The honor of inaugural Matamata program went to *drumroll* Asrama Yatim Mizan Amanah, Bogor! *fireworks exploding*
Well, the reason is simple: we drove past the place everyday, and they have this huge billboard that almost says “hey, we are here!”
You just can’t ignore them.
A little background about the organisation:
Mizan Amanah is a non-profit organisation which serve orphans & economically-challenged children. They provide housing, scholarship and of course, free meal 3x a day. They even go the extra mile by providing after-school teaching for homework and religious education. Currently, there are 20 houses which located in Jabodetabek, Jawa Tengah, Jawa Timur, and Kalimantan. The age of the children is ranging from infant to 18 years old. In our case, the house serves to primary school children only.
We started with eye examination on the first visit with help from our partner Vision Optik. Based on earlier info, we will be performing examination to 21 children & 8 adults. The cutoff for giveaways is to the power of -075.
The kids looked happy and well maintained . The boys were playing football and the girls were having lunch when we came in. It was just about the right time: leisure time. The whole process was straight forward & we wrapped up in roughly 2 hour time. We took group photos & bid our goodbye, see you again soon. (See pics below)
The results from the exam were far from bad. Generally, their eyes are healthy with an exception of one child & one staff. However, they are still treatable nonetheless. None of them have worn prescription glasses before, but now some of them must.
Three weeks after, we came back for the delivery. The kids still remembered us to our surprise. They look excited in anticipation of their new glasses. We distributed them one by one as you can see in the photos (below). In the end, we also did a short interview with the staffs which you can watch in this video clip:
Priceless is the expression on the children’s faces. And we know that it is not only because of the material gift. Rather, it is the feeling that they know that somebody cares for them. For that reason, we will continue to commit to this program. We know that even little by little, each of us can make a difference. So, feel free to recommend us any target recipient for Matamata that you deemed fit the program.
Anyways, here are some of the BTS:
Fact Sheet Matamata Ep.01:
Venue : Asrama Yatim Mizan Amanah, Sukasari, Bogor , Jawa Barat, Indonesia (www.mizanamanah.org)
Date: 12/2/15 (eye examination), 13/3/15 (delivery)
Target: primary school children (orphans)
Partner: Vision Optik (www.visionoptik.co.id)
Ep.02: fishermen in Bandar Lampung sea – week 3 of March 2015
Ep.03: Panti Kasih Mulia Sejati, Jakarta – April 25th 2015