Contributing for Coastal Area with Sekolah Pantai

Written By Riza Nurul Afsari, Program Coordinator Sekolah Pantai

My name is Riza and I am a Program Coordinator at Sekolah Pantai Program. I am a person who is interested in participating in new activities. I can’t do monotonous activities because I believe that an experience will not come if we do not pick it up. The experience gave me more knowledge and many friends. The new friends make me learn many things. I probably did not get knowledge about life in formal school, but obtained it from a social activity.

I am concerned to see the bad habits of the people who throw garbage at the beach and catch fish with explosives that damage coral reefs. As we know, there is no curriculum in formal schools that teach us about queuing culture, be friendly, respect the work of others, and carry out environmental care activities, even though we need to have empathy for others and the environment. That is why I am joining Project Child and taking part in teaching at a Sekolah Pantai Program so that children around the coastal area can have better knowledge about how to preserve the environment and help one another in need.

I saw my college friend take part in a teaching program in the Sekolah Sungai Program at Code river. I am willing to participate in such activities, then I found out that Project Child Indonesia also has a program in Pacitan called Sekolah Pantai. I applied for an intern position in January 2020 and took an interview. Thankfully I was given the opportunity to become a program coordinator who would later hold a campaign to several schools in Pacitan.

I am responsible to help the Program Manager on executing the Ocean Conservation Campaign (OCC), from conceptualizing, preparing, and ensuring that the volunteers complete their task. Moreover, I and the Program Manager often visit several local government offices and partner schools to make an agreement on the campaign schedule. The OCC team consists of 4 volunteers: Winda, Dhimas, Tiwi, and Duan. We already prepared many things such as made dance moves for flash mobs and made properties for campaign props. We also prepared a mascot for the campaign: a turtle named Pici (Penyu PCI/PCI’s turtle). We made Pici from used cardboard, raffia ropes and used helmets. We implemented the recycle system to make all the campaign props as the part of the campaign. Unfortunately, we have to postpone the campaign in schools because of Covid-19 outbreak and change it into a video campaign on instagram.

Besides being a Program coordinator, I also help to teach dance every Sunday morning because the children were very enthusiastic about the activity. I am able to dance and have experiences performing traditional dance, so I am very happy to help. The children are ready to perform and it is planned that the children will perform on car free day to support the Water Day campaign but we canceled it because of Covid-19.

I have some memorable experiences for me, such as when the kids learned to dance they didn’t want to go home when class was over. I can also learn surfing at Teleng Ria Beach. One thing that is interesting for me is that I can enter the Pancer Door beach area without paying a ticket because I have an ID card as an intern at Sekolah Pantai. Finally, I am glad to be a part of Project Child as an intern and contribute for Pacitan with the Sekolah Pantai Program. 

Doing Internship from Home: How Is It for The Interns?

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

Doing an internship in Project Child Indonesia requires you to be at the office or working for your project for 20 hours per week. That means four hours on average on weekdays. It sounds easy for those who have the privilege of time as those interns in the Batch 30 now. 

It has been a month since the interns did their respective jobs. However, suddenly the world is hit with the COVID-19 virus. Before it got worse, everyone must not be at the office and work from home. How does this affect the interns that usually spend their time at the office? How do they overcome their boredom? How do they work on their projects away from the office?

Adjeng is one of the interns from Partnership department

One of the interns from the partnership department, Adjeng Tunjung Pamase, or known as Adjeng, expressed that she missed interacting with everyone. “At the office, I get to talk to other interns, do my tasks, or join clubs that PCI offers.” However, in this work from home situation, almost everyone is forced to do their jobs in front of their laptops, including Adjeng. Her deadlines are also becoming her thing to keep going, as her urge usually is just watching the interns working at the office. She explained further, “I still have the same amount of work, well, it adds a bit, but it’s still fine.” 

Niar is one of the intern from Human Capital department

The different situation is faced by Niar Maharani. Niar, who is from the Human Capital department, has to hold several projects because of the social distancing policy. “All of the clubs that I arrange have to be at the office, and we have to cancel all of that.” It is indeed an awful situation, but she understands.”After discussing with the supervisor, we have solutions for it. Therefore, it’s okay.” 

Both of them now have plenty of time to spend. Niar shared that she is doing her normal life as she is doing a revision for her thesis. “I also watch Korean Dramas to kill time. It helps a bit.” Adjeng, on the other hand, divides her time between her work and trying new things like joining online zumba classes. 

 Adjeng hopes that this will pass soon, and everyone can enjoy Ramadhan. She also wishes for the funding project that PCI holds to succeed as it will help those who are in vulnerable communities such as people who live near the Code, Gajahwong, and Winongo river. Same goes with Niar, she wants everyone to stay healthy despite being amid a pandemic. Our prayer goes with everyone. Cheer up!

Pasar Mandiri: The Volunteers’ Effort

Behind every successful event, there are always hard-working people. Although they are assigned to different parts, all of them become the backbone of the events. The real example is Pasar Mandiri, a project which Sekolah Sungai held on 7-8th of March. 

Pasar Mandiri is a project that introduces the idea of the importance of thrift shopping, which also reduces textile waste to the children. Held in respectively three places, which are at Sungai Code, Winongo, and Gajahwong, this event is successful because of the volunteers and coordinators’ efforts. For the volunteers, it must be a fun journey.

Enrico Ardhana Putra or Rico from Sekolah Sungai Winongo expressed that they had several steps to prepare the event. “For the first step, we have to gather unused clothes from people.” Following their publication through Project Child social media, they gathered a quite amount of clothes. The same thing is also expressed by Melisa Tanady, a volunteer from Sekolah Sungai Code. “We (the committee for Pasar Mandiri Code) sorted the clothes a week before the event.”

The volunteers didn’t work alone. The children also helped them to run this event through roleplaying. They became cashiers, securities, sellers, which is also an exercise for them to learn about the concept of responsibility. Ideas are also exchanged between the volunteers and the children. Therefore it is not only mainly from the volunteers’ opinions. 

While this event is considered a success, the obstacles are still there. A volunteer from Sekolah Sungai Gajahwong, Wani Utami, or Tami, revealed, “It was raining at the morning of the event (03/08).” She added that the volunteers also had difficulty in carrying back the unsold clothes. The same thing happened in Winongo as it was heavily raining in the morning, forcing them to delay their departure to Winongo. “We are supposed to go at 6 AM, but it got delayed to 8 AM.” said Rico. 

This annual event also benefits both the children and the volunteers. Melisa said she got the priceless experience and the importance of being grateful. “I think personally the children would get exposure on how to sell things which they wouldn’t get in school.” 

Lastly, all of them wished that the next Pasar Mandiri would also be successful. Tami said that she hoped for more attention in the preparation of the event. Rico said he would expect nicer decoration next year, and Melisa wished that it will always be a useful event for everyone. Despite all the difficulties they faced, we always try to improve ourselves to do good things. 

Studying From Home: Is It Our Time to Invest in Stock?

As we work to meet our needs everyday, we may question whether we ever feel secure with our condition. We may define secure as having meals for three times a day, having fixed income every month, or maybe being able to go to cinemas more than four times in a month. It is different for every person, but we agree that it is not a bad thing if we have money more than we actually need. 

While we wander to find the answer to our biggest question, ‘How to have more money’, we probably don’t even realize that we often hear it. Yeah, you heard it. It is the word investment. Investment comes up in many types, for example, stocks, bonds, mutual funds. 

The second study club held by the Human Capital Department in April was discussing stocks investment. Zunarsa Hafizh Rizqulloh, Branch Representatives of PT Phillip Sekuritas Indonesia was the speaker of the finance club this month. Hosted in Zoom, there were a total of 21 participants from Project Child Indonesia, including the staff, interns and volunteers. X talked about many aspects in stock investment such as the basic concept which is there will be the people who need the money and the ones who have the capital, the benefits of it including the gaining capital gain, dividen, bonus share or stock split, and of course, the risks which is divided into capital loss and  liquidity risk. 

Kak Hafizh explaining how to buy stocks

40 minutes of the conference were in fact short. After 25 minutes explaining the materials, some of the participants raised questions about their curiosity of stocks investments. The questions are various, such as when is the best time for us, as the investors, to buy the stocks in the middle of the pandemic, how much money the students need for investing stocks, and how to count the stock price in certain times. 

Kak Hafizh was happy to share his knowledge about stocks investments to Project Child Indonesia. Nevertheless, it was a great time for us, team Project Child Indonesia to learn something new although it is only using Zoom. We hope it encourages us to do something good in the future!

Out of love, I Care and Serve Others

Written by Rut Dwi Ardiyantini (Volunteer Sekolah Sungai Code)

Hey, call me Ruth. I am a final year student, majoring in Social Development and Welfare, FISIPOL UGM batch 2016. Now I am a volunteer in one of NGOs in Yogyakarta, namely Project Child Indonesia. I joined batch #30. I have started this volunteer for about 2 months and will continue until June 2020. At Project Child Indonesia, I joined Sekolah Sungai team. Surprised and happy when I heard the good news, that I was accepted as a volunteer at that time. I thank for being given an extraordinary opportunity and trust for me to be able to learn, grow, and develop together with Project Child Indonesia. Of course I’m very grateful to be a small part of this cool NGO.

Being a volunteer means caring and willing to serve. But the basis of both is love. Love, caring and serving are related. Out of love I care. Out of love, I wanna serve and benefit for others. The law of love in the Bible, especially on Matthew 22:39 states that “Love your neighbor as for yourself.” It means love others as we love ourselves. There are still many of us who are less fortunate like us who have enough, those who are in need and need our help. Loving is my basis for serving, because serving without love becomes a pointless thing. If we have based ourselves with love there must be a sense of caring and willingness to serve sincerely. This also relates to the motto owned by Project Child Indonesia, “every one can do good.” Yes, everyone can do good that can be started from the simple thing that is caring. Care will move the heart to want to serve others by helping each other and making positive changes. Serving others means having great care for others.

Through Sekolah Sungai Program, volunteers and interns did the services to vulnerable communities in the river side in Yogyakarta, namely Code, Winongo, and Gajahwong river. I am involved in the Sekolah Sungai Code team. Together with the team, I do service to the Code river side community. We educate all layers of the society including children, parents, and community leaders about health, environment and disaster prevention. The education is intended to raise community awareness about matters relating to those 3 issues, which is can bring to positive change for the community itself. When educating, I participated in the process of community development. I socialize, participate and contribute directly to the community. I am happy to be able to benefit others through volunteer activities that are useful.

During doing this volunteer activity, I learned many things and got the benefits that I felt. Project Child Indonesia has taught me about commitment, responsibility and good teamwork. I feel happy to meet, make new friends and also new family with people from various places and backgrounds, we share our story each other. From that I get broaden networking opportunities. I also get new experiences in working in an international atmosphere and get insights from many learning that held by Project Child Indonesia, such as through self-development and bonding activities. Beside that, Project Chil Indonesia help me on practice and improve my leadership skills and other skills. All of that can help me in developing my capacity to be even better. I hope in the end, through this volunteering activity, I get a better life learning and understanding that I have never had before.

Message from me as a volunteer is “serving with love will create a sense of caring, gratitude, sincerity, and comfort in serving others.” That will certainly makes volunteering activities become fun and good.

Studying from Home: Let’s Talk about Sex Education

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

Being quarantined at home doesn’t mean you have nothing to do. You can learn how to cook, watch series that you always ditch for, practice yoga, or whatever activity you want to do. In Project Child, the events do not just stop because of the quarantine. Although the volunteers, interns, and staff are banned from going to the office, the self-development clubs are still held with conference call applications such as Zoom. 

For the first week, we have a study club. After discussing tips on how to get a scholarship, this month, we brought the topic of sex education. This topic is mentioned following the event that Sekolah Pantai once held last month, which covers the same issue. However, the material is indeed different, as, in this chance, the club is discussing toxic relationships and premarital sex. 

Before discussing the problems, Kak Mirna Fitri, who works in Correctional Board (Balai Permasyarakatan) Madiun, assigned those who are going to join the conference to watch two Indonesian movies, Dua Garis Biru and Posesif. These two movies are good examples to give everyone a glimpse of the premarital sex and toxic relationship phenomena in Indonesia.

For approximately 45 minutes, Kak Mirna and 17 participants, including the interns and volunteers, went deeper into the problems and exchanged a few questions. It covered some questions such as how to introduce the concept of sex education to teens, are people who are toxic in a relationship because their parents’ influence will always be toxic, or how to get out of the toxic relationship. 

Kak Mirna answered all the questions well. She said by herself,

“I admit that it’s still hard to introduce the proper sex education to the young people because there are still teachers and parents who don’t fully understand the topics, and they fail to deliver it wisely.”

She continued, “We’re usually only taught about human sexual anatomy when we learn about sex education. We often forget about the behavior that plays an important role, too, such as the topic of the age of consent, reproductive health, emotional relations, and responsibility, etc.” 

Even though the discussion is only done in Zoom, everyone is content with the knowledge about those two topics, which is still considered taboo in Indonesia. After this discussion, Kak Mirna hoped that all the participant become aware and can be good agents for introducing the topic of sex education to children and not trapped into a toxic relationship that can lead to unwanted pregnancy. 

I Don’t Get Paid to Be Awesome

by Witri Utami (Sekolah Sungai Volunteer)

  Sherry Anderson once said, “Volunteers do not get paid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless”.

     A volunteer is also known as an unpaid worker. When it comes to volunteering, the only requirements that we should have are passion and positivity. The positivity comes from the positive attitude, it is shown when our mind is looking for valuable action that we can do for everyone. While passion is about the willingness and effort to do it continuously, wherever and whenever it is needed.

Tami is the one who is wearing black hijab

     My name is Witri Utami, I just graduated from a private university, Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta, majoring in law. I had never been involved in volunteer activities and decided to do it when my friends told me about their experience involved in volunteering at Project Child Indonesia. Then, I tried to find out more about volunteer activities on Project Child Indonesia through social media and followed the selection process. One of the interesting things about Project Child Indonesia is the friendliness of its members that make us comfortable to interact with each other. They welcome new members in a fun and educational way, which can be seen from a welcoming party session that is filled by a sharing session and then followed by some activities that can unite one another.

     Project Child Indonesia offers volunteer opportunities which consists of some divisions and one of them is Sekolah Sungai. Sekolah Sungai has numerous projects where we are able to increase our social engagement skills. We conduct activities for the society in certain areas to provide additional knowledge that will be useful for their daily life. Also, we have projects for children such as learning class and Pasar Mandiri which was conducted last month. We believe that school is not enough for social learning, as we are aware that the main purpose of school is providing an academic aspect.

     Project Child Indonesia tries to help the children of the younger generation to learn about social engagement where children will pay attention to how to do everything with sincerity, like helping others through volunteering. Volunteering in Project Child Indonesia is not only about having a connection to the community or committing activities together, but also benefiting us as we have various self-development programs as a tool for us to develop ourselves. Self-development is not only for personal interests, but also to familiarize themselves with each other.

     As Kofi Annan said, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the others for helping others.”

     That is the value that I got in Project Child Indonesia as long as I become a volunteer. Volunteering as a family where we are working together to spread kindness through useful activities. It can transform yourself to become a responsible person. Furthermore, it is one of the ways to boost your personality. 

Volunteer Demography Batch #30

Intern Demography Batch #30

Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good

by Monica (Sekolah Sungai Volunteer)

Firstly, let me introduce myself, my name is Monica and I am currently studying at UPN “Veteran” Yogyakarta majoring in Petroleum Engineering batch 2016.

Monica in one of the Sekolah Sungai session

I want to share my experience since I become one of the volunteers in Project Child Indonesia (PCI) Batch #30. It has been 2 months since we did a training and welcoming party before becoming active in PCI’s program. My position in this organization is the volunteer of Sekolah Sungai in Winongo River. Sekolah Sungai is one of the programs which the target is given to the community at three riverbanks in Yogyakarta namely Winongo, Gajahwong, and Code. Every group has seven volunteers including two interns. I am so grateful that I could meet new friends and make new experiences with others while trying to achieve our mission together although we are from different backgrounds.

At Sekolah Sungai, we focus on conducting events based on their needs and potentials, for example Pasar Mandiri, Nutrition Supply, and Urban Farming. At the first and second of Sekolah Sungai in Winongo visits, we tried to introduce ourselves by calling the children around their house. I was really impressed by their enthusiasm and friendliness. We gathered them into a community meeting place, but they still forced me to call their other friends. Then, they took my hand and I felt so happy as I thought some of the children were shy. I thought they would be shy to meet me for the first time, but they were so brave. In our activities which only lasted for 2 hours, we did many things such as introducing our team, playing together, giving them the rules when they joined the class which helped them to respect others, and lastly we explained the material needed. At the end of the meeting, we gave them fruits. After the class finished, they were so happy and I was proud when they were excited to join the next meeting. Then we made plans for the next meeting. We were part of this volunteering and we wanted to give our best contribution to them. I made sure that all groups were planned clearly and in detail according to the plan. 

The first program was Pasar Mandiri, a secondhand market by the children of Sekolah Sungai to raise awareness about the importance of thrift shopping to reduce textile waste. It also provided an opportunity for children to learn what transaction was and how it worked. For the next meeting at Sekolah Sungai, we gave the children an opportunity to roleplay which helped them to understand to become a security, seller, buyer, note taker, and cashier. Then we made some decorations too. At Pasar Mandiri we sold second hand clothes for people around there and the income was used to give educational events for the children in riverbanks of Winongo, Gajah Wong, and Code.

I am content that I could see their beaming faces when they joined the class. I have learnt many things that we have to be always grateful for what we have now. I love a quote by John Wesley, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” as it reminds me to do good to everyone. As they say, keep your circle positive and surround yourself with good people!