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That day was our 2nd month in Bandung, preparation of the Combi seems slow and our spirit a bit down due to the weather. Rainy season in Indonesia sometimes can be hard. That night we just talked and enjoyed some Indonesian wine when the conversation about the social project that we wanted to realise since we are in Nepal, came out.
Yes, apart from our VanLife plan, we also would like to be useful for people and everyone around us. At first, we were sure that we wanted to help Indonesian Children by providing their education fee. A few years back, honestly we saw so many Indonesian kids that don’t go to school. Instead, they will work on the field, factory, or even in the street. This situation intrigued us a lot, especially when we tried to compared to the reality that we have in France where the education is free. Yes, finally we decided to focus on this subject.
The next day issei contact some of his friends and family to find deeper information about this. Luckily some of his family working in the education field. One of Issei,s aunt, Bu Harni, is a headmaster of an elementary school found our project interesting and agreed to help us with all of the information that we need.
“Nowadays public school is free in Indonesia. Yes, government give help for every school in the country, but sometimes the aid is not equally distributed.” – Bu Harni
“What do you mean by not equally distributed?” – Issei
“Well, I know some school that doesn’t have enough classroom and teacher. So this is why some school only have limited hours to educate the children. Maximum 3 hours per day because they have to use the classroom for another shift of student that will come during different times of the day.” – Bu Harni
“What happened to the kids that already finished? Do they have any extracurricular to replace their loss of time? ” – Issei
“How come they can have that when they don’t even have enough teacher for every class?” – Bu Harni
This answers hit us hard.
So it means their chance of getting a proper education is only half of the normal amount that they supposed to get? Even during that 3 hours, they have to share the teacher every once in awhile. The rest of the day they will just stay home and most of the time do nothing. Wow!
Thanks to her, we get most of the data and the information that we need. Now what we have to do is trying to find the solution from our point of view. Several days discussion, we realise that most of the school that don’t have basic facilities such as classroom and teacher also lack one of the most important aspects of school which are books. Well, the fact is that, if they do not have basic facilities such as classroom, how come they will have a library? Looking deeper into this, apparently not only school in remote areas that do not have a library. Yes, the reality is that almost two-thirds of Indonesian school do not have a library.
Some only have drawers in the corner of some room which they called library collection filled with a textbook, old magazine or even old newspaper that for sure will not interest kids to read. It does not even fit the definition of books anymore. Some do not even bother to make any effort to create book depository or such due to zero resources from the collection, place and the financial itself.
Finally, we decided to focus more on this subject than before and do some research in the second-hand book market regarding the price and the kind of books that we wanted. The books need to be fun, informative as well as interesting so it can increase the enthusiasm of the kids to read more. Shockingly, the price is very reasonable, 1 Euro per book in average. Considering all of the information that we already gather, now we are sure to take this as our project.
After almost one month of preparing the concept and making the video, finally, our crowdfunding campaign is finished. Now it’s just us and your kindness that will decide if this project will come to life or not in the next 45 days. We do feel scared not to reach the target, we do feel shy to put our video for the first time, but we do believe that all of these will worth a try as soon as we can give the books to the children and see them smile.
Below we put the link of our crowdfunding campaign, and if you are interested, please give a chance to take a quick look at it. There you will also find the detailed explanation of our project, and you can contact us directly at our email if you have further question. Moreover, please feel free to donate so we can deliver the books and open up new worlds for these children. You can also share it with your family and friends to join our journey so that we can reach up to more children in Indonesia. Thanks a lot and Terima Kasih amazing people!
The link: THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORTS, YES OUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN WAS A BIG SUCCESS. WE COLLECTED 105% OF OUR TARGET FUNDING, AGAIN THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORTS.
P.S We decided to name our combi —– COMBILELE
English is not our native tongue, so we are sorry for all of the grammatical error in this article. Thanks for your understanding.
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