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Outline of Plan and Achievements
One of our Founders, Jane Lewis, has lived in the heart of Kampung Pejaten Barat IV for over three years having moved here from the USA. Her five-year-old son, Harry immediately started playing and sharing his spacious front garden with the many local children. Soon after, they began cooking soup and providing fruit for his little friends every Thursday night, which until pretty recently was known as Soup Night. The number grew from 10 to 30 regulars quite quickly. As the numbers began to grow and as we learned more about the children and their needs, it became obvious that many more needed proper nutrition. And so began Pejaten Barat IV soup kitchen closely followed by Yayasan Kampung Kids legally being formed on November 7, 1999.
Kampung Kids Pilot Program
Before beginning the expanded version of Soup Night we conducted a survey. The results are summarized as follows:
Kanpung I - Pejaten Barat IV - Pilot Project (Survey attached)
These figures will of course change regularly and are as accurate as we can determine at this particular time. Due to the low income of these families, combined with the lack of education, many of the children do not receive adequate or balanced meals on a daily basis. Meat is a luxury and considered too expensive. Milk is not available to the under five year olds, breastfeeding and pregnant mothers due to the expense. The majority of the children, soon after the appearance of teeth, begin experiencing decay and loss - due to inadequate nutrition and poor hygiene. The small amount of money parents obtain is all too often given to their children to buy sweets, which other than some rice, may be their only daily nourishment. Hygiene is a very important issue and needs to be addressed in the form of education and assistance with personal hygiene products. Minimally adequate nutrition is essential for mental and physical growth, without which learning abilities are diminished.
In assuming graduated funding, the pilot program in Pejaten Barat IV is prioritized in the following three phases:
Phase I - Basic Nutrition:
Phase I was implemented on September 20, 1999 and is served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each child, and/or mother, has a coupon, which is shown to receive a bowl of soup and rice. Additionally, 52 children and mothers also receive a cup of milk. It works quite well and many of the local people have volunteered to check off names and generally assist our cooking team. Due to the village unemployment, it was not hard to find a couple of individuals on a part-time basis. This has been organized with the approval and assistance of the village R.T. Photos are attached.
Estimated Daily Cost
Kampung II - Pejaten Barat II - RT 13
We servr soup, rice and milk to approximately 214 additional children and mothers in our second Kampung three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). One time or regularly donated funds are needed for this. Our initial survey of this Kampung indicated many more children in need of nutritional and educational assistance. Before start-up we chose a resident's house in a good location for us to monitor, with their full permission of course, and set up a kitchen area to serve the soup. We tiled the floors, painted and built the necessary tables.
In addition to the nutrition program, a volunteer Indonesian doctor now comes once a week to check the health and monitor the weights and growth of the under fives and the pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The results of Dr. Tati's initial check-ups of 50 children (on May 17) are also attached. To summarize, out of 50 children checked, 43 were malnourished and 12 were severely malnourished. We have now set up a Medical/Nutrition Fund to assist us give additional nourishment to these children in particular. Dr. Tati completed her initial study of the children in Kampung 1 - 21 children were found to be malnourished, however not as severe as Kampung 2 - her detailed results are attached.
We also began daily food, milk, and vitamin supplementation to the malnourished children identified in Dr. Tati's Surveys. A local individual was hired on a part-time basis to distribute the food supplements and will give the vitamins on a weekly basis. Dr. Tati also conducted a hemoglobin analysis on approximately 60 children and mothers from Kampung 1 and repeated these tests on Kampung 2. Her results show a significant amount of children anemic.
This Program is now a focus of Study for Dr. Tati who is from the University of Indonesia and we will update as she conducts her examinations of the children.
The costs to run KK II kitchen is approximately as follows (not including the start-up expenses):
Estimated Daily Cost
Initial Survey (Research always in progress)
Kampung III - Pejaten Barat II - RT 10 (Survey Attached)
We have surveyed our next Kampung and located an area for the soup kitchen. Some funds were received so that we could calculate the costs to start-up. The following is a list of costs to start up and monthly costs to run Kampung III's Nutrition Program:
These Costs are based on the cost to start-up and run Kampung I and II Nutrition Programs.
On November 1, 2000, we also began daily food, milk, and vitamin supplementation to the malnourished children identified in Dr. Tati's Survey in Kampung III. The individual hired on a part-time basis to distribute the food supplements now works full-time in this regard as he now cooks for and serves 110 children six days a week. An additional staff member was also hired from the village full-time to help out in this regard and run the Community Center.
Recently, we opened Kampung III Soup Kitchen. We feed soup and rice to approximately many children (10 years and under), pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. This Kampung was considerably larger and poorer than the other 2, so we needed to limit the age of the children fed to under 10 years instead of 16.
We also cannot serve milk to all of the under 5s in the 3 Kampung now due to lack of funds. Milk costs approximately Rp. 1,000 per day per child. Milk is only provided to the identified malnourished children from each Kampung. We would like to restart the milk and have budgets for this if someone is interested in donating to this program.
Dengue: Over the past year, we have lost one child, a member of our Playgroup, and had another one in the hospital for two weeks due to dengue fever. In both cases each child was turned away from the hospital for the necessary medical treatment because of the family's lack of funds. The smaller child that died, we did not reach in time, but the older one is now doing well. Our Medical Fund will now help other cases (emergency) such as this.
PHASE II - Education
In January 2000 Kampung Kids sent 11 children to school from our pilot program. We now have 98 children, most already have sponsors, but we need additional ones to replace those sponsors that have moved on.
These estimated costs are based on the children that Kampung Kids has already sent or returned to school and the school supplies we have purchased to date. It also takes into account increased school fees for all grades for the January - June, 2002 term. Cost summaries and itemizations from the schools can be provided.
We realize these school fees are higher than other areas of Jakarta. All of our research has determined that South Jakarta is the more expensive, which further restricts the abilities of the parents to afford school fees. There have been many studies done all over Jakarta on health and education, but apparently South Jakarta has not been studied as it is considered to be affluent. There are many poor pockets in South Jakarta as most residents here are aware of. These children have the same right to go to school as children in other (cheaper) areas of Jakarta.
We have located children in Kampung IV who need scholarships for the January 2002 Term. Profiles are now available on each child looking for a sponsor.
These children do not attend TK - Kindergarten due to lack of funds and therefore do not learn the basic skills required for entering SD - Elementary. We presently tutor the children in this category and anticipate receiving more. Volunteer teachers provide tutoring.
We presently hold a 3 Playgroups three times a week for approximately 60 2-3 year olds. We receive regular donated toys and play equipment. There is great interest in the older children to participate in creative play - however; we need more volunteers to teach.
With the assistance of three Indonesian and expat volunteer teachers; we presently provide weekly English classes to approximately 50 individuals consisting of one SMP/Adult class and one SD class. The cost for supplies (i.e., books, paper, pencils) per child is approximately Rp. 10,000 per person per month. These classes have been in place for over 2 years now. The students are tested, given homework and all show good progress. We presently have three of our best students enrolled in an established English Course in addition to these classes in the hope they will then return to teach our classes. One already has and now also runs a computer class once a week.
We would like to provide English classes to all children and adults that are interested. English is not widely taught in public schools and where it is, it may be offered once a month and require additional school fees. We firmly believe “The more English you Know the More Money you Earn”
On November 6, 2000 we completed the renovation of a small building on Pejaten Barat II. Many items are needed to furnish and provide storage space for the many learning utensils need during our many classes. This process was extremely expensive and if a sponsor is located who is interested in providing funding assistance to run our new Community Center, more details can be provided. We anticipate increasing the amount of classes we provide as we locate for teachers. On November 12, 2000, in the new Community Center we began our new computer class using an old donated laptop and 3 other donated PCs, We are always interested in any donated computers in good working order.
Phase III - Health and Hygiene
On May 17, 2000 we began monitoring the weights and health of approximately 60 children - five years old and under, including their mothers. Dr. Tati is from the University of Indonesia and donates all of her time. As mentioned above, her results of these check-ups are available.
On June 6, 2000 we added the 40 under 5 year-old children from Kampung II to the list of children who will be checked by Dr. Tati during our Safety Net Clinic. It is this Kampung we lost the child with Dengue Fever. Dr. Tati's report is also available.
On September 12, 2000 60 children from Kampung III were added to the Clinic. Dr. Tati's report is available.
We now have a Program whereby individual children can be nutritionally sponsored before they attend school - ages 1 year to 4 years.
Basic Hygiene Classes/Awareness
We presently have monthly classes for ages 2-10 years where we teach basic hygiene, teeth brushing, hand washing, hair washing, etc. - All the children have their shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste provided. Funds are always needed for this.
On August 22, 2000 we added another medical volunteer, Ines Gulardi whose background is in Nutrition. This education program is meant to deliver basic education in hygiene and nutrition, mostly for mothers and the under fives. It is an additional (however very essential) program to support what we are already doing in the hygiene area to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of our whole program. This program is divided into two major subjects, which are: basic hygiene and basic nutrition, which should be applied in the daily life of the kampung population. They are going to be given alternatively, each month with different topics.
Since diarrhea is among the topic that has high urgency in the area, after the recent loss of two young babies, it was the first one discussed in the first class on August 22, 2000.
The sessions are outlined as follows:
The mothers seemed to enjoy and where very much entertained by the skit and guessing game. We are always looking for medical personnel to assist in this regard.
Provide the poorest of each Kampung once a month with personal hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste
This is presently being provided rotating 3 Kampungs each month:
Families receive - 1 Shampoo, Toothpaste and Soap
We now have enough Shampoo, which was recently donated to provide one bottle per month to each family in all three Kampungs. Soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste are still needed.
Under the supervision of Dr. Tati during our weekly Safety-Net Clinic, we now provide 75 women from all three Kampungs the monthly birth control pill. We anticipate this number will grow. Our surveys show so far there is a great need and willingness to participate. Funding is of course needed for this.
All costs listed above are based on our actual costs from our start-up date on September 20, 1999.
2 years ago we began a Sewing Training Program (10 individuals in each class). Start-up supplies were purchased and to date 6 sewing machines have been donated. We will need other donations for further supplies, material, etc. This class is run by a few volunteers and is going extremely well. We try to sell some of the items the students have made at the many local bazaars and are able to pay small salaries to the student's families. We operate this program not as a way for Kampung Kids to make money, but to provide salaries to individuals who before had no particular skill, and so that they may eventually use this skill to break away from our program and provide for their families.
The intent behind the development of the pilot program was also to create a template that was quickly replicated in Kampung II and in Kampung III. Other dedicated individuals, and/or organizations on their street or in their local communities can also achieve these goals in this type of project. Kampung Kids would assist in this regard.
Our purpose is to go Kampung to Kampung as funds are received. The total cost of Kampung II and III and others will be slightly less as our operational costs will increase but not double. Additional breakdowns of costs for each program can be provided upon request. The purpose of this Outline is to provide a brief explanation of our plans, achievements and needs.
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