The UGM Student Community Service (KKN-PPM) team in Kedungrejo Village, Blora Regency, held a Children’s Play and Kite Festival on Friday (August 11) to celebrate Indonesia’s 78th Independence Day and mark their end of service in the village.
The festival received a warm welcome from the community, with 25 teams joining the kite flying competition.
Various unique and captivating kite designs added excitement to the festival, including kites shaped like bees, Garuda birds, and cartoon characters.
Concurrently, UGM students organized a Children’s Play Festival, inviting the community to relive the past by playing traditional games such as congklak (Southeast Asian mancala), marbles, spinning tops, coconut shell stilts, jump ropes, gandring, and bamboo stilts.
“The community showed great enthusiasm in the kite flying competition and traditional games during the festival. We hope this festival can become an annual event in Kedungrejo,” said the Head of Village Development in Kedungrejo, Ajib.
UGM student Audi explained that as part of the activities, a workshop was held to showcase various creations made by UGM students during their service in Blora.
Some of the items included nutrient blocks for cattle, masks and moringa leaf tea, grass-cutting machines, and more.
“During the event, we also presented documents comprising the results of our work during the community service,” Audi said.
“Some of these documents include a policy brief for Kedungrejo Village titled ‘The Urgency of Establishing Village-Owned Enterprises and Village Customary Institutions to Improve the Economic and Cultural Quality of Kedungrejo Village People,’ an infographic map of Kedungrejo Village’s monograph, an infographic map of Kedungrejo Village’s livestock and agricultural products, as well as a communal livestock pen design for Kedungrejo Village.”
The Field Supervisor for the Blora unit, Dr. Eko Setyobudi, hoped that the activities, especially the festivals in Tunjungan and Kedungrejo Villages, would strengthen the relationship between the two villages, which may lead to the establishment of a sister village between them.
Photo: UGM Student Community Service team in Kedungrejo