Cianjur, October 19, 2023 – YCAB Foundation, in collaboration with Yayasan Pundi Amal Peduli Kasih (YPP) and RANS Entertainment, conducted the handover of donations for educational support to four schools affected by the earthquake in Cianjur: SDN Cijedil, SDN Kawunggading, SDN Mitrabakti, and SDN Suryakancana. This collaboration encompasses the provision of classroom equipment for four elementary schools in the area, distributing more than 550 desks and chairs, whiteboards, and bookshelves that are essential for students and teachers, as well as conducting confidence-building and child safety activities. The primary goal of this initiative is to provide fundamental understanding of safety and build confidence among children in school and at home.
This collaboration is part of the effort to recover and restore the teaching and learning activities in schools affected by the earthquake in Cianjur, an initiative previously initiated by YCAB Foundation in partnership with VF Foundation and Global Giving since the beginning of 2023. In early 2023, YCAB Foundation, VF Foundation, and Global Giving assisted SD Sukamaju I Cugenang in Cianjur in rebuilding the school after the earthquake. The assistance provided included school supplies and equipment such as learning desks and chairs, bookshelves, whiteboards, educational books, administrative materials, cleaning supplies, and computers. In addition, teachers and students also received training to help them cope with the emotional aftermath of the earthquake and restore children’s self-confidence and safety.
Today’s event was attended by Mr. Stevens Onsoe, Program Manager of YCAB Foundation, Mrs. Susilowati Lestari, Head of Partnership Division, and representatives from YPP, as well as internal YCAB Foundation volunteers. “YCAB Foundation expresses its gratitude to YPP and RANS for their outstanding support in making this collaboration a reality. With their commitment to assisting the earthquake-affected community in Cianjur, YCAB has been able to provide much-needed aid to the students and schools in the region. Through adequate school facilities, a quality learning environment, and training to boost the confidence of children, we hope to restore hope for the earthquake-affected students and teachers and ensure they return to a safe and comfortable school environment,” said Veronica Colondam, Founder and CEO of YCAB.
On behalf of the recipients, Mrs. Tini Kartini S.Pd.SD, Head of SD Cijedil, expressed her gratitude for the support provided in helping to restore educational facilities. “The donated equipment and training provided have not only improved the learning environment but also instilled hope and optimism in our students. Together, we are building a brighter future,” she said.
“In responding to disasters, YPP is committed to aiding the recovery of communities affected by earthquakes in areas directly related to YPP. The impact of the Cianjur earthquake on schools underscores the importance of safe learning spaces and supportive educational facilities. By providing adequate educational resources and post-disaster counseling, we help students regain confidence to develop their potential without limitations,” said Abbas Yahya, Executive Director of the Yayasan Pundi Amal Peduli Kasih.
Through the strong collaboration between the YCAB Foundation, YPP, and RANS Entertainment, we have successfully restored education and hope in Cianjur after the earthquake. Together, we have created a brighter future by rebuilding educational facilities and boosting children’s confidence. May the spirit of this collaboration continue to inspire other partnerships in the effort to recover from the impact of disasters in the Cianjur region.