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2014: A look back to a wonderful year

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YUM Community Library is the only one of its kind in the area of Cipanas which due to its well equipped facilities is able to provide the communities it serves with books, educational toys, as well as computer and internet access but, what it is more important: to increase children’s quality of education.

This is thanks to the Primus Child Foundation who, through their grants since 2012, enabled the children to realize their dreams and have access to qualified education.

Project Background

YUM Community Library is the only one of its kind in the area of Cipanas which due to its well equipped facilities is able to provide the communities it serves with books, educational toys, as well as computer and internet access but, what it is more important: to increase children’s quality of education.

This is thanks to the Primus Child Foundation who, through their grants since 2012, enabled the children to realize their dreams and have access to qualified education.

For the past 2 years, the Library has been offering the following regular sessions: reading, writing, storytelling, arts and crafts, drawing and coloring, watching movies, dancing and musical instruments, English Club, nutrition and health education and two or three times a year a Creativity Day. Nothing of the above could have be done without the support of the Primus Child Foundation.

Seeing the success and importance of the YUM Library for those communities during the first year, we were more convinced that was the way to proceed in our commitment in improving the quality of life for a second year.

Project Updates

During the second year of the project, some improvements have been made to maximize library’s facilities. We bought more books, CDs, VCDs & DVDs and also musical instruments.

We have also bought stationaries and arts & crafts materials such as crayons, pencil colors, drawing books, origami paper, ribbon, paraffin, pencils, erasers, pens and others.

During the last six months, several visitors from abroad also came to have activities with the children at the Library; CERES Group from Australia from June 27th to July 4th; Singapore International School students (SIS) in August 21st and 22nd; Jakarta International School students (JIS) on September 11th and from October 22nd to 25th; and also British School Jakarta students (BSJ) on October 20th and 21st 2014.

Visitors participated in arts & crafts activities, games and also painting murals at the playground. These visits have provided exceptional experiences for both, children and visitors.

Library Daily Activities

a. Reading and Writing

In order to facilitate reading and writing activities and increase library’s visitors, we bought 814 books during the last six months, so that we have in total as much as 7.007 books consisting of children’s books, motivation books, edu-comics, encyclopedias, and also books for adults, such as animal husbandry books, recipes or cooking books, sewing books and others. The number of library members reached 256 comprising students from all levels and adults, while visitors average a thousand each month.

After installing in our YUM Library in Kalimantan a new library system created by the Indonesian Ministry of Education - called “Senayan” - and seeing its effectiveness and benefits, we have decided to replace the present system created by a former Japanese volunteer for this new system at the Library in Cipanas.

The Senayan Library System can be used online or offline. The advantage is that by using this system our Head Office in Jakarta is able to track data about books, members, lending system and reports. Currently, we have the support of an Indonesian IT volunteer - Vania Karimah, who goes to Cipanas to train the YUM Librarian and other staff in order to better understand the system. Hopefully, the new system will improve our services to the children in the library.

b. Storytelling

Storytelling is not always about reading a story aloud, but also encouraging the children to be brave and confident speaking in front of others or during discussions. Therefore, we always encourage our children to read a book of their choice before joining any other activity.

c. Arts & Crafts

During the visits of international schools’ students, the activity arts & crafts always become the most favored activity to carry out at the Library, such as, creating products from recycled materials, origami papers, used ice cream sticks, paraffin, beads always attract a good number of children.

d. Drawing & Coloring

Coloring activity is usually followed by Preschool and 1st and 2nd grade Elementary students, while the older students prefer to use crayon, pencil color or watercolor for their drawings.

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e. Watching Movies

Usually on Wednesdays is time for kids to watch a movie. Sometimes we choose educational short movies, especially those referred to health and nutrition, since this is how kids will better remember how to wash their teeth or how important is to wash their hands often…. Other times, we just let kids enjoy by watching international movies like Frozen, Avengers, Kung Fu Kid, Arthur and others, so that despite their poor economic situation they are able to have the same sort of enjoyment like other kids in the world.

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f. Dancing and Playing Musical Instruments

In order to increase children’s skills in playing musical instruments, we bought flutes, pianikas and harmonicas. We also teach them about ensemble music with Angklung, guitar and traditional songs to explore their talent and interest in music and also traditional dances.

Nutrition and Health Education

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a. Tooth Brushing and Hand Washing

This kind of activities is also much favored by children because they can play while doing tooth brushing, hand washing, clean up their ears, cut their finger nails and because after that, the time of watching a movie will begin…

We also remind children about the importance of a healthy behavior to prevent them from diseases or malnourished condition.

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b. Organic Vegetables and Box of Milk Distribution

On Fridays, around 35 children have a glass of milk and 10 of them get a box of milk and a basket of vegetables to improve their nutrition. f. Dancing and Playing Musical Instruments In order to increase children’s skills in playing musical instruments, we bought flutes, pianikas and harmonicas. We also teach them about ensemble music with Angklung, guitar and traditional songs to explore their talent and interest in music and also traditional dances.

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YUM Toy Community Library

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“Now I know how the sand beach feels! Thank you!”

This is the statement that came out from the children when we made a new sand box in a new outdoor playground, because some of them have never set foot on a beach due to their economic condition.

In July, YUM decided to remove an unused fishpond in front of the Library and Preschool to become a new outdoor playground, more useful for children and preschool students. In October, ten Jakarta International School students helped to finish it by painting the playground with colorful animals. Thanks to Primus, the children are really happy with this new outdoor playground. We have also renewed some of the educational toys in the Toys Community Library attended by some 500 children a month.

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Box of Books

Currently this program is implemented in 5 schools: SDN Ciwalen, MI Raudhatul Mubtadi’in, TPQ Ar Roji, MI Miftahul Ulum and SDN Mitra Bhakti.

Implementation of the program is going very well, rotating a box of 100 books in each school every six weeks. The students can borrow the books to be read at home for 1 to 5 days, based on each school’s rules. Besides, the program also helped the teachers to improve their lessons material, and also helped the schools to get a good accreditation because they have a library or join a mobile library – YUM’s Box of Books program.

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YUM Library English Club

The English Club at the YUM Library takes place once a week. The English Club becomes more exciting when foreign volunteers or visitors come to help, because kids love to talk to foreigners and without noticing children learn faster.

Julie –a volunteer from Switzerland helping at YUM Cipanas for 4 months- joins the English Club and plays games with children - the children love her.

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YUM Preschool

In May 8th, 40 Preschool students accompanied by mothers and YUM’s personnel, went to The Jhon’s Cianjur Aquatic Resort –a public swimming pool and a small zoo- to have a recreation as the year-end school activities before graduating from the Preschool. On June 25th, we were proud to have a graduation ceremony for 13 students who will enter elementary school.

The new school-year began in July with 43 students. A new teacher - Mrs. Hety - was hired to replace Ms. Vera who has resigned for taking care of her children after 2 years of teaching at the preschool.

Creativity Day

“Creativity Day” took place 3 times in 2014 in order to explore children’s creativity and hidden talents. The first creativity day this year took place on February 20th, with the theme of “Let’s Preserve Our Environment”; the 2nd on commemoration of Indonesia Children’s Day with the theme “Let’s Protect Our Children’s Rights” took place on June 25th, and the 3rd was held in October 12th with a theme “I Love Indonesia”.

The last creativity day had an audience of more than 200 children and it was enlivened with competitions, dances and a play followed by the awards ceremony. The children were really happy to join these events and let their hidden talents to flourish.

Tutoring Activities

Tutoring activities are held from Monday to Friday attended by about 100 students from Elementary to Junior High School. This year, we succeed to help a group of 12 students who were unable to read and write while they were already attending the 4th grade of Elementary School. After few months they are not only able to read but to write short stories.

In August, a Quiz Competition was held by the University Surya Kencana Cianjur (UNSUR) for Elementary students in our district – the Cibadak district - as commemoration of the 69th Indonesian Independence Day. YUM and 5 schools participated in the competition.

We sent 4 groups of students who attended the tutoring and remedial activities from grades 4 to 6. Although at the beginning we had difficulties to find bright students to join the competition because some of our best students had already been chosen by their schools to be their representatives, one group of our students won the 3rd place in the Competition.

What a great achievement for our YUM Tutoring students!

Summary and Work Plan

In this second year YUM has achieved its goals thanks to Primus Child Foundation’s support. We have now thousands of books to the disposal of our children to help them during their studying years and flourishing their talents. We have enriched children culturally as well, by introducing them to music and dance, and let our preschool children have a new experience to play with sand after installing a sandbox in our playground.

Also important are the creativity day program for our students, to awaken their talents as well as to gain confidence as this is how our students developed the necessary confidence and strength to participate in the District Quiz Competition, and win!

None of above could have been achieved without the support of Primus Child Foundation to whom YUM wishes to express its gratitude for giving the opportunity to hundreds of children to deepen their education for a second year, and for allowing YUM to achieve its goal of improving the quality of life of the poor.

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