EDUCATION IS THE ONLY KEY TO PROGRESS

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LEARNING CAN BE ANY WHERE

It is a joy for us to be able to pass some of our knowledge to others. Only through education that people can progress better and more competitive on facing this modern world.Roslin Orphanage will do it its best to do it. For two weeks 15 Singaporean students were sharing their expertise to teach the children some English , games and goal setting.It was a joy to see that the anthusiasm of the village children upon learnig to speak English , some common games , singing popular children songs in English like Old McDonald etc.The first day were 68 children attending and on the second day were 99 village children attending.We wish that we can ask more university students or voluteers to come and to participate on the efforts of bringing the education up for this area.
Nusa Tenggara Timur or N T T province has been the poorest province in Indonesia both in the things being able to be produced and the poorest in the education level. It is because of the minimum rain fall and not having enough schools for the villagers ( some of the schools are in a bad condition like not having a paved floor, holes on the walls, doorless , not enough seats and very bad desk).It is a big advantage to be a city school’s student where the facitity are in much much better condition.To be bare footed is may be ok but not when you have to walk for miles on the sharp stones surfaces on the way to school , back and forth daily.

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A class room

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A bad class room

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An overcrowded class room

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NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

Our orphanage can be a place for the children to grow and it can be a place for the villagers to have some lessons as well ( like the work shop that we just did recently with the Singaporean university students). So many things can be done at the orphanage.

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People are coming not just to visit the children but also using the premises to conduct some new skill training , cooking, my wife (Peggy) teaches how to make imitation (plastic) flower arrangement , cleaning and to learn how to deal with the small children which Ice breaker is the key to start dealing with the children and we must go down to their eye level . By doing so we can easily start the interaction with the children.
A simple baloon can be a great tool to educate them, a lot of fun can be generated from so many simple things as long as our method is excepted by the children.
We did an scene which single out honesty and at the end of the sesson we found out that it can be planted in their mind easily but we must constantly remind them about it for a period of time.To teach them about sanitation is very important as important as how to conserve the limited water supply in this part of the world.

 

Our progress is slow but continuous

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Our progress is rather slow as all the necessary things are either low in its standard(skill labors)and a difficult to get the supply of the building materials.Not only the distance to the shop but also the road condition was rather bad(unpaved road and narrow as well).we were doing it bit by bit but getting faster and faster as the labor gets the hold of the skill better.Equipments wise everything are based on manual things,such as to lift up all the stone for the building foundation,bringing the water,mixing the cement and bricks laying.It was a complete hard labor without machinery what so ever.It was hard but it can be done.

 

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Here is some back ground of how and when we were starting our orphanage activities and many more activities related to our Roslin orphanage.

It was in the middle of no where and was nothing on it when we built it. The surroundings were also empty and so dry where nothing can grow on its soil.

These are the picture that may be able to show you when we started the orphanage building.

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The heat and the dryness was making things so hard to do. Even for mixing the cement we have to buy water which coming in trucks. Up to now we are still buying water for our daily needs. Actually water is available but it is too deep to bring it up from the depth of 70 to 100 meters from the surface. Things was rather slow but we beat the planning by a great number. We planned to build it in 5 years but we did it in 11 months .

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We planned it to make some 3 to 5 rooms house but we made it into 45 X 29 meters building.

It is so much to do as we have committed to do it for life.

From now and then we will make new entries about our progresses and please visit us again and again, make suggestions to us so that we can make a better progress accordingly.

Started with few children but now we are having a lot of children under our care.

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