In Indonesia, all citizens must undertake nine years of compulsory education which consists of six years at elementary level and three in secondary level. HOPE worldwide Indonesia developed Education Program to provide the financial-challenged community with better education. By giving them a choice for better education, character building and learning to care for one another, we will be changing the future of many lives.
Saturday Academy aims to inspire low-income family children to increase the spirit of learning, boost their academic level and not drop out of school. The first center is at Pedongkelan on 2005, giving tutorship to the children every saturday at various places. SA also organised events for health, social activities, free medications and additional nutrition. Currently, SA is running in many different cities in Indonesia: Jakarta, Surabaya, Pontianak, Tangerang, Bandung, Semarang, Jogjakarta and Bogor.
English has always been a major subject in school that students would have difficulty in, particularly for students from slum areas. This issue led to the birth of the English Training Program, supported by CIMB Niaga Malaysia Bank, started in December 2010 with 25 students from Cilincing, a fisherman’s village. Our aim was to provide basic English foundations and develop linguistic English skills for underprivileged children. We have three ETCs now at Tangerang, Cilincing and Depok.
In 2001, CTC (Computer Training Center) was formed to aid youths who could not afford to continue school. The growing number of drop-outs caused more youths to be burdens of the family, they need food on the table yet they aren’t able to earn a living. This situation caused them to be more involved in criminal activities and this pushed HwI to tune in to youths’ needs.
The purpose of CTC is to provide opportunities for the youth to have another chance for better future through computer training, shape their character to care for one another and to support their family in needs.
A donation of 25 used personal computer units from Singapore was the jump start of CTC with the building in Plumpang which was donated by Lions Club. We have impacted many youths, providing them with skills-added training to obtain better employment and to eventually bring their family out of poverty. Their care and concern for one another have resulted in more than 50 marriages among our CTC graduates.