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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 Talks: Gender Equality for Every Child in Indonesia

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

Gender equality can still be quite hard to achieve, especially when it comes to educational opportunities. Project Child Indonesia realizes this issue and has been actively trying to help mitigate it. On May 24th, 2021 the NGO held another webinar featuring Rezki Satris, a lecturer focused on Feminism and Gender Studies at the University of AMIKOM Yogyakarta, as the guest speaker. Taking on the theme “Gender Equality for Every Child in Indonesia”, the webinar aims to help participants understand more about the importance of gender equality from an early age and how to implement this in kids’ learning process. It was also sponsored by To My Daughter, a jewelry company based in Bali that has a mission to help young girls in impoverished communities worldwide. The perfect sponsor for the insightful webinar!

Alongside its moderator Stephanie Ruth Armida, who is Project Child Indonesia’s Content Writer Intern, the webinar started off with a brief introduction and then it continued with a Gender Equality Education Workshop by the guest speaker. The topics that were discussed included factors causing women’s discrimination in the education sector, solutions to gender gap issues, as well as the purpose of gender perspective education. 

During the Q&A session, participants actively asked a variety of questions regarding the persisting gender inequality issues in Indonesia. One participant asked about the difference between gender equality and gender equity, while another asked about the guest speaker’s stance on recent governmental efforts in alleviating gender inequality in Indonesia. 

If you’re interested in attending our next PCI Talks, don’t forget to follow our Instagram page to stay updated with our future activities and programs! 

PCI Feature: 1,700 kilometers Away from Home

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

Chasing our dreams often requires making some hard sacrifices. One of them may be to migrate to a different city or country, and missing home is a normal feeling to have. But when it comes to the month of Ramadan that feeling intensifies and suddenly the urge to go back home is just much more apparent. To be able to engage in various communal traditions, like breaking the fast together over a big family meal, is something most families in Indonesia look forward to and cherish every year. But no one would expect a one year long pandemic to be part of the agenda. Muhammad Diva Permadi, Project Child Indonesia’s Media & IT Manager, is no stranger to the difficulties of being away from home. Keep reading to know more about his journey and find out how he has managed to overcome the challenges! 

Becoming a “solo-player”

In 2016, Muhammad Diva Permadi decided to move to Yogyakarta in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. With home at Batam 1,700 kilometers away, it was the start of a new chapter in his life. When your families are that far from you, it wouldn’t be surprising if it was quite shocking at first. Permadi, as his co-workers like to call him, shared that everything seemed so foreign to him when he first arrived in Yogyakarta. Not just in terms of language, since many people in Yogyakarta often use Javanese, but also with people’s behavior. It was quite difficult for him to get used to how people refer to the direction of the wind (points of the compass) when giving out directions.

Aside from getting used to the culture, Permadi had to cope with becoming a ‘solo-player’. “It can get pretty lonely because usually there are family members with me at home in Batam, but here in Yogyakarta I live alone. So, it’s usually the unexpected things that can be quite a challenge. For example, if I get sick in Batam there is my family who can help out with assisting me to the doctor and my medication, but because I live alone, I have to adapt and learn how to take care of myself properly. I learn how to be a ‘solo-player’,” said Permadi.

His Choice, His Responsibility

Facing other challenges of living alone and away from home can take a while of getting used to, and some people may call it quits and prefer to move back home instead. For Permadi, it’s all a matter of responsibility. “This is the decision I have made, so I must take responsibility for it. Even though I do make mistakes from time to time, it’s all part of the process and the least I can do is to learn from the experiences,” shared Permadi.

1,700 kilometers can seem really far away, but with a simple click of a button, Permadi has managed to stay in touch and connected with his family and friends back home thanks to Whatsapp and other communication applications.

Harder During Ramadan

If in Batam he would have bazaars as well as iftar together with family and close friends, Ramadan in Yogyakarta was very much different for Permadi. In the beginning, he felt really empty because doing the same festivities with the same people was pretty much impossible. “There was this sense of loss, especially during fasting period when I couldn’t enjoy the simple things, like a family member waking me up for suhoor or cooking family meals for iftar. The feeling of euphoria is different when I am celebrating Ramadan in Yogyakarta. I often found myself thinking, ‘why does this year’s fasting seem harder?’”.

In total Permadi has celebrated 6 Ramadans away from home. He shared that as time goes on, he’s become more used to it almost to the point where he’s become neutral about the feeling. But with time, Permadi has been able to bond closer with more people making Yogyakarta not as lonely as before.

“Even though I am used to being away from home, that feeling of homesickness does not fade one bit.”  

Key Takeaways

Being away from home and family can be a huge learning experience. Permadi shared that his situation has made him learn how to be more adaptable to unexpected and unfamiliar circumstances. When we migrate to different cities or countries, we naturally become exposed to various cultures that may have fused, making it such an interesting way to learn and get to know new people and their cultural backgrounds.

“No matter how long or far away we are, there will always be this feeling of wanting to go back home. So, for those of you who are also living kilometers away from home, hopefully you will soon get that chance to finally go home.” – Muhammad Diva Permadi

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!

How to Prevent Academic Burnout

Written by Mikhael Sianturi, Content Writer Intern of Project Child Indonesia

Academic burnout. A period where every college student, or highschooler for that matter, does not want to experience. It is a state where students feel unmotivated and tired either physically or mentally, or both, while still having the need to meet the demands that the university has given to them.

The reasons

Why does this happen? Like always, life is full of demands, and so is university. But if we are to list it to several points, here they are:

  1. Physical or mental issues. Everybody is unique and has their own flaws, unfortunately. One may feel okay keeping up with schedules outside of college study, but another may not. One may also feel like they can keep their chin up and focus on the lecture well from the beginning to the end, but another may not since their head is messing with them. 
  2. Lack of motivation. This one is pretty self-explanatory. When a student sees no purpose behind doing something, it gets in their way to accomplishment, or in other words, reaching the moment where they submit their task. To submit and get good grades is often not enough of a good reason for students to do their tasks. 
  3. Outside influences. University life is not the only life people will go through. Family, financial stability, time management; these may very well affect one another.
  4. Assignment overload. It is no secret that university lecturers give too much homework sometimes. Add that with the large amount of hours students put into following the lecturing session itself and the very possible amount of hours needed for things outside of study, where would they put their time to do homework?

Some of these, if not, all of these factors may lead a student to the topic of the article, which is academic burnout. It is always better to be safe than sorry. So, if you feel that you are making steps closer to being burnout in your college life, take it seriously. 

Tips

Here are four things you can do to prevent academic burnout from happening:

  1. At the beginning of a semester, all university students are to organize the subjects that they want to take. A lot of people say that taking huge portions each semester will give a breathing room near graduation, and it is not entirely false. However, put everything into account when you’re about to take a big portion of subjects. There is nothing wrong with being a little slow progress wise since it will provide us breathing rooms every now and then, not just near graduation. 
  2. Organize. List the upcoming deadlines, take notes during lectures, ask for materials that you might have missed from other students, or even just clean your room since it really does represent your own mind. An organized life will ease the mind by a mile.
  3. You’re a human being with limited energy, so do take a break. Make sure you’re taking breaks that will really reward you the energy and the capability to be back at 100% to continue your daily student life. Either it’s a ten hours worth of sleep to catch up with your late night shifts, a walk to the park, or a bonding with your friends, make sure to do it properly. 
  4. It’s more than okay to ask for help. As from whom, the options vary. If there’s a psychologist on stand-by hired by the university, take it into consideration since professionalism is guaranteed. A talk with your parents or sibling(s) is also an alternative. Finally, one can never go wrong with talking to your own friends, as they are most likely brother or sister in arms.

World Red Cross Day

Written by Mikhael Sianturi, Content Writer Intern of Project Child Indonesia

The world has been in a constant cycle of disaster, either naturally or unnaturally. The neverending war in the middle-eastern, lack of proper healthcare here and there, sexual violence, Covid-19 pandemic, and many more play in the role of this world’ piles of problems.

Many of these issues are addressed by the very organization mentioned in the title: the ICRC, or International Committee of the Red Cross. They are the people who are rarely credited for their service in the field. People would read their appearances on news articles but never credit their effort for cleaning the debris of the issue they’re in. So, in order to commemorate the World Red Cross Day on the 8th of May, let us see and appreciate what these men and women have done throughout the time.

Covid-19

One of the very appreciated aspects of how ICRC works is their transparency. On their website, people can access their reports regarding their work. One of the reports is about the organization’s response to covid-19 in the near and middle east.

The organization had provided support in the form of food, hygiene, water, tents, and many more to countries such as Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.

(credit: Muyassar Mansour, ICRC.org)

War and its victims

ICRC also works with blood, by not spilling them but by collecting them. One of ICRC’s programs is body retrieval of the victims of conflicts. A conflict that they had mentioned in their website is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that ended in the middle of November last year. Indeed, a conflict that not a lot of us paid attention to. 

A story that the ICRC covered to highlight just how devastating the debris that the conflict had caused was the story of a missing person. He was the son of Ahmad, who fought in the conflict and was presumed dead.

And that is the most bitter part, Ahmad’s son was presumed dead due to the lack of his body.

“To this day, we have no news, not even a body to cry over. My son’s fiancée has promised to visit his grave in a wedding dress, if his remains are ever to be found,” Ahmad claimed.

To this date, the ICRC has been involved in more than 170 retrieval missions. To retrieve a body, it is not a simple case of finding the body and bagging it. The terrain in which the bodies are located, matching the GPS location of which the bodies are with the military, placing individuals in individual bags, and the very possible case of bodies no longer intact. This is not an easy task. 

(credits: ICRC.org)

To bring the article to a more local level, of course, we need to remind ourselves that our own country has a Red Cross organization, too, namely Palang Merah Indonesia.

Palang Merah Indonesia has been busy dealing with the logistics needed to aid those who are suffering from the flood in West and East Nusa Tenggara. The numbers are staggering: 938 families or 2.655 individuals are affected in East Nusa Tenggara, 28.808 in the West. Over 9000 houses damaged in West Nusa Tenggara along with 319 hectares of rice field in the same fate. In the East, more than 800 houses were damaged.

(credits: pmi.or.id)

To aid the situation, Palang Merah Indonesia sent over a cargo weighing over 4 ton worth of medicines and daily needs that people over in West and East Nusa Tenggara do not possess. Authority says that the entirety of the cargo is worth over Rp 267.600.000 and will send periodically to April 10.

With that said, let’s appreciate those who work for the Red Cross organization more for they have done a lot and are not credited enough. We hope that these listed events have peeled your eyes a little more to the chaos of the world before us and those who collect the debris of it.