Ambon, Arifin, Agus and Arif. Coming from Surabaya to help us build this school, which we no longer have to name. Today, they shared with us their perspective of this unique experience.
"I'm Arifin, I have worked for a contractor company in Jawa Timur named KNA, for 15 years. One day, our employer told us that we were going to join a construction site in Sumba, with a community of volunteers.
We are used to working for big developers, villas, hotels, shopping centres and mainly on the island of Bali. So we didn't know what to expect at all with those few pieces of information...
No water or electricity on the construction site at first. So it was not only technically challenging to work, but also to live there. Therefore, we builded our own house; made from the ruins of the old school.
We have to take the time to teach every one of the volunteer. It requires a lot of patience and personal investment. So after a few days, we honestly wanted to go home; the difficulties seemed too numerous, and we did not expect to assume all these responsibilities.
When we look back now, or in front of us, of our eyes; we see this building, the school, taking shape. Every morning when we wake up in what has become our home, the volunteers arrive in the morning and start cooking for us in this kitchen that we also have built it all makes sense. For the first time, people cook for us every day on the site, and this kitchen has genuinely become ours, as has this house.
Of course, we had to deal with lots of problems, had to find solutions quickly, take more initiatives than ever, become more autonomous and rely on our team. We cannot understand the realities and the difficulties we encounter on the ground until we get to the top of this hill.
What motivates us every day to continue, to give the best of ourselves is to see the investment of each one. Knowing that so many people are involved in this project, starting with my three friends standing next to me, our company, the foundations, and the whole community. »
Arifin, Mbinu Dita, October 7, 2020
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