Giving Tuesday, the global day of action for doing good

Please think of us on Tuesday November 28, which is Giving Tuesday, the global day for giving and doing good on the first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We would like to ask you to play your part by donating to Java Village.

Your donation will go to our Maria Peters Scholarship which supports students to complete their secondary school education. At the moment we can help two students a year but more talented students apply, who we sadly have to disappoint. With more funds we can help more children.

Giving Tuesday marks the beginning of a traditional period of giving, the season for giving to people and social organisations that desperately need help. See also #Giving Tuesday

Please forward our Newsletter to friends who might also be interested in Java Village. You can do this very easily by using the forward button at the bottom of this Newsletter. It will lead you to a page on which you can submit up to five email addresses.

We also have a special request. Recently two laptops were donated to us for the learning centre in the village. As shipping is costly and not very trustworthy we're looking for someone who is going to visit Java soon and wouldn't mind dropping them off in Jakarta or Bandung. Please contact us!

Join us at Zilpa's sale!

Zilpa's gorgeous beads exibition and sale will start on Thursday 16 November and on the following Saturday Java Village will attend Zilpa's bead sale with a table full of Indonesian curiosities.
Date, time and location: Saturday 18 November from 10 am until 4 pm; Wassenaarseweg 98, 2596 CZ, The Hague.


A very special donation

A very special donation came from Michi, who is a ten year old girl in The Netherlands, and a daughter of an acquaintance of the chairperson of Java Village. She donated euro50 specifically for eyeglasses. Our fieldworker Titi immediately came up with a candidate for this special donation, as Hani, among the first to receive a grant from the Maria Peters Scholarship (see below), was in need of new glasses. Thanks to this special donation Hani now has new glasses and better eyesight!

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Hani (left) with her new glasses. Michi (right), who has an eye impediment herself, wrote: "not everyone has money to buy glasses. I do have money so it doesn't matter much if I can't see very well. But for people who don't have a lot of money it is a problem; I wanted everyone to be able to see well so I gave something and I'm really happy Hani is happy with the glasses." Michi and Hani are in contact now and send funny text messages to each other.

We welcome a new generation SaS students

Ten new SaS (Sponsor a Student) students started their secondary school education in July. Our fieldworker Titi worked with the elementary school teachers in the village to make a first selection of twenty-four pupils. Ultimately ten students were selected, based on the criteria of good school results, school attendance and the lack of resources to cover the costs of attending secondary school. In August there was a gathering in the village with Titi and the SaS students. Titi explained the goals of Java Village and how pleased it was to be able to support them with their education.

SaS 2023

The ten new students (in random order) Andara, Siti, Rista, Siti, Nanda, Regina Putri, Mega, Mohammed, Deca and Anisa with their parents.

SaS 20 21

Many congratulations to the ten SaS students who started junior high school in 2020, all ten students have passed their exams (not all students are on the photo). Our fieldworker Titi is in the middle. In a next Newsletter we will tell you more about these students.

Two new students supported by Maria Peters Scholarship

Assyra and Risma, two fifteen year olds, have been selected to receive support from the Maria Peters Scholarship. With this support they can continue their school education after successfully completing junior high school.
In total all ten SaS students applied for a grant and an initial selection of four students was made. The final choice of Assyra and Risma was based not only on their capacities and motivation, but also on the motivation of the parents who fully support their daughters to receive a good school education but do not have the means to finance it. Assyra would like to become a pharmacist and has chosen vocational education in industrial chemical technology. Risma's dream is to become a police officer and has started with her first year in senior high school (SMA). Both schools are in Sukabumi, the town most close to the village where they live.

Assyra MPS 2023
Risma MPS 2023

Last year the first Maria Peters Scholarships were granted. The three students then selected, Hani, Hasya and Raisha, have all advanced to the second year of their senior high school.
The Maria Peters Scholarship wants to give motivated students the chance to continue their school education after completing junior high school. It was founded in memory of Maria Peters, one of the first supporters of Java Village, who sadly passed away in 2016. In honour of her, her family took the initiative, together with Java Village, to establish this special grant for excellent students.

How to support the Maria Peters Scholarship

If you would like to support the Maria Peters Scholarship, please go to support on our website.The costs for senior high school or vocational school are higher than those for junior high school, because the government asks a school fee for the second phase of secondary schooling. This means that the total costs for three years are €1650 (€550 per year) per pupil, compared to €450 for three years of junior high school (€150 per year, per pupil), there is no school fee for SMP, junior high school). Java Village has been supporting junior high school students for the last fifteen years through its Sponsor a Student (SaS) programme (see below). Understandably, senior high school is an even more heavy financial burden, and support for these students is highly appreciated.

Become a SaS Sponsor!

Please do not forget our Sponsor a Student project. This ongoing project supports young pupils so that they can continue their education after primary school. The village doesn't have a secondary school and many families can't afford the cost of going to a school outside the village. The Sponsor a Student project helps these families. Since the beginning of the project in 2008 Java Village has already helped 150 pupils to go to a junior high school. You can support a student by donating €12,50 per month or €150 per year. Please go to our website for additional information about how you can become a SaS sponsor.

Don't forget us when you are doing your online shopping!

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Shop online at your favourite stores via DoelShop.nl (in the Netherlands) or at ShopDonation (in the UK) and they will donate a percentage to Java Village! This is an easy way to support us, without any extra costs for you, making your online shopping even more enjoyable.
For details of how to shop and donate, please go to our website or use the links above.

Donations to Java Village are tax deductible


The Java Village Foundation has been acknowledged as an Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling, ANBI (institution serving public interest) by the Dutch tax authorities. This gives the opportunity to donate with fiscal benefits or leave assets to Java Village. Your donations to our foundation are tax deductible in the Netherlands. We explain how you can make use of this option on our website. Please click here.

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Up-to-date news about Java Village is posted on our Facebook page. Visit it to find the latest information, photos of our projects and more that is happening in Java Village.

Friend of Java Village

With a minimum of €5 a month or €60 a year you can become a ‘Friend of Java Village’. With your support, we can guarantee and continue running existing projects and initiate new ones. Java Village organises social events, exclusively for all Friends and Sponsors of Java Village, where you can meet your fellow supporters of Java Village and enjoy Indonesian snacks. The Board will update attendees on ongoing projects and on new ones that are planned.

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