Medan, Sumatra

Introduction

IHF operates an Education Center in the Indonesian city of Medan.

The IHF Medan Center has the highest number of students attending classes on a regular basis. The center offers daily English, Computer, and Math classes for students, ranging from SD1 level (first year primary school) to SMA (senior high school) level. There are also IHF Education Program (TEP) students who live in Patumbak, a small, impoverished village outside of Medan.

Medan’s Diverse Communities

Medan is the third largest city in one of Indonesia’s main islands, Sumatra. The city has diverse communities that reflect its cultural history. Many tribes call Medan home including the Bataknese, Javanese, Melayunese, Chinese, Indian, Acehnese, and Padangnese. No other city in Indonesia has the unique cultural diversity that Medan offers.

Family Structure

Many of our students are raised in single-parent families, either by single mothers (whose husbands are deceased) who work as housemaids, pedi-cab drivers, or other laborers who make below-living wages.

With this type of family structure it is difficult for people to offer their family financial security, especially when their entire income is solely dependent on whether they are able to find customers each day. Some of the students who attend our IHF Medan Center have no other option but to live with their grandparents after their parents abandon them.

At IHF Medan Center our goal is to help the children from these impoverished families be the next great leaders by expanding their knowledge and confidence through academic and social development. We want to help raise them up to be adults who will be competitive applicants for successful positions that will make a difference within their communities, allowing them to break the poverty cycle once and for all.

Location

Ongoing Events

At the center, we postponed some activities due to the outbreak of the pandemic like The Garage Sale which is collecting used stuff from the community who always donate like laptops, clothes, etc. 

 

In this situation, we are challenged to collect food from the local food courts at night and even the distribution of food to the Impoverished communities is challenging because of the pandemic. We will resume our normal programs if the situation normalizes, but as of now we are still taking advantage and doing most of the activities online to avoid being victims of the pandemic. We will still honor our food courts with certificates from IHF as recognition and trust that we have with our customers.

We will still conduct our online English classes for Nazifa Kindergarten school teachers and Coffienatics staff since gatherings are still prohibited due to the pandemic. We believe online classes will add value to the community and keeping us together until we officially open our activities as before.

Corona Virus outbreak is a real challenge for people all around the world. At the Medan center, we change the face-to-face activities to become online activities. The at-home volunteers, at center volunteers, and sponsors are working together to make this happened. 

Past Events

Sharing the Happiness: Donation for Humanity

A fundraising project named “Sharing the Happiness: Donation for Humanity. This project aims to help and support society affected by the COVID 19 pandemic by providing donations in the form of basic foods, cash in hand, etc. We do hope that through this project, we could help them in fulfilling their basic needs during this difficult time and increase people’s awareness.

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