In October 2012, 25 students had been pre-selected by KDM, and came from KDM itself as well as from other shelter organizations in Jakarta. During this event, they learned about KDM, Ffrash, and Ffrash training. Out of these 25 students, a small group of Ffrash artisans was selected based on observed creativity, manual skills, and independence. These qualities became evident during a practical exercise in which each candidate had to create something new from a pile of trash. In-depth interviews were then held to assess their motivation to join the training, which they all enthusiastically demonstrated.
In January 2013, the first group of former street-children, the junior artisans, joined Ffrash. For two years Ffrash will train this group of young adults to become furniture makers, and together with KDM, we will coach them to become independent entrepreneurs.
Early 2014 the junior artisans became senior artisans. A few junior team members were admitted and are being trained by this group of senior youths. Regrettably, there are again no women on this year’s group, but we are confident this will change in subsequent years.
Yoki – Workshop manager
In January 2014 Ffrash hired a workshop manager, Yoki. Yoki is a KDM alumnus, who was a former street kid himself knows how to handle the students. Yoki is organized, disciplined, and does an excellent job of overlooking the production and the quality of products. Yoki was 13 years old when he moved to KDM from a foster family in northern Jakarta. He preferred to stay at KDM to be able to live independently and learn to not rely entirely on the family. For 9 years, he received education and leadership training. For example, he learned to take care of the smaller kids at KDM. In 2010, Yoki decided to leave KDM and to start a career in one of the social institutions in Jakarta performing administrative and supervisory activities at a halfway house. When he heard about Ffrash in 2013, he became interested and decided to join the team. Yoki received the proper training for the workshop and in 2015 he also participated in a course about leadership coaching certified by ICF (International Coach Federation). In his free time, Yoki teaches youths to play classical guitar. As a workshop manager, he still gets the chance to work with the KDM children and help former street children like himself to find their future.
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