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Next Step of The Dreamhouse’s Social Assistance Commitment: Strengthening Mentoring Capacity as a Key Forces

On May 20-21 2021, the board members of the Dreamhouse Foundation have held the latest and also the first internal mentoring workshop and training in 2021.

The workshop which contains a basic introduction to the Dreamhouse social mentoring project in collaboration with an International Sponsoring Institution, Kerk in Actie (KIA) for the period of 2021-2022 outlines the concept of Monitoring and Evaluation implementation of the Extend 2021 funding project. In discussing the concept, the board members begin by receiving some materials on the logical framework of the Extend Project, identification of key indicators, introduction to the method of preparing monitoring and evaluation plans, and identification of the local and national stakeholder functions within the program.

The Extend project itself is the main project that will be implemented by the Dreamhouse Foundation in 2021. In collaboration with Kerk in Actie, a European sponsoring and funding agency for NGOs and Social Foundations in Southeast Asian countries, Yayasan Rumah Impian or the Dreamhouse under the Extend program will focus on its mentoring program on the issue of social welfare for children in Yogyakarta, which consists not only of street children and at-risk as in the previous period but also any other children situation in general.

This workshop also explained to the entire management of the Dreamhouse about the short-, medium- and long-term targets of the Extend Project and how each of the targets would be achieved. By using the Planned Work and Intended result approach, all the participants of the workshop are being asked to discuss the detailed inputs, activities, and outputs that will be completed in this project.

To fill each of these components, the board members have designed a number of program activities such as the establishment of a Child Crisis Center, the Children, and the Champion Forum, parents’ capacity strengthened, family empowerment training, publication of print and audio-visual media about to inspiring stories of child development, as well as other programs.

In addition, the board members of the Dreamhouse also discussed the monitoring and evaluation design process and the interests in formulating it. One of the important reasons for conducting monitoring and evaluation is the desire of the Dreamhouse to include the participation of the general public as well as local and national governments in child welfare assistance programs through this Extend Project.

With the description of the nine basic steps of making a monitoring and evaluation plan, the training continued with the practice of making a sample monitoring and evaluation plan by each member as the workshop participants which was then presented in groups one by one. This assignment has succeeded in helping the board members of the Dreamhouse understand in more detail the concept of monitoring and evaluation and how to implement it in real terms using the point of view of the mentoring activities they carry out in the field.

The aim of this training workshop is that the next step of the Dreamhouse’s commitment to providing assistance to children, especially those who come from marginalized groups of streets and at-risk children in the Yogyakarta and Kupang areas can be more significantly implemented and make a more sustainable impact. It is also aimed that the participation of the general public and the government at the local and national levels can be substantially implemented in this project so that the alleviation of the problem of the street and at-risk children in Yogyakarta and Kupang can take place massively and effectively.

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