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Lukukamaru Sumba. A tremendous job to do here

Lukukamaru Sumba. A tremendous job to do here

East Sumba is full of villages that I believe we have to call “very poor”, where eating or drinking enough, taking a simple shower, and earning enough to buy a little rice is almost impossible. These villages are isolated from everything and everyone. We go there as often as possible, currently every day. These moments spent with the villagers tell us very clearly about what we can put in place to improve the living conditions of these people living in these regions. Lukukamaru is one of those villages. Everything is paid for at a high price, at the cost of incredible physical and psychological effort; here, we can speak of a state of daily survival.

Shortage of clean, safe drinking water

Shortage of clean, safe drinking water

All these people, we meet every day. When we ask them what their biggest dream is, all without exception answer us this: To have clean water, some not dangerous for their health and that of children, and pregnant women. To have access to it here, close to home. To be able to water and cultivate a garden, eat better, shower, and wash. But above all to be able to drink more, cook more. The Fair Future and Kawan Baik foundations within the framework of the Water Connections project, strive by all means to fulfil their dreams. Their lives, their health and their future are at stake. Water is the source of life, of all life!

Massive pest attacks that destroy all crops and starve the people

Massive pest attacks that destroy all crops and starve the people

In East Sumba, for several days now, grasshoppers have been destroying all crops, vegetable gardens, soybeans, and corn. For three years, it has come back regularly. During high population years, they feed and severely damage almost all crops, trees, shrubs, and vegetable gardens. We are in contact with the most affected populations who tell us how the fruit of their work, their fields But also their garden, are totally destroyed in a few minutes. The impact is enormous for these poor families since their income is not enough to buy food. Rice in particular is expensive, therefore corn harvests are very important and vital for families. A new trade is in the process of being born: The sale of grasshoppers by the kilo; this is in order to eat and be nourished. The price is IDR. 5,000,000.- per kilo, i.e. less than 50 cents.

The Water Crisis in Indonesia – Focus in Napu, Wunga, Sumba Timur

The Water Crisis in Indonesia – Focus in Napu, Wunga, Sumba Timur

Drinking contaminated water can lead to serious health problems. Cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, scabies, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, trachoma, typhoid and paratyphoid fevers, hepatitis, malnutrition and poliomyelitis, significant metabolic fatigue causing disorders of all vital systems, to death.
In the long term, consumption of water loaded with heavy metals, pesticides, nitrates and other chemical components such as arsenic are likely to cause serious congenital malformations in newborns: Limb deformation, hydro-encephalitis and other physical or mental disabilities.

6-8 tons of good are on their way to Sumba NTT

6-8 tons of good are on their way to Sumba NTT

Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia foundations have prepared 6-8 tons of material which has been loaded into trucks, which will arrive at the Sumba NTT site on April 13, 2021. Foundation teams will be there to receive them. Food, medical supplies, clothes, 2 generators (Genset), water filters, pipes and many others things to cook, to sleep as tents, blankets etc…