Yayasan Pendidikan Harapan is a non-profit organization bringing education and healthcare to remote villages in Papua's interior mountainous region, among the most underdeveloped on the planet.
Many of these villages have limited contact with the outside world. Yet, the parents desire a better future for their children through eduation. The schools established there is often the first form of formal education.
Having had no presence of education in their history, the students enrolled are the first generation of Papuan in that village to attain quality education. This poignant photo shows how school change a village: children receive quality education for the first time, opening their insight and knowledge of the world. Within a few months of learning, local Papuan students transition from understanding numbers one to three to undertaking basic mathematics. They have also quickly grasped learning a new language, Bahasa Indonesia, enabling them to read and write. Education gives Papuan parents and children hope for a better future.
Soon these Sekolah Lentera Harapan students will be able to bring about change and transform their home village that is left behind. Together we can build and support more schools in interior Papua, raising a new generation of educated Papuan children.
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Lippo Village, Tangerang 15811