KADO – Children And Volunteers Joining Forces To Create
After a soft-launch on 17 February 2013, we are now ready for the next stage of the KADO project—introducing the children to their volunteer mentors and start creating Sunday, 28 April. Training for 250 volunteers was held on 13, 14, and 20 April.
Focusing on the theme ‘I’m precious, I create’ about 500 children and 250 volunteers are ready to meet up and develop something they can sell. The premise of this project is for children to be empowered through being entrepreneurs, being innovative and developing networks.
This project provides a new perspective for children. Instead of reverting to traditional means of making money, some of which aren’t healthy or safe for children, they can be inspired and driven by creating something. Whether it is a product or a service, a performance or exhibition. It starts with an idea and grows into a viable and profitable alternative.
The children will meet their volunteer mentors this weekend at Museum Mandiri in Kota Tua in a two hour session. In groups of ten children and five volunteers they will begin to develop their product or service.
Each group of children and volunteers will have Rp. 50.000,- to kickstart their operation. Part of their project will be to increase their capital investment from other sources such as sponsors.
They will need to develop and use project management skills to formulate a budget, production timeline and workplans to achieve their outcomes. Their goal will be, over the next two months, to develop a product or service for sale, a performance or exhibition, something that will benefit the community.
This activity can change mindsets and produce effective role models for entrepreneurship either through dedicated volunteers or through the children’s success in their project. It aligns with a child’s right to participate and be involved as decision-makers.
Entrepreneurship is currently a hot topic in Indonesia with mums opting to become entrepreneurs by developing home based businesses so they can still be available as their children grow up. Modeling entrepreneurship can change a work culture from one of job-seeking to job-creating. It is a valuable lesson to learn especially for Indonesia’s next generation. It is empowering knowing that you can be in charge of your own destiny. And what better place to start this lesson than with marginalized children who desperately need to break the cycle they live in.
A Chinese proverb sums up the process – Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.
KADO is an Indonesian word for gift and the hopes for this project are that it will be a gift of learning and empowerment for the 500 marginalized children that will be involved.