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Not Just Being a Teacher

07 Jan 2019

Ervina and a child she helped. Ervina helped him to continue his education and provided new shoes for him.

Ervina (36 yo) is one of the sponsorship cadres at Bonebae 2 village. She has been a cadre since a year ago and she is very caring and diligent in child monitoring process in Bonebae village 2. Ervina is also a teacher at SDN Bonebae 2.

Before she became a sponsorship cadre and joined in the WVI program, Ervina had not understood about child protection and don’t care about the situation of children in the village of Bonebae 2.  As a teacher at SDN Bonebae 2 village, she only knew about the role that a teacher should not beat or hurt a child because if she hurting the child, she will be sued.

Ervina starts actively in WVI’s activities since WVI’s staff involves her in organic farming. Then she often invited by staff to join in the capacity building for the community such as child monitoring, birth certificate workshops, child protection workshops, parenting meeting, working groups related to child issues and all activities that support child well-being. Ervina began actively monitoring children in the village of Bonebae 2 and also facilitating children's learning groups with the support of WVI even though they were not really maximal.

Ervina also showing her attention to the child issue by supporting them like she doing with one of the registered children that have no go to school for a couple time because he doesn’t have a new schools uniforms due to the financial issue. Then, Ervina helps the child by buying new uniforms using she’s own money. Then Ervina with assisting of WVI’s staff advocate the parents and the school to provide the uniforms he can go back to school while Ervina provided shoes so that the child could go to school just like other children.

"If not us, who else can assist the children in this village? The children want to go to school, but their family situation cannot support them, so we help them, fortunately, there is WVI who also assists us in this village to develop the child program,” said Ervina.

Written by: staff of Area Program Touna Wahana Visi Indonesia

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