[ti:Indonesians Collect Old Phones to Help Students Get Online] [by:www.houshang36.top] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:00.04]Ghina Ghaliya of Indonesia says a stranger's visit to her house [00:06.48]led to a campaign to help students affected by the coronavirus pandemic. [00:12.88]Ghaliya remembers when a garbage collector [00:15.84]came to her house in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. [00:21.00]The man asked if she had an old mobile phone [00:24.56]his children could use to get on the internet. [00:28.52]"He said it does not matter if it is the ugly one, [00:31.72]as long as his children can use it for learning from home," she said. [00:37.12]"I thought there must be many people who need second-hand mobile phones out there." [00:43.28]Ghaliya works for a national newspaper. [00:46.36]Shortly after the pandemic hit Jakarta, she and 11 other journalists [00:52.08]organized a group to provide food and money to needy people. [00:58.04]They started hearing from parents who wanted their children to study online [01:02.40]but lacked a way to use the internet. [01:06.24]Ghaliya thought of her meeting with the garbage collector [01:09.44]when she and her group decided to provide mobile phones to poor students. [01:15.72]Many of these children were not able to do face-to-face learning [01:19.88]when the new school year started in July. [01:23.68]When the journalists announced their campaign through social media, [01:27.20]the reaction was overwhelming. [01:29.60]Many people donated second-hand phones, [01:32.60]while others gave cash donations. [01:35.96]As of November, the journalists had collected more than 200 mobile phones [01:40.88]and donations of more than $35,000. [01:46.16]They used the money to buy more phones. [01:49.36]They also paid for internet use for those needing it. [01:54.24]Currently, nearly 300 phones have been given to students in and around Jakarta [02:00.12]as well as to distant areas like Papua, the country's most eastern province. [02:07.12]Helping students take part in online schooling [02:10.32]brings happiness to Ghaliya and her friends. [02:14.76]"We really hope the mobile phones can be used [02:17.96]as much as they can during the pandemic," she said. [02:22.72]Khaissyah Levi is a 16-year-old high school student in Depok, West Java. [02:29.32]He now attends online classes in the morning. [02:32.76]His father Deny Sayuti had been loaning his mobile phone to his son for his studies. [02:39.16]But that meant Sayuti could only do his work as a motorcycle taxi driver for part of the day. [02:46.88]Sayuti wrote to Ghaliya's group in August. [02:50.44]His family received a mobile phone a month later. [02:55.24]Sayuti believes that his son can now do better with his online studies. [03:00.76]"Now I see him more comfortable, [03:03.04]and he can directly reach out to his friends and teacher," Sayuti said. [03:09.04]Qayran Ruby Al Maghribi had also been using his father's mobile phone [03:13.76]to attend three video calls a week with his teachers and get homework. [03:19.52]But the 11-year-old boy sometimes sent his homework late [03:23.44]because he had to wait for his father to return from work in order to get back online. [03:29.80]For the first time in his life, Maghribi was falling behind in his studies. [03:35.76]He also had to take care of his sick mother. [03:39.44]This was making him feel pressured. [03:41.80]But a big smile appeared on his face [03:44.56]when he received the mobile phone sent by Ghaliya's group. [03:49.24]"I will use the phone to do online school every day," Maghribi said. [03:54.72]I'm Jill Robbins. 更多听力请访问51VOA.COM www9778con