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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.

Siapa yang Berhak Menyandang Gelar Pahlawan?

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

Peristiwa apakah yang pertama kali muncul di pikiran kita saat mendengar tanggal 10 November? Sebagian besar orang akan berpikir bahwa di hari tersebut pasukan Bung Tomo sedang memperjuangkan kemerdekaan Indonesia kembali dikarenakan ultimatum yang dilakukan oleh Belanda. Ultimatum yang merendahkan harkat dan martabat masyarakat Indonesia. Hari di mana mereka berjuang mempertaruhkan nyawanya demi mempertahankan kemerdekaan Ibu Pertiwi. Hal tersebutlah yang membuat mereka dijuluki sebagai pahlawan oleh masyarakat. Namun, apakah hanya orang-orang yang berjuang di medan perang saja yang berhak mendapat panggilan pahlawan?

Apabila ditelisik lebih jauh, secara bahasa pahlawan adalah orang yang menonjol karena keberaniannya dan pengorbanannya dalam membela kebenaran. Lantas, apakah hanya sosok pejuang saja yang layak disebut pahlawan? Lalu, bagaimana dengan para guru yang berada di garda terdepan untuk menumpas kebodohan? Bagaimana juga dengan para dokter yang mempertaruhkan nyawanya demi kesembuhan pasiennya? Selain itu juga, banyak profesi lain yang memiliki caranya masing-masing untuk berjuang demi kesejahteraan bersama. Apakah usaha dan pengorbanan mereka kurang layak untuk dapat menyandang gelar pahlawan di bahu mereka? 

Saya rasa tidak. Saat ini semua orang yang bergelut di profesinya masing-masing berhak disebut sebagai pahlawan.

Namun, apakah hanya orang-orang berpangkat dan memiliki julukan di pekerjaannya saja yang dapat disebut pahlawan? Bagaimana dengan nasib orang-orang di luar sana yang bekerja sekuat tenaga untuk mendapatkan sesuap nasi dan bertahan hidup? Bagaimana dengan buruh pabrik, petani, serta profesi lain yang tidak berpangkat dan dianggap remeh oleh orang lain? Apakah perjuangan mereka tidak layak untuk mendapatkan gelar pahlawan? Tentu saja bagi saya mereka layak untuk mendapat gelar pahlawan karena tanpa perjuangan mereka kebutuhan kita tidak akan terpenuhi.

Cobalah untuk tidak melihat terlalu jauh. Cobalah untuk melihat orang-orang yang berada di sekeliling kita lebih dekat. Adakah orang-orang di sekeliling kita yang layak menyandang  gelar pahlawan di pundaknya? 

Tentu saja ada. Keluarga kita adalah pahlawan bagi kita. Orangtua bekerja siang dan malam tak kenal lelah demi memberikan yang terbaik untuk anaknya. Merekapun tidak pernah mengharapkan imbalan terhadap apa yang telah mereka berikan. Sementara itu, saudara kita juga berusaha sekuat tenaga untuk menjaga dan melindungi kita dari kejahatan yang ada di dunia luar. Itulah keluarga, selalu menyelimuti kasih sayang antara satu dan yang lainnya. Bukankah sosok tersebut juga layak disebut pahlawan? Tentu saja mereka sangat layak.

Namun, dari sekian banyak profesi serta peran yang ada dalam masyarakat, terdapat satu sosok penting yang layak disebut pahlawan. Sosok tersebut adalah diri kita sendiri. Kita adalah pahlawan bagi diri kita sendiri. Diri kita sudah berkorban sedemikian banyak agar menjadi yang terbaik saat ini. Tak terhitung berapa banyak air mata serta tenaga yang terbuang untuk melewati berbagai rintangan kehidupan. Tak terhitung pula berapa kali kita terbentur agar kita bisa terbentuk menjadi diri kita saat ini.

Semua orang bisa menjadi pahlawan. Tua renta maupun muda bugar. Kita tidak perlu melakukan baku hantam untuk mengalahkan musuh maupun memasang ranjau untuk menjebak musuh. Untuk menjadi pahlawan, kita hanya perlu menjadi manusia yang bermartabat. Apabila kita bisa memanusiakan manusia, kita berhak menjadi pahlawan, pahlawan bagi diri kita dan pahlawan bagi orang lain. Selamat hari pahlawan kepada pahlawan yang gugur di medan perang, kepada orang yang ada untuk kita, dan yang terpenting adalah selamat hari pahlawan untuk diri kita sendiri.

REFERENCE

Setiawan, E. (n.d.). Arti kata pahlawan – Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Online. https://kbbi.web.id/pahlawan. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from https://kbbi.web.id/pahlawan

International Stress Awareness Week 2021

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

Well, if you have yet heard about International Stress Awareness Week, you don’t need to belittle yourself! This week-long commemoration might not be as profound as other international events out there. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean that its role is less significant for society, especially youths.

We all understand that modern lives contribute to modern pressure. Billions of people across the globe have now shifted from a relaxed lifestyle to a more quick-phase and hectic one. It is proven by the fact that there are more people who leave the rural areas and move to the city for the sake of job and opportunities. This phenomenon might lie in the younger generation’s motivation to create better individual lives.  

It is peculiarly reflected in the existence of hustle culture as you can read further here. In this matter, youth are the ones who have been prone towards stress due to the external pressures that, later, be internalized by themselves. This difficult situation is usually caused by education responsibilities, social lives, as well as challenges regarding employment. 

The data from Champions (2021) shows that around 60% of young adults experience stress due to the pressure to succeed. While the others have instead to deal with mental pressure rooted in self-image, body image, and health. 

These overwhelming modern responsibilities and personal complications often lead to psychological stress that is concerning. While it is not justifiable (and rather, impossible) to suggest that we have to leave our social and professional lives to safely escape the mental pressure. At the end of the day, there are life obligations awaiting. 

It is also important to note that stress is actually very manageable as long as you do it correctly (the easiest and safest one by seeking assistance from the professionals).

Commemorating Awareness

Since 1998, International Stress Awareness Week has been commemorated as a reminder towards the importance of mental health and emotional management. This year, the (almost) week-long commemoration runs from 1st to 5th November 2021. The topics that are highlighted include the minimum investment within mental health service, that is apparent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As we can see, there are many people who experience loss during this pandemic. The world, suddenly, changes drastically to the point that it is no longer the place that we have once ever known. For many, this shift might be too shocking and affects their mental health. While much of government focus and public funding focused on the issue of physical health, the notion of mental health (and its assistance) has instead been left out. 

Stress Awareness Week becomes a very pivotal period for everyone to reflect and “take a break”. It is the time for every student and worker to recognise the stress they are involved with at school and their workplace. 

The steps might be started by discovering your personal limits, creating boundaries in the workplace and among peers, leaving toxic relationships, as well as getting involved in physical activities such as sports. The purpose is to highlight the physical and mental impact of stress, as well as what we must all do to safeguard our wellbeing.

So, have you taken a break today? Chill out a little, and remember! Your mental health is as equally important as your physical health.

Happy International Stress Awareness Week!

References:

Lupton, Megan. (2021). International stress awareness week 2021: what, when, & which speakers can help?. Champions. Retrieved from https://champions-speakers.co.uk/news/all-about-international-stress-awareness-week

No Name. (2021). International stress awareness week 1-5 november 2021. ISMA. Retrieved from https://isma.org.uk/isma-international-stress-awareness-week

Eradicating Poverty: How Are We Going to Do It?

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

Each day, we encounter the familiar scene of people, old and young, roaming the tips of traffic intersections as vehicles were stopped for traffic signs. They are holding used cups, asking for little money: some coins. While thick dust tints their clothes and road pollution turns their skin into the color of smoke, their only gesture and glance appeal for pity from the commuters who are lucky enough to sit on their million-rupiahs vehicle. Not rarely that they are getting ignored because they are perceived to be communal disturbances. As the green light flashes, these people vanish to the obstreperous sound of machines, and loud honking horns. They, again, surrender to the edge of the scene, being muted by the city’s multitudes and its hustle.

This every-day urban portrayal is not meant to elaborate that the certain state of economic equality surrounding the less populated areas is any better, for instead, it is worse in number. In Indonesia alone, the majority of poverty occurs in the rurals and isolated areas. Compared to 7.38 percent of the vulnerable population in the urban areas, the rurals poverty rate has almost doubled to 12.82 percent (SDGs Desa, 2020). The limitation of infrastructure and less economic distribution might take account of the occurrence of poverty, in addition to worsening finance during pandemic. This picturization indeed brings the challenges to Indonesia’s ambitious national aspiration towards 2030’s vision of zero percent poverty in the rural zones. 

Well, before going deeper on this matter and jumping on how we need to eradicate poverty, first of all, we need to figure out what is truly defined by poverty!

Poverty, as a socio-economic phenomenon, might be defined as the people’s unavailability of resources to meet basic needs, which include food, clothing, and shelter (New Brunswick, 2009). The World Bank associates poverty with the lack of access to education, health, as well as protection from violence. These are all the factors which make the subjects affiliated with poverty to be vulnerable in nature, thus, urged to be reached and assisted. The complexities of poverty itself have caused its roots to be rather hard to judge – as its specificity may vary between subjects, communities, and states. Thus, relying on a single, universal measurement will be useless in explaining poverty’s roots. As per se, the occurrence of poverty in Indonesia can’t be judged with the same economic perspective and strategy as in the United States, right? Thus, the core aim should be directed to figure out specific approaches to end poverty for each community which will be diverse (and complex) from one another. 

Nonetheless, poverty remains as a global issue that needs our attention. It is crucial for each member of society to work hand in hand to help those in need in order to eradicate poverty. Thus, we are led to the next intriguing question: how are we really going to do it?

Hmm, actually, the main hope now lies in the central government and its policy-makers, as the United Nations alone has stated that the eradication of poverty is the subject of greater, macro-level pursuit. It is expected that governments around the world,  hand-in-hand, might create cross-border cooperation (e.g. international trade, agricultural cooperation, improvement of technology and education) in order to minimize poverty and its effects. Higher middle income countries such as Mexico, Brazil, as well as Indonesia, have proven that international cooperation would instead bring change to poverty in terms of numbers.

The capacity of us, the public, is pretty much revolved in the pushing for related agendas via mass-campaigns and aspirations delivery to the body of government, in addition to communal works. Because of the nature of poverty that is systemic and our certain limitations as civilians, it would be rather difficult to position ourselves higher than the government within this complex, structural matter – not to say that many of us still also face financial challenges from day to day. Meanwhile, for those who are lucky enough to have material resources, the utilization of jobs creation through the creation of new businesses, might be helpful to empowering those who are in need. So, prepare your entrepreneur skills!

In correlation with the significant numbers of poverty in the rural areas, the reliance on local agriculture products will indeed take account of change, since most of the rural economic circulation revolves around farmlands. Rather than to give more economic benefits to bigger food-supply companies, it is better to help the economically-vulnerable traditional farmers by buying their products, right? 

Furthermore, we might also comply with the utilization of civil assistants through further social works and community engagement that contribute to equal economic distribution for the vulnerable subjects. It might be done via humanitarian actions in the forms of communal provision of food, health, and education. Herein, our humane sensitivity, concerns, compassion, and privilege awareness are truly being examined!

References:

Brunswick. Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation. Retrieved from https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/esic.html

Kemendesa. SDGs Desa Nomor 1: Desa Tanpa Kemiskinan. Retrieved from https://sdgsdesa.kemendesa.go.id/sdgs-desa-no-1-desa-tanpa-kemiskinan/ 

Why Diverse Representation in Media Matters

By Arlenea Halyda, Content Writer Intern at Project Child Indonesia

Living in a modern world of globalization and digitalization, we’re constantly exposed to various media such as movies, TV shows, and books, from all parts of the world. It’s becoming a part of society; a daily conversation with our friends, and even a haven for people who’d like to escape from reality for a while.

But in all the media you’ve consumed, how often do you see an accurate depiction of yourself? How often can you pick out a character from a cast and be able to relate to their identity or cultural background? Are those questions even relevant enough to ask?

The short answer: yes. The long answer: also yes, and it has everything to do with this fantastic notion called ‘diverse representation’. Before talking about why diverse representation matters in the media, let’s take a quick look at what diversity and representation are.

Diversity is the array of differences in human beings. It includes, but is not limited to ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, and physical abilities, among many others. These categories may intersect, and in some cases, it may be fluid, but one thing is certain: we all stand equal—no group is innately superior or inferior to others. Meanwhile, representation is how a media exhibit these diversities and fits them into a narrative presented to the audience.

Together, diversity and representation births inclusion, the involvement of diversity where everyone is acknowledged, empowered, and celebrated. Inclusion understands that everyone, no matter their identity, is worthy of being seen. Instead of merely tolerating our differences, we need to embrace the vast diversity within each individual.

Now, back to our initial question: why does diverse representation matter in the media?

Since media is effective and powerful in influencing the audiences’ minds and ideas, diverse representation would broaden the audiences’ viewpoints. Like learning history: you can’t look at one source only because there’s always another perspective waiting to be unravelled on the other side.

This is why direct representation—directly involving someone from the said diverse group instead of blindly thrusting a diverse character into a media only for the sake of diversity—matters. Certain things can only be told from the point of view of the person who’s lived through the experiences themselves. Otherwise, the true meaning and nuances behind the events or culture are prone to be lost, whether in translation or ignorance.

In addition to that, visibility in media can affect the way people see themselves and their culture, which is particularly important for media with lots of younger audiences. It tells them that people like you and I exist, and this is how the world perceives us. Having said that, it’s worthy to note that representation cannot be done carelessly. Thorough research is vital because how a group of people is portrayed is so closely tied to a sense of self and pride. Surely, no one would want to have themselves be seen in a bad light, especially when those ‘bad lights’ are a perpetuation of harmful stereotypes and stigmas.

So, how can we promote diverse representation?

If You’re a Creator

If you’re an author, director, scriptwriter, or aspiring to be one, you have an essential part and a responsibility to create more diverse media for the future!

Casting people from numerous groups who embrace a variety of identities is always a good idea. It may depend on the media context you’re creating, but I encourage you to include diversity whenever possible. Remember, diversity is a broad spectrum, so you have lots and lots of chances to include it! Seize that chance, and you might just open a new horizon for younger generations.

If You’re an Enthusiast

If you have no intention to work in media, you can still help! You’re the motor behind the media makers’ mission of creating more diverse representation in the media! You can diversify your media consumption by watching films from multiple regions (non-Hollywood movies deserve so much love, and there are a lot of hidden gems there!), or read a book written by women and queer people to understand what it feels like to be in their shoes, for starters.

If you’d like to take one step further, you can promote those remarkable media to social media to raise people’s awareness! Feel like there’s a piece of media that’s done an exceptional or lousy job at inclusivity? You can also send a message to media creators and tell them about your thoughts!

There are so many beautiful kinds of people in the world. Without our differences, our world would look so bland and colourless. Let’s celebrate diversity, and create a world where everyone is accepted and loved!

References

[1] https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z9fx39q/revision/1

[2] https://www.qcc.cuny.edu/diversity/definition.html

[3] https://www.ferris.edu/administration/president/DiversityOffice/Definitions.htm 

[4] https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/why-on-screen-representation-matters-according-to-these-teens

[5] https://www.salesforce.com/blog/representation-matters-black-latinx-indigenous/

[6] https://www.wgbh.org/foundation/representation-in-media-matters

[7] https://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/representation-matters-when-it-comes-to-tv-and-movies-according-to-csun-professor/

[8] https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/diversity-in-media-and-why-visibility-matters

A Simple Tutorial to Turn Our World Into a Better Place

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

Well, as casual civilians, with all of our limitations, we do not have many options or let alone significant power to create a sudden, massive change to the bigger scope of humanity. Nevertheless, like the spirit that we all shall uphold highly, there must always be things, the simple ones, that we can do to fill the holes of universal madness with the paradigm and practice of positivity.

So, here’s a simple tutorial that you can do anywhere and anytime to embark the positive vibration from yourself to your surroundings, in hope of turning our world into a better place:

  1. Practicing Mindfulness

Everything always starts from within, doesn’t it? To affect others in a positive way, then first, you shall start by employing the same energy within yourself. By being conscious of your presence, emotions, as well as feelings at the very present moment, you might get rid of any negativity from judgmental thoughts to fears. Some might put effort to reach mindfulness through meditation or praying, while others do it by writing journals. You can do whatever method that resonates better with your soul’s needs, because they vary between people.

  1. Building a good relationship

The root of war and conflicts lies in the significant failure to understand the complexities between a party and the other, as well as the absence of respect. Thus, understanding, in addition to compassion, is very much needed as a foundation to pursue better relationships between human beings. The key is to respect the differences and find the middle ground! It might sound very simple, but often, it’s not.

Beyond family and friends, a good, respectful relationships should also be utilized between those beyond your own circles; perhaps, starting by managing a good relationship with your own neighbor would be awesome – as in modern world, the urge and awareness to create a good relationship with your own neighborhood pals has declined sharply, especially for those who live in urban areas. ‘Smiling’ and ‘greeting’ (just the simple one) would be a good start!  

  1. Involved in community service

Last but not least, being involved in community service would also gain you a new perspective outside your own bubble. Realizing that how many crucial basic needs like food, education, housings, etc are not distributed fairly to all parts of the community, might draw some to the urge to help and empower those who are less fortunate. The experience in other communities, would give you an “enlightenment” on how our world truly works and how diverse human beings are.

Departing from this spirit, every year, Project Child Indonesia opens an opportunity for anyone to join the volunteer program. By focusing on the field of practical health, environment and disaster education, holistic learning experience, technology education, as well as volunteer engagement, PCI invites youth all across Indonesia to participate in the efforts to turn our world into a better place. You might find more information on our volunteer program at https://projectchild.ngo/volunteer/ or visit our social media (Instagram) via @project.child to find out more on our next recruitment for volunteers! We are waiting for you as we believe that “Everyone Can Do Good” ! 

PCI Talks: LinkedIn 101

Written by Vina Dina Fitriana, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

You may already be familiar with LinkedIn, a social media platform used for searching professional networking. Through this platform, you can find a job and there’s a chance you might be recruited by the employers from LinkedIn. However, how to maximize our LinkedIn account so the employers are interested enough in recruiting us?

On June 2nd, 2021 Dharma Novriansyah, a Human Resources Practitioner shared his knowledge and experiences at PCI Talks Vol. 5 to answer the question above. As usual, this webinar is sponsored by To My Daughter, an angelic jewelry company which has a mission to change the lives of young girls, with their belief that every child in the world deserves the opportunity to make their dreams come true.

The discussion started from basic knowledge such as the benefits of using LinkedIn to the main topics, how to improve our LinkedIn account so that we can maximize our personal branding through LinkedIn to get our dream job. Kak Dharma, who has tons of experience in recruiting employees, also shared a perspective on what employers see when recruiting workers.

As a moderator, Mianovani Ideannisa – PCI Marketing & Fundraising Intern, led the Q&A sessions which were very insightful! In order to answer the questions in this Q&A session, Kak Dharma shared great tips for fresh graduate students who may still be unfamiliar with the social media platform and confused about what they should write on it.

The topic is absolutely beneficial, isn’t it? Therefore, don’t miss the opportunities to join the next volume of PCI Talks. Perhaps, the theme of PCI Talks Vol. 6 would be very essential for your life! Follow our Instagram account to stay updated on our program and activities! See you in our next Talks!

PCI Feature: About Project Child Indonesia Internship and Volunteer Program

Written by Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

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

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

Perfect Environment For Self-Development

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

– Theresia Tyas Kirana, Human Capital Intern

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

Halal Bi Halal Project Child Indonesia

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

–Dara Ayu Ariane, Content Writer Intern

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

Buka Puasa Bersama

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

–Sakina Dila, Graphic Designer Intern

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

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

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

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

–Sakina Dila, Graphic Designer Intern

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

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

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

PCI FEATURE: OVERCOME YOUR FEARS, SHOW YOURSELF

Written by Vina Dina, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

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

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

It’s All About Choice

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

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

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

About Fears

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

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

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

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

-Thereia Tyas Thea Kirana

Live is Supposed to Learning to Learn

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

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

Overcome Your Fears, Show Yourself

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

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

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

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

Theresia Tyas Thea Kirana

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