Australia Oikos Care Wins The Western Australia Prestige Awards

Australia Oikos Care Wins The Western Australia Prestige Awards Education Charity of the Year 2020/21

To All Our Valued Donors, Sponsors, Partners and Volunteers:

We would like to express our gratitude to all our valued donors, sponsors, partners, teams and volunteers who have greatly supported our nomination with feedback and testimonials without whom the award wouldn’t have been possible. We all work tirelessly every day to try and deliver excellent education, community development and project activities, so it’s a great privilege to be recognised across Western Australia with this award.

We are absolutely delighted to win the Education Charity of the Year Western Australia Prestige Awards 2020/21 and are thrilled with our achievement. Our AOC team works incredibly hard to support our school children, teachers and projects in Indonesia and help them feel safe during this very challenging time.

The Board, my management team and myself are so proud of their achievements and their dedication to go above and beyond with the care, time, endeavours and commitment they provide to ensure our schools survive and thrive in the face of the extraordinary challenges we currently face.

Over the past ten years we have helped thousands of children achieve their true academic potential, coaching and teaching them to gain excellent academic achievements and further their studies to accomplish their dreams.

We look forward to continuing and working closely with everyone for many more years to come so that together we can build and make a big difference in people’s lives, Transforming Life and Making Life Better!

Yours sincerely,

Dharma Sutedja
CEO

CEO Message – Financial Year End 2020

A letter to our valued donors, sponsors, staff and volunteers

We trust that you all are safe and healthy wherever you are at the moment.

We want to thank our valued donors, sponsors, partners, staff and volunteers for their continued financial support, generosity and great efforts in helping Australia Oikos Care succeed to date.

This has been a challenging year for all of us, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. We have been monitoring this situation closely, and we strive to comply with guidance and regulations from government and public health authorities. Our teams in Australia have been working and keeping in touch with our school teams in Indonesia. We are grateful that we all are safe and healthy. Our teachers and students have been teaching and learning from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our students have continually carried on their learning activities by studying from home arranged and followed up by our teachers. The safety, health and well-being of our teachers, students, staff and their families is our number one priority.

In the coming financial year, through our 5 schools in Bekasi, Batam and Bali Indonesia, we will continue our school programs being PAUD (Kindergarten class), Paket A (Primary), Paket B (Secondary) and Paket C (High School) in line with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture guidance and regulations. Additionally, depending on funding condition, we will start vocational training in information technology and digital e-commerce programs to equip and train Paket C students to further their studies at universities or to find job opportunities upon their graduation.

We will work alongside all the teams involved and our objectives for 2020/2021 are to continue the strength of our organization business and creating lasting school initiatives. We remain focused, passionate and determined to provide a quality education that will impact change. We look forward to a healthy and fruitful financial year ahead, helping our students and community to transform their lives and making their life better. God bless.

Yours sincerely,

Dharma Sutedja
CEO

ALPHA OMEGA SCHOOL STUDENTS STUDYING FROM HOME

It’s exciting and very encouraging to see our Alpha Omega School students in Indonesia diligently and enthusiastically continue studying from home. They are closely monitored by their parents and our teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic stay-at-home regulations.

All our Alpha Omega School teachers are continuously keeping in touch with their parents to make sure that their children are safe, healthy and continuously studying in this extremely challenging time of the pandemic.

We pray that all of our donors, sponsors, partners, volunteers, the management & staff, teachers and students are safe and in good health.

CEO Message April 2020

Dear our valued donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers,

We hope all is well with you wherever you all are at the moment.
Firstly, and most importantly, we would like to let our valued donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers know that we’re thinking about you. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our community and value the relationships we have with you. It is a very challenging time for us all and it is important that we all stay as healthy and well as we can.

During this time, Australia Oikos Care team have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on a daily basis and following the guidance of the Australian Government announcement to ensure that we all follow through the rules to minimise the spread of this virus. We are taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously and may we take this opportunity to assure you that it’s our top priority to focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, members, volunteers, and others at the workplace including all of our schools’ management team, staff, teachers and students in Indonesia.

Our team at the Australia Oikos Care office have been following the best practices, including social distancing, video conferencing, telephone and online communication. We truly encourage all of our donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers to do the same to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Over the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please take care of yourself and those around you and stay healthy. Thank you so much for your continued donation, sponsorship and support. God bless.

Yours sincerely,

Dharma Sutedja
CEO

CEO Message, 1st November 2019

Making Life Better, Transforming Life and Shaping the Future of Children & Communities.

By God’s grace, it has been a fruitful and exciting year for Australia Oikos Care (AOC) for the entire year of our blessed journey, great efforts and dedication in making AOC grow and prosper.

May we take this wonderful moment to thank all donors, sponsors, partners, teams and volunteers very much for their tremendous support, donation, generosity and kindnesses. It’s the time to recognize the progress and results that we have made this year. It can be a continuing powerful motivator for AOC to think about opportunities to expand and contribute in the years ahead.

Our Alfa Omega Schools in Bantargebang, Marunda, R12 Depok and Batam, as well as 3 other schools that we have given support in Indonesia, have been operating successfully this year.

As we have continued our efforts and work together with our partners in Indonesia to expand our schools, we have recently entered and signed a new partnership with Efata Bali Foundation in October 2019. We will help Efata AOC Bali School renovate and upgrade their school buildings and classrooms in December 2019 as they have 43 students. This has truly marked our continuing best efforts and dedication to geographically expand our schools to other provinces in Indonesia, Making life better, transforming lives and shaping the future of children and communities.

As we started the year, we had 29 teachers and more than 320 students studying and learning at our schools. Today, AOC operates 5 main schools and 3 other schools and has 425 students including Paket A, B & C (Primary to High School) programs, a robust growth of 34% over the start of the year. This achievement would not have been possible without your continued support, donation, sponsorship and generosity as well as all the teams, staff and volunteers involved who have worked tirelessly throughout the year in Indonesia and Australia.

We have been blessed to have dedicated board, management team, staff, teachers and volunteers helping our schools and students to continue to flourish in Indonesia.
We wish our schools in Indonesia great success in their future endeavours. God bless.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE AND WE WILL!

Sincerely,
Dharma Sutedja Chief Executive Officer

CEO Message 2019

Pay it forward – giving a donation and contribution to make a big difference to school children in need.

It has been an exciting year and may we take this opportunity to thank all donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers for your continued support, donation, generosity and kindness. It’s the time to review our goals and the progress we have made in achieving them. It can be a powerful motivator to think about opportunities for us to grow and contribute in this coming year.

Our Alfa Omega Schools in Bantargebang, Marunda and R12 Depok have been operating fruitfully and we have been blessed to have a dedicated management team, staff, teachers and volunteers helping our schools and students to grow in Indonesia. Additionally, this year we have been privileged to start the working year with the progress of renovation of our would be the school in Batam in which we expect to commence in July 2019 (seen here in pictures).

As we unite our efforts and work together with our partner (Yayasan Setia Melayani Sesama/YSMS) in Batam to address the needs of a new school for pre-school children there, this has led us to make a donation, give a contribution and provide support to our partner (YSMS) in renovating the school building and classrooms since January 2019. We have introduced our partner (YSMS) to Global Development Group Australia and they have mutually signed and entered into an entity and project agreement as part of the Global Development Group requirements to enable for the new school project to start. We wish the new school every success in their future endeavours.

Sincerely,

Dharma Sutedja
CEO

CEO Message – Financial Year 2017/2018

Dear Our Valued Donors, Sponsors, Partners and Volunteers,

I would like to take a moment to thank our valued donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers for your loyalty, generosity and continued support over the past twelve months. I truly recognise we wouldn’t be where we are without the help and contributions made by each of you. I highly appreciate all of these.

Australia Oikos Care has had an exciting year actively leading, managing, overseeing, funding and assisting our school projects in Indonesia and we have established good and strong working relationships with our partners as part of our responsibility for the safekeeping and good health of our organisation business. With your continued help and support, we will once again see Australia Oikos Care continue to growing strongly during 2018/2019 financial year.

There are many ways to continue growing our school projects and community development. We have planned to explore and expand our projects and community development to some other region in Indonesia and we will seek partnership and grant to support our projects. There are still many decisions to be made in the near future and as such, improvements and changes will be made following input and consultation with the Board of Advisors, donors, sponsors and partners. By the grace of God and with more streamline and efficient operations, we expect to be able to achieve this by mid next year.

I look forward to working closely with you all and wish you a successful and prosperous year ahead.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dharma Sutedja

Chief Executive Officer

From Household Mother to Teacher With Bachelor Degree

This is a successful story of a household mother called Edi Yuniari, graduated from Teacher Education School. Edi Yuniari become the only teacher with Bachelor Of Early Education Degree at Alfa Omega School. Here is her story:

It all started in 2009. As a household mother who had to provide for three children without having a job after my husband has passed away, the situation became more difficult. One day, Ms. Mety (Operations & Administration Manager of Alfa Omega Schools in Jakarta and Depok) proposed me to work as teacher at Marunda Alfa Omega School – I was interviewed the next day.

On 29 July 2009, I was accepted as Marunda Alfa Omega School teacher. This was the beginning of my life where I started to see light at the end of the tunnel and I saw this as a solution to provide for my children so that they will have a bright and promising future ahead.

As for my hobby, I have talents in creating artistic crafts, including song writing. The Mars song at Alfa Omega School was the result of my creation. In 2012 YCARE Jakarta and AOC Perth gave me scholarship to pursue and continue my education as early childhood teacher until on 22 February 2017, I successfully attained Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree.

“I would also like to give my sincere thanks to all the leaders in YCARE who have accepted me as a resident at Residence-12, Depok for I have never own a permanent place to live – always renting at squared houses. Even in 2016, I had the privilege to teach Early Childhood at R-12, Depok and currently I serve as the Principal at Depok Alfa Omega School. Once again thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, God bless.”

EDI Yuniari.

Catfish Farming

As one of our important projects in Indonesia, Residence 12 has been providing many contribu­tions, benefits and opportunities for the local community in the surroundings and neighbor­hood of Depok, a small town of about 35 km south of Jakarta.
To embrace these opportunities, our team at Residence 12 has successfully taken on and set up a catfish farm at the large backyard of our Residence 12 complex.

This catfish farm was initially started in March 2017 with a catfish pond measuring 2.5m x 3m built in the backyard of the complex. We successfully harvested our first catfish crops of approximately 500 big catfish in June 2017 and we expect to expand this project milestone even more in the near future. To increase our catfish farm production capacity and to generate continuing stream of revenue and net income for our Residence 12 cash.flow needs, we have planned to gradually build more catfish ponds on the backyard which we antici­pate for the ponds to be completed and ready by September 2017. To support and expand this target, we will buy more catfish seeds to help accelerate our project and to produce catfish crops even more in the foreseeable future.

It is our hope that our catfish farming project will continue to succeed and be able to provide a good income for our Residence 12 staff as part of our sincere contribution to the local community there. Therefore, your donation and generosity will be very important for us to realize this hope and in order for this project to proceed further and to be sustainable.

Residence 12 – Place Of Joy, Place Of Faith, Place Of Hope

Residence 12 is an estate that provides a home for orphans and the elderly. The estate was inaugurated on 12 December 2012, located in Jakarta, Indonesia. The vision and mission is to safe 12 children, which has been casted away by their parents, and pairing them with an elderly couple that has a passion and love in raising and developing those children. The concept is to raise those children in a family environment with the most care and love, to ultimately making their life better in the future.
Residence 12 was named as we decided to pick 12 orphans and dedicated elders so caring and teaching can be maximized hoping they will grow up to be leaders in their chosen field. There is specific criteria that differentiate Residence 12 with other orphanage schools, we chose those children that really wanted to learn and go to school but were faced with economic difficulties. Another criteria was to save babies that were abandoned or rejected by their parents.As for the elder­ly, they need to have skills or creativity that can add value to those kids/orphans. At the moment there are 4 young adults, 1 toddler and 1 elderly.

They lived in Residence 12 like a family and they don’t discrim­inate between another. There is no harsh punishment to orphans even though we encourage discipline.

They lived in Residence 12 like a family and they don’t discrimi­nate between another. There is no harsh punishment to orphans even though we encourage discipline.
“At Residence 12, we want to encourage discipline in a family environment. The young adults treated me like their big sister here, as well as for Mrs Edi (the only elderly here at the momentJ, she has been referred to as their mother by the young adults” Michelle stated as one of Residence 12 organiser.