Ni Luh Apriliani, a 2nd grader of high school, lives in a not adequate house in Seraya, Karangasem regency, Bali. Her father works as a carving labor and her mother is in ill. It has been very difficult to make ends meet. So that, they cannot afford mobile phone and internet data for Ni Luh to participate in online classes.
Mr. Steven Ahlaro as the Yayasan Surya Widya Kerthi representative in Papua again delivered a mobile phone to a high school student of SMP Santo Mikael, Merauke named Blasius Melo Basikbasik. He is the 4th child of 5 siblings. He is a diligent, disciplined and intelligent child. As his parents are unable financially, to achieve his dreams of going to school, Blasius was then accommodated at the Abba Orphanage in Merauke. For him, having a mobile phone to be able to take online lessons was a dream. Here, CIRHSS and the Yayasan Surya Widya Kerthi came to help Blasius realize his dream. Hopefully this donation can be useful and increase his enthusiasm for learning.
Below are more pictures of the phone-donation delivery to Blasius Melo Basikbasik accessed from Yayasan Surya Widya Kerthi Facebook page.
Pepi is a 6th grader at SD 61 Bengkulu. Her father, Nanang, who worked as a construction worker is forced to stop working due to lung tumor disease. Her mother, Rini, is a washerwoman from door to door. Studying online in the midst of the pandemic burdens them. The lack of financial support to buy a mobile phone and internet data hindered Pepi’s learning activities. Even though he is shy, Pepi is a child who is studious and enthusiastic at taking free English courses in his neighborhood. We do hope the mobile phone donation can more motivate her enthusiasm for learning.
Vicky Harianto Homo is one of the native children from Merauke, Papua Province, Indonesia. He is originally from Marind, the largest tribe in South Papua. He comes from Tomerau Village, but he is now living in Merauke City for his education. His father has passed away, while his mother is still alive. She lives with Vicky’s nine other brothers and sisters at Tomerau Village. Tomerau is about 54,5 kilometers from Merauke city.
Vicky is the only child in his family who moves to Merauke City to continue his study. He is now living with his older nephew. Vicky is continuing his study at SMP Negeri Buti of Merauke (Buti Junior High School of Merauke). He is now sitting in grade eight. Based on the information from his class-teacher, Vicky is one of the diligent also smart students. He was included one of the top ten students in his class and he always attends his class on time, even though he must walk about half and one kilometer to school every day.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Vicky and his other classmates should study from home. Some of them who have mobile phones are sent the learning materials/assignments by the teachers to be studied, while some other students should go to school to receive learning materials and assignments from the teachers to be studied. Vicky belongs to the second group; he must walk to school and take his weekly learning materials/assignment provided by the teachers to be learned/done, just because he doesn’t have a mobile phone that might be used to support his long-distance learning. According to Vicky’s class-teacher, Vicky doesn’t even have shoes to wear to school. Far before the Covid-19 pandemic, Vicky always goes shoveling sands to earn money after school, said Vicky’s nephew.
Below are some photos of the phone-donation delivery to Vicky.
CIRHSS has initiated this fundraising program “KEEP CHILDREN LEARNING THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC“, in collaboration with Yayasan Surya Widya Kerthi (Facebook & webpage) a social education charity foundation set up by retired teachers in Bali-Indonesia. See the dedicated page for this initiative here for further info.