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.
Medanâ€™s Diverse Communities
Medan is the third largest city in one of Indonesiaâ€™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.
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.
As the world continues its long battle with the CoronaVirus things in Medan are slowly getting better and things are gradually getting back to normal. Living with the virus may be our new normal as we still have to get around wearing masks and we still maintain the social distancing rules. It has been a tough year, we have persevered and we are still finding better ways to ensure our new system is effective. Our team has major plans for the new year, new goals and objectives to work towards, despite all that we have had to endure as an organisation we are looking forward to the new year. The team is hard at work with new fundraising ideas, providing the basic needs for our community and many more. We are thankful to say there is light at the end of this tunnel.
Adult classes: Nazifa and CoffeeniaticsÂ
Both groups have been making great strides and showing massive improvements, all thanks to the pioneers in education that put in long hours to ensure that each learner receives quality education.Â
We are proud to share that both these classes are going very well, the learners are showing lots of confidence. We may still have a long way to go in teaching them but we are very optimistic. We are pleased with this group of learners.Â
Each corner around the world is currently battling with the novel Coronavirus. This disease has left communities devastated and left many children without a basic education. Our team has had to step up and be innovative during such trying times. We launched an online platform for teaching both children and adults. Within this program, many local and international volunteers have stepped up to assist. Volunteers have categorized each other among the following groups: material providers, study buddies, class teachers and guest teachers. After selecting the suitable group they each go on to assist the students or classes that are allocated to them. This has been a success so far and the team is open to any methods of improvement.Â Â
Adult classes: Nazifa and Coffeeniatics
The adult online classes are progressing very well, all students are showing great enthusiasm and making great strides. The participants in the Nazifa class are currently reading a book. This improves their reading, spelling skills and sentence construction abilities. During the sessions we take time to discuss meanings of certain words and what the particular extract is explaining. Students showcase their reading skills and are impressive.Â
The participants of the Coffeenatics are mainly focusing on the language structural skills. They are grasping these concepts very well and are eager to learn. We construct challenging worksheets for them and they tackle them with great precision. Credit must go to all that have contributed to helping them thus far, they are doing exceptionally well.Â Â
The children’s classesÂ
These classes include Junior High School and Senior High School class. The children are learning English and personal mentorship. Not much progress has been made as the team is experiencing challenges locating students who have good internet connectivity. However, plans to fundraise for students have been put in place to ensure that no child is left behind. Besides teaching English, we are helping the children by doing mentorships in other areas; time management, career, and building up the motivation are priorities as well as the academic.
Eid al-Adha is celebrated as one of the biggest events in Indonesia, especially in Moslem communities. The act of Qurbani consists of slaughtering an animal as a sacrifice to mark this occasion in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahimâ€™s sacrifice for Allah SWT. This is also known as Udhiya. The days of animal sacrifice total three days, from the 10th to the 12th of Dhu-al-Hijjah.
The Qurbani meat is then divided into three equal portions per share; one-third is for you and your family, one-third is for friends, and the final third is to be donated to those in need. We would like to say a big thank you for all donors for their donations to Medan Center, from that we bought a goat for sharing the happiness to the families of our children.Â
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