SBOP is focussed on education for the children in this village and the two nearby. There are a lot of young children: the families aren’t large but everyone has kids. They face lots of difficulties and the teaching in the local schools is poor. An amazing man from the village is determined to give them the opportunity to change their futures. SBOP runs after-school classes, something between childcare and early-years education, and at the weekend Pak Naek brings in volunteers and they split the children into age groups and run classes. It’s all very hand-to-mouth and the volunteers come and go. But the children are amazingly receptive.
And now, due to the corona virus, the public schools will shut from Monday 16th March and SBOP will be their only source of teaching. Even for those who face national exams this year (if they happen).
SBOP also helps the community in other ways - to get rubbish collection, to organise food when they are evacuated by flooding (4 times this raining season, so far!).
A generous donor has agreed to fund real teaching support for a year - but they still need curriculum materials and whiteboard, a computer and internet connection and books in Bahasa Indonesia and English. The community also needs rubbish containers and carts to wheel the rubbish up to a main metal bin that they need to construct (the local services have agreed to collect it if it is 'delivered' like this), emergency cooking facility for the regular evacuations, a public toilet .... and so much more.