Jakarta Java

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

Pass the Book

We have a book selling project though Instagram account “Pass the Book”. We open donations in book form and then sell them online. This involves collecting good quality novels (mostly in English language) from our donors. Each book costs vary, from IDR 20.000 – IDR 150.000

Macrame Keychain

Our fundraising team will also be creating another online selling project at the end of the month dubbed ‘Macrame Keychain Project’. By using colorful yarns, we braid them and create cute little keychains, Macrame! During this quarantine period, our At-center volunteers are focusing on producing these keychains and selling them through Instagram & Shopee (Indonesian e-commerce platform).

If you are interested in donating and or purchasing our products, please let us know by sending an email to jakartacenter@ihfonline.org.

Past Events

1st Garage Sale Event

On 1st of March, we managed to have our Garage sale event. This was a very crucial event toward our fundraising efforts and although it was the first time to hold such an event, we managed to achieve far more than we anticipated. We are so grateful to all of our volunteers who joined hands to make this event run well and smoothly. We shared the garage sale flyers to inform people about our event and they were very enthusiastic. We witnessed buyers from various age groups purchase items on our garage ranging from T-shirts, shoes, dolls, novel books, trousers, shorts among others. We are so thankful to everyone who made this event a success.

Health & Hygiene Event

To increase the awareness of Coronavirus among the students, parents, volunteers and GLDs, we invited medical students from YARSI university on 7th March. These medical students were able to explain the symptoms of the disease and how best to protect ourselves. It was a significant event for all of us at the center and we all hugely benefited from information and the knowledge imparted. We would like to express our deepest and sincere appreciation to the medical students from YARSI University!

On 14th March, we invited Dr. Jonathan from University of Indonesia to share about puberty and teen relationships at the end of the class, he also shared reliable information and made some clarifications about Coronavirus. Dr. Jonathan reiterated on the need to regularly wash hands with soap amongst other safety measures in the fight against Covid-19. We are so grateful to Dr. Jonathan for according us his valuable time to share this important information with us.

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