A couple of weeks ago, all the volunteers from the Bali center drove into the mountains to a small, remote village called Pustu Kauselem. The village has a schoolhouse that accommodates children’s educational needs for the area at large. Our job for the day was to collect sponsorship letters, and to distribute the sponsorship money to the children.
I found the children to be very dedicated to writing, decorating, and personalizing their letters to the sponsors. They worked very hard.
Being a teacher for the past two years, I was curious about the quality of education the children received in the area. I had a little chat with the teacher, and to my astonishment, I found out that the children go to school for four hours a week on Sunday, and their only class is English. The schoolhouse houses children from all the villages in the area, this means that every village has its dedicated day for teaching.
Furthermore, the schoolhouse accommodates all grades, including middle school and high school.
In retrospect, four hours of school a week is better than no school at all. As an IHF volunteer I was able to see first hand the difference class and child sponsorship can do, and I hope that through dedicated volunteers we can find more sponsors and keep improving these childrens’ educational experience.
I took this picture (left) in Pastu Kayuselem. The volunteers took a trip to this small remote village in order to collect sponsor letters from the children and distribute sponsorship money.
Although there is a schoolhouse in this village, it houses many children from villages in the area. Since, the education of the older children takes priority over that of the younger ones, there is no kindergarten. The infrastructure to help the youngest children is simply nonexistent, nor is there a teacher to teach them, toys, or age appropriate educational materials.
This is Ade, a brilliant Indonesian young man. He joined IHF in Jakarta as student and child in need. Since than, he has become an IHF director and teaches about 800 students a week at the Jakarta center.
Since all the directors and volunteers at the Bali Center have just arrived, Ade traveled all the way from Jakarta to train us, give us instruction, and to just land a hand. His help was vital to get the center running again.
After a hard day of work, all the volunteers went to the beach, and we all got to see Ade’s playful side.