Everyone deserves a chance to live, no matter who they are. In October 14, 2011, our organization was asked to help an unfortunate man who got stabbed during an attack by a gang in West Java, Bandung, Indonesia. Here’s the email:

“There is an immediate need of a contact who has no money and is in RS Borromeus Bandung right now. He was stabbed during an attack by a gang. He had surgery and was in the ICU and has had a miraculous recovery. He is waiting to go home now but they will not let him go without paying the bill of about 90 jt.

His name is Stephentus. A 24 years-old young man who was trying to finish up his last semester education in Bandung, living far away from his parents in NTT (Nusa Tenggara Timur). His parents are just a government civil worker who are paid barely enough to fulfill their daily needs and put him in school. When this tragedy came to Stephentus, his parents could not even come to see him, because of their financial situation. Not only they could not support him physically, to be close by Stephentus side while he needs to go through the many surgeries and recoveries, moreover, his parents can’t even support him financially. They wanted to, but they are too unfortunate.

Stephentus got stabbed by a motorbike gang in Bandung while he was hanging out with his friends in front of a mini market. At first, he was being hit by a bottle’s glass at his head, and while he was trying to escape, running away, he was hit by one of the motorbikes and fell down. And as he was down, one of the gang members stabbed him with the bottle’s glass to his stomach. At that time, after he got stabbed, he was in comma for two days. He lost too much blood, almost 1 gallon. The doctor was surprised that he was able to survive at all as the stab went very deep. It wasn’t just his stomach. It went through his abdominal, pancreas, and his liver.

Once he got in to the hospital (RS. Boromeus), he was hurried to the surgery room, to block the stomach from wasting more blood as he could not afford it (in this surgery, the doctor did not know that the stab goes through his pancreas and liver, the only thing that they did was some obstruction to his abdominal). Two days after his first surgery, he was able to wake up, but, this first surgery was not much of a success as he was still throwing up blood. Then the doctor decided that Stephentus would need another surgery to see if where the blood was coming from. It was then, that they found out the pancreas was also injured. So, the doctor was able to fix that part. After 20 days being hospitalized, the doctor let Stephentus to rest at home, as the bill has piled out too much for his to bare it at all. Yet all of his bill needs to be paid off by December 2011.

A week after that, on the 27th, he was hospitalized again as he kept on throwing up blood at home and could not eat at all. The first hospital, Rs. Boromeus, could not help him much because of his previous bill. So, he was transferred to another hospital, Rs. Advent. The doctor in that new hospital told him that he needs another surgery, this is going to be the third big surgery he has in 1 month. The surgery lasts for 3.5 hours, and the doctor found out that his liver was actually the one that has caused him to throw up all these blood. So, he fixed it.

As October 30, Stephentus is now recovering. The doctor said that he does not need another surgery anymore. There isn’t anymore blood coming out, as the doctor was able to block it all. He is still hospitalized as he still needs some small surgeries to close up all the wounds from all the pipes that go to his stomach and he still feels nausea most of the time.

Stephentus was unfortunate, but he was still given a chance to live thus far. Until now, his bill has piled up, and he now still has 70 million rupiah that he still need to pay (this is the amount after what we have funded for him). Cinta Tanah Air has been able to help Stephentus financially with around 15 million rupiah. With this money, from all the sponsors, Stephentus has thanked all of you for helping him and giving him a second chance to live.

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If anyone feel moved to help more about this patience, please contact Cinta Tanah Air: +1 (408) 888 2741 or you can also directly contact the person in charge of raising the fund in Indonesia, Sari: +6281321425127. 

Thank you all, for all the supports you have given him.

Big Impact for Small Service

Posted: February 14, 2011 in 2011 Journal

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Around 180 people came to our free health care event (Balai Pengobatan) that we did in a parking garage of a hotel in West Java, Bandung. Many doctors came to help and many people from babies, little kids, teenagers, and adults came to seek for consultations and health check. When I was there, I found there were many people who have not gone to doctors for years even though they have been sick from arthritis, high cholesterol, or have cold and flu for months. When I’ve got a chance to chat a little bit with some of them, they told me that they did not want to waste their money for doctor’s consultations as they could barely survive their life from they money they’ve got. Many of the adults told me that they would rather use the money for their kids to go to school. They were very thankful for this event as they could get some consultation to what they should have done with their health problems. And we also gave out many drugs to help them sustain their health at least for a couple of months.

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Our story of 3 on 3…

Posted: November 23, 2010 in 2010 Journal

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“We did it!!” That was our first expression when the 3 on 3 Basketball Event was over. We were glad and can’t thank God more for letting us do this event. Around 100 people came to the event, around 50+ players participated (4 girls teams and 9 guys teams), many supporters, many volunteers come to help us, and few Indonesian organizations from L.A also came and help us promote and support the event. It was just amazing. It takes us weeks to prepare, to market, and to put everything together, but it was all worth it.

When we started to try to do this fund raising thing, we basically came empty handed but a heart to help the people in our country. From scratch, we started to brainstorm on whom could we help, what can we do, and are we suppose to do it. The excitement then started to build up inside of us, and even with some doubt here and there, we then start to talk about it more seriously. We contacted some of our friends back in Indo and asked them if they knew anybody or a group of people that we could help in terms of health. It took awhile until we finally found just a perfect organization back in Bandung that would be willing to work together with us to help channel our desire by giving a free health care. One of the people in that organization was Mel’s friend, and this organization has been helping people around Bandung in giving a free health care for different villages. Then we started to be in contact with one of the people, and they finally gave the details on the amount of money that they would need us to raise. At first, we were pretty surprised and were not too optimistic about the amount of money needed. This was going to be our first event and we were just not sure if people would actually be interested in supporting this event. But, our passion pushes us forward.

Then, after many ideas, we decided to launch our first event by this “3 on 3 Basketball Charity Event.” We tried to think of every detail that we would need to do, brain storm on some volunteers that would be willing to help us, how are we going to advertise it, etc. And we did it! We raised about $1,000 which is just enough to do one free health care for 250 people + 30 circumcisions. The event was a success, and Mel and I would like to thank all players, volunteers, friends who have came to the event and support us in any ways. This event would not be such a success without you guys. We were just being channels, but you guys made it happen! Thank you so muchhh!!

Felly

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3 ON 3 Basketball-Charity Cup!!!

Posted: October 29, 2010 in 2010 Events

Our first event would be a 3 on 3 basketball- charity cup…

$25 per team

When? Saturday- November 20, 2010 @12pm!

Where? Memorial Park Gymnasium

1401 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Last day to register? Wednesday- November 17, 2010

 

Start Small… Dream Big…

Posted: October 18, 2010 in About us...

It started with a heart filled with compassion for the people in Indonesia, desiring to make an impact for them. The fire started when Mel was inspired by a friend who started a small fundraising just like what we are trying to do now, trying to be a channel to help the education of people in Indonesia. She told me about what this friend has done in a simple text message, and my heart starts to have a burden too…

This has been a mission in my life too–to be able to help people in my country and make some impact in their life, but it never comes to my mind that Mel would have the same heart as me. When she told me about her desire to do this, without thinking too much, I texted her, “Let’s do it!!!” overwhelmed with excitement. Right away, we started to think, rumbling with ideas of what can we do, who can we help, when should we start, what specific area should we focus on, etc. We are just filled with much excitement that we can be a channel to do what we desired to do!!

So far, it’s only the two of us… But, we are confident that even with only the two of us as a start, we can still make some impact. Start small, dream big. Right now, we are trying to try to do some fundraising by doing charity events, garage sales, and many more ideas to come. And ALL the money that we will raise, will ALL be given to some specific group(s) of people or person(s) that need(s) help in terms of health. Yes, we will be focusing on health. Why? At first, we were thinking of focusing in education, but then, there are many people who are focusing on this. So, we decided to have a focus on health instead.

Now, we are praying and hoping that someday, we can eventually be a real organization that makes a real huge impact to our country… but for now, we are still thankful that He gives us the opportunity and desire to do this!

(If anyone have any suggestion on what else can we do… or if you have anyone in mind, a group of Indonesians or even a person, that we can help financially in terms of health… please, please, please… don’t hesitate to post a comment!!! We will truly appreciate it!)

– Felly (10/19/2010)