KIDS Gathering 2016
…was held on the sunny Saturday of the 9th July at Keramas Park, Gianyar. Like previous event, YKIP organized the Gathering to be held during school holidays so everyone could attend and enjoy. This gathering helps to maintain the strong bond among these families and also gives the opportunity to share with each other the progress that they’ve achieved in their lives. But first and foremost, they were all there to have fun with their loved ones.
It was a full day event and all families arrived early to enjoy free activities in the morning. For hours, we watched the children had super fun with the water slide and a high-rope activities called ‘Flying Fox’, while most of their parents were just sitting next to the swimming pool and had a great time catching up with the others.
“Catching up with old friends is always a great joy and we are all like a family already, one big KIDS family!”, said Nur Laila, one of KIDS parents who has to raise three children alone in Banyuwangi after her husband died in the Bali bombing 2002. With an expression full of relief, Nur Laila also said, “Two of my children have completed their studies. My first son serves in military and my daughter works as midwife. My youngest son has just graduated from Junior High School this year and I am so grateful that he can continue to Senior High School. Thanks to KIDS Scholarship Program! I can now share with other families how proud I am with my kids.”
More good news from KIDS children; two KIDS children who have completed the program a few years ago, Indra and Rai Yulia, both came with their new families. Yes, Indra (left photo) got married last year and he came with his lovely wife and son; and Rai Yulia (right photo) who just got married three days before the gathering event, came with her newly wedded husband. KIDS’ family is definitely getting bigger this year!
Few minutes before noon, everyone was asked to get ready for the next activity. We continued with a speech from one of YKIP’s Board of Management, Djati Siahaan, thanking everyone for coming. He also shared a little about the progress of the KIDS program that has been running for close to fourteen years now; how the KIDS children were doing well at school and even more of them able to continue to higher education. In this opportunity, Djati also announced that the next gathering event will be held in 2021, which is five years from now. The decision was made by taking into account that most of KIDS children are now studying in high school and university, which requires greater education costs and KIDS Scholarship Program would like to allocate the funds to improve the quality of education received by the KIDS’ children.
In this special occasion, YKIP took the opportunity to give out prizes to the outstanding KIDS students who attained academic and non-academic achievements, as an appreciation for their hard work. To help these KIDS children with their need of school supplies, YKIP also distributed packages full of books, stationery, shoes and school bags to all the KIDS children.
This event was held successfully with lots of support from helpful volunteers from Mitrais and YKIP’s friends. Their support made the special day even more memorable! Our huge thanks to our generous sponsors: