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IHF NEWSLETTER: MAY 2019

IT STARTS WITH YOU!

We believe in small, slow impact that has deep roots. Get to know our children and their communities together with other volunteers from your home or through our short and long-term volunteer opportunities.
 
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F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on T W I T T E R
F O L L O W on I N S T A G R A M
F O L L O W on P I N T E R E S T
F O L L O W on L I N K E D I N

IHF FOCUSES ON CHANGING LIVES

MAY UPDATE

Dear volunteers and supporters of IHF,
 
IHF's Kenya College and University Students need your help. For many impoverished young people in developing countries, there are limited options after graduating from high school. For some, the only alternative to continuing their education amounts to working for low wages and/or getting married and raising a family. 

Our program can help them to follow their dreams. Currently, we have 13 students on this program, with 8 still in need of a sponsor. With a simple donation, you are not only changing the future of one child but also the future of a family and a whole community.

Can you contribute to helping these youths change their lives' narrative?
 
Create change today!

NAKURU'S TEAM WORK

Nakuru's team
This past month at the Kenya Center has been an adventurous month. All the children went back to school in the first week of May eager to begin their second term. For the older kids, this also meant preparing for their opening term exams. This saw the kids get creative and form study groups, where every night they would learn together about a particular subject and do practice questions on the same subject. We hope this will be a habit of teamwork that will continue throughout the school year.

The center also welcomed three new volunteers, Raymond, Edgar and Emmanuel, who were warmly welcomed to the IHF Kenya Center family. We are all very excited to see what new adventures lay ahead for us this year.
 
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RAMADAN IN JAKARTA

IHF Ramadan
Ramadan is a month of the Islamic calendar in which Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink from dawn to dusk. It is also called the fasting month, and it affects the school and office hours as most people prefer to break their fast with their families. The students, who usually go home at 3 pm, are now going home at 12 pm. As a result, the study time at IHF also changed. All classes end at 4.30 pm the latest. 

There were two interesting events held at IHF Jakarta during the fasting month. First, the gathering for breaking the fast together on May 18. All of the children, parents, and volunteers are expected to attend this event every year. This time there was plenty of food prepared, which came from the donations of the volunteers. Some parents also nicely offered to donate some food. Most of the excess food was given to the security team and people from the neighborhood.

The second gathering was a charity event held for local orphans. This year, ten orphans were invited. IHF Jakarta prepared some food hampers and an amount of money for them. The donations also came from our volunteers, and the event was open to everyone. It has been a tradition in Indonesia to hold this kind of event at every institution at least once. This event was also held on May 18. For IHF Jakarta it was a day of games until the sunset. How fun!

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MEDAN ENJOYS THE FAST

During Ramadhan, the classes start early since some of our children practice to fast at least half of the time. Also, we don't have any classes at night because some volunteers and students are having extended evening prayers. Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists and others are living in peace here in Medan, and we teach this to the children, to live together in harmony.

This Ramadhan is very special because we are being accompanied by a volunteer from South Africa, Amiel. He is very kind and caring to the children. He is also smart and funny. When we break the fast together with local volunteers, it's the best time to solidify our team so we can do our tasks and help the children in Medan.

This month we had many activities to stimulate their creativity and help them express their ideas. We used natural materials, such as green grams, fish eyes, black and white sticky rice to build a collage.
 
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MUSLIM AND HINDU CELEBRATIONS IN BALI

Bali's family
This month was full of events at the Bali Center.  At the beginning of May, some of our children had their final exams at school. Our volunteers, on the other hand, were really busy preparing the final exams at IHF and our Pass-It-On Ceremony for June, our most awaited annual event celebrating the end of the semester. 

May was also full of very important ceremonies with both the Hindu and Muslim communities. On May 5th, Muslims began the month of Ramadan. Our Local Director invited our volunteers to join the Muslim community during several traditional events with families and friends.

The Hindu community celebrated two special days, and our volunteers were very happy to join them. The 11th of May was Saraswati Day, the knowledge day. Our students celebrated it at school, in the morning, bringing offerings to their holy books and scrolls, and we were not permitted to read or write until the evening. During the evening, called Malam Sastra, all the people read books in their houses and in their temples. 

Four days after Saraswati Day, was Pagerwesi Day. All the Balinese took offerings to their temples to celebrate the knowledge, health, food, and gold in their lives to keep the universe in balance. It is the second biggest holiday in Bali and there were big ceremonies all around the island. Our volunteers were stunned by the sheer beauty of it all!

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Student of the Month

ANGEL

Volunteer of the Month

ADE SUCIPTO


Angel, 4, is the youngest girl at the Kenya Center. She has shown a huge improvement in English this month. She just got a score of 90/100 and made us all very proud. Keep going Angel!


Ade started as a student at the IHF Jakarta Center. Today, with the help of IHF, he reached his dream of becoming a teacher. He teaches English, Science, and Math in a school called "Embun Pagi Islamic School" in Jakarta. 

Now, he is also a board member of IHF, and he works to make sure that the IHF free classes program keeps running well for the poor.
 

THANK YOU FOR CHANGING LIVES!

A big Thank you to the Accenture team in Jakarta for their continuous programs. Accenture and IHF have been cooperating for the last five years to bring more knowledge to our students.
The International Humanity Foundation (IHF) is an international non-religious, non-political, and nonprofit organisation that provides education and safe Children's Homes to impoverished children in Indonesia, Kenya, and Thailand through our five (5) IHF Centers.
All contributions are tax deductible. IHF is a registered 501(c)(3) Non Profit Foundation in the United States.

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