Half of IHF's mission is to educate the poor and the other half is to educate the world about the poor. Our vision is to strive for a world of leaders and citizens who have interacted with, and are truly knowledgeable about the world's poor. We believe in a "pass it on" philosophy where education is free and available for all who seek it. Those of us who have received a free education pass it on by helping others less fortunate by teaching, interacting and learning. With just a few hours a week, our volunteers, children and sponsors are changing the world we live in.
Here are some of the experiences of IHF volunteers, as describe by themselves on the IHF blog page [ihfblog.wordpress.com]. For more details of IHF and volunteer opportunities visit [www.ihfonline.org]
Quote: Posted on June 25, 2012 by Sue
How times flies! I have stayed at Jakarta for three weeks. Though, the weather is still hot and mosquitos always bite me, I think the real life is nice. Everyday, I can meet the cute children and other nice people. This week, our center did some poster to thanks for the sponsors. By asking Ayu who is one of children in our center, I knew that some kind people support the classes and children. For some poor student, if they can attend the classes in IHF every week, they can get some money from the sponsors to help their life. I hope it can help these cute children and also thanks for these kind people.
Last Sunday, we went to Monument National. In there, we know the history of Indonesia and how Indonesia becomes a independent country. Then we visited Mesjid Istiqlal, which is really fantastic. It is the biggest mosque in the southeast of Asia. Many people went there to pray and the atmosphere is holy. This week is still impressive.
However, this also means that next week will be the last week in Jakarta center. I will leave there and it is hard to say goodbye. I will miss the life and people here.
Quote: Posted on June 25, 2012 by Yerik
Another week passed and next week will be the last week to stay in Jakarta center. At this time, I think I really like the life here. In this week, we still teach classes as usual and the children are so cute. This week I tried to teach the first computer class and I taught the students how to make a video. It was really interesting to teach a different class. What’s more, the children in our center did some poster to thanks for the support of sponsors. The student wrote down the words and made the poster colorful and beautiful. One afternoon, when I taught SD class with my friend Sue and Julia, a visitor was coming with our director Thibault. She took some pictures and said hello to us and I thought she was happy when she saw these cute children.
This week I tried to make two Chinese dishes for my friends. I got up and bought the chicken, coke, tomatoes and eggs in the supermarket. When I was cooking, a girl came in and said “smell good!, which made me feel proud. All my friends liked the food and I was really happy. Next week, I would like to cook some new dishes for them.
This Sunday, our Jakarta family went to the MINI Park, which contains many mini buildings of Indonesia. For example, we saw the building of Bali and Java. Surprisingly, we even saw the Chinese buildings. However, the traffic is not good and the air is seriously polluted, making the tour a little pity. So, see you next week!
Quote: Posted on June 25, 2012 by Mengxin, International Humanity Foundation
Although there were ceremonies from schools, still some kids came to the special class. So we decided that it was time to redecorate our center. We let the kids to draw the jobs that they want to be in the future on the color papers. Furthermore, we drew weather and ball games along with the English words and put them on the wall of the classroom. These were all we had taught them in the last two weeks. Besides the English, we also wrote down the multiplication and stuck it on the wall. In terms of the wall in the living room, we did some paper-cut, and of course, they are all Chinese type. The most interesting thing is: we also cut a Chinese character which always put on doors or windows when Chinese people marry. And we will let children draw themselves on the small papers, and then these small color papers will be organized to become a big smile. Moreover, we will draw a big tree, and will make the fingerprints of the students to be the leaves of it. Ready for the next special class.