Hello Kawan’s, dear friends, Madam, Sir and dear families,
Yayasan Kawan Baik Indonesia, Fair Future Indonesia and Rumah Sanur Creative cooperate during this Pandemic in the “COVID-19 Community Care“, since the beginning of March 2020 to provide healthy food, vitamins, masks and hand-sanitiser for the communities in Bali.
On April 3rd, Indonesia released two regulations, government regulation and a Health Ministry regulation, to pave the way for restrictions of community activities (PKM), the island’s equivalent to partial lockdown. These particular orders require offices, schools, markets, places of worship and public spaces to closed. Therefore, we found-raised to provide the goods and volunteering programs to help us make the “goodie bags”, masks and hand-sanitiser.
Toward the transitional normality period, we realised that the communities still need supplies of the healthy foods, soap, hand-sanitiser and vitamins.
In early June, the new rules allow businesses, including warungs, restaurants, shopping malls, traditional markets and grocery stores, to continue working.
The other socio-economic activities meanwhile operate almost as usually.
What makes this economic recovery possible is that people are must wear a mask to go out on the street or at work. This while maintaining a safe distance between them.
As foundations, we take our part to provide information, helps and lead communities to keep generally running with activities within this new situation. We involve vulnerable populations to participate in our duty in this period. Particularly among women, personal initiatives are as valuable as common ones, in response to women’s specific vulnerabilities.
During the COVID-19 outbreak the prisoners not allowed to have visitor, practically for three months being locked down for them. Another partner who support the CCC project, Kunang Jewellery and ToKo Concept Store come with us to engage the women in prisons.
By manufacturing 600 masks for our next CCC project, we are offering the prison community the opportunity to be an active player in the fight against the Pandemic. It is also gratifying for them and a good thing that they can do in prison. We bring them all the material used to make these 600 masks. We assist them in how to produce the masks in comfortable and neat and thus offer them an opportunity for work, occupation and income.
Women prisoners are also a new companion to producing protective gear such as mask to fulfil demand in the next of COVID-19 Community Care (Kawan Baik Berbagi).
We met Mrs Lili, the Kerobokan’s prison governor. She and her staff welcomed us very well. Mrs Lili tells us that the responsibilities are way more substantial than when she worked at the Directorate General of Corrections in Jakarta:
Mrs Lili said: “-Obviously, it is difficult here! My experience at the head office is my resource. So, since I have been here, I have done everything to find new and numerous collaborators, to engage them to do activities with us all here at the prison. ” It also changes public perspectives and perceptions regarding negative biases. We must always find activities and new values! Positive things. We must find something to highlight their personal abilities when entering prison. To offer them capacities to improve according to their own experiences. This is to offer them a background in terms of confidence, skills and knowledge acquired during their stay in prison. The vast majority of women here are convicted of drug-related offences. Consequently, one must find one or more adequate means in order to offer them tools aimed at developing new tools for their future life; this of course in order to open the doors to a new world for them!”.
The prison supplies rehabilitation programs to the prisoner as follow:
- Cooking courses,
- Handicraft courses,
- Sewing courses,
- Salon& Spa education, and massage courses,
- Planting program,
- Hospitality management courses,
For all of us at the Foundation, this is the first time that we have visited a prison, which is also an active and overcrowded prison! It is very far from what we imagined. Great sanitary, beautiful garden and painting, adorable staff with great humility. Ms. Lili said that the prison was as beautiful as a woman. She also wants to show another vision of the prison and its prisoners. Lili and all those met were delighted to be part of the “COVID-19 combatants” with their ability to make masks.
During the project we will be visiting them in several times, the goals of the training itself not only to coaching the production of the masks but also educated them how to improve the standard quality to add the value of the goods.
We need to gather and duplicate whatever is valuable and bring in persons to impart and interpret information and share experiences. If this operation is successful, we think it can be useful. Would only be to demonstrate to civil society, the importance of mentoring their residents, offering them a certain quality of life, opportunities for enriching activities and a little hope for their future.
The nation’s prisons warehouse countless numbers of people who refuse to settle for passivity. This point is an essential reason to remember. People entering and leaving the prison live a renewed phase of community activism to assert their leadership in this restricted environment.
Thank you very much Kawan for your interest, your help, and benevolence.