A non-profitable organization named YCAB is a very impressive organization that helps better society. YCAB stands for Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa. During this activity then would like SPH students to participate in developing a health profile for some of the citizens that live in Petamburan Area. This job will relate to YCAB’s project called the Micro-finance Clients’ Profiles. The objective of this project is to reach out to their clients that live in the slum areas of Indonesia and take information back about their current health state. The clients vary from those that own small business besides the roads, entrepreneurs in the village, small businesses in their homes, small businesses in their village and most of these people still find it hard to make ends meet, economically and healthily. Their economics affect their other needs in their life therefore, the Micro-finance Clients’ Profiles is a project that many people should take up and contribute to. Through these profiles that we, SPH students and other volunteers have collected, we get to see what they need most and help them in that aspect. This project is sponsored by Apotik Melawai as part of their CSR program.
On the 29th of April, a couple of people from SPH decided to go and join YCAB’s ongoing project in Petamburan Area. YCAB’s CEO’s assistant, Lanny, told us to meet up in KS TUBUN no 64 to make sure everyone is there. There we will have a small snack and get ready for the trip. Once everyone has arrived, which has to be around 7 o’clock in the morning on that saturday day, all of us will go together to the kampung. On saturday, when I arrived at KS TUBUN not that much people were there. Not long after, everyone started to show up and by around half past six, everyone is there already. Once everyone was there, which was around half past six, the YCAB staff explained how we will use the questionnaire. The staff told us that basically questionnaires were provided. Each questionnaire had multiple pages that were filled with questions that relates to the persons health profile. We were told to ask at least 10 people these questions and we were given 10 packets to fill. After the staff have explained to us how to use these questionnaires, they lectured us on how to ask the people. They told us that it is key for us to ask them politely especially in the part where we have to ask about their children or family member that might be dead. Once these lectures were given, we took a few snacks to eat and when that done, go to the bathroom, and then leave.
When we arrived in the kampung, we were separated into groups. These groups determine which area of the village we will cover. Within the groups we are divided into pairs. Each pair are given 10 packets and told to interview 10 people too.
When I was interviewing the people me and my partner had to make sure that we work together well and that we are careful with how we ask the question. I develop a lot of new skills during this activity. The first skill i learnt is interviewing. I also learned how to take notes fast and let out my ideas clearly to other people. During this community and service, i was outside of my comfort zone. We went to a kampung and we aren’t used to the idea of climbing stairs that was only supported with one pole, and other minimalistic options. It was quite uncomfortable, but in the end i found that if people didn’t go through this whilst researching about poverty, let’s say, then we would know about these slums. Thanks to explorers that would want to adapt to this kind of surrounding to gain information and help them is truly inspiring. Through this activity, i felt like one of those people. Not just a person who stands in the crowd and look at what’s happening, but a sort of person that is active and trying to solve the problem. I also find that we shouldn’t just spend money on ourselves and pampering ourselves. There are other people in the world that needs more help than your daily hair routine. We have to help others who do not have that opportunity and give that opportunity to them because we are all equal and we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. This community and service helped me challenge myself to give more to others that just giving to myself.