Community Development Projects
YUM’s community based projects aim to provide a better standard of living for those families living in poverty.
YUM aims to create a foundation for long-term stability and growth by promoting cooperation between members of each community and show communities what can be achieved when they work together.
Cipanas YUM Village
The Cipanas YUM Village
The Cipanas YUM Village (CYV) focuses on developing and delivering programs that empower poor local communities, providing them with skills and knowledge needed to develop themselves as individuals and as supportive family members.
These programs include:
- Vocational Training Centre (VTC)
- Community Library & Classes
- Sponsorship Program
- Tutoring program
- Organic Farm
- Health Promotion through Posyandu (community health centers)
- Senior Care
Child & Family Welfare
Child & Family Welfare
Thanks to five years of cooperation (2005-2010) with the Japan National Council of Social Welfare (JNCSW), YUM was able to assist hundreds of survivors of the December 2004 tsunami in Aceh province. During that period, YUM ran various programs to develop and strengthen community networks, as well as provide opportunities for families and individuals to rebuild their lives. Programs implemented during those five years included trauma counseling, physiotherapy, microcredit, educational sponsorships, day care services and life skills training for women. As a legacy from JNCSW to the people of Banda Aceh, a permanent building – a Center for Child and Family Welfare – was built in 2008 and launched on February 27th 2009 by Mr Chikashi Matsuju, Director of JNCSW.
YUM’s Agricultural project in Central Kalimantan
The district suffers from poor soil fertility, with acidic soils of sand and peat, and the equatorial climate is rather challenging. The environment has been compromised by logging and burning of forests, drainage of wetlands, siltation and mercury contamination of the rivers. Most vegetables and fruit are imported, rarely fresh, and often contain high levels of chemical residues.
YUM is working with local communities in the Bukit Batu district to establish hundreds of sustainable home vegetable gardens, providing a year-round supply of tasty and nutritious produce for local families.
YUM also runs two Rural Centres. These incorporate model gardens to demonstrate what can be achieved, and a small laboratory and other facilities for research and trial of ‘best practice’ techniques which are adapted to local conditions before being used in the field. The focus was on developing successful home garden models, using sustainable organic practices and permaculture principles.
YUM employs a young team of agriculture graduates, all with enthusiasm, local knowledge and connections to the communities. Their technical skills, and their ability to deliver training in culturally appropriate ways, have been critical to the project’s success.
The project is funded from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Susila Dharma Germany.
YUM’s Organic Farm in Cipanas
YUM’s organic farm in Cipanas has been a very successful. Started in 2009, the farm uses a mixture of organic techniques and permaculture practices and now produces more than 30 different types of vegetables. Seasonal vegetable baskets are sold each week to more than 80 customers in Jakarta, helping to make the project sustainable.
YUM farmers also provide training to local communities and school students and are regularly invited to take part in farming workshops in Jakarta. YUM offers workshops and discussions about composting, transplanting seeds, planting, harvesting, organic pesticide and weed control, healthy food choices and sustainability.