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Higher education for youth

Providing higher education for youth in Indonesia so they can break free from poverty

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Thanks to your generous contribution, 20 young men and women from Yogyakarta, Indonesia are pursuing higher education through university and college programs. Four of the initial students chosen to participate in the programs were awarded full scholarships from the government to cover all of their tuition fees. Because of this, four new students—Divka, Sintika, Maria and Apfia—were able to join the program.

All 20 of the young men and women enrolled in their post-secondary programs are doing well. Some students are getting close to graduation and a few have already completed their programs. For instance, Intan, who studied nursing, graduated cum laude in September 2022! These students all have opportunities to work part-time jobs or complete internships while continuing their education and many volunteer in their communities and with their local churches.

The local churches continue to ensure that the participants’ tuition fees are paid and that their practical needs are met as they complete their education. Compassion centre directors and staff regularly meet with students to offer encouragement and guidance and provide support when needed. As students get closer to completing their post-secondary education, they continue to learn to lead by example and discover how to use their new skills to bless their communities.

Activities

Helping at home: Yehezkiel is studying civil engineering at school and is learning many practical skills. He enjoys helping out at home by cleaning and keeping his environment clean. Divka, who is studying nursing, helps out at home by preparing food when her mother is busy.

Campus activities: Students have the opportunity to help their communities using what they’ve learned in school. Uria, who is studying nursing, shows children how to properly brush their teeth during a community workshop.

Teaching: Marrifa has been teaching English to students. Her dream is that all her students will succeed as they work together through her course.

Graduation: Students are able to celebrate with their families as they graduate from their college and university programs. Intan, who studied nursing, graduated cum laude on September 21, 2022. Her grandmother was in attendance at her graduation ceremony. Intan feels the importance of the support of her family in the success of her studies.

Your Gift Provides...

College and university tuition fees for 20 students:

• Divka, studying nursing at STIKES Bethesda Yakkum, Yogyakarta
• Sintika, studying mathematics education at Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta
• Maria, studying Indonesian language and literature at Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta
• Ananda, studying hospitality at STIPRAM Yogyakarta
• Margaretta, studying Christian education at Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta
• Uria, studying nursing at STIKES Bethesda Yakkum, Yogyakarta
• Yehezkiel, studying civil engineering at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta
• Estevienia, studying psychology at Universitas Mercu Buana Yogyakarta
• Marrifa, studying accounting at Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana Yogyakarta
• Zireh, studying mechanical engineering at Universitas Solo
• Carolina, studying primary teacher education at Universitas Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa Yogyakarta
• Fresca, studying tourism at STIPRAM Yogyakarta
• Rizki, studying law at Atma Jaya Yogyakarta
• Novebria, studying veterinary medicine at Universitas Gadjah Mada
• Danasia, studying veterinary medicine at Universitas Gadjah Mada
• Sifra, studying agricultural product technology at Universitas Gadjah Mada
• Vania, studying psychology at Universitas Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa Yogyakarta
• Apfia, studying Indonesian literature at Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta
• Intan, studying nursing at STIKES Panti Rapih Yogyakarta
• Edward, studying psychology at Universitas Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa Yogyakarta

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ReportThank you for your generosity

Thanks to your generosity, 20 young men and women have been given the gift of education. Your gift has already helped change the lives of these young people and their families. Students are continuing to excel in their post-secondary programs, and some have already graduated and will be able to start careers that they are now qualified for. As students complete their post-secondary programs they are one step forward to breaking generational cycles of poverty and can use the important skills they have learned to help their communities.

Here are a few updates from some of the students you are helping:

Intan studied nursing at Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan Panti Rapih, Yogyakarta and graduated cum laude in September 2022. Sadly, during this program, her mother passed away, but she is grateful for the support of her aunt and this intervention as she continued her education.

Sifra studied agricultural product technology at Universitas Gadjah Mada and completed her studies with a GPA of 3.65. She graduated in November 2022. While in university, she became vice-chair of the Christian Student Fellowship, joined the committee of the National Student Choir Festival and was an active member of the faculty choir. She continues to mentor others and do outreach in her community.

Edward is studying psychology at the Universitas Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa Yogyakarta and is completing his seventh semester. He has a GPA of 3.68. In November 2022, he passed the proposal seminar for thesis writing. He is set to graduate in September 2023. When he is not at school, he volunteers at his local Compassion centre and at the church. He serves as an assistant mentor for children age 3 to 5 and was part of the church’s Christmas committee in December 2022.

Estevienia is studying psychology at the Universitas Mercu Buana Yogyakarta. She has a GPA of 3.83 and is completing her fifth semester at school. She has found a deep love for the world of child psychology and has been participating in campus activities related to her field of study. She is also part of the campus choir, where her team had the opportunity to sing at the last graduation ceremony.

Divka is studying nursing at STIKES Bethesda Yakkum. She is in her 3rd semester and has a GPA of 3.90. She finished all of her midterm exams in December 2022 and was slated to begin her internship at a local hospital in January 2023.

Rizki is studying law at Atmajaya, Yogyakarta. He is completing his fifth semester and has a GPA of 3.43. During this past semester, he began court practice and has now experienced the courtroom several times. He is very involved on campus and participates in multiple committees.

Thanks to your generous support, all of these students are thriving in their post-secondary programs and are well on their way to graduation. These students can now achieve their dreams and break generational cycles of poverty while also using their newfound skills to help their families and communities. All of these young men and women are able to grow and develop emotionally and spiritually as they set out to begin their own careers. We look forward to sharing more about their progress as they continue their education.