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Optimal Health: Providing Sekolah Bisa with their health needs

We are delighted to share a blog written by Rusyda Zukhrufa, student at British School of Jakarta who are part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.

Their project is among over 620 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community. 

An interesting and enlightening project that helps us learn to be more compassionate as we give back to the community by improving the lives of other students.

Project Overview

In the recent years, our school, British School Jakarta founded Sekolah Bisa. This school aimed to provide education for the local kids around our area. Our project, named Optimal Health, is about helping this small local school community to gain access to necessary and vital health equipment and supplies, help the school children maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and aiding with the organization of important health documents.

We inherited this project from the Year 13s and we are continuing to improve and grow this project as we progress through the year. Last year, we have set up a number of projects to help us achieve our goals and aims of this project. One project we did was to set up a Rice Competition for the year 12s. The objective of this competition is to collect as much rice as possible by raising awareness and encouraging our fellow classmates to bring in rice so that we can provide the school children with a healthy hearty meal everyday. It was a success as we collected more than 30kg of rice.

Our next big project is to start fundraising by setting up a “Rice Bake Sale” in our school in the next upcoming weeks. This is so that we can buy more rice and some hygiene supplies (like toothpaste and toothbrushes) to give to the school children. We are very much looking forward to this and hope that this fundraiser will be very successful.

Our Journey

There are many skills that we, as a group, have developed together. One skill, for example, that we are beginning to develop is planning a fundraiser. No one in our group has ever planned a fundraiser before so this skill was very new to all of us. This forced us to be very well organised and to think ahead about the different things (such as the food or the stickers we intend to sell) we need for the Rice Bake Sale.

To help us with this, we created a to-do list so that we can keep up with what we need to complete to make this bake sale a success. We also had to think about how to avoid problems that we might run into while planning for this fundraiser and think of solutions we can do ahead of time to avoid that problem altogether.

Furthermore, we are all continuing to develop our communication skills not only with each other but also to the community we are helping. This skill is a very important and vital skill that we need to keep improving and maintain to ensure everything goes smoothly.

The Next Chapter

Being hygienic and having 3 meals a day is something we believe that everyone should have but, unfortunately, this is not the reality. This is not only a big problem for people in Indonesia but also around the world.

We would encourage other people to think of a community that might not have the things we have and to brainstorm ideas that could help them have these things that they may not have access to. Not only this will help them to live healthier fuller lives, but it is very fulfilling to know that you have made a big difference in a community.

The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.