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PCI and An Organized Way of Giving Kindness

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

There is a common belief that to succeed, you have to grab whatever chance you have, or else it would be someone else’s. This belief makes us unaware that each individual has a competitive relationship and slowly gets too caught up with our stuff. We may forget that we live as human beings and we’re not living alone. As you may be competitive with everything, you can take a step back to look around you and do a considerate act for someone. Check up on your friend, pay your friend a meal, or tell your mom that you love her.

Kindness is one of the crucial habits that is encouraged in Project Child. People may do kindness in spontaneous ways, such as smiling to strangers, holding a door to strangers behind them, or saying thank you to a barista after they make you a coffee. We don’t always plan for kindness, and we do it because we want to do it. However, in Project Child, we try to do an organized act of kindness. This means we always do kindness to society in an organized way so that we can have an impact on them. 

Doing kindness in an organized way means we have to prepare the agents of the event. Interns and volunteers are one of the essential aspects of it. Therefore on Friday, 21 February 2020, we have Kak Surayah Ryha, the Executive Director of Project Child Indonesia, to present the importance of doing kindness in an arranged way.

In this rare chance with Kak Aya, she motivated the interns to be the significant agents to always be helpful for the people around us while not forgetting that we have the capability to do it in a well-organized way, not just doing it without good planning. One inspiring story she told the interns, “A few years ago, we had clothes that were given by exchange students. We think we can distribute to the people who need them. We were giving them freely, but it turned out so bad. “

“We didn’t use our capability to think that we have a more organized way to help them.”

She then recalled that it was a success after she and her team changed the plan. “We ended up selling them at a very low price, and we included the children in this event. They learned how to bear responsibility, the parents could get what they wanted, and we succeeded in giving the kindness that we want.”

Even though it is not always easy to do kindness in an organized way, PCI believes that at least everyone can do good. It also becomes a reminder for us to step back from whatever we are doing right now and look for around you.

Learning about Scholarship in PCI’s Study Club

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

An American rapper, Jay Z, once said,


“I am hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter.”

To be curious about new things is indeed good as you will learn something new. In Project Child Indonesia, it’s the Human Capital Department’s job to deliver. As one of the departments which function to develop the skill and knowledge of the interns and volunteers, this department presents a study club as a safe place for everyone here to learn something. This month’s study club is held on Tuesday, 19th February 2020.

Bringing up the issue of tips on how to get a scholarship and studying abroad, there were around ten interns and volunteers joined the club. This month’s study club, we have Mahayu Firsty Ramadhani as the guest speaker. Mahayu, as one of LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan) scholarship awardee, shared her experiences when she studied at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. She was also awarded an Erasmus non-degree Bachelor Exchange Program to have an exchange at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

With experiences and knowledge that she has, she shared essential tips on how to get a scholarship, such as checking the deadlines for the application, and always be careful when filling the application form. “It seems simple, but you must be careful and rechecking everything,” as Mahayu stated.

She also shared websites that provide scholarship information. One point that can be taken is we need to be active in searching for the information, as it is us who need it.


“Be active in finding the information. Always read first, avoid asking the information before you read them.” 

After that, few people asked her questions, such as how to get a motivation letter, whether volunteer activities are needed to get the scholarship, or which universities are eligible to choose. Ema, one of the interns from the partnership division, feels the club is beneficial for her. “The information I have received is really helpful for me. I get to know many things that I didn’t know before about scholarships.” The study club which is held once a month is also a proof that PCI always tries to make an impact, including for the volunteers and interns. 


Getting The First-Hand Work Experience at Project Child Indonesia

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

Coming all way from New York, United States, Jasmine Berger, is happy to have cultural and work experiences here at Project Child Indonesia. After getting accepted into Princeton University, she had a chance to do a gap year program funded by her university. She is staying in Yogyakarta for nine months along with her friends in the same program.

Throughout her five months in Project Child since October, she has done many things with Project Child. After meeting around 70 volunteers in her first batch of the program, she conducted interviews with them and compiled their profiles in a book. She is also able to experience Indonesian culture when she went to different schools in the programs.


“To have experience living in a foreign country and structured work cultures definitely enrich my perspective on life,” 

Jasmine, who is planning to take Public Policy as her major, saying that doing an internship here also broadens her global perspectives. “Because I’m interning in an international NGO, the experiences and people I meet would be different.” Although she has experiences in doing an internship in another place such as Planned Parenthood, she always has different feelings for each place. The benefit of getting first-hand work experiences such as here would be great exposure for her. Such well-known NGOs like Project Child also offers her a chance to meet many people and have good networking.


“If I were given a chance to go back, I would like to go back, because Project Child is a strong community which everyone has the sense of belonging here and I feel that,” 

Spending nearly five months here is not a short time. Certainly, she has gained many memories, and as they said, every memory is precious. Even so, Jasmine still has an experience that will remain in her mind. One day, at the end of a class of a program, a farewell party was held for everyone. “Everyone was crying when they knew it was the end of the program and I feel what Project Child did was really making a real impact for everyone,” 

It is one of Project Child’s values to facilitate volunteers in many kinds of ways. Besides giving a chance for them to teach children who are needed, having the real experience of working in organized work culture is also a good thing for young people like Jasmine Berger.

PCI’s Welcoming Party: Where It All Begins

by Dyah Prajnandhari (Content Writer Intern)

Volunteering, although it may sound a bit ludicrous for some, even so people will always get the benefits of it. Getting the priceless experience, practicing soft skills that you have learnt in school, gaining opportunities to meet many people from different backgrounds, making connections, and many other reasons that you can name it. Above all, volunteering can help you improve your personal development if you put your heart into it. 

Project Child Indonesia, as one of the non-profit NGO, offers one event that would help volunteers to achieve those things at the beginning of their volunteering program. A welcoming party, an compulsory event which volunteers and interns should join to get to know each other. Making connections between the inner community is an excellent thing to do before everyone gives back to the outside community. 

Held on the second weekend of February, 8th-9th of February 2020, the welcoming party is arranged by the Human Capital interns, Tash, Jasmine, and Sam. It began with a seminar with Mr. Kukuh, who is the co-founder of Pameo.co about Project Management.

 After an hour, after moving to Omah Noto Plankton, everyone is gathered into their respective departments and have to perform in each department. From dancing to doing a play, everyone goes all out. 

One of the volunteers from the Drinking Water Program (DWP), Annas Izzulhaq, shares his thoughts about the welcoming party. Being in the third year of uni, he feels joining this volunteering program is a good opportunity for him.


“I start looking for an activity that is off-campus, and it is when I found Project Child Indonesia.”


The welcoming party also helps him to find different stories with divergent perspectives that he desires. “It was absolutely fun, I got so many things from the welcoming party, and it was such a good event.”

On Monday morning, everyone did yoga with Katherine as the instructor. Then, the volunteers, interns, and staff did river tracing. With two instructors guiding everyone, the activity actually gives an impact for everyone’s personal development. Annas stated, “I learn to compromise with the challenges in front of me, as the track is not what he expects and is quite hard.” However, he still considers it as a fun time with other volunteers. 

Another volunteer, Melisa Tanady from the Sekolah Sungai (SS) program, said the same thing. Melisa, who has been volunteering since last year (Batch 29), mentions that getting new friends is what she got from the welcoming party, although she is going to meet others throughout the program.


I will meet many people from here, including the volunteers and the interns.

Regarding personal improvement, she said she would accomplish many things such as teamwork, public speaking, and leadership from the program. 

Nevertheless, it was a warm welcome that everyone genuinely feels. It might be just a welcoming party for everyone in Project Child’s team, but it is also beginning before everyone embarks the journey for giving back to the community. 

Hal – hal seru jika kamu bergabung menjadi volunteer di Project Child Indonesia!

by Humaira Hasna (content writer intern)


Gimana sih rasanya jadi volunteer di Project Child Indonesia?

Menjadi bagian dari volunteer atau yang bisa kita sebut relawan  disuatu komunitas atau organisasi ternyata dapat memberikan banyak pengalaman, serta kamu juga dapat mengeksplor berbagai hal. Atau  mungkin saja kamu bisa bertemu dengan jodohmu jika ikut kegiatan ini!. Menjadi relawan itu menyenangkan, kamu akan dapat banyak relasi tentunya. Tidak salah kan jika kamu memiliki banyak teman yang sepemikiran denganmu yakni senang membantu sesama serta memiliki jiwa sosial yang tinggi. Terlebih lagi dengan anak-anak, bagi saya tingkahnya yang ekspresif justru memberikan semangat tersendiri untuk berinteraksi dan bersendau gurau dengan mereka.  Banyak hal hal seru yang bisa kamu ambil jika ikut andil dalam kegiatan relawan ini!

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they worthless, but because there are priceless – Sherry Anderson

  • Dengan kegiatan volunteer ini wawasan kamu akan bertambah

Mengikuti kegiatan volunteer kamu akan dapat pengetahuan mengeni lingkungan barumu. Kita juga dapat menambah pengetahuan mengenai culture dari teman barumu di berbagai daerah yang berbeda. Kegiatan Project Child ini bisa menambah list  destinasi liburan kamu  untuk mencari spot-spot foto dan tempat makan hits yang sebelumnya belum pernah kamu kunjungi bareng temen-temen, pacar, atau keluarga.

  • Banyak hal bisa kamu dapatkan

Banyak banget pelajaran yang diambil jika kamu mengikuti kegiatan ini. Kamu bisa belajar bertanggung jawab dengan tugas yang diberikan oleh kakak-kakak, belajar mensyukuri hidup, belajar sabar,  belajar menjalin komunikasi yang baik, semua hal bisa didapatkan dari volunteer ini untuk memberikan manfaat bagi oranglain serta bagi dirimu sendiri.

  • Friendship!

Istilah tak kenal maka tak sayang menjadi penting jika mengikuti kegiatan ini. Dengan bertemu dengan teman-teman baru kamu dapat sharing berbagai macam pengalaman-pengalaman mereka dan terlebih lagi teman-teman dari berbagai negara. Berbagi cerita mengenai banyak hal menjadi bonding tersendiri untuk menambah wawasan serta relasi yang luas.  Tentunya kamu dapat banyak relasi dan berguna banget untuk hidupmu kedepannya. Selain relasi kamu juga dapat mencari pasangan hidup loh. Jangan takut jika ingin bersosialisasi karena staff –staff Project Child sangat friendly dan baik. Kamu juga lebih bisa dekat dengan anak-anak kecil, karena secara tidak langsung bagi yang suka dengan anak anak  dapat memberikan moodbooster tersendiri bagi kita ketika lagi badmood atau galau abis diputusin pacar.

  • Keluar dari zona nyaman

Dengan mengikuti kegiatan ini,kamu akan banyak belajar hal-hal baru sehingga  cocok banget untuk kalian yang ingin cepat move on. Keluar dari zona nyaman sangatlah penting untuk mencari hal lain yang ada didalam diri kita. Daripada tidur-tiduran dirumah dan gabut lebih baik  ikut volunteer deh lebih berfaedah bagi hidupmu karena kegiatan ini dijamin asik dan seru.

A Volunteer Perspective: Understanding ‘Everyone Can Do Good’ Motto

A Letter by : Nadia Dewinda Kristanto

Hi! My name is Nadia, I started doing volunteering for about 4 months now. Currently, I am juggling in between two unpaid roles, which both I rejoice investing time, thoughts, and energy in greatly. I am interning as a Community Engagement Coordinator at Project Child Indonesia, and also volunteering as a learning facilitator at an informal alternative school in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Frankly, I am lucky enough to be part of these incredible spaces to grow as I have given wonderful opportunities to develop and serve.

Back in university, I undertook a community service. Although it was mandatory, I genuinely relished the moment and had such an amazing serenity. At which point, I have found community service therapeutic and brings me contentment. I also came across a realization that I like and want to be directly involved. Albeit how blissful it sounds, I ought to keep on reminding myself of my purpose. Questions were popping still, such as “Am I useful enough?”, “Am I doing it within the right place and or with community whichever urgent enough to be assisted?”, “Do all of these matters?”. By chance, I found a fair answer to alleviate that reluctance of mine. 

As luck would have it, I learn so much by being in a process with Project Child Indonesia. I caught up in their motto and how the organization members live up to it. Which fortuitously led me to have faith in contributing to humanitarian aid. ‘Everyone can do good’ is very beautiful yet strongly empowering words of wisdom. According to my interpretation, it taught me to be brave as each of us has the capacity to do good. The “do good” here translates to the context of helping. Along the way on having mutual exchange with Project Child Indonesia, I also began to value help significance as an intangible substance. The utmost humble formation of help is expression to care, thus, there is no measurement when it comes to helping others. Help always matters enough, even the smallest ones, and it should be done genuinely. In Project Child Indonesia, I discover that there are always dreams and hopes if you want to help, and those dreams and hopes are within you.


I wish this piece of writing may give you a little hint on how ‘Everyone can do good’ is the spirit of Project Child Indonesia and how you can inspirit it likewise in helping others.