Introduction

The IHF Jakarta Center is located in an eastern suburb of Indonesia’s Capital City. The center is in a fairly large house on a quiet street of private houses. The IHF Jakarta Center is a Children’s Home to a small number of children. The building is also used as an education center, offering free English, Math, Computer, and Special classes on a daily basis.

Poverty in Indonesia’s Capital City

In any capital city, huge disparities between people with different socio-economic backgrounds can be quite prevalent, and Jakarta is no different. Most of the children who attend the IHF Center come from impoverished families, often travelling 1-2km on foot to get to the center. However, most of them are in reasonably good health, well-nourished, and receiving loving care from their parents and relatives.

Family Structure in Jakarta

About 25% to 50% of our IHF students are born to non-Jakartan parents. Because these families lack the support of immediate family members, the children often miss a year of school while the family transitions from their hometowns to Jakarta. The current family structure in Jakarta means that sometimes the children do not come to Jakarta until months, and even years later, after the parents have settled into their new life in the capital. These children often have a hard time adapting to the new city’s school system. If the family suddenly finds themselves struggling financially, the parents may send the children back to the village, which disrupts their educational progress yet again.

To tackle this issue, IHF Jakarta collaborates with the local and expat communities to receive a continuous influx of teaching volunteers to instruct students on different academic levels. Volunteers also hold a variety of classes and workshops, providing students with the opportunity to experience a well-rounded education in all subjects.

The IHF Jakarta Center is a Children’s Home to a small number of children. The building is also used as an education Center, offering English, Math, Computer, and Special classes on a daily basis.

Meet the Jakarta Family

This year, Jakarta has 46 active volunteers in total, 33 Teacher Volunteers, 5 Local Volunteers, and 8 At Home Volunteers.

Location

The Jakarta center is located in a large house on a quiet street. There are three classrooms
in the house, one for each subject. There are children, other volunteers and local staff
staying at the center. 

Sponsorship Goal

Our Jakarta family has a big goal this coming month. We must get 14 classes sponsored by June 2020. Please help us reach this goal. Do you have 15 friends and relatives that will contribute 30 dollars a month and together sponsor one of our classes? Please talk to you Book club, Fitness club etc….. So we can achieve our goal of 14 Class sponsorship by June 2020!

Ongoing Events

Another month has passed by, and the rainy season is coming here in Jakarta. We don’t do much activities as everything is still the same as last month. We are still doing the online classes and the study groups like usual. Our plan for this month is to re-paint the walls in English classroom and do some maintenance for the building. On 5th October, Jakarta had heavy and stormy rain all night. The morning after, we found a puddle of water on the stair floor. It turned out we had a roof leaking because of the storm. We need to do the maintenance soon, to prevent any further damage.

20 children from IHF Jakarta received donations for Internet bundles on October 3, 2020. Each child gets 5 GB internet data every month as long as the online learning system runs. This month, we got requests from the 5th and 9th grade children to conduct math classes for them. We are so happy to hear that. That means, our classes have been useful for them.

Batik is an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. This technique originated from Java, Indonesia. The word batik is thought to be derived from the word ‘ambatik’ which translated means ‘a cloth with little dots’. In October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. As part of the acknowledgment, UNESCO insisted that Indonesia preserve its heritage. The 2nd of October 2009 has been stated by Indonesian government as National Batik Day.

Each motif, pattern, and color of batik from different cities have their own particular features and design. This is to show the plants and animals that originated from the city. Nowadays, many designers and the fast fashion industries produce batik for the fashion trends. In Indonesia, there are days and events where we are required to wear batik. For the school students, they usually wear batik once a week. For the teachers, they need to wear batik on every November 25. In Javanese weddings, the bride and bridesmaids should wear batik skirts called “jarik”, and the best men will wear batik shirts. To commemorate the National Batik Day, we asked our children to use batik and post pictures on WhatsApp. We hope we can create a special event on the National Batik Day for next year.

Past Events

The education system in Indonesia is entering a new stage; full time online learning (distance learning). With the current COVID 19 pandemic still posing challenges, the teaching and learning system in Indonesia, especially Jakarta, has adapted to the new normal.

Distance learning is both a solution as well as a dilemma for children to learn. Starting from the effectiveness of learning, the unavailable internet quota and especially children lacking gadgets that support online learning. The Ministry of Education and Culture’s policy of allowing face-to-face learning in the green and yellow zones are also a matter of controversy because children are not ready to carry out health protocols, so the risk of transmission is greater. With the uncertainty of when this pandemic will end, our mental concerns as stakeholders will be tested for a long time, whether we are strong enough to get through this difficult time. (Iwan S.)

Even though the centers are still closed, the Curriculum Team of IHF has some projects to undertake to keep the volunteers’ creativity alive. First project is online learning for the Junior & Senior high school students from IHF Indonesia, which commenced on August 3rd. We provide an online study buddy to assist 1 to 3 students when they have learning-from-home activities. We hope by providing them with a study buddy, they have deeper comprehension about the lessons from the school. Second project is providing online mentorship for Senior High School children who need consultation about their academic, career, future plan, and also personal issues.

While those projects are running, we also manage a fundraising to fund all IHF Indonesia children internet charges and collecting old/used smartphones for donation to the children in need. Currently IHF Indonesia has more than 150 children registered from Bali, Jakarta, and Medan centre. Since all the school learning in Indonesia is over the internet and our children come from low-economic families, we try to give them privileges they hardly have access to. We will be so appreciative if more people can participate in this fundraising project. You can find the information about this project on our Instagram at @intlhumanity and we will be so thankful if you take a minute to share the post with your family, friends, and colleagues.

Read Jakarta Volunteer Manual Here: