WEDNESDAYS IN THE VILLAGE OF DAWUNG – HARTINI AND HERLINA HELP WITH THE EDUCATION OF VILLAGE CHILDREN

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Every Wednesday afternoon Hartini and Herlina join with several other volunteers and travel out of the city to the village of Dawung, about an hour’s journey away.  They spend the afternoon with a group of children and youths who come for extra help with their education.  These informal “classes” were started by one of our sisters:  Beta FCJ when she was employed by Caritas Indonesia and they still continue even though Beta has gone for further training.  One of the families in the village allows their simple home to be used as a classroom each week.  The small children meet inside the house and the youths meet outside.  The number of children and youths who come can sometimes number as many as sixty, if it is raining heavily about forty children come.  Some of them walk a long distance to join this informal class – even very small children.  Most of the children and young people are from very poor families and they come because someone from outside cares enough to give them time and attention.  In educational terms some of the children are quite far behind other children of a similar age.  This is for a combination of reasons: the fact that even very small children have to walk for over an hour to get to school, lack of resources and opportunity, lack of nutrition and in some cases lack of parental support.  It is good that there are some educated young people from Yogyakarta, including Hartini and Herlina, who are willing to give their time and attention to these children and young people who are so hungry for education and for a little bit of extra love and care.

2 Responses to “WEDNESDAYS IN THE VILLAGE OF DAWUNG – HARTINI AND HERLINA HELP WITH THE EDUCATION OF VILLAGE CHILDREN”

  1. Sr. Madeleine Gregg, fcJ Says:

    This is a ministry that would be near and dear to Marie Madeleine’s heart! This semester, my students are offering an after school enrichment program at a school in Tuscaloosa that serves children who live in poverty. We called the program SWAT: Science, Writing, Art, and Talent Development. My preservice teachers NEVER get a chance to teach science, writing, and art until their internships, so we created a practicum for them that also provides a service for the school. It’s a win-win situation! Four of my students work on each of the six “teams” and there are 10-12 children for each team…. Sr. Helen Kampel and I help supervise the SWAT team sessions, trying to give helpful feedback to the beginning teachers….. I always think that if Marie Madeleine came to Tuscaloosa, she would be pleased with what she sees going on at Skyland elementary school each Wednesday afternoon!!!!!

  2. MariJoxe, novice FCJ Says:

    I give a hand every Tuesday with GCSE Maths, to girls that are well self motivated, but need an extra hand. It is encouraging to read about the apostolate that Herlina and Hartini are doing in Indonesia. Thank you for sharing with us.

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