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Computer Donation Helps Lombok National Exam

July 9th, 2019

Now that we are entering into the disaster recovery period after the Lombok earthquake last year, Titian Foundation (Titian) is always ready to channel any assistance to help ease the burdens of the Lombok people, especially in maters relating to education. Ahead of preparations for the junior high school’s computer-based national exams (UNBK) which were scheduled for April 22nd -25th, there were still many schools that needed computers so that students could confidently go through this very important stage in their education. One of them was the Junior High School of SMPN 1 Pemenang in Pemenang Subdistrict, North Lombok.

In early March 2019, a total of 31 computers were sent from CLC Titian Kaliurang to help assist the needs of the students in Lombok. Two national companies, PT Trias Sentosa, Tbk and PT ALP Petro Industry donated a number of used but well-functioning computers that were still more than adequate for Titian’s activities. A total of 20 computers were handed over to SMPN 1 Pemenang with the rest sent to CLC Titian which situated at SMPN 2 Pemenang in Pemenang Subdistrict, North Lombok. Preparation and installation of these computers was swiftly underway. This included a test run of the installation and computer system so that the school would be ready for the UNBK rehearsal held on 18th and 19th March. All went off without a hitch.

Towards the D-day of UNBK, up to seven computers were prepared as backups in case there were any issues with the main computers used for the national exam. On the UNBK-day, everything went smoothly and there were no issues at all. SMPN 1 Pemenang, represented by school Principal, Ibu Khaeriah, S.Pd. thanked the donors for facilitating the school’s teaching and learning activities. After UNBK, the computers will be moved to their computer lab as a learning resource for students and teachers so that they can all be more literate in ICT – Information and Telecommunications Technology. (GP)

Preliminary MoU Lombok Scholarship Gathering

June 13th, 2019

The Lombok 2018 earthquake brought great sorrow to the people of Lombok. Losing one’s home and family is never an easy thing. But it also brought new hope especially to 26 junior high school students in the North Lombok Regency. A tinge of hope emanated from the faces of the Titian Scholarship beneficiaries that gathered at SMPN 2 Pemenang located in the Pemenang Subdistrict. A moderate sized room at the school became the new activity center for Titian programmes such as Scholarship and Community Development (Comdev) in North Lombok. This modest Community Learning Centre (CLC) is equipped with a library and computer facilities.

Pemenang is a young subdistrict in North Lombok that has just celebrated its first decade as a subdistrict and recently become talk of the town when Lalu Muhammad Zohri, a sprinter from Pemenang, won a gold medal at IAAF World U20 Championships.

In front of the students and their parents, Ibu Lily Kasoem expressed her concern for the future of Lombok’s youth. Ibu Lily hopes these students will be able to focus more on their education and utilize every facility provided by Titian, so that the path they walk to achieving their aspirations is wider and their future brighter.

This preliminary MoU gathering was held on Thursday, June 13th, 2019, and went beyond our expectations. Both students and parents showed great enthusiasm throughout the event, especially on the presentation about the dream of Ibu Lily’s work through Titian Foundation and the changes that had occurred to Bayat scholarship beneficiaries as a result. This stirred a lot of enthusiasm from the guests, which was illustrated by one of the parents who attended. Mrs. Haryati, parent of Lira Noviyanti, was very grateful for the presence of Titian in North Lombok, especially in the sub-district of Pemenang. She also shared the sentiments and hopes of Ibu Lily and encouraged students not to waste this auspicious opportunity and appealled to fellow parents to actively support their children in following the rules and activities set out in the Titian programme.

More positive reinforcement for these students came from our special guest speaker, Ibu Nursyda Syam, who encouraged them to use every means offered by Titian to achieve their dreams. Ibu Nursyda, a Tanjung resident and long-time literacy activist, owns more than 20 branches of the Womens Reading Club (KBP) in North Lombok, and believes that knowledge gained through reading can change the course of one’s life for the better. She is pleased that there is another organization, like Titian, that wants to focus their efforts to propel Lombok’s youth to reach their maximum potential and encouraged the Scholarship recipients and parents to maintain the same strong commitment that they displayed on that day. (NL)

Together We Can Be Better

April 26th, 2019

As has already been signaled earlier this year, Titian Foundation is planning to work in Lombok. Some work is already underway, such as taking applications for Titian’s high school scholarship programme in the village of Pemenang Barat, North Lombok as well as the subsequent selection process.

However, after further assessment, Titian found one Sasak tribe in the hamlet of Rembitan village, called Rebuk I, Central Lombok that is also worth receiving support. Rebuk I is situated just 500 meter from the popular tourist hamlet of Sade but the conditions in which they live are a far cry from that picturesque image.

Nearly half (49%) of the Pujut subdistrict population, where Rembitan village lies, are still in what’s known as the “prasejahtera” category, which means these families are not able to fulfill their basic needs, and 53% family head of households are not even elementary school graduates.

Access to water and proper sanitation is still a challenge in this hamlet. Families in Rebuk I can only bathe once a week and an open plant-walled bathroom without a sewer is still being used today. Provision of water and sanitation facilities will significantly improve their hygiene and therefore their overall health and well-being.

Opportunities for a significant results (outcome and impact) are enormous when this village is turned around. Already working hand-in-hand with Titian is Soroptimist International of Jakarta (SIJ) which undertakes water and sanitation programmes and women’s empowerment. SIJ has already pledged to sponsor the digging of water wells and the provision of a community restroom for each family in Rebuk I. Titian will take part in other Community Development (Comdev) Programmes, so that the improvement in standards of living will be enjoyed equally by all families in that hamlet.

The major occupation of the Rebuk I community is farming and most families in Rebuk I also own cows. Coupled with their innate knowledge of farming, Titian sees an opportunity for a biogas project. Titian sent four farmers for a permaculture course in Imogiri, Yogyakarta on March 16th to 29th so they can apply the patterns and resilient features observed on the course to their land, transforming its productivity by creating biogas and organic fertilizer.

One month after the permaculture course, one of the farmers, Lalu Talam, started redesigning his hamlet to integrate facilities for water, sanitation and biogas. He proudly showed it to Mrs. Isla Winarto of SIJ when she formally initiated the water and sanitation project on April 26th, 2019.

The government’s plan to build a MotoGP circuit in Mandalika, Rembitan will be bring more tourism opportunities and Titian intends to serve as a source of informal education and soft skills and make Rembitan as a flourishing hub for eco-tourism.