YAYASAN USAHA MULIA - INDONESIA
Indonesia has seen widespread development, but with the fourth largest population in the world, there are still many areas where there is a severe lack of proper health, education and community services. Millions of families continue to live below the poverty line, surviving on less than two dollars a day.
Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM, meaning Foundation for Noble Work) has worked for more than four decades in this vast archipelago to support communities, to give them hope and a way out of the cycle of poverty.
YUM is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life of the poor in Indonesia and works across health, education and community development.
YUM concentrates its health projects in the regions where there are the poorest levels of access to health services and knowledge in Indonesia. Its education projects focus on giving young people from poor backgrounds the opportunity to experience and enjoy learning and reap the associated benefits. And YUM undertakes a number of community development projects with the goal of strengthening community networks and empowering individuals to help themselves.
In 2016, we were able to help the YUM Vocational Training College in Kalimantan Indonesia, when their funding was temporarily withdrawn. The college was set up several years earlier to address the lack of skills and employability among poorer young people in the area.
Youth unemployment rates in this area are five times higher than those of adults, making skill development an area of vital importance. Training is provided to around 100 participants a month in computer skills, hairdressing, food processing, English, finance, recycling and job seeking skills. Students range from 13 to over 20 years of age. The college has new purpose-built facilities and provision for students to be residential.