Awards

Volunteer

Award Winners

Amiel

LOVE TO NAKURU

IHF Kenya was an important human and humaneness experience for me.

From the warm welcome by the staff, volunteers and the children, I felt I had arrived at a place that would have a great impact on my life. I had laughs and fellowship with the staff and built great relationships with most of the volunteers. I believe we understood that we were there for the children and had to find ways to support each other to make certain that our ultimate goal was achieved.

The children themselves ranged in age from 3 years old and went all the way up to university children – even though the university children were housed on separate premises we had a lot of interaction. This age set up was an exciting challenge as each age group, gender and personality needed to be respected, nurtured and loved individually at all times.

There are a lot of challenges that are to be expected when working with so many children, each carrying the load of their own history. There is a lot of joy in the each individual breakthrough of each of those children and youths. We shared meals, played games, studied together, worked, laughed – oh how we laughed – and cried together. We lived as a community – we were a community.

By the time I unfortunately had to leave Kenya, not IHF, I knew I would bear the trimmings of their love in my heart for the rest of my life.

 

LOVE TO MEDAN

IHF Medan is an important landmark on my path as a human.

I was always under the impression that Africa was hot yet Medan taught me how greatly mistaken I had been. The local co-directors, Budi and Siti, saw to my comfort as reasonably as possible and also helped me adjust to a culture and language that was completely foreign to me. They introduced me to the friendly, yet initially shy, local volunteers and children. The children’s parents were always smiling and we had great fun trying to understand each other when we found ourselves without interpreters to help us out.

The set up here was very different from Kenya in that it was not a children’s home but rather a learning center – the school going children and youths would come after school to get assistance with English, Maths and Basic Computer classes. The fans would be blowing and we would be playing between classes or having discussions with the older children. There was always so much energy as more of the younger children attended classes and reduced as they got to the higher classes – this, sadly, is a reflection of what happens at schools as well.

I loved working with Budi and Siti as they gave me perspective from the local angle while tried to share from IHF’s perspective, sometimes we just had to laugh at ourselves and then continue. They were always willing to teach while being open to learn and embrace the greater vision and find ways of making it applicable to the local needs and set up.

I enjoyed the meals, music, laughter and the sensitivity with which they worked with me. IHF Medan is another eternal trimming on my heart.

 

Rowan

I was lucky enough to visit the International Humanity’s Foundation Kenya Centre for three weeks in August 2019. It was my first time visiting Africa as a whole and working with a grassroots NGO, so the prospect was very exciting and also nerve wracking! I arrived early morning and got picked up from the airport by another volunteer, he drove me up to Nakuru. The journey took about 4 hours and it was an amazing way to see and really begin to imagine what life is like in Kenya. On arrival there were several friendly faces to welcome me, and I was shown to my room to rest until I was ready to get stuck into the centre. Over the next few weeks I really settled into the centre, and immersed myself in the culture.

During my time at the centre there were a range of opportunities to support the centre as a whole, this included assisting students during their prep, liasing with other members of staff and maintaining the centres grounds. I learnt the value and importance of using your own initiative and thinking creatively in regard to making a sustainable, long term and positive impacts within the centre itself, this has allowed me to continue to support IHF even after my volunteering experience on the ground.

Similarly, whilst in Nakuru I explored the local areas and took some time out to become a tourist, this allowed me to go on my very first safari around Lake Nakuru, which was spectacular! Overall, the experience was one of a kind, but particularly the most enjoyable part was getting to know the students at the centre, they all had such big personalities, it was amazing to get to know each and every one of them! With this, on reflection I am so glad I had the opportunity to spend some time with some truly amazing people, of which the centre is full of! And I’m excited to continue to support IHF and the wonderful students that they inspire.

Irene

The experience in Kenya with IHF was one of the most significant in all my life. To be honest, I cannot say that it was easy; first, I had to challenge myself regarding the cultural shock because Kenya and Italy are very different under many levels. For example, I have been through many ethical dilemmas and most of them are still open. Did I do right? Am I really making a difference here? My life-style and social rules can adapt here or should I change my behaviour? 

A part from these initial difficulties, the children taught me the “Hakuna Shida” philosophy, that litterally means “no problems”. They taught me that it’s all about the perspective that we have towards them. IHF’s experience set up a new mental framework; I am more propense to help, I trust more others, I give more respect to my parents and I am grateful to be simply alive!

When I came back home, I dreamed about Kenya all the time and still I keep the Kenyan flag bracelet on my wrist. I was very happy to hear that the children appreciated my volunteer service there, but on the other hand, I feel that I could have done better. So, this is not a real goodbye; I hope to come back to visit them soon!

Medan Center

Children Award Winners

Erdi Syahputra 

Most diligent

Albi (9 years old)

The Best Smile

Hizkia (13 years old)  

 Best Singing Voice

Richardo (15 Years old)

Best Class Leader

Rafael (9 years old) 

Awesome attitude

Efran  (11 years old) 

 Most curious

Bali Center

Children Award Winners

Melinda

Rizel

Outstanding Student Alumni of 2018. He grew up at Bali Center

Jakarta Center

Children Award Winners

Muhammad Syafei.

This is Syafei, the student of IHF Jakarta. He is not only smart but also a kindhearted kid who loves to help anyone who needs a helping hand

Kenya Center

Children Award Winners

 Ayuko Tepakol

Study Buddy for boys. He is in form 3. He arrives on time, he is an enthusiastic learner who seems to enjoy science and maths; asks clarifications when needed; cooperative and well mannered student. Keep it up!

Lilian Cheyech

Best cooking helper

 Krop Losute

Best Child Champion. He is in form 3. He is an enthusiastic learner who exhibits a positive outlook and attitude; works at an appropriate pace, neither too quickly or slowly; completes assignments in the time allotted; he is encouraged to keep up the good work.

Kanyeris Katikit

Best helper with boys 

Chepanga Netim

Best Helper for girls.

She is in Form 3. She started attending lessons recently; works independently; strives to reach her full potential; remains focused on the activity at hand, well done , keep it up.

Moses Apura

Best big brother helper

John Boise

Best Clean Award

Nyoru Kamama

Best big sister 

 Vivian Chepterit

Best Study buddy for Girls

Sophia Chepkukat

Study Buddy girls

Lydia Adoket

Best Child Champion 

Christine Chebet

Helper with Girls

Community

Award Winners

CI Wayan Partika Suyasa

Head of Manggis Village.

Babinsa Manggis Bapak Galunk

Ketut Lenus

Mr. Agus (Imam)

Assisting Medan center Volunteers to raise funds when holding events at the Mosque.

Mr. Suhartoyo 

He is a community chief. He mobilises the community to clean the environment around the center

 

Yaya