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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.

Literacy Movement Workshop for High School Students

March 23rd, 2019

Ever wonder why we are not so interested in reading a book? Sure, online reading material is far shorter and seems more interesting, but at times there is hardly any substance in it. Apparently, our intonation and even attention to the punctuation while we are reading a book can make reading more enjoyable.

“Literacy Movement” is one of Titian’s CLC Programmes and is offered at our centre in Kaliurang, Yogyakarta. This movement has been successful among elementary school students and the aim is to impart the same enthusiasm for reading among high school students. As in the case of SMAN 1 Pakem, the ongoing literacy activity in this senior high school is still at the beginner stage, which involves building the habit of reading books. The next phase is learning and deriving the substance from what is being read.

A workshop on “School Literacy Movement” was then held on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, at Titian CLC Kaliurang. The speaker was Mr. Nuradi Indra Wijaya from the Community Library of Mata Aksara Yogyakarta. Workshop participants were from the high school’s Literacy Task Force.

In the workshop, students were divided into several groups for discussion about a book. Each group was given paper and stationery to make a summary of the results of reading the book consisting of:

  1. Group reading
  2. Search for quotes from the content
  3. Mind mapping: characters, timelines and places

Four of the participants were assigned to document the session which included taking photos, video recording and making captions and then publishing this activity on social media so that the impact can become more widespread or even ‘go viral’.

The discussion that went on in each group was exhilarating and the results were presented to other participants. From the presentation, some students still showed a lack of reading skills – intonation and punctuation – and even self-confidence to be in front of a crowd. After this workshop, we hope that each class can apply what has been learned and spread the enthusiasm for the literacy movement to other students in their school. (AW/DAP)