These are our highlights for the month of May 2022
Greetings from Medan. It’s been 2 years since we stop any activity in our Medan Center due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2 months ago, we restarted our activity in Medan by opening class, we call it Sunshine Class, in the “green zone” area (the area that has low COVID-19 cases). It’s about a 30-40 minutes ride from our center. 13 children joined our Sunshine Class, and most of them are elementary school students. We teach them English and make handicrafts such as origami and coloring. We open this class three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The class starts around 3.30 PM. We borrow an unused house from locals for this class.
Our classes at our center were interrupted from their quiet opening: by flooding! The rainy season brings floods. Here is a video of the darling children trying to stop the incoming water.
Since 2004 our Medan center has had amazing student interns yearly from Universities as well as angel teachers donating their time even after long days at their jobs. Amazing angels who care. We are shocked to find out that during covid too many of our long time teachers and families have moved away from our center area to find jobs. It is such a relief to be teaching children again, even if so much is having to be restarted after the only closure IHF has ever had in twenty years of its centers- never dreaming COVID closures would last this long. The children’s need for study buddies helping is greater than ever, and if there is one thing IHF has proven: in Medan and every city of Indonesia angel volunteers are wanting to make the world a better place for our children. Global volunteers join with these amazing Indonesian volunteers in making this happen.
Now June has come to the IHF Medan Center in Sumatra, and the semester is coming to an end. The schools and universities soon will be closed and the student will have their long happy holiday. We hope that we can reopen our center in July when the holiday has ended. If you are interested to spare some of your free time to help and teach the children, please do not hesitate to join us in IHF. You can fill out the volunteer registration at our website: https://ihfonline.org/available-volunteer.
Our challenge in all of our Indonesian centers, as mentioned many times before, is the impoverished community of children who cannot afford computers or the internet. We are always seeking any donation, of any amount, to help in this very important endeavour.
The Medan Team
Our wonderful Board Member, Denny, finished repainting the center’s wall. He also visited residents and slum area principals about missing children needing help with schooling. Deny visited the university in Medan, looking for a student who wants to volunteer or do their teaching internships teaching the children at our center.