Dear readers, in this newsletter you will find a very special request. We are in search of funds to be able to buy a new wheelchair for Odi, a young girl who suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy. Please see below for more information. Titi, our fieldworker from Bandung, went to the village recently and sent us photos, not only of Odi but also of other youngsters and the new students who will be supported by our SaS (Support a Student), programme. We hope you'll enjoy reading our Newsletter.

A new wheelchair for Odi

Dear supporters of Java Village and readers of our Newsletter: we need your help for a new wheelchair for Odi.

The past years we have kept you updated on the well beings of Odi who suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy, a disorder that causes brain damage that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.

Odi is thirteen years old now but her mental development is years behind. She uses a wheelchair to give her some mobility. This wheelchair was made possible through Java Village some five years ago.

Odi has grown and the wheelchair is becoming too small for her. Not only is it uncomfortable, more importantly it is not good for her physical condition and can obstruct her growth.

Odi´s sweet parents cannot afford a new wheelchair. Her father is ill and no longer works and her mother, a singer, who performs accompanied by her husband on the keys, cannot do that at the moment because of Covid-19 restrictions. They performed regularly at festivities which of course now have all been cancelled. Being so fond of music the parents named their daughter Melody, shortened to Odi. They live now on Odi’s father’s small pension (€ 23 a month) which hardly covers the daily necessities.

So here we need your help. A new wheelchair will cost € 500 (not including the additional costs of travel to and from Bandung.) As with the first one, it will be handled by Ibu Lydia, an occupational therapist in Bandung who will do the measurements and make sure that the wheelchair, which has to be fitted especially for Odi, meets all requirements. Ibu Lydia also does the regular check-ups. A well functioning wheelchair is very important for Odi. With it her parents can go out with her, or they can install her on the porch, without it Odi is more or less confined to the house.

We hope that you can make it possible for Odi to get a new wheelchair. Any donation will help, however small the amount will be. Your gift would make a world of difference for Odi and her parents. Thank you all.

A donation can be transferred to: NL71ABNA0409210757 (BIC code: ABNANL2A). attn. Stichting Java Village, Leiden. Please do not forget to mention: wheelchair for Odi.

Click here to donate directly

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Odi in her wheelchair on the porch of her house in Cisarua.

December 1: Giving Tuesday


To raise funds for Odi's new wheelchair Java Village is also taking part in the #GivingTuesday promotion on December 1, 2020. Click here to go to our promotion on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is the global day of action to do good on the first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A time for charities and social organisations to bring their work and goals to the attention of as many people as possible. #GivingTuesday marks the beginning of a traditional period of giving. The season to give to people and social organisations that desperately need help.

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Titi meets the SaS students and their parents in Cisarua. They were allowed to meet at the village primary school, that is still closed due to Covid-19 measures. Luckily there are no known cases of Covid-19 in the village.

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Although the schools have not been able to open up yet, some activities can continue in the village. Here Zijah, one of the mentors at the Rumah Belajar, learning centre in the village, is seen giving computer lessons.

Support us by buying books through YouBeDo

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Buy your online books via YouBeDo! You pay the same price as elsewhere but up to 12% of your purchase will go to Java Village, (if you choose us as your charity.) Click here for a direct link to our page on the website of YouBeDo.

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.

Follow us on Facebook

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 and the village of Cisarua.

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. Once a year, Java Village plans to organise a social event, 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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