During these visits, the local children were always present, at first from afar, then closer and closer. They were fascinated to meet Marvin, a foreigner, in the flesh. One day, he asked them if they would like to learn English while their mothers learnt sewing. The children responded eagerly, so soon the Monday English class became a regular part of their week.
The whole activities lead them to a discussion of how they would continue providing these lessons once Marvin returned to Germany. At that moment, their friend walked in. They asked him casually if he would like to volunteer in a kampung, and he immediately responded “I’ll join your table”. Diederik encouraged us to create a larger network of international students that could teach English. That day in the warung, our side-project became “Project Child”.
After only three months operating as a student-based organisation in Kricak, they were approached by Pandu Indonesian Language School for their first partnership. Together, Project Child and Pandu Indonesian Language School took the children on an excursion to the zoo to learn about the animals. This made them realise that “Project Child” could do bigger projects with the help of partnerships.
However, it was not until the beginning of 2013 that “Project Child” had enough money to register as an organisation. This was in large part thanks to Tenny Yanutriana, who made it possible with her generous start-up donation. “Project Child Indonesia” was born legally, and has a written responsibility to deliver services to those in need.
In spring 2014, some of the loyal supporters from Germany have joined to establish the non-profit association “Project Child Germany”. Under Marvin’s leadership, the aim of this association is to promote future projects in Indonesia and ensure the survival of cooperation. We want to work together to lift the planned investments and to enable long-term maintenance of the project.