By Anisa, Voluntourist at Jakarta IHF center
Ramadan is a sacred month where Muslim people celebrate the prophet Muhammad’s first accepted revelation in the lunar month. It is a time of spiritual improvement, reflection and devotion for all Muslims through fasting (which means people only eat and drink before the sunrise and after sunset). As Indonesia is the biggest Muslim country, we expected most IHF students to also fast during the month, even though it’s not necessary for kids to do so. This make our week much quieter than than last. Only a few students came to the center most days, and we cancelled out evening class at the center throughout this month. Although Ramadan makes students easily fatigue during the day, those who came were very spirited and there was no difference whatsoever whether they were fasting or not.
For two weeks, the center has had additional classes of Chinese calligraphy taught every Friday afternoon from 3-5 pm. The idea was to create each students Chinese names out of the original characters. For example my name is Annisa, so the volunteers from Mainland China made my Chinese name, Ni Sha, and wrote it down in Chinese calligraphy. We had so much fun! There are a couple of students who came and really worked hard to practice writing their names. The Chinese Volunteers did it so easily, but trust me, it was harder than I thought. We really enjoyed the sessions, because as we went through the class we get to know each other even better. We share laughs that broke the ice between the students and voluntourists.
At the end of this week, we organized our IHF postcards, promoting people to buy them for 10.000 rupiah. The money is donated straight to the center.
The start of Ramadhan month has bought many blessings for IHF center Jakarta. We have Ayu here, who graduated from high school and got accepted in to one of the top universities in Jakarta. Ade will finish his exams very soon, and Rahma & Adit will start their new semester. In our case, Ramadan is truly the month of blessing.