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South Kalimantan Community Development Initiative (SKCDI)

"For the past 15 years we’ve been involved with helping poor children stay in school. We’ve always chosen children who had a strong desire to stay in school, whose parents were unable to fund this desire, and encourage the families to support the child’s decision to keep studying. We believe that taking one child out of the cycle of educational-dropout, which often leads to poverty, and ensuring they do receive a good education, will send out a ripple effect into their poor communities as younger children watch and then desire to persevere in their own education. We also encourage each graduate to invest time in mentoring the younger ones to stay in school and follow their dreams." - Jaime, SKCDI Director

Meet some of our sponsored students!

Putri

Situation: Lived in a 3-walled shack on stilts over the river, desperately poor (Aidin’s sister)

Sponsorship: 1 year

Result: Starting junior high at government school

ONGOING NEED: $10 per mo.

Saunah

Situation: Dropped out after 9th grade to get a job

Sponsorship: 3 years

Result: Graduated high school at Technical School for Culinary Arts; married mother of two

Miftah

Situation: After dropping out for 2 years, began working and sleeping on the street to pay his own way to stay in school

Sponsorship: 3 years

Result: 1st in family to graduate high school; graduated 2016 with a B.A. in English from university

Putri

Situation: Drug-addicted single mom wanted her to drop out at age 15 and get a job

Sponsorship: 3 years

Result: Graduated high school 2016; received college scholarship and is now a freshman in the Education Department (for teaching Physics) at university

Dahlia

Situation: Parents wanted her to drop out at age 15 and get married so they could receive a “bride price” for her

Sponsorship: 3 years

Result: Graduated high school 2016; now has a full-time job

Aidin

Situation: Lived in a 3-walled shack on stilts over the river, desperately poor

Sponsorship: 7 years

Result: Graduated high school 2017; now working and starting night university

ONGOING NEED: $30 per mo. (He is covering half of his tuition for now)

Rahma

Situation: Parents don’t have stable work and struggle with health issues

Sponsorship: 4 years

Result: Graduated High School in 2017; currently looking for a job

Desi

Situation: Drug-addicted single mom wanted her to drop out at age 14 and get a job (Putri’s sister)

Sponsorship: 3 years

Result: High school junior at Technical School for IT

ONGOING NEED: $20 per mo.

Nooraina

Situation: Parents low income sufficient to school their kids through junior high only

Sponsorship: 1 year

Result: High school sophomore at Technical School for Social Work

ONGOING NEED: $20 per mo.

Dahliana

Situation: Parents have inconsistent work and drug issues

Sponsorship: 1 year

Result: Starting junior high at private school (unable to enter government school)

ONGOING NEED: $10 per mo.

 

Most of these needy students are drawn from one particular poor neighborhood in the city. Children from that neighborhood go to the home of two field staff every day for help with homework (if they’re still in school), basic medical care, food or water (some haven’t eaten all day), and for a hug, prayer and counsel on how to deal with their often abusive family situations. Each day is different with anywhere from 3-30 kids in their home. They often are flooded with poor kids during the holidays, especially. The last Idul Fitri holiday they fed eighty kids in their home!

ONGOING NEED: For more than 10 years Millennium partner field-staff have fed these kids mostly from their own personal funds. We appreciate every gift specifically allocated to feeding the poor!