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ROTA Volunteers’ Second Trip to Bayat

December 24th, 2018

Titian was happy to assist Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) in bringing in another batch of volunteers, the second group of the year.

About 20 students and 4 Lecturers from The College of North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) were assigned to do volunteer work at a vocational school in Bayat, Klaten. Around 150 students of SMKN 1 Ngawen from Grade 10 to Grade 12 participated in the volunteer sessions from December 17th to 21st. They were enrolled to learn about five topics: 1. Health and Nutrition 2. Entrepreneurship 3. Personal Development 4. Personal Safety and Security 5. Sustainability

On Health and Nutrition for instance, students got to learn about hygiene, even simple things like proper handwashing and dental care. On Personal Safety and Security, students got to learn how to create a secure password for their social media account and how to operate a fire extinguisher in the case of fire. In return for their efforts, the volunteers got to learn Javanese traditional music using the gamelan, and the Javanese language.

What was special about this particular volunteer trip was that it coincided with Qatar’s National Day on December 18th. Being far from home didn’t deter the volunteers from celebrating. ROTA organizers brought a lot of goodies: shawls, pins, bracelets and flags decorating the school meeting hall and the students too. ROTA Volunteers and students took turns to sing their respective national anthems, followed by a brief speech from the school’s Principal and a little bit of Qatari dancing to seal off the celebration.

In between activities at SMKN 1 Ngawen, the volunteers also did community activities with the Women Farmers’ Group of Jarum Village, which included making compost from organic waste, planting various kinds of fruits, such as longan, rambutan and jackfruit, and distributing garbage bins to the surrounding neighborhood. Volunteers also dropped by at CLC Titian to do flower pot painting with the children. (DWA)

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight

December 15th, 2018

By: Joelle C. Warsono
Mentor: Wisnu Auri
Media: Acrylic Paint on Wall
Execution Date: 15-16 December 2018

The concept is based on the Japanese quote ‘Fall down seven times, get up eight’.

Essentially, every rise to the top is built by the many failures. Behind every successful rise to the top is never a shortcut; simply grit, determination, and endurance.

In this process, people who strive and are gritty enough to persevere through setbacks during trials eventually learn from experience.

The characteristic that this quote mainly conveys is having persistent resilience. It is a message that must be enforced to youth while they are still in their prime years of learning, growing and experiencing ups and downs.

The mural depicts seven figures of the same child falling down around in different positions, crowding around the eight child in the middle.

Although still on the ground and unsteady, each fallen child gradually is able to stand a little taller than what they were previously. Hence the progression from totally on the ground to almost standing tall.

The eight child is the victorious child, raising a fire lit torch in a gesture of triumph. The child’s failures gather around the risen figure as if the winning child is a bonfire, a bright flame that indicates hope, goodness and victory.

Although the eight child shines the brightest, her seven failures are still in the picture. Although shadowed, they are not forgotten; it is the message that our failures are what makes us who and what we are today. They must not be hidden and they must not go uncredited. Before a rise, there is always a fall. Without having times of failure, we will never learn to succeed.

Find Me in the Sewing Class

December 12th, 2018

It all started three months ago with the first screening of applicants for the sewing class to be held at CLC Titian Tangerang Selatan (CLC Tangsel). The screening was necessary to assess the commitment of the applicants for a two-hour weekly course. Fifteen women made the cut and started sewing lessons every Wednesday.

Mrs Wiwin, whose son, Sahrul, is Generation 1 of the Tangsel Scholarship Programme and a seamstress herself, offered to teach the class. All the women seemed to ‘step on the gas’ from that moment on.

Three months later, these women can now make patchwork cosmetic pouches, short pants and soon hijabs. Within that short period of time, the togetherness and bond forged through these sewing sessions made them more bold and self-assured. It became a vehicle for self-discovery. How so? Their elected group head set some rules. They allocated time for evaluation at the end of each class, assessing not only progress of their sewing skills, but also their individual development, whether each person in the group was being responsible, committed, confident and a team player. A small cash contribution was also made in every meeting for buying cloths and other group purposes.

The sewing class added a different dimension to these women’s daily lives as housewives and enabled them to earn extra income along the way. When the improvement in the women’s self-esteem is considered, the impact is likely to permeate their whole family.

Just as Titian urges its scholarship beneficiaries to dream big, these women also did not shy away from dreaming big. They dreamed of building a substantial business capable of mass producing a range of products and hoped that there will be more training in the future to complement their aspirations. (NF)