Allowing everyone to live in good health and promoting the well-being of all at all ages are essential conditions for sustainable development.
Good health is essential if we are to achieve all or part of the Sustainable Development Goals. It just makes us happier and fitter. And since its founding in 2008, Fair Future has been committed – among other things – to helping children lead healthier lives in order to achieve better health.
Hello, this is Alex. How are you doing today? First of all and as usual, I wish you with all my heart to be fit, happy and healthy.
These children from #sdmbinudita, the teams from Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia foundations have seen them all grow, change and have a much better life than when we arrived here in 2019. Together with their parents, we have built this fantastic new school.
Our activities with these more than one hundred and twenty children of the school of #sdmbinudita are part of our daily life; we are no longer so surprised by their presence because they have always been there with us, around us; these kids are part of our everyday life. We are always surprised to see that a trifle amuses them and makes them die of laughter.
Here, as part of the #rebuildmbinudita project, we are innovating by ensuring that all people – especially children and the most vulnerable – have access, among other things, to sufficient food in quantity and quality, throughout the year, thanks to the social cohesion work that we started in 2019.
With these children, we play a lot and share moments of complicity, tenderness and laughter. They make us laugh a lot. And from all of us, we learn things every day. With their five teachers, they all participate in various tasks at school in addition to learning to read and write. Cleaning, gardening, weeding. We believe that quality “education” for all is one of the strongest and most proven pillars of sustainable development.
These children learn to read and write here. The enrollment rate for girls here is also high. Is it because they spend less time on the roads to fetch water? Through Water Connections projects? All of this progress is significant. They gain self-confidence, are more cheerful and play more with each other, more creative, and more spontaneous too. And having water is great fun, right?
But these successes come up against great challenges in developing regions, due to the high level of poverty. Here in the ultra-rural regions of Indonesia, children from the most disadvantaged households are four times less educated than those from the wealthiest households. Similarly, disparities between rural and urban areas also remain high.
We all know these children – and their families – and we call them by their first names. They have a very different life from other children in Indonesia. For them, energy is combined with “hardness and rigour”. But together, we are gradually managing to change a lot of things concerning access to a healthier life for all these families in the ultra-rural areas of eastern Indonesia.
In photos that make up this mini gallery below, Kawan Elthon plays with about ten children – the same ones who attend our school in East Sumba – at the top of the highest hill in the Mbinudita region, Prai Paha – NTT.
Thank you very much for your interest Kawan.
We wish you a beautiful day wherever you are. Remember to take care of yourself and everyone you love. It is the most important.
Alex – Fair Future Foundation – 13.02.2023, Rumah Kambera.
Happiness when children are healthy…
By the way, do you know what Kawan Baik means? Nope? So click here to find out Kawan!
What does Kawan Baik mean?
So many people ask us what "Kawan" or "Kawan Baik" means... Reading the pages of our site, or the newsletter that Fair Future sends you a maximum of twice a month, you will wonder why we call you "Kawan" all the time. It's a good question and we totally understand that it's a bit of a mystery to all of you. Let's take three minutes, I'll tell you what it means "Kawan" friends.
So here's the explanation: "Kawan" means "friend" in Indonesian. When you add "Baik" to it, it means "my good friend". It's simple, isn't it?
For us, you are -Kawan+your name-, and you are part of all of us because, without you, nothing would be possible. I give you an example: I'm Kawan Alex founder of Fair Future and Kawan Ayu is the founder of Kawan Baik Indonesia.
That's what we all call ourselves here, and so you have your first Indonesian lesson Kawan!
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