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An Afternoon at CLC Pemenang

July 26th, 2019

It’s only been little over a month ago that our newest CLC in Lombok island just opened, but children and the students of SMPN 2 Pemenang, a junior school in Pemenang subdistrict, where Titian CLC is also situated have already been crowding the place. It gets more visitors when the school starts, up to 50 kids squirming around making noise and being rambunctious.

Our two staff must juggle around to bring order and yet lovingly assisting them. The children are allowed to play, that is if they have read a book. Moreover, the children will be questioned later about the content of the book, to see whether they truly read the book and understand it.

Our newest CLC has a library containing various books, for children to adult. It also has a computer lab where students can get hands-on learning, to learn how to operate it for homework or research. Our CLCs easily become a second home for our Scholarship beneficiaries and community nearby.

Titian decided to set a CLC at this school because it is easy to access for by our Scholarship beneficiaries. Its large field can also accommodate capacity building activities for the students.

108 Students Receives Titian High School Scholarship

July 20th, 2019

This has been a busy week for Ibu Lily Kasoem, CEO and Founder of Titian Foundation and yet the most exhilarating period with the signing of MoU as a sign of commitment to Titian Scholarship Programme. In this academic year 2019/2020, the Scholarship Programme welcomes a total of 108 students to facilitate their continuing education in general or vocational high schools.

The 108 students are divided amongst three Titian centres, with 73 students in Bayat, Klaten, 11 students in Tangerang Selatan (Tangsel), Banten and 24 students in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. The MoU gets renewed every year at the beginning of school during the three-year Scholarship period.

Ibu Lily always make time to speak with the beneficiaries’ parents, especially for the newcomers. She persuades parents to lend their unwavering support in what Titian is trying to accomplish by prepping them to achieve the best version of themselves. Thus, they can afford to have a brighter future, which is a win-win outcome for the parents too.

Testimonies from current beneficiaries and alumni strengthen the outcome and impact of the Scholarship Programme. The current beneficiaries testify the change in their attitude, as they become more confident and bolder. Syehri Ally Reza, Generation 2 Tangsel, confidently said as Titianers (a term for Titian Scholarship beneficiaries), he feels as if he belongs in a successful-to-be group of people and that he is one step ahead from his non-Titian classmates.

Guntoro Yudhy Kusuma, alumni of Scholarship Programme in Bayat from Generation 7, who is currently taking major in Artificial Internet Technology at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, said he still apply everything that was taught to him during the mentoring sessions of Scholarship. He even kept a diary of his activities, his plan for the month and evaluates them later on. This is more useful than spending time racketing in social media, in his opinion.

An Audience with West Nusa Tenggara Vice-Governor

July 15th, 2019

On Monday morning July 15th, 2019 at the Vice-Governor of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB)’s office, CEO and Founder of Titian Foundation (Titian) Ibu Lily Kasoem was received by Vice Governor Dr. Ir. Hj. Sitti Rohmi Djalilah, M.Pd. (Ibu Wagub). This was a continuation of the first meeting six months ago, on January 18th, 2019. In this meeting, Ibu Lily reported the development of Titian’s Programmes that have been running for the past six months in North Lombok and Central Lombok.

Based on the observations and developments in the field, Ibu Lily underlines the importance of education for NTB people. This is in accordance with Titian mission, which focuses on education through Scholarship Programme and mentorship for high school students in Pemenang – North Lombok Regency. Meanwhile, for the adult empowerment in Rembitan, Central Lombok Regency, Ibu Lily also emphasizes the need for education. This is to change people’s mindsets so they can be inspired to become independent and improve their quality of life. It all starts by providing practical education and role models. What Titian does is providing the Community Learning Center (CLC) as a place for the community to acquire practical education.

Responding to what has been conveyed by Ibu Lily Kasoem, Ibu Wagub, acting as the head of the NTB government, welcome Titian Foundation’s programme because it is in line with the provincial programme to develop human resources in NTB. She also believes in the importance of education and it is already being included in the government revitalization programme through health service posts (Posyandu). Through Posyandu, counseling / education on various aspects, such as Health, which includes stunting, nutrition, infant health; Social aspect, such as child marriages, drugs, illegal migrants; Economic aspect such as craft workshop, fish processing, are now carried out in every village in NTB.

Also presence in this meeting were the Head of DP3AP2KB (Office of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Population and Family Planning) Bapak H. Imhal and Head of Village Empowerment, Bapak H. Ashari. Both shared about the Family Sustainability Development Programme that were piloted in Pandan Wangi village in East Lombok and Kembang Krang village in Central Lombok. The outcome of the above programmes will produce a portrayal map of the people condition as determined from 24 indicators.

At the end of the meeting, Ibu Lily handed Titian Annual Progress Report that contains beneficiaries’ testimonies from the Scholarship Programme in Bayat, Klaten, Central Java. Ibu Wagub gives Titian her support in working together to improve the quality of human resources in NTB. (GP)