebuild what has fallen.

I always believe that each of us has strengths and weaknesses. We have something we are good at, but we also have something we are not good at. We have an equal potential to be the greatest version of ourselves. But, sometimes, we are too lazy to find and explore. We create our boundaries so we can justify our laziness.

Being creative is not only in the form of massive innovation or creating masterpieces. Creativity is like a plant, we have to water it every day if not the plant will die soon. Creativity needs to be nurtured from time to time. Yeah, you have potential, but wouldn’t it be such a waste if you don’t take care of it?

What Can You Do?

Starting from the simplest thing, why don’t you find a creative way to spend time? During a pandemic, we can only do our activities from home. Of course the source of entertainment is so limited, maybe through phone, personal computer, or, if you are lucky enough, a game console. It is good for you who do not live alone, you can still talk to real people in real life. Unfortunately, if you live alone, you may find this to be a big struggle. Don’t be sad first, you can find a way for it.

As in my experience, I will grab a book or maybe find an article on the internet about the topic that I am really into. After I read it, I will write what I have read. You don’t need to write in a proper way, just write it as what you want to. At least, you can read and know what you have written. Remember, Be Creative! Don’t limit your creativity and let it flow like water. 

Reading and writing are like nutrition for your creativity, but don’t let those nutritions stop right. The next step is applying your knowledge to what you want to do. For example, if you learn about playing guitar, start practicing. The chords that you’ve written and the techniques that you’ve read will not instantly enter your soul, you have to practice. Take your time and enjoy your process. Practice makes perfect.

The additional step is to share your productive or creative time. I know, sometimes, we don’t have to share it with everyone, but if you want to, why not do it? According to  April Rudin in her article titled The Science Behind Feeling Good While Social Networking, posting something on social media can help to increase oxytocin hormone production in your brain. If this hormone shows up, your stress will decrease and feel happy. At this moment, keeping our sanity is the most important thing after all, so go on and share what you do to the world. Moreover, we don’t know if someone out there who sees our posts is being motivated, and you, indirectly, have helped them. 

Is That Really Important?

Yes, it is important. The world where we are living is not the same as before. Through all the losses, the world has changed during the pandemic. The new normal starts now. It is a great chance to be creative, to try and fail. It is the perfect time to try whatever you want even if it starts from zero. The future of this world is in our hands. We need to keep this world living. No matter how hard and how impossible it is to recover from the situation. We youth have the incredible creativity to make the world a better place. Let your young, wild, and free soul explore your true potential.

“Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.”

-Vincent Van Gogh-

Reference:

Rudin, A. (2010, 06 28). The Science Behind Feeling Good While Social Networking. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-science-behind-feelin_b_624649

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”.

Overcoming Medical Waste Problem during the Pandemic

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

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

What is Medical Waste?

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

Problems Arise

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

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

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

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

  • Economic

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

The Good News

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

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

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

What Can We Do to Help?

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

References:

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

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

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

5 Ways to Stay Connected During Pandemic

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

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

Stay Connected with a Care Package!

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

More Virtual “Dates” 

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

Video Calls with a Twist

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

Don’t forget about your local community!

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

Share the love

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

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

COVID-19 Attracts Domestic Violence

Written by Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

COVID-19 is a nightmare for the human race. With everyone advised to stay at home, the pandemic slows down every aspect imaginable in our lives. The economy collapses, social life becomes non-existent, and the only place where people are allowed to gather is the hospital. However, with the rising number of corona patients, the number of victims of domestic violence is also rising.

Everyone is coped up at home, stuck inside without many outlets to channel their stress. Rising economic pressure with almost zero way out adds on to the individual stress, even more so for a family with a lot of mouths to feed. The fathers, the one who provides financial support in indonesian nuclear families, are in a lot of pressure due to the pandemic these days. Often, the pressure translates into various domestic violence against their wives and children.

Wives are expected to be the one taking care of the households and children. During the pandemic, many women have to take the responsibility to be teachers for their children whose school is halted. Besides, they still have to cook, clean, and do chores around the house which take more than 3 hours of their time daily, 4 times more what it takes for men. However, the rising prices of food and daily necessities due to the collapsing economy during the pandemic has made many women unable to take care of their household properly. This resulted in conflicts between husbands and wives, then escalated to violence.

In Indonesia, there are 319 new violence cases reported during the pandemic, two-thirds of it are domestic violence with the wives as victims. In 3 months alone, from March to June, the number of domestic violence victims are already more than half of those reported during 2019. These constantly rising cases made many NGO focuses on women empowerment and protection went into frenzy because there are just so many women that need immediate help, but are hesitant to go forward due to fear of social judgement. Even if they want to file a case against their abuser, usually they are being held back by family members because being a victim of domestic violence is seen as something shameful.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are trying to seek justice for your case, you can contact various NGO that are willing to help you such as LBH APIK, Komnas Perempuan, and Rifka Annisa. You can also help to spread awareness of domestic violence by joining the 16 Days  of Activism held by the United Nations. The campaign simply asks you to post contents in your social media using contents provided here: https://trello.com/b/2n3wcRVJ/16-days-of-activism-2020 along with the hashtags  #GenerationEquality #orangetheworld #16days and #spreadtheword. Easy, right? Do it and be part of the change, good people!

Education Over Pandemic

Written by Nindy Silvia Anggraini, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

The level of the spread of Covid-19 which is increasingly fierce has made community activities seem to stop. The social distancing policy makes public places closed, including schools. The implementation of Pembelajaran Jarak Jauh (PJJ) policy is an alternative for all schools in Indonesia to be able to carry out teaching and learning activities. Various virtual learning features are developed and used by teachers and students to keep interacting and learning. But the government forgot that Indonesia is not a country with a population that has an equal economic status. There are still many who are less fortunate and cannot enjoy online learning facilities. Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency in 2019, internet penetration rates in rural areas are at an average of 51.91%, and in urban areas, they average 78.08%. The ownership of computers, which is an important medium for learning, is very low. In rural areas as much as 9.93%, while in urban areas as much as 28.43%. The Ministry of Education and Culture realizes that learning will not be optimal due to uneven facilities. The government has done this by providing PJJ broadcasts on TVRI and RRI, but that has not reached some regions yet. Their hopes in reaching knowledge seemed to bud because it was limited to learning facilities. Of course, this needs more attention from the Indonesian government

However, the problem is not an obstacle for teachers and students who are less fortunate with extraordinary enthusiasm. There is already a lot of information about teachers who go from house to house of their students who do not have access to online learning both television and the internet. They deliver learning materials following the curriculum to each student like a private course. Things like this need to be appreciated. Not just giving material to students, but there is a struggle and a burning passion there. Not to mention the distance between student homes that are not close is a big challenge. This is the picture of the educators needed by our nation today. Teachers become the second window of knowledge for students after books in the field of formal education. For those of us who are currently able to sit comfortably enjoying online learning facilities, shouldn’t we appreciate it with a higher enthusiasm for learning?

Reference

https://www.bbc.com/indonesia/maj alah-52642997

https://www.kompas.com/tren/read/2020/04/18/140342165/kisah-pak-guru-avan-mengajar-dari-rumah-ke-rumah-karena-siswa-tak-punya?page=all

Skills for Resilient Youth, Celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2020

Written by : Anna Safira Salsabila, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

The world is changing. There are more and more challenges to face and each day is different and with that means there are also a lot of new things we need to learn and prepare for the sake of our future. None of us know what will happen a month later or even tomorrow in our life. Preparing ourselves is a must needed especially as young people. That’s why every July 15th the world celebrates World Youth Skills Day to inspire young people to have acquisition and development skills. For this year, World Youth Skills Day is focusing on “Skills for Resilient Youth”. We all agree that this year we are facing the same challenge that is very new to everyone which is a global pandemic COVID-19 and lockdowns. Many aspects in our life are affected by it and the crucial part is our educational system. Since the pandemic occurred, all activities and work are run online which definitely limit the access to help developing skills. Many youth communities then create their programs from offline to online. One of the local youth communities that has such a program is Project Child Indonesia (PCI).

Project Child Indonesia (PCI) provides internship programs that support acquisition and development of youth skills. Internship programs give opportunities for youth to enhance their skills and passions. In the internship program we can learn more about Practical Health, Environment and Disaster Education, Creating a Holistic Learning Experience, Technology Education, and Volunteer Engagement by joining the Program Team, Research Team, Human Capital Team, Media & IT Team, or Partnership Team. This way, the Internship Program helps prepare youth to face the working world in the future by giving them experience in work. Even though we are in lockdowns, the Internship Program is held through online meetings so everyone can still experience the program at home. 

Alone Together: Our Future in a Cyber Society Post Covid-19

Written by : Devina Prima Kesumaningtyas, Intern Research Project Child Indonesia

After President Joko Widodo announced that there were two people infected by COVID-19, everyone uproared with this news. People start to panic buying, and then the scarcity of disinfectants, masks, and alcohol hand rub. Also, everyone becomes aware to wash their hand regularly. Ironically, the pandemic evokes people’s awareness how importance it is to implement good personal hygiene such as to wash their hands and to not touch their face with dirty hands. 

Now everyone starts to reduce their activities outside their homes. The hashtag stay at home and work from home or WFH are viral on social media. This is to remind people to not doing activities outside the home except it is essential and encourage people to keep two meters distance because to reduce the risk of virus contagion. Many applications such as Google class and Zoom are used by people since physical interaction is not possible, such as teaching, seminars, and meetings are carried out using this application. But do you know if this pandemic is kind of a trial for humans about the future of our society in technology, which makes humans themselves have no limits?  

There is one interesting book that has ever talked about human life side by side with technology. This book explains how people build technology with the purpose to help human’s job. Humans are accustomed to creating a variety of artificial intelligence that can facilitate human activities. In industrial 4.0 era, the technology was able to replace human to some extent. And now, people have become so dependent on technology, smartphones with various applications in it have changed the way people work, even the way humans interact.

From this explanation, let us step back for a moment, to a time when the communication and information system was not as fast as it is now. We had to wait for weeks or even months to find out news from someone who lived in different city. Humans sent letters to communicate with people who are far away from them. Likewise, news that can be accessed through newspapers. There were more effort to send messages and to know what was happening around the world. So that human tried to invent ways to have better and communication system, until the discovery of satellites which are the key to changing the long-distance communication system by humans.

Now everything has changed, we had advanced communication technology and its have an impact on human behavior itself. I think millennials know how it feels to texting during their childhood and even their young teens. From shortened messages to save credit, or only text at certain hours, because there are promos and freebies from certain providers. All of that is part of the evolution of human behavior in communication. Now we have facilitated the existence of video call services and even conference calls that allow many people from various corners of the earth to communicate in one big forum, without having to leave their place.

I think COVID-19 becoming trials for humans to live their life in a cyber society. Before this pandemic appeared there were already many borderless jobs, where we no longer need to go to the office just to have a meeting or do our work. Working remotely has become commonplace at this time. Companies do not need to have a large office building. That could only be a mere formality after all meetings and work can be handled through social media. Likewise in the future learning system, maybe school buildings will be quiet and empty because their students can learn on their own via the internet. This pandemic looks to prepare us to live in a new condition when everyone doesn’t need physical interaction.

Manuel Castell once wrote that Several major social, technological, economic, and cultural information came together to give rise to a new form of society”. This quote is taken from his book entitled The Rise of Network Society. The quote illustrates that the shape of our society may change with the times, technological advancements, and an increasingly advanced economy. Our society, which is usually connected in the real world, might turn into a virtual society. After all, this has happened when the rise of social media such as Whatsapp, Line, Instagram, and so on. COVID-19 pandemic is a kind of trial for many people to live their life as a part of cyber society. And we never know what’s going to happen after this pandemic. I think this pandemic will change the way human interaction. And our technology developed also our culture value always changed following the technology itself. 

And now we still don’t know when this pandemic will end. Maybe the vaccine has been found, but it’s still in a trial period that takes a year or more. And then this time was uncertainty for every human. But now the question is, are humans ready to change the way they interact with fellow humans? Maybe after this pandemic ends it will affect the way we interact with others. The habit of not coming into contact with others may also still be left in the minds of each of us, giving rise to its fears for humans. Humans may still say hello, but they can’t be as close as before the pandemic appeared. Reporting from the BBC News Indonesia website Anthony Fauci, a Head of the National Institute in the US for the problem of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said so, “I think we should not shake hands again.” The phrase shows that physical contact made by humans is no longer needed, given there will be many possible diseases that can be transmitted from physical contact between humans. Not to mention the possibility that this virus can mutate into a virus that is even more resistant to any drug. The worst, if these pandemics never end, then what happens is, humans will not be able to interact directly and make physical contact, and humans will be alone, together.

References: 

Sherry Turkle : Alone Together :Why We expect More from T e c h n o l o g y and Less from each other

Manuel Castell : The Network Society A Cross-cultural Perspective

BBC Indonesia :  Virus Corona: Apakah Covid-19 Akan Membuat Kebiasaan Jabat Tangan Punah?

https://www.bbc.com/indonesia/vert-cap-52283322

Why a Balanced Diet can Help your Immune System to Prevent Infected by COVID-19

Written by : Peeters, Former Community Engagement Project Child Indonesia

As the World Health Organization declares Covid-19 as a global pandemic resulting in countries grappling with imminent dangers that this virus poses to humanity, there are very few measures that individuals can take to fight this pandemic.

Indonesia currently ranks first in Covid-19 mortality rate in Asia. Data shown from John Hopkins University states that due to its poor public health management and regional disparities within its health system, the mortality rate spikes to 8-9 percent. And as a result of widespread testing absence as a matter of precaution, Indonesia has also put 27,549 patients under strict observation for suspected coronavirus infection.

During disease outbreaks, such as today, it is always the most vulnerable and marginalized communities who suffer the most. The lack of high testing rate, tight biosurveillance, solid contract tracing and sufficient hospital capacity, marginalized communities in Indonesia are in jeopardy.

Project Child Indonesia is supporting the community and the government to a certain extent to prevent the spread of the disease, especially among vulnerable and marginalized communities through promotion of healthy food information  that leads to behavior change.

Hence, what have we learned to prevent ourselves from being infected by the virus? We have learned to prevent ourselves from Covid-19 by taking simple daily precautions such as washing your hands, practicing social and/or physical distancing, exercising and getting enough sleep, are several ways to lower risk of infection.

While it is crucial to mention hygiene standards, there are also certain methods to improve your immunity which is paramount at this juncture. The immune system is a complex system of structures and processes that have evolved to protect the body from disease. More than 70% of the body’s immunity is located in the intestinal digestive system. Because of that, intestinal health is one of the keys to maintaining endurance.

Hence, the question arises, how can one boost their immune system or maintain a healthy gut and/or intestinal health to fight Covid-19?

It is a tough question, indeed, mainly because the immune system is not a single-system that can be measured easily, as mentioned prior. It’s an intricate and delicate system with many different variables.

Although no research has been done on foods that help fight against  Covid-19 specifically. There are previous studies that have found consuming certain foods can help improve your gut health and strengthen your body’s ability to fight other invasive viruses.

Optimal intestinal health should be considered, especially during times like this. As having too many” bad “bacteria in the gut has been linked to various problems, including allergies, autoimmune disorders and maybe even anxiety and depression.

Research shows, when the number of probiotics Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus in the intestine decreases, it will cause an imbalance in the intestine (Gut Dysbiosis). This will reduce the body’s production of immune substances (IgA, CD4 +, B and T, IL-10 lymphocyte cells) by probiotics.

As a result, viruses that enter the body cannot be killed by the body’s macrophages. Hence, if inflammatory reactions occur, especially in the lungs, it will be progressive. As a result of the more severe symptoms of shortness of breath due to Covid-19 will aggravate and worsen and decrease oxygen flow throughout the body.

  1. Tempeh (Fermented Soybean Cake)

This particular food made from fermented soybeans contains a significant number of health benefits, such as proteins that help build and repair muscles tissues.

  1. Kombucha

This slightly fizzy and acidic tea does not only contain probiotics, but also contains B vitamins, which help support the immune system and reduce the risk of heart disease.

  1. Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that does not only contain probiotics, but also a rich  source of calcium and protein.

  1. Sauerkraut

Pickled cabbage is the result of lactic acid fermentation, the process by which bacteria convert sugar into lactic acid. By consuming pickled cabbage it would help keep the intestines healthy by preventing the development of bad bacteria. Furthermore, one cup of sauerkraut provides about 30 calories and is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. This food also provides fiber and iron.

  1. Yogurt

A great source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help promote a healthy gut and immune system, it is also effective for fighting the common cold and influenza-like respiratory infections. Yogurt contains live and active cultures including lactobacillus bulgaricus. Lactobacillus bulgaricus is able to produce lactic acid which helps fight bad bacteria.

  1. Probiotic Supplements

In any case that you are unable to consume food that is rich in probiotics due to unavailability or any other reasons, there is always an option of consuming probiotic supplements. 

This is the time to look at your lifestyle and see what you are capable of changing. Proper hand sanitation is the number one method of control, but you can do more than just that. But remember, it is not about consuming all the healthy food at once, but rather a balanced diet of healthy food.