Inspirational young people from COVID-19 Diaries
Get to know the inspiring adolescents and youth participating in the COVID-19 Diaries campaign
Since we first announced the COVID-19 Diaries initiative back in April 2020, we have received more than 800 submissions from adolescents and youth sharing their experiences and stories of navigating life through the pandemic.
Each month, we will select one profile to be featured as part of our series “Inspirational Young People from COVID-19 Diaries.” Let's get to know them and get inspired by their actions!
Olivia Amalia Valentine
Olivia Amalia Valentine, or Valent, as she is usually called, is from Yogyakarta. As an illustrator, she spends her days painting and creating illustrations and designs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has mostly stayed at home. However, this has not prevented her from being productive. In fact, she feels even more excited to paint and share positive messages through her visuals and illustrations.
Before the pandemic, she occasionally met with her fellow illustrator communities to organise art activities, such as painting exhibitions. Since the pandemic, she and her fellow illustrators from various regions in Indonesia have been regularly communicating virtually to share knowledge and remain productive by engaging in activities like virtual exhibitions.
“Stay productive when staying at home” is the title of her work. She would like to encourage all of us to keep being productive wherever we are and no matter our current circumstances. "Let’s keep spreading positive vibes to others," she said. "Let's not be discouraged. We can keep trying to do positive and useful things to encourage ourselves and others."
Valent hopes that the pandemic will end soon so that everyone can return to their normal activities. She believes everyone must have their own difficulties and that they are not easy to overcome when we feel hopeless. However, she reminds us all to stay positive and always be grateful in any difficult situation. "Believe me, if we remain grateful, think positively and always put 100 per cent into everything, I am sure everything will be beautiful in its time," said Valent.
Valent shared her dream of owning her own batik company. She loves making batik designs and hopes to create designs that have a meaningful story. "I want my designs to inspire many people, and I also want to support preserving batik in Indonesia."
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@unicefindonesia @ureportindonesia #COVID19Diaries #UReportCOVID19 . Salah satu cara untuk mencegah penyebaran Covid-19 adalah dengan tetap di rumah aja. Dengan melakukan kegiatan di rumah, maka diharapkan dapat melindungi diri dari terinfeksi Virus Covid-19 baik untuk diri sendiri maupun orang lain. . Meski beraktivitas di rumah aja, ada banyak hal yang dilakukan oleh saya juga teman-teman saya yang diunggah melalui berbagai media sosial. Biasanya, kami mencoba untuk mengeksplor hal-hal baru yang semakin kreatif dari hobi kami. . Seperti halnya melukis, bernyanyi, berolahraga, memasak atau mencoba berbagai menu baru yang unik dan kreatif, dsb. Dengan begitu, meski #DiRumahAja kami tetap bisa melakukan hal-hal produktif dan bermanfaat 😉 . Yuk.. share juga yuk💕 @tiah_indaryati @ibrahim_taft @pandupermana93
"Believe me, if we remain grateful, think positively and always put 100 per cent into everything, I am sure everything will be beautiful in its time."
Anfield Wibowo, 15, currently studies at SLB B Pangudi Luhur in Jakarta. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Anfield feels bored and confined, but the entire situation has also spurred his creativity. Anfield draws, paints and does other art activities every day at home.
For his whole life, Anfield has faced challenges socializing and communicating with others due to his hearing impairments and Asperger’s syndrome. However, he always tries and never gives up. In addition to oral and written practice, Anfield uses painting as a medium to express himself and convey messages. By painting, Anfield feels liberated and free. His canvas is a playground for him.
Since he was 2 years old, Anfield has learned to hold a pencil and draw firm and fast lines. Then, when he was 7 years old, he enrolled in a painting class and was mentored by an artist who introduced him to canvas. He understood Anfield and gave him the full freedom to paint. Everything around him can serve as his inspiration, including the works of other painters, picture books, TV shows or videos he sees on YouTube. He combines all this with his imagination.
“My feelings and hopes” is the title of his work. Despite all the difficult circumstances, Anfield advises us that we must be grateful because life still exists and continues. He suggests that we remember there is light at the end of the dark tunnel.
Anfield hopes that during the pandemic we can become even stronger, more resilient and optimistic. He also hopes that we can continue caring for each other. "Don't give up, stay optimistic and keep working,” he said. “Let's use this time as best we can for ourselves, our families and others!"
Anfield hopes to continue studying and fulfil his dream of becoming a painter. "Hopefully my works can inspire everyone. I dedicate them to my loved ones, to society and to the country."
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Memang tidak mudah baginya menerima/mengerti keadaan ini. Kenapa dia di rumah saja, tdk pergi kesekolah, tdk pergi kemana mana. Saya berusaha meng interpretasikan karya2nya yang dihasilkan selama Anfield tinggal di rumah saja. LUKISAN ke 1 "Castle Impian" dia tampak sudah jenuh dgn kota besar, macet, banjir ditambah dgn penyebaran virus covid 19, dgn dia memperagakan dua jarinya yg seakan berjalan menuju Castle impian menunjukan dia ingin ke tempat yg nyaman. Jenuh dgn situasi saat ini. LUKISAN ke 2: dari tanyangan TV n media masa ttg keadaan Itali yg di lock Down, dia seolah merasakan tdk enaknya di rumah. suasana di luar rumah yg sepi dia hadirkan disitu. Sunyi, pedih bahkan bangunanpun seolah berteriak. Sampai disini Anfield sudah dapat mencerna dampak dari penyebaran virus terhadap suatu kota. LUKISAN ke 3: Pak Jokowi sdg mejelaskan dampak Virus Covid19 dan menerangkan mengapa Anfield dkk harus dirumah. Mungkin dia paham bahwa dalam situasi genting ini butuh komandan/pemimpin yg hebat tuk mengatasinya, dalam hal ini presiden Jokowi. LUKISAN ke 4 : "Wild Flowers" walo dgn background langit yg agak gelap tetap ada kehidupan dan keindahan yg hrs disyukuri yg tersimbol dari bunga2 liar yg mekar. LUKISAN ke 5 : Akibat tdk tinggal di rumah saja malah bermain di luar maka Snow White terkena virus Corona dan di evakuasi oleh team kesehatan yg menggunakan Baju pelindung. ini contoh manusia yg terkena dampak covid19. LUKISAN ke 6: Anfield melukis sebuah rumah sakit besar khusus pasien Covid19 termsk tuk Snow White. Rumah sakit adalah Simbol dari kesiapan Pemerintah akan dampak wabah ini. LUKISAN Ke 7 : Lokasi dimana Snow White di evakuasi tampak di semprot disinfektan oleh petugas kesehatan. Lukisan ini mengatakan bahwa suatu tempat harus bersih serta bebas dari virus. LUKISAN ke 8: matahari kembali bersinar, bunga2 kembali mekar. Keadaan kembali normal. Amin. Semoga lukisan ke 8 jadi akhir karya serialnya. Hepi Ending. Sip Field.... kira kira begitukah alur cerita yg kau bangun melalui karyamu? Narasi yg Optimis Nak. #viruscovid19 #dampakcovid19 #lockdown #narasi #stayathome #dirumahsaja #stayhome #seni #art #indonesianow #optimis #covid19diaries #Ureportcovid19
"Don't give up, stay optimistic and keep working. Let's use this time as best we can for ourselves, our families and others! "
Yonathan Bimo Satrio
Yonathan Bimo Satrio, or Bimo, as he is usually called, is from Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan, and currently studies at Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta, where he majors in sociology. Bimo loves to dance, draw, colour and create video content. Before the pandemic, Bimo spent his days participating in lectures and contributing to several campus communities, including On Fire and Tepus Story. In addition, Bimo dances every week. However, everything changed since the pandemic. Bimo returned home to Banjarbaru and is spending time with his family. All these activities are now taking place online through social media. During this time, Bimo continues to dance, create video content, draw, colour and plant various organic vegetable plants to stay productive and motivated.
“Everything will be beautiful in its time and we’re heading towards a better future,” is the title of his artwork. Bimo's inspiration came from his experiences with the Tepus Story community where he had the opportunity to teach children in Tepus and saw their passion for learning. However, he added, they don't forget to enjoy playing. "The pandemic is a challenge to start anew. It changed everything, but not our passion for a fresh start,” he explained. “Maybe you feel bored and tired at home, but you need to believe that one day you can get the key to a better future.”
Bimo hopes that after the pandemic is over, people will have better health and hygiene habits, such as eating healthy foods, washing hands frequently and always wearing masks when they are out. He also wants to continue to write in his daily journal and share stories with friends about the many things we learned during the pandemic.
As a closing to his story, Bimo shared his dream that he wanted to achieve someday: “My dream is to build an organization or NGO for children. I want this organization to focus on the welfare of children and young people by being a place for them to contribute and learn empathy.”
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Hallo😁 . Gambar ini sebagai bentuk kerinduan dan harapan setelah pandemi COVID-19 selesai. Karya ini, bentuk ekspresi rasa cinta dan harapan besar saya akan masa depan yg lebih baik. Semua berkata "akan indah pada waktunya" dan saya yakin semua akan indah tepat dimana masa depan yg lebih baik. Banyak anak2 yg merindukan masa bermain dan menuangkan rasa cinta untuk bumi serta teman2. Hal kecil yang terwujud dari gambar akan menjadi nyata, apabila peluang akan membuka mata akan warna. . Be happy friends, dan salam kasih dari aku❤🕊 . #menggambar #menggambardanmewarnai #mewarnai #alam #produktif #produktifdirumah #dirumahaja #dirumahajadulu #duniaanak #COVID19Diaries #UReportCOVID19
“The pandemic changed everything, but not our passion for fresh start. Maybe you feel bored and tired at home, but you need to believe that one day you can get the key to a better future.”
Rizka Raisa Fatimah Ramli
Rizka Raisa Fatimah Ramli, 19, lives in Makassar. Before the pandemic, she spent her days visiting the local library to study and draw or attend the drawing club. Since the pandemic, Rizka has spent her time studying and drawing at home and resting.
“Not everyone can feel safe in their own ‘home'’ is the title and message that Rizka wants to convey through her work for #COVID19Diaries, which was inspired by stories she read on the internet about domestic violence. The COVID19 pandemic and the social conditions that have followed can lead to an increased risk of children experiencing domestic violence. Rizka also heard various responses about her work. There were also some people who saw other messages, such as differences in the "class" of society in dealing with pandemic. But for Rizka, each of her works can have multiple interpretations, and she hopes they will inspire many people.
Rizka also expressed a message for all of us who are facing the pandemic: "This pandemic is a difficult time for all of us. Staying at home may feel boring, but hopefully people will only leave the house if it is necessary to reduce transmission. If your house no longer feels like 'home', make sure you contact your friends or other people you trust."
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“(Not) Everyone Can Feel Safe At Their Own Home”, is finally done! 😭💞✨ . . . This illustration took me almost more than a month to finish (specifically it’s 16h 22m according to my screen time). This piece was inspired by stories told by people around the internet who have to stay with their abusive partner or toxic parents. . . . The concept was inspired by @foofination and my own random photo from NY . . . . #COVID19Diaries #UReportCOVID19 #illustration #stayhome #pandemic #quarantine #stayathome #socialdistancing #procreate #digitalart #conceptart #voicesofyouth
"If your house no longer feels like 'home', make sure you contact your friends or other people you trust."
Lulu Il Asshafa
Lulu Il Asshafa has just graduated from SMA Negeri 1 Purworejo and is currently preparing for university.
Based on the material provided from the videography workshop organised by UNICEF and Yayasan Setara, Lulu created a video that was published by UNICEF and received a warm response from many, with more than 260,000 likes. Lulu hopes her work can inspire all of us to spend the time we have during the pandemic productively.
Lulu also encouraged us to take care of our health during the pandemic. Not only our physical health, but also the health of our mind and heart. Let's maintain physical health by staying at home, wearing a mask when going outside and washing our hands frequently. It is also important to maintain a healthy mind by staying productive and to maintain a healthy heart by performing prayers at home.
"I wish the pandemic can be over soon, the economy will recover soon and education will return to normal. Indonesia is ready to welcome a new era with new strength," said Lulu in her closing message.
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"I wish the pandemic can be over soon, the economy will recover soon and education will return to normal. Indonesia is ready to welcome a new era with new strength."