Coconut Kids Club
Saturday, December 31, 2005, 22:00
Coconut Kidís Club
There is an old and well known statement that if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, however, if you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.
A major driving force behind LEAPís vision and purpose for being in the Hinako Islands is to teach the people how to ďfish.Ē Every project that LEAP undertakes is motivated by the desire to equip, train, impart and empower. To this end, the projects must be foreseen as having long term local sustainability.
The exciting momentum behind the Coconut Kidís Club (CKC) is that we are teaching a new generation. Early exposure to the necessary life skills they need for healthy and educated choices means that these children are literally, able to face a brighter future. Much of the educational wisdom taken for granted in Western Societies needs to be shared to promote Third World Development. Simple instruction in health and safety issues truly does bring change and can, in some cases be the difference between life and death.
With this wonderful opportunity and responsibility, LEAP is committed to their Coconut Kidís Club. A two hour program that runs six days a week, the CKC equips, trains, imparts and empowers these beautiful children and does so with creativity and fun.
The Coconut Kids Club kicked off in September 2005. Three local women have been trained to run the centre, they do so with energy, enthusiasm and a distinct local touch. Volunteers have joined for periods and imparted their knowledge and experience, assisting in creating an exciting and fun curriculum.
The story so farÖ.
The Coconut Kids Club began with Ruby Senaratne and Johanna Wallace playing some impromptu games with the children of Hinako one day in August 2005. The 10 or so children begged us to come again the next day, we did and so did they, this time about 30. We arranged to have a weekly games day / English lesson. The numbers grew to 200 children in the first three months. A tent was donated by UNICEF in April of 2006 and the group split into three. In July 2006 a group of Christian Surfers from Australia raised the funds and came to build a permanent centre for the children this facility includes a large multipurpose classroom, a library, an office/storeroom and a separate toilet and hand washing area.
LEAP/Yayasan Indo Jiwa has now expanded the programme to the neighbouring island of Asu.
Want to donate to the Coconut Kidís Club?
If you are interested in specifically donating to or sponsoring the CKC please indicate via email payment that you would like to support this particular project.
Below are listed items of the CKC wish list. Your money can help us provide the next generation with materials and equipment. Thank you for your generosity!
Art Supplies Ė Crayons, paints, felt tipped pens, paper, glue, stickers, magazines, scissors
Books Ė high quality story/education books in English and Indonesian
Music- CDís, musical instruments
DVDís Ė educational and entertainments