Project H.O.P.E. A year in summary.

Help Open People’s Eyes.

A great acronym for a great cause. The members of our group are dynamic and creative and together we have achieved a lot this year. We began the year with the long struggle of creating a logo, something that would differentiate our group from others, and also to promote our group through positive imagery.

This is what we ended up finalising on.

We then began our first advertising campaign, which unfortunately was not as effective as we thought it would be. Nevertheless, we persevered and came up with many unique posters which we posted and shared online.

These were just a few of our designs. The first being one I created, though was rejected by the group. Still a cool poster in my opinion.

The second image was actually captured by my go-pro camera, during an event we held at school for the orphanage Fajar Baru. We had a fun day of sports and education with around 50 children ranging from the ages of 3 months to 18 years of age.

During terms 2 and 3 my main focus shifted over to Yayasan Sayap Ibu, an orphanage based in Kebayoran close  to Gandaria City. They are a muslim orphange who foster children born with disabilities. Children abandoned by their parents as they cannot take care of them. It is unfortunate that due to the issues of poverty and the differences in income in this country, that these children are disadvantaged, and that these children have to grow up without parents.

In our visits to the orphanage we were humbled by how loving and happy these children are, regardless of how disadvantaged they are and how little they have. It was for this reason that our purpose shifted towards raising funds to provide these children with a better experience of life. We decided to fund raise money through our arm bands with the aim of purchasing a washing machine.

We managed, through the help of the school community to raise an ample amount of funds. These went towards purchasing a washing machine which met the specifications provided by the orphanage.

We also purchased a large amount of general supplies for the orphanage.

Thanks to the efforts of the group and the support from the cat team and the school community, project hope was able to do something out of the ordinary. We were able to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. That is the most humbling part of our job, and of CAS as a whole. Serving those who cannot help themselves.

That however, is not where we draw the line, there’s more to serving than buying things.  Recently, project hope hosted a second Fajar Baru day.

We played sports (lots of it), had KFC chicken (lots of it) and taught the children english, whilst increasing our understanding of Bahasa Indonesia, I for one learn’t how to use the word “Juga,” which means “also.”

Here’s a link to some of our dancing antics 😀

All in all, I can say that this year has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life. The orphanages, the children, my group, they’ve all taught me important life lessons. The entire experience has been humbling and is definitely something I will try to implicate in my life after I have finished IB.

We as a group were also able to achieve LO’s 1,5, 6 and 7 during the last few stages of the year.

I hope you enjoyed this short but sweet post, I look forward to writing some more.