BPSW supports over 20 social work students by sponsoring their education through full-tuition scholarships. Below are a few stories from some of our students.
Eka Wulandari , a bachelor-level student at Stisip Widuri, is participating in the BPSW Tien Gosana Scholarship program. Inspired by the mission of the halfway house that gave her a scholarship to attend high school, Eka is majoring in social work. Eka has achieved success as Executive Secretary of Muhammadiya Panti Forum, which runs 436 orphanages for poor or abandoned children. In the future, she hopes to help street children achieve better lives through her career as a social worker.
Mara Yirmiyati is a graduate of STISIP Widuri with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, thanks to a Tien Gosana scholarship from BPSW. She now works for Family Planning of Indonesia, providing outreach services to young women working in markets, many of whom live far from their families, practice unsafe sex, and are at-risk of HIV and other STDs. Mara was featured on the Social Work Practice Center website for her work distributing informational brochures encouraging women to use a new clinic located at the market, which provides reproductive health care services at no cost.
Khausar was born in Peulumat, Labuhanhaji Aceh Selatan and he is currently studying at the S2 social work program at UIN Sunan Kalijaga Jogyakarta. Most recently, Khausar has been working in the assessment of 'difable' (People with Different Abilities) students and providing direct intervention for such students. Prior to this, he provided training and capacity building for youth and children in Lhong, Aceh Besar district. He also contributed to a tsunami program for the recovery and improvement of women's and children's welfare, and collected data for the building of a library for children in the Aceh Tenggara district.
Veronica Juwaryanti, a GTA Travel scholar, works in the field of HIV/Aids, a problem of increasing proportion in Indonesia, particularly in Jakarta, Papua, and Ambon. She is working for a not for profit agency, Tegak Tegar, which pioneered community-based case management services for people with HIV. Veronica is a case manager and trainer for Tegak Tegar. She has a particular interest in working with families, and has personally fostered children orphaned because of HIV in the family. She is currently attending STISIP Widuri and is in her second year, pursuing a bachelor in social work. Tegak Tegar is known for creating group programs in positive prevention of HIV. The agency uses trained volunteers to reach out to the community, many who also have HIV. Daily activities include counseling for HIV/AIDS positive individuals, running the prevention programs, as well as running the shelter for children with HIV/AIDS. Tegak Tenar also provides training for volunteers in relation with HIV/AIDS prevention.
Baihaqi S. Sos is studying at the Master's Social Work program at UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yokyakarta. Most recently, he worked as the program manager of Lembaga Pengembang Ummat (LPU). Prior to this, he was a part of the SATGANA Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) team in Banda Aceh, and was assigned to be a member of the Assessment team at Balee Ureun Inong Aceh.