Variety – the Children’s Charity of Indonesia has two main programs in its early years of operation. Both programs involve disadvantaged children from orphanages and special needs homes in the greater Jakarta area. One program relates to providing affordable quality food and the other program relates to the development of soft skills for those disadvantaged kids.
As Variety Indonesia is still at its early stage of establishment, and the Board is still assessing which activities will generate most participants and have the greatest impact to those kids in need, several soft skills development activities have been executed on a small scale.
Among other activities are sketching and practicing English. The Board believes that with sketching activities, the kids are practicing how to have the courage to express themselves and appreciate other works while by mastering a foreign language, especially English, it will give these kids freedom in the future.
On March 19th 2017, 30 Variety Kids had fun exploring the old city also known as ‘Kota Tua’ while practicing English. Kota Tua is a reminder of Oud Batavia, the first walled settlement of the Dutch in Jakarta area. It was an inner walled city with its own Castle. The area gained importance during the 17th-19th century when it was established as the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies. This inner walled city contrasted with the surrounding kampung (villages), orchards, and rice fields. Dubbed “The Jewel of Asia” in the 16th century by European sailors, the area was a center of commerce due to its strategic location within the spice trade industry in the archipelago.
Even though these kids are born and raised in Jakarta, this was their first visit to Kota Tua. The tour included visiting 3 museums in the Kota Tua of Batavia, Fatahilla Museum, Puppet Museum and Ceramic and Art museum.
While learning about their national heritage, the kids can practice speaking English not only with the volunteers but at this time, had a chance to practice speaking English with the natives as Rachelle Gaskell from UK (formerly a Director on the VI Board) and Tim Clark from Australia joined them.
This was a very happy occasion for the kids and they later excitedly try to explain what they had learnt in English.
At the end of the tour, the kids gathered at Batavia Market to have dinner. While having dinner, the kids did some performances in English, including singing and dancing.
The kids had a fantastic enjoyable day and thanked Variety – The Children’s Charity of Indonesia’s volunteers for making the day an unforgettable one.
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