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:

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!


Adolescents in humanitarian action. (n.d.). UNICEF.

IASC Guidelines on Working with and for Young People in Humanitarian and Protracted Crises. (2020, November 2). IASC.

Shifting power to young people in humanitarian action. (2019, June 24). Action Aid.

World Humanitarian Day. (n.d.). OCHA.

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


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 #ForChange in order to get more people to take action and promote a healthier lifestyle for all.

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 Collaborates with the Alumni Grant Scheme

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

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

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

OLA, an intervention to a more inclusive education

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

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

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

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


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

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

[3] The Most Used Communication Android Apps in ID according to SimilarWeb. (2021). Retrieved August 2021, from

[4] Tobing, D., & Simanjuntak, V. (2021). Does WhatsApp controversy affect Indonesian SMEs?. Retrieved August 2021, from

Menjadi Volunteer di Masa Pandemi: Kesempatan Memberi Kembali Tidak Datang Dua Kali

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

Melakukan kegiatan volunteer di tengah masa pandemi adalah suatu tantangan tersendiri. Berbagai kegiatan disesuaikan dengan situasi saat ini, salah satu contoh yang dilakukan Project Child Indonesia adalah Online Learning Assistance (OLA). Sebuah program yang bertujuan untuk membantu proses belajar anak-anak di masa pandemi.

Kali ini, saya berkesempatan untuk berbincang-bincang dengan salah satu relawan program Online Learning Assistance yang bernama Stephanie Andrean, atau lebih sering dipanggil Kak Steph. Kak Steph saat ini sedang menempuh pendidikan nutritional science di Fachhochschule Münster. Di samping kesibukan kuliahnya, Kak Steph juga bekerja paruh waktu dan menjadi volunteer di PCI. 

Kak Steph sudah mengikuti akun Instagram milik Project Child Indonesia sejak lama. Ia pernah mencoba mendaftar sebagai volunteer di batch ke 32, tapi belum beruntung. Tidak menyerah di situ, Ia mencoba lagi untuk mendaftar sebagai volunteer di batch ke 33, meskipun ada sedikit keraguan dalam hatinya, Kak Steph memberanikan diri dan mendapat kesempatan untuk menjadi volunteer di batch ke 33.

Satu Visi

“Aku sangat percaya kalau everyone can do good, walaupun jauh sekali pun, dan aku merasa aku lumayan privileged untuk hidup aku yang sekarang. Jadi, aku merasa ini saatnya aku give back ke orang lain dan aku rasa melalui PCI (Project Child Indonesia) bisa jadi salah satu cara aku buat give back.” kata Kak Steph ketika saya menanyakan alasannya untuk bergabung Project Child Indonesia sebagai volunteer. Ia merasa bahwa Project Child Indonesia memiliki visi yang sejalan dengan nya dan dapat membantu untuk merealisasikan visi tersebut. Terlebih lagi, Kak Steph ingin merasakan pengalaman baru terutama dalam mengajar, “Keknya seru deh” tambah Kak Steph.

Kegiatan Volunteer 

Sebagai volunteer, Kak Steph bertugas untuk membantu salah satu anak yang duduk di tingkat Sekolah Dasar dalam proses belajar, seperti membantu mengerjakan PR dan menjelaskan ulang materi pelajaran jika si anak masih belum paham. Biasanya, Kak Steph akan melakukan kegiatan pendampingannya pada hari Selasa dan Rabu mulai dari pukul 15.30 sampai 17.00 dan bisa diatur juga mengikuti kebutuhan si anak. Setiap minggu, Kak Steph juga membuat narrative report dan menulis report setiap bulannya.

Berbagai tantangan dihadapi Kak Steph selama menjadi volunteer. Kak Steph harus memikirkan cara supaya proses mengajarnya menarik dan tidak membuat bosan. Karena interaksi daring sangat terbatas, kegiatan harus dibuat semenarik mungkin untuk anak-anak. Terlebih lagi jika situasi sedang tidak kondusif, maka akan banyak distraksi baik dari volunteer atau si anak. Di-ghosting, chat cuma di-read, atau si anak yang tidak datang pada jadwal yang sudah ditentukan sudah Kak Steph rasakan sebagai volunteer.

“Sabar adalah Koentji” ujar Kak Steph. Menurutnya, sabar adalah kunci untuk menghadapi semua tantangan tersebut. Kak Steph menyadari juga bahwa tidak bagus juga untuk mem-push, “Bagaimanapun juga, mereka masih anak anak jadi butuh kebebasan. Mungkin juga sedang banyak kegiatan, makanya capek. Tapi sejauh ini, mereka masih baik-baik saja.”

Selain itu, Kak Steph juga harus membagi waktu dengan kegiatan lainnya. Menurutnya, kita harus tahu batasan kita. Jangan sampai kita burn out dan keteteran sehingga tanggung jawab kita akan terbengkalai nantinya. Cari tau apa yang kita benar-benar inginkan, membuat skala prioritas, masukan ke to-do-list, jangan menunda-nunda, dan nikmati apa yang kita lakukan adalah segelintir saran dari Kak Steph untuk membagi waktu.

Manfaat yang Didapat

Benefit yang dampaknya paling besar buat aku sih jadi bisa ngomong panjang lebar sama anak kecil. To be honest, selama ini aku merasa canggung karena aku ngga tau mau ngomong apa dan ngga ada bahan pembicaraan. Tapi sejak volunteer OLA ini, aku lebih banyak tahu tentang anak-anak, seperti kehidupan mereka seperti apa. Karena selama ini, aku nggak pernah hidup berdampingan sama mereka jadi ga pernah tau seperti apa. Jadi lebih membuka mata gitu. ketemu orang-orang baru juga menambah kenalan, lebih ke gaining and training soft skill, seperti time management, how to work with people, how to socialize.” kata Kak Steph saat saya menanyakan tentang manfaat apa yang telah didapat selama 3 minggu kegiatan Online Learning Assistance berlangsung. 

Kak Steph merasa senang atas apa yang sudah didapatkan sejauh ini. Meskipun baru sebentar, Ia sudah mendapat banyak hal menarik. Kak Steph berharap untuk kedepannya bisa menemukan hal-hal yang lebih menarik lagi dan apa yang dia sudah ajarkan dapat membantu anak anak yang mengikuti program ini.

Kak Steph juga punya pesan untuk kita semua, “Jika memang waktu dan situasi memungkinkan, coba daftar volunteer deh. So far, I am not regretting this opportunity. Aku pribadi berpikir mungkin aku akan lebih menyesal kalau ga nyoba daftar. Kesempatan nggak datang 2 kali, sekalipun 2 kali pasti circumstances nya sudah berbeda.” Mencoba sesuatu yang baru bukanlah hal yang salah, kesempatan hanya datang satu kali. Jadi, jika ingin bergabung dengan Project Child Indonesia atau mau memulai sesuatu yang baru. Just do it. It is now or never.

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.


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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!










Kamu Tidak Harus Menunggu Untuk Berbuat Baik

Ditulis oleh: Angelien Chrestella Pardi, Social Business Trainee Intern Project Child Indonesia

Hati Nurani yang Bersalah

Saya selalu menikmati melakukan perjalanan dan naik mobil. Dengan hiruk pikuknya kehidupan kuliah dan pekerjaan, terutama di masa pandemi ini, saya sering memanfaatkan waktu ini untuk menghilangkan stres, mendengarkan musik yang menenangkan sambil mengamati kehidupan yang terjadi di sekitar saya. Namun, di dalam perjalanan, tidak jarang saya melihat orang-orang menjalani kehidupan mereka yang sulit. Misalnya, anak-anak kecil meminta-minta kepada pengendara mobil dan motor, orang tua membawa karung, mengais-ngais tempat sampah, dan lain-lain.

Sama seperti orang lain, melihat betapa sulitnya hidup bagi orang-orang yang kurang mampu benar-benar menyentuh hati dan membuat saya sangat terharu. Saya sering menemukan diri saya berempati dengan orang-orang tersebut dan mengatakan pada diri sendiri bahwa saya akan melayani orang-orang yang sangat membutuhkan pertolongan dan membantu mereka di saat saya mencapai kesuksesan. Namun, suara hati saya terus-menerus menghantui saya dengan satu pertanyaan ini: Kenapa? Kenapa harus di kemudian hari?

Penjelasan di Balik Pertanyaan Tersebut

Saya yakin bahwa saya bukan satu-satunya orang yang bersalah untuk memiliki pemikiran seperti itu. Menunjukan jari kepada orang lain untuk memiliki pemikiran ini bukanlah niat saya karena menurut saya sangatlah wajar bagi manusia untuk memprioritaskan diri mereka sendiri, dan kebutuhan mereka, di atas orang lain. Namun, pernahkah kita berhenti sejenak dan merenungkan mengapa kita terus mengatakan pada diri sendiri untuk membantu orang lain hanya setelah kaya dan nyaman dengan kehidupan? Mengapa kita harus menunggu saat itu datang untuk membantu orang lain? Mari kita berhenti sejenak dan merenungkan pertanyaan ini.

Sekarang izinkan saya bertanya kepada Anda: Bagaimana jika waktu yang tepat itu tidak pernah datang? Apa yang terjadi kemudian? Apakah itu berarti Anda tidak akan berbuat baik dalam hidup Anda? Jelas tidak karena kenyataannya, dalam hidup, tidak ada waktu yang ideal untuk melakukan hal tertentu. Berbuat baik tidaklah berkecualian. Tidak akan pernah ada waktu yang tepat bagi Anda untuk berbuat baik dan membantu orang lain. Percayalah, momen itu tidak akan pernah datang. Anda hanya membuang-buang waktu jika Anda menunggunya. Jika Anda ingin membantu orang lain, mulailah dari sekarang.

Bagaimana Saya Dapat Membantu?

Anda sudah memiliki keinginan untuk berbuat baik. Itu hebat! Ini membuktikan kebaikan dan sikap kepedulian Anda terhadap orang lain dan bahwa Anda bersedia dan siap untuk memberikan kontribusi altruistik kepada sekeliling Anda. Namun, mungkin Anda masih tidak yakin bagaimana Anda dapat membantu orang lain. Langkah apakah yang harus ditempuh selanjutnya? Bagaimana Anda memulainya?

Janganlah khawatir! Berikut adalah beberapa cara yang dapat Anda lakukan untuk berbuat baik:

1. Jadilah seorang Samaria yang Baik Hati

Janganlah menutup mata atau kuping Anda terhadap orang yang membutuhkan bantuan Anda. Sebaliknya, bantulah mereka semampu Anda. Belikan makanan untuk yang lapar, berikan selimut untuk yang kedinginan, dan bantulah orang tua saat mereka menyeberang jalan. Tindakan kebaikan kecil ini mungkin tampak tidak berarti bagi Anda, tetapi Anda tidak akan pernah tahu seberapa besar artinya bagi mereka.

2. Jadilah Seorang Sukarelawan

Menjadi sukarelawan adalah salah satu cara paling luar biasa yang dapat Anda lakukan untuk membantu komunitas Anda. Selain menambah kebahagiaan dan arti kehidupan dalam hidup Anda, menjadi seorang sukarelawan juga dapat memberi Anda rasa memiliki dalam komunitas. Selain itu, Anda dapat memilih bagaimana Anda ingin berkontribusi dan membantu komunitas berdasarkan minat dan hasrat Anda.

3. Penggalangan Dana untuk Suatu Tujuan

Melibatkan teman dan keluarga Anda untuk menggalang dana dengan tujuan yang sangatlah dekat di hati Anda adalah cara yang bagus dan menyenangkan untuk mendukung komunitas Anda. Selain itu, menyumbang sebagai pengganti acara khusus untuk tujuan yang Anda minati adalah cara luar biasa untuk membuat hari tersebut berkesan dan bermakna.

4. Berbagilah Dengan Menyumbang

Tidak semua orang mempunyai waktu untuk melakukan bakti sosial meskipun mereka mempunyai keinginannya. Dan itu tidak apa-apa! Sumbangan datang dalam banyak bentuk dan terserah Anda mau menyumbang apa, tentu berdasarkan kebutuhan masyarakat. Misalnya, Anda dapat mengantar dan menyumbangkan makanan ke komunitas lokal, pakaian ke tempat penampungan tunawisma, buku dan perlengkapan ke sekolah dan panti asuhan setempat.

Selain itu, ada banyak sekali organisasi non-profit di luar sana yang menerima sumbangan dana. Dengan mendanai organisasi-organisasi tersebut, Anda dapat membantu NGOs dalam mendukung program-program berkelanjutan mereka, sehingga dengan demikian, Anda dapat membantu masyarakat rentan.

5. Gunakanlah Suara Anda

Tidak semua orang memiliki keberanian untuk membela diri mereka sendiri. Hal ini sangatlah menonjol di para korban bullying, pemerkosaan, rasisme, seksisme, dan sebagainya. Seringkali, individu-individu yang tidak berani untuk membela diri berasal dari kelompok minoritas masyarakat, seperti yang tunawisma, yang terlantar, yang tertindas, dan yang tak berdaya. Oleh karena itu, jika Anda aktif di media sosial, atau platform-platform lainnya, Anda dapat menggunakan keterampilan Anda dengan sangat baik! Gunakanlah suara Anda dan bicaralah untuk mereka, bersama mereka. Tindakan Anda akan meningkatkan kesadaran kepada orang-orang di sekitar Anda dan siapa tahu, dapat memberi kelompok-kelompok minoritas tersebut keberanian untuk membela diri dan membantu membawa perubahan positif dan bermanfaat bagi komunitas.

Berbuat Baik dengan Project Child Indonesia

Sebagai organisasi nirlaba yang berpusat pada sukarelawan, Project Child Indonesia menawarkan beberapa kesempatan bagi orang-orang, terutama para remaja, untuk berpartisipasi dalam membuat perbedaan di kalangan masyarakat. Dari peran relawan hingga posisi magang, kampanye publik hingga acara penggalangan dana, Project Child Indonesia berniat untuk menginspirasi lebih banyak individu agar lebih peduli pada masyarakat, terutama dalam mengadvokasi dan mendukung anak-anak dan warga negara Indonesia yang berada di komunitas rentan di Yogyakarta. Oleh karena itu, jika hasrat dan minat Anda terletak pada advokasi anak dan pendidikan, dan juga menemukan diri Anda berkomitmen untuk membuat dampak besar pada masyarakat, menjalankan waktu Anda di Project Child Indonesia sebagai seorang sukarelawan pastilah berhikmah.

Garis bawah

Bunda Theresa pernah berkata,

“Sehari tanpa melakukan sesuatu yang baik untuk orang lain adalah hari yang tidak berharga untuk dijalani.”

Kutipan ini mengartikulasikan dengan asli tentang esensi kehidupan yang paling mendasar. Hidup tidak akan bermakna tanpa tindakan kebaikan, tindakan kasih sayang dan bahasa cinta yang universal.

Tindakan apapun yang Anda memutuskan untuk melakukan, ingatlah untuk selalu berbuat baik karena tindakan inilah yang membuat hidup kita berarti. Setiap benih yang Anda tanam hari ini akan menghasilkan buah yang besar di keesokan hari. Dengan ini, berhentilah menunggu dan mulailah membantu orang lain karena apapun keadaannya, “Semua orang dapat berbuat baik”.

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”.

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!