Jalan Tempuling 128 A
Sumatra - Indonesia
We are determined to help these poor children to be the next great leaders, by empowering them and teaching them to PASS IT ON
IHF Medan specializes in helping the poorest of the poor that come from many tribes, which are now living in inner city poverty. Some of the people we help are often single mothers (father deceased) who work as house maids, pedi-cab-man ( who earn money by driving passengers in their tricycle) and other laborers who make below living wages. They only make their little amount of money on days that they can find customers.
Medan does not have an Orphanage because Medan is the central office for all of Indonesia IHF Centers and is also very full with about 150 wonderful students that we love and teach English, Math and computer.
These children and all of our IHF Medan Team are striving to improve our English so we can communicate with you and the world. Our total of about 500 students come from the poorest of the poor that need certificate (degree) to support in helping them to compete for jobs.
There are many tribes in Medan City such as: Bataknese, Javanese, Melayunese, Acehnese and Padang. The tribes that we have mentioned are majority in Medan, but there are tens of other tribes. My wife is Acehnese, which is also why we are so involved in helping victims from the Tsunami.
All you women out there will love Padang because it is Matriarchal, meaning that women rule (only Women can inherit, own land, keep all in divorce)!!!
In Medan, our Goal is to train teachers in motivating our shy students to NOT be afraid to ask questions, speak publicly, to think creatively, and reach for new heights.
Sunday 12th, May 2013
Another day off. We spent last night watching a movie and this morning everybody got up late. This is eleven o’clock that I writing this paragraph for you. Maybe we will go to the swimming pool today.
Saturday 11th, May 2013
Not very busy day Saturday. However we had a guest and we went to a Budhist temple in Medan and took many pictures. It is a beautiful temple with many statutes and paintings. There are many Chinese people who have come there to pray although among them there were others who just came to take a visit. Street food in there also was so diverse and delicious.
Friday 10th, May 2013
We started our day by going to the immigration office for my visa extension again. Two computer classes have been held in the center taught by Devika.
Thursday 9th, May 2013
Today is a public holiday in Indonesia, and we don't have any classes in the center so the center is very quiet.
Wednesday 8th, May 2013
I have two English classes today. One class is for Senior High School students and another one for Junior High School. In the middle of the class the immigration officer came to visit our center. He seemed impressed about the way IHF worked for this community.
Tuesday 7th, May 2013
I went to the immigration office again today, but apparently I need to go many more times for a visa extension. But the good news is that we know now how it works here. In the afternoon, we had a visit from three girls from Denmark with their father to see the center and our activities. That was pretty nice.
Monday 6th, May 2013
I started another week by teaching two English classes in the afternoon. In the morning I went to the immigration office for a visa extension. I think I need to go there at least four more times. Apparently getting a visa extension is not as easy as in Aceh.