SKDCI works with local individuals and institutions to address as many issues of poverty in South Kalimantan as possible.
Filling Education Gaps:
- Pre-school/kindergarten programs for poor students
- After-school homework help for poor students
- Sponsoring poor students to stay enrolled in school
- Educational and therapy assistance for the mentally and physically handicapped
- Promoting educational programs on environmental awareness
- Promoting educational programs and events related to human rights and peacemaking
General Capacity Building:
- English language and job skills training
- Training seminars for locals interested in community development
- Providing free or subsidized counselling services including for addiction, mental illness, broken families, pregnancies outside of marriage, domestic abuse, and suicidal tendencies
- Producing and broadcasting radio programs on health, education, family, and community development
- Forging partnerships to create job internships for youth entering the workplace
- Assisting the startup of small businesses engaged in community development
- Supporting existing businesses engaged in community development
- Supporting micro-lending programs for individual entrepreneurs
Indonesia is the 4th largest country in the world, yet has lagged behind the world in its human development, ranking only 111th. It boasts the 4th largest educational system in the world, but in a recent survey of 50 nations’ quality of education, it ranked last. Less than one half of the teachers were judged qualified to teach properly, and only one third of the students complete high school. Poverty is also a huge issue, with 100 million Indonesians (40% of the population) living on under $2 a day
These national statistics get even worse when applied to the more remote regions of Indonesia, such as the province of South Kalimantan. The province is ranked in the poorer half of Indonesian provinces, and in the ten lowest for human development. Its educational quality lags far behind the richer, more developed provinces.
Meanwhile, Indonesia struggles greatly with religious extremism. In this largest Muslim nation in the world, the youth are targeted by Muslim jihadists for radicalization—including joining mobs to protest anything Western or Christian, which often turn violent and destructive; joining jihadist cells; becoming suicide bombers; and pledging allegiance to ISIS. For sustainable development in other areas, it is vital that people of all backgrounds feel safe in the public sphere and feel optimistic to pursue opportunities for personal growth. Thus, the youth must be presented with a counter-narrative that affirms the nation’s ideals of pluralism, tolerance, diversity and peace.
Principles of SKCDI Development Work
1) All our development activities will work in conjunction with local leaders who can better assess the most important needs and the most effective solutions.
2) We will serve those who cannot help themselves; we will also empower those who have desire and ability to develop themselves, believing that their success will touch many other lives.
3) We will involve families and natural communities in the development process as much as possible.
4) We will use outside expertise that is requested and desired by locals as a resource for them, never imposing the outsiders’ solutions to local problems, but allowing local leaders to widen their knowledge base to assist them in deciding on the best local solutions.
5) We will use programs as a way to connect with individuals in need, remembering that we are always investing in individual people.
6) We are committed to love and pray for every single individual that we serve.
7) Our ultimate goal is to bring full life and solutions that cause societal transformation—“on earth as it is in heaven.”
Addressing Other Needs:
We continue to address as many of the community’s needs as we can with the resources given to us. For example, for the past 12 years we’ve provided free counseling and healing prayer ministry through our House Of Prayer for Everyone (HOPE); we’ve provided free training seminars for the community on topics such as Helping Handicapped Children; Developing Children’s Emotional Intelligence; Family Financial Management, etc. Through our English Course, we’ve provided job training and job internships for local high school students, as well as advanced teacher training for local English teachers. Currently we are partnering with 12 outstanding local leaders that we’ve invested heavily in. We hope to develop these community initiatives and more as we discover new local leaders that we can partner with.
How You Can Help
To contribute to the South Kalimantan Community Development Initiative, you can donate online at mrds.org/donate. Designate funds to SKalimantanCDI.001.
(remember, use designation code SKalimantanCDI.001)