My son, who passed away at the young age of 22, left a legacy of dedication to improving educational opportunities for children in Indonesia. Prior to graduating from Jakarta International School, he and a friend organized a high school club devoted to raising funds to assist children in the neighboring kampung with educational costs. This ongoing fund helps defray costs of uniforms and textbooks, allowing many poor children in Jakarta the chance to attend school where they may otherwise be forced to drop out.
In his honor, our family has chosen to assist the children of the San Isidro Integrated School, to improve their educational environment and to build a new edifice that will house a library and computer lab. Ron Paul valued reading and learning and he loved children. We hope to dedicate the future library to his memory.
The Heart Felt organization seeks to improve the educational environment for the children of San Isidro in order to prepare them for a better, more meaningful and more purposeful life.
Accomplishments to Date:
In 2009, before our involvement and assistance, San Isidro Integrated School was overcrowded. A Kindergarten and six grades met in 5 classrooms with nearly 40 children in each room. The desks and chairs were rotting and full of splinters. The mostly-English textbooks were old and tattered, many with missing pages. The children had no library or computer resources, and few reading books were available in classrooms.
Since that time, thanks to the support of family and friends and increased local government interest, the school has improved in the following ways:
-SIIS expanded through Grade 11, and the final Grade 12 classroom will be built in 2014
-All of the old desks were replaced
-The children learn from newer, better quality textbooks and, as a result, their National Test Scores are improving
-The students have access to more books to read
-A computer lab is set up
- The playground is vastly improved
- A fresh-water tank is installed
- Improvements are continually being made as needed
#1:To construct the Ron Paul Felt Memorial Library
#2:To provide space for the computer lab in the new library
#3: To continue to gather and ship textbooks, instructional materials and library books to San Isidro
#4:To continue to locally purchase needed classroom materials annually
#5: To maintain an enjoyable playground
#6: To establish Sister-School relationships between San Isidro and US schools and to involve any schools and organizations interested in contributing to the education and welfare of San Isidro students
#7: To help San Isidro teachers improve their English-language teaching skills
#8: To provide assistance as new needs arise
Classroom Setting in 2009
Jonber teaching Grades 3 and 4
Rough hewn desks and chairs have been replaced
Worn Out Textbooks
The old textbooks have now been replaced with
Friday, March 28, 2014
12 New Bookcases
Twelve new bookcases are freshly painted and distributed among the classrooms.
I lived in Asia for 15 years, and I usually travel to the Philippines once a year. My good friends Glenny and her brother Father Raffy introduced me to this precious school located in their home village on the island of Bohol. I immediately saw needs that can easily be remedied and I welcome your ideas and assistance!