Indramayu Youth Empowerment

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Indramayu Youth Empowerment

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Tari Topeng is traditional dance from Indramayu

Indramayu Youth Empowerment is one of project of IIWC that hold in Desa Karangsong Kabupaten Indramayu, West Java, most of people here work as fisherman because this village very near with the biggest place for fish auction (Tempat Pelelangan Ikan) in West Java. Some of them wok as a shipwright and their economic condition on the very low level. While the children condition is so bad, they have no playground. After they finished their school, they are playing in the fish auction location. This place is not suitable for them because of many reasons, like the environment is not good for their health. This is the background of this project.

12The major job for the volunteers here is to help the children to use their free time wisely by doing positive activities such as reading a book, English learning, and making handicraft and so on. This project also have work camp and this is the first work camp in Indramayu. There is four International Volunteer; two from Italy, one from Denmark and one from Taiwan. Beside work camp there are several project in Indramayu Youth Empowerment, first in learning together in TBM (Taman Baca Masyarakat) Lentera Hati, here they read as many books as possible. The volunteers also made an English Class for the children. Second is University Visit, here to volunteers promote and persuade the college students to join in their event “International Youth Day” many students there very interest to join in this event. Third is School Visit, in the school they did cultural exchange and asked the students to join in the TBM to learning together.

The volunteers had Cultural Exchange in University and SMK N 2 Indramayu. The students there had a presentation about local culture and traditional dance from Indramayu; tari topeng (dancing using a mask).the volunteers learned how to dance and they join in dance class. The biggest event in this project is International Youth Day, in this event they have to promote TBM Lentera Hati to the participants. The youth and students asked to weld books for TBM and had a discussion with some figures in literacy.

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