Foster Parent keeps orphan and poor children get education

Time passed so quickly seven years have passed since I managed A Junior High School, a free school for children of 12-18 years old. The opening of the school has helped children who could not gain access to education due to economic problem. During that time our school has graduated more than 100 students.

As we do not have our own class, we borrow this unused building for one.

As we do not have our own class, we borrow this unused building for one.

Carrying donated chairs

Carrying donated chairs

Carrying chairs to school.

Carrying chairs to school.

From my observations most graduates can not continue their education to a higher level due to high cost of education. I found the cheapest tuition fee is about 15 $/month. The average cost needed by children in school (G10) about 60 $/month with details to pay for tuition, transportation, purchase of stationery, bags, shoes, uniforms, practice and unexpected costs.

Ai, an orphan with her mother and brother in front of her house

Ai, an orphan with her mother and brother in front of her house

Dea, an orphan. She wants to continue attend a higher school

Dea, an orphan. She wants to continue attend a higher school

Santi, an orphan working as clothes washer

Santi, an orphan working as clothes washer

Acep, helps her mother in the farm

Acep, helps her mother in the farm

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Nurul, an orphan, Her father left when she was three months old.

Milla, an orphan. Her father left her before she had not been born.

Milla, an orphan. Her father left her before she had not been born.

What about the children coming from very low income family or orphans? Can they attend school and be equal with others? Unfortunately they could not. In general after they graduate they work as porters in the market, be home servant, and for girls get early marriage. Their parent believes when their daughter get married soon they do not have any responsibility to feed or to buy anything. Their daughter is not their responsibility anymore. Unfortunately, as the children with only 12 to 13 years of age when they get married, they are not ready mentally and physically, and eventually many of these children are young divorced.

From my observation most of girl graduates end up working in swallow industry. They work every day from 07.00 am – 04.00 pm, with wage of 1 $/day. While boys graduate work as porter in the market helping people to carry their stuff bought. What a gloomy future to me.

Swallow farm where children work.

Swallow farm where children work.

We can help children reach the sky, make their dream come true.

We can help children reach the sky, make their dream come true.

To help children get education in 2012, I opened Diva Tunas Bangsa Vocational School with the 27 registered (now they are in the XI grade). As we don’t have class (the building) yet, we borrow unused building where children can study. The learning process can be delivered better when we received table and chair from Dutch friends. Those chairs and tables are useful.

We have more than 15 teachers and most of them work as volunteer. In the new school year of 2013/2014 as many as 65 (grade X) students have registered and will continue to grow ahead when the learning begins. Most of them are children children coming from poor family and some of them are orphans. In this academic year I anticipate approximately 100 students will attend.

In order those less fortunate children continue their education I am looking for any one to be a foster parent of them. The financial assistance could be in term of partial or whole one. You may also help them by providing of books, stationery, shoes, bags, or uniforms.

List of children need financial assistance and its breakdown.
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If you would like to help with financial assistance you can email us at smkdiva@yahoo.co.id

For those who wish to send materials (books, stationery, shoes, bags, or uniforms) you can send it to our address:

SMK Diva Tunas Bangsa
Kp. Cidokom RT 03/10 Desa Kopo, Kecamatan Cisarua
Bogor 16750, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 857 1849 2430, email:smkdiva@yahoo.co.id

I am planning to put any children with his/her foster parent along with monthly report.
I would like to thank you for assisting the children in need. No matter how small or big your donation is, it means a lot to them. You can also help them by promoting this blog.
Thank you very much.

Reaching the unreached in education

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne thing that makes me happy is that seeing children in the rural area going to school. I believe education will harvest eternal smile in the future of those children. We can smile when children laugh, without being confronted with the problem. However, when they grow a variety of issues they must face. Thus, it is our duty to facilitate them so that they can go to school and have a brighter future. To me, there must be more children attending school in this new school year coming shorthly.

Houses among the trees

Houses among the trees

For these efforts, today accompanied Bapak Ukar, the community leader (RT) I made a community visit to make sure if there were children do not gain education. With our bike we went down the street winding and steep. We had to be extra careful given the impassable terrain is quite vulnerable. Last night rain had made the road slippery prophecy.

A home occupied with 5 persons

A home occupied with 5 persons

Finally we arrived at the community houses and took a rest after a fairly exhausting journey. We were pleased to meet and discuss with Mr. Budiman, a junior teacher to reassure parents and children about the importance of education. We also had a nice chat with the villagers. Today was a tiring day but meaningful one. It’s life to care.
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Education for less fortunate children through volunteer schools in disaster areas.

Every child has right to have education, no exception. In theory, the state guarantees the right of children to education as outlined in the Constitution of 1945. However, in practice other facts prove that there are millions of children due to various barriers have not had access to education.

Common houses of the children

Common houses of the children

In general there are 3 (three) main barriers, economic barriers, culture and geography. Economic barriers are community income levels that they are not able to finance their children’s education. These conditions especially for orphans and those whose parents do not have a steady job. Cultural factors is a view to place education is not something that is important for children especially for women. There is a common view within the community that is no matter how high on level she will eventually return to the “kitchen”. While geography factor is a long distance from residential to schools as well as dwellings geography prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and landslides.

Ai, an orphan with her mother and brother in front of her house

Ai, an orphan with her mother and brother in front of her house

Dea, an orphan. She wants to continue attend a higher school

Dea, an orphan. She wants to continue attend a higher school

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Santi, an orphan. Before going to school she help her neighbor washing their clothes.

To overcome these obstacles, in 2012 the Diva Tunas Bangsa Foundation (Yayasan Diva Tunas Bangsa) opened Diva Tunas Bangsa Vocational High School. The opening of that institution has been helping rural children gain an education so they can be equal with other children and in turn forward their future will be brighter.

The place where school is commonly located

The place where school is commonly located

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Students are moving donated tables and chairs to what we call “learning centre”.

The opening of the school is still facing problems faced by school administrator and the students. The school in one side, does not have sufficient school facilities needed for better teaching-leaning process: permanent class, furniture, and other supplies. We thanked friends from the Netherlands donated chairs and tables that enable students to study better.

In the students’ side  what they are facing is the daily cost and to buy school supplies. Their parents whose their earn can not finance it makes the situation worse, especially to the orphans.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo ensure the school safety as it  is located is an area where earthquakes, prone, hurricanes and landslide easily to happen it is urgently needed to mitigate the bad impact of those natural disasters. In 2012 in the local area has occurred landslides and hurricanes resulted of  losing of property and lives.

Children are studying

Children are studying

Therefore, special efforts are needed so that the continuity of education and children’s safety could be guaranteed. Alternative is to do with foster parents and to seek training to mitigate the negative impact of natural disasters.

School building destroyed by landslide

School building destroyed by landslide

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Landslide occurring in area nearby

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I am glad to see girls gain education access

 

Landslide destroyed houses

Landslide destroyed houses

“No to Captive Dolphin Show” campaign : when music speaks.

School graduation is a best moment to raise awareness where students, teachers, parents, government officials, and public in general come. In the line with it, on 5 June 2013 I had a no to captive dolphin show campaign in Al Barokah Junior School. More and more people were aware of what really happens in the captivity. The truth behinds the show.

 

What made this campaig was special is that sticker “No to Captive Dolphin Show” was found on musical instruments and got attention from the people attending.

During the performance I had a chat with students, parents and others about how they could get involved to help the captives. Not to buy a ticket to show is the easiest way. The show will over when no one comes.
Thank you for your wonderful support.

Engaging youth as dolphin deffender

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Not many people know what is happening in Taiji, Japan where dolphins are caught: some are be slaughtered for food and the rest are for captives in Marine Parks. As people are actively encouraged to visit Marine Parks and watch dolphin shows on the pretext that it is a form of education, this is misleading as it does not show the sad truth of their captivity facilitated by the drive hunts in Taiji.
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There is nothing to be learned from watching captive dolphins performing tricks for dead fish, but it shows people (especially children) cruel behavior towards animals/mammals. Thus, it is necessary to raise awareness across our planet to oppose dolphin shows.
In the line with my goal trying to end those cruelty, I gave talk to hundred of students coming from ten schools (Bogor and Jakarta) on a two days workshop from May 31 to 1 June 2012 “Schools Friend of the Earth” in my village. During the talk I show two videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6hITFXcWQA.webloc , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhot7F_C2p0, and distributed stickers. I also had had further discussion on how captivity is so cruel and get their support to spread the message among their friends at schools and home. “Peace-building in Taiji and No to Captive Dolphin Show” campaign is continuing and will always be.
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School to school campaign

There is close connection between supply and demand in captive dolphin show (circus). As long as the demand exist and so does the show. Unless public are educated how captivity is cruel, better changes are almost impossible to happens.

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As a part of the effort to end the show, I have been raising of awareness for not to visit marine parks (dolphinariums) through schools. This activity will be continuing with more schools get involved both nationally and globally.

Fact shows, visiting such show has been school agenda in the name of what they call “a part of education”. Thus, this very important to raise awareness through schools. I have been informed, in the Philippines for example, as many as hundred students visit captive dolphin show in a day. It also happens in almost part of the world including Indonesia.

 

Let’s end this cruelty by supporting my activity or spreading the message at the closet to ourselves: the family and neighbor.Image

Turning my garage into learning center

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPresent generation are facing problems ranging from natural resources scarcity along with its destruction; lack of access to education; low of access to work opportunity and other social problems.

One of the solution to prepare children have a brighter future is providing them with life skill from which they would be able to support their parent after completing the skill. This is crucial as in my area those children come from very    low income-family.

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Through the program students will learn how to design digitally printed product such as sticker, pin, logo, banner and many more. I was thinking to make some dolphin products for the campaign.  I do hope that the life skill they will have is useful for their life now and in the future.

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