Yogyakarta, Indonesia – It’s hard to believe that Masyithoh Kindergarten, a place of such innocence and joy, was once devastated by disaster. When a major earthquake struck Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 27 May 2006, it claimed 5,716 lives and wounded 39,000 people. Homes, schools and buildings were severely damaged. Coincidentally, construction had only just begun for Masyithoh Kindergarten’s second building, and the unfinished walls collapsed at once.
Bantul, the small, green town nearby where the school is located, suffered the most. At once, teams from QNet andRYTHM Foundation met with the local government, offering donations for the victims. The teams continued visiting Yogyakarta in the following months, bringing more donations each time.
Financial aid from QNet and RYTHM Foundation was also used to fund the construction of Masyithoh Kindergarten’s second block. By August 2007, construction was completed, and the school has been up and running since then.
Masyithoh’s diligent students have worked hard putting the school on the map with their numerous achievements. The school’s marching band gained fame and popularity after winning several contests at the provincial level. Furthermore, its students excelled in dancing and gymnastics, earning the top spots at provincial championships.
The kindergarten today is decorated with cheery and colourful images to brighten up the little ones’ lives. By lending a hand, we hope that all our efforts to Make A Difference have brought hope to these children, and encouraged them to carry on, no matter what.