For more than 15 months, the Kawan Baik Indonesia Foundation and Fair Future Indonesia have been working hand in hand to set up programs in the rural regions of the territories of eastern Indonesia. The continuation of numerous projects, the establishment of micro-actions and the involvement of young people from the region in volunteering actions requires a place of life and activity.
Access to health care and education is, unfortunately, not an acquired right in Indonesia. For more than ten years, the Fair Future Foundation has the mission of developing, supporting and creating humanitarian action projects related to education, training and medical care in Indonesia.
The foundation has always involved – above all – foundations working on the field as part of its actions. We know that they are the ablest to understand the issues and are, therefore, the most capable of proposing solutions in line with customs, traditions and beliefs.
With this in mind, we have created, in collaboration with the “Kawans” (meaning “good friends”), an official foundation recognised by the Indonesian state. It is thanks to their innovative ideas and their commitment that we can develop actions that will have a substantial impact on the development and daily life of the beneficiary communities.
Members already have a strong fieldwork experience and have already carried out many successful activities in the East Sumba region. Due to their previous experiences, they have a reliable anchoring with local communities and are fully aware of the issues related to this region of Indonesia, one of the poorest
- Its landscapes, made up of hills as far as the eye can see, are undoubtedly magnificent, but are also one of the major issues of the island; it makes access to health care, education, water and electricity very difficult, even impossible for many regions and villages. Its limestone soil and arid climate also make it very difficult to grow fruits, vegetables or rice.
- Waingapu, the capital of East Sumba, is the largest city in the area. From there it takes a two-hour drive to reach the villages and communities in the rural areas of the island on rocky paths.
- Waingapu is, therefore, the focal point of all our projects in Sumba, it is also there that we develop our projects, meet local authorities, organise next visits to villages or even bring in experts from different fields. Hence, we need to have a place adapted to our current needs, which grow as fast as our activities develop.
A house for us, a house for them
Rumah Kambera: Rumah means “house” or “home” and Kambera is the name of the village. We chose the word “home” on purpose. indeed, in addition to being our future offices in Sumba, it will also be a place of sharing, conferences, teaching, a house for volunteers, a place where we will exchange, find innovative ideas, all together with a shared vision; improve the quality of life of people living in rural East Sumba.
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Living in rural areas means for all of these children and hundreds of thousands of others this:
- An almost non-existent income for families, 80% of them do not have access to water or electricity;
- The notion of “time” is unknown. They get up at sunrise and go to bed when it is dark;
- Their food consists of rice, a little salt, chopped peppers and this is it;
- They do not have access to toilets or any other form of sanitation as we know them;
- Going to school is often a walk of 5 to 10 kilometres per day through the hills, on stony paths, without shoes;
- No access to medical care, even basic ones. A small wound cannot be treated other than with coffee grounds (See 1st Aid Kit program here)
- The school is the real centre of their life, it is the essential element of the existence of a child from these ultra-peripherical regions;
- These children have never been to the nearest town and they will probably never go there, except for an extraordinary external element;
- A photo, a camera, a cell phone, television are all unknown elements for the vast majority of them;
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- Continuation of current projects and developing others;
- Implementation of small actions of aid and support for families;
- Involvement of young people wanting to participate in social actions;
- Prevention of sexual diseases and family planning;
- Award of micro-credit solutions;
- Access to a healthier life and food;
- Access to drinkable water and sanitation;
- Empowerment of girls and women;
- Solutions aimed at improving feminine hygiene during menstruation;
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- Direct involvement of local communities;
- integration of aid by local collaborators;
- A better understanding of local needs;
- Rapid implementation of micro-projects;
- Direct access to projects in progress or in the operational phase;
- Involvement of local women willing to help;
- Training of local young people within our walls;
- Involvement of volunteers from the villages in which we work;
- Significant savings for the Foundation;
- Keep the rate of 93 centimes per franc involved in the actions of the Foundation:
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This request is addressed to all those who wish to help us go where no one is going.
- Everyone can participate in this campaign;
- Local and international organizations;
- People wishing to volunteer;
- Manufacturers of school supplies;
- Pharmaceutical companies;
- Companies specializing in wind turbines;
- Companies specializing in access to water sources;
- There is no limit to receiving help;
- Mbinu Dita – since August 2020 we are rebuilding a school and community centre in a very rural area of East Sumba. Thanks to this project, 100 children will soon return to school. It will also be the heart of our activities and projects with this community which counts about 300 families. We can’t stay on-site for more than two nights for logistical reasons there is no access to water and electricity;
- First Aid Kit – A project that aims to bring first aid kits to every school in East Sumba. Indeed, due to geolocation and the terrain, rural areas of Sumba do not have access to primary health care. For example, a simple scratch on foot (children and adults alike are mostly barefoot) can quickly become infected and become a significant injury. To prevent this, Kawan Baik Indonesia and Fair Future Foundation will provide first aid kits to more than 40 schools as well as train teachers on primary care treatment.
- Charis – access to education and knowledge. In collaboration with a network of volunteers and teachers from “Charis” association, we will organize training, conferences on subjects related to education, nutrition or health which will then be transmitted and taught in forty schools of East and West Sumba.
- Access to water – Rumah Kambera will also make it easy to collaborate with experts, knowledge sharing and to study needs. One of the main points is the lack of access to water; difficulties to rely on rain-water; we, therefore, wish to research and develop by using the resources of the island, ways to access safe and clean water. It is a long-term project that requires a “base camp” and suitable and functional premises.
- Permaculture – One of the greatest assets of this house is the land it sits on; large and suitable for cultivation, we will create a garden in collaboration with permaculture experts; the harvests will allow us to cook for the volunteers and the surrounding community. We will also organise training on nutrition, permaculture, experiment and find answers on how to cultivate this calcareous soil and adapt to the climate of the island where it rains only two months a year.
Rumah Kambera will be the heart of this project; preparation, teacher training and follow-ups will be done in this “base camp”.
We thank you for your support and kindness in the Foundation’s actions in the outermost and rural areas of Indonesia. People need you, all of us.
FOR THEIR FUTURE AND THEIR HEALTH
For years, we have for mission to develop, support, and create humanitarian programs and actions linked to education, training, and medical care.
Rumah Kambera in few words, what is it? A workplace, social centre, an open door for all. A home for them, for us.
The foundation develops and implements actions in eastern Indonesia (NTT) and notably in East Sumba. To do so, we decided to coordinate our actions from a very simple little house in a village near Waingapu called Lambanapu.
Rumah Kambera is its name. This –home– will be a place of coordination of our socio-medical, educational activities in favour of children, women, and communities in rural and peripheral regions where access to water, electricity, education, or health care are almost non-existent.
A place where everyone will be welcome to offer a helping hand, to propose an aid project, or to collaborate with the volunteers and collaborators of the Foundation as part of their activities and programs. Additionally, it will also be a place of exchange, conferences, training, and workshops, a public garden, a place to experiment with what’s working and what doesn’t.
The foundation launches a fundraising campaign in this direction: Renovate the house using recycled materials, organise the first social activities and the development of this place.