Yayasan Mitra Netra is a blind institute, founded in 1991, which focuses on improving the social position and quality of life of blind people in and around Jakarta. They provide different services for people with visual impairments.
There is, among other things, an extensive library for borrowing both braille books and speeches. This digital library is connected to a national network. In addition, there is an internet information center where blind people can make free use of them.
At the institute, computer courses are also regularly given to stimulate use. In addition, there is an opportunity to play (play) music or follow drama lessons. Mitra Netra also accompanies blind students who go to school and visit the institute schools to support them in the guidance of blind or sighted children.
Werkgroep ’72 provides financial support from time to time for the purchase of, for example, braille paper and repairs to the building. Also, each year is helped by typing books and making them available for their digital library.
De Inspiration Factory Foundation
They do this by offering 2 hours a week lesson in different locations in Jakarta besides regular education. Locations, such as neighborhood centers, can sign up for the program, and staff members receive a training session several times a year so they can teach themselves. In addition, there are volunteers from The Inspiration Factory available for support during the lessons. What makes the lesson program special is that topics that are not or hardly discussed during regular education are discussed and that these themes are being conveyed in an inspiring way to the children. Here you can think of pop shows, role-playing and watching inspiring videos. Every ten weeks there is another theme at the center: think about the themes career, family, norms and values, your body, your dreams. In a Dreambox, all the materials that are needed for a year-long education are in one place. The Dreambox is co-composed by a team of child psychologists. Financial support is required to pay for a Dreambox with teaching material per location.
XS-Project was set up by an American who wanted to reduce waste on the one hand and wanted to improve the life of the trashpickers on the other hand.
Trashpickers get paid for waste that is not recycled elsewhere and is therefore not collected. XS-Project buys this and makes all kinds of products such as bags, laundry baskets and cool boxes.
From the profit they pay school fees for the children of this trashpickers community in Cirendeu.
However, the yield of the products is not enough for the financing of all school fees.
Currently 89 children are participating in the scholarships program. Werkgroep ’72 funded from this education for 18 children in grade 9 to 12.
By letting them follow a course we hope to offer them a future with other work so that they do not have to follow in the footsteps of their parents.
YAPARI is active in the field of training, information and community development. YAPARI tries to guide vulnerable young people, who are no longer at school, into paid work. They want to achieve this with the help of a three-week course, where practical skills are central.
Soft skills: entrepreneurship, job application training and guidance in finding a job.
Hard skills: developing promotional material using software such as Photoshop, Corel draw and producing it.
In addition, information is provided about healthcare (STDs, tuberculosis and HIV) and dealing with domestic violence. 320 young people have attended this training in recent years. 50% currently have a paid job. 13% have started their own micro business, 26% have returned to school, 10% are working on setting up or supporting a micro business and only a few are still looking for a job.
Yayasan Prima Unggul
The objective of this foundation is to train children from disadvantaged families or orphans to become entrepreneurs. Central to this is that the children themselves have their fate in their hands to determine their future. The children receive (primary and secondary) education in the home and then take the state exam. There are currently 65 children living internally between the ages of 4 and 25 who are following an education.
Yayasan Prima Unggul (YPU) has no paid employees. The older students contribute to the daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, giving extra lessons, guiding younger children, etc.
What distinguishes YPU from mainstream schools is that in addition to the general subjects, classes are followed in entrepreneurship, accounting, marketing, etc. There are practical lessons in catering, drama, maintenance of Air Conditioning units and a washing place for mopeds and cars. These activities are housed in small businesses run by the students. With this they generate income that finances around 70% of the daily costs.