Newsletter Ribbon of Love October 2010

Few weeks ago, we received an e-mail from our prospective contributor. Before deciding to contribute through Ribbon of Love, she would like to know more about our programs and statistics. We replied to her inquiry, and we think that it might also be beneficial if we share our statistics to all of our dearest donors and friends.

The number of children in our programs.
Currently, we have 2 programs. The first one is distributing milk supplies and learning materials to schools which admit children from poor families in the surrounding areas. In the 2010-2011 academic year, there are in total 60 children under this program.

Our second program is a scholarship which covers the tuition fee (and school uniforms when necessary). There are 60 students who are receving our scholarships in the 2010-2011 academic year, ranging from high school (year 7 and above) to university students.

How do we determine our programs' beneficiaries?
We are working with local institutions, such as schools, dormitories, and co-operating with a number of volunteer-based field advisors who continually evaluate the program at the ground-level and give us advice on how the aims of the programs are achieved. Our current field advisors are either a member of the religious institute which runs schools or domitories, or a trusted member of the community which receives the benefit from our programs.

Another note is that the students' academic achievement is not our sole factor when we decide to help them, such as that in our scholarships program.
We look into the willingness of the student to learn, as a more important attribute in determining his/her success or failure.

There are also some questions regarding what these students/children do after school. Most of our scholarship beneficiaries stay at a monastery or church-run dormitory near to their schools. This is to save their transportation cost, since their homes are distant from the school. Note that our students are located in the rural areas of Indonesia, where the villages can be located up on the hills several kilometres away from the nearest townships where the schools are. Many of them go home every two weeks or so, on foot for several hours.

Our sponsored students, in addition to their main duty of learning, also help in running the monastery or the dormitory, such as working in the kitchen, cleaning the garden, or taking care of animals in the farm.

Our Vision
Our vision is to provide the education opportunity in Indonesia for children who can't afford it.

We wish that the above information could give a better picture of our programs. Should you have any questions, feel free to drop us an email at ribbon.of.love@gmail.com

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