[ti:Indonesians Collect Old Phones to Help Students Get Online]
[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.
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