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Empowering Emotions: #WaterConnections Phase 2 & 3 Unveiled

Empowering Emotions: #WaterConnections Phase 2 & 3 Unveiled

Our new "Picture of the Day" shows you Kawan Ino passionately describes how the upcoming #WaterConnections project's Phase 2 and 3 will profoundly transform the ultra-rural village of Laindatang. With this project, the village will soon have access to clean water, enabling its residents to lead healthier and more productive lives.

On January 17th, a remarkable event unfolded within the confines of one of Laindatang's six classrooms. Nearly 250 people gathered, including 76 eager students, their parents, and a multitude of village community members. The school's leadership, the school committee, and devoted teachers were also present. It was a day meticulously planned by Ino, Alex, Susan et Ayu to elucidate the intricacies of the #WaterConnections 2024 program within this village and school.

Our arsenal included a massive 20,000-watt PowerBank to power projector and display films, illustrations, and comprehensive plans for Phases 2 and 3 of the project. A rollercoaster of emotions transpired – tears, laughter, smiles, and sheer joy radiated through the room.

As captured in the photo, Kawan Ino le responsible des activités à Sumba Est meticulously explained the blueprint for Phases 2 and 3. This grand endeavour entails the construction of vast reservoirs, PVC pipelines crisscrossing the village, and the installation of solar panels to electrify the pumps and the school itself.

Laindatang, like many other communities in this region, grapples with extreme poverty, high malaria prevalence, infant mortality, and chronic malnutrition. Infectious diseases, particularly those tied to water, plague the residents daily. Our involvement over the past year and a half, primarily during Phase 1, has brought tangible improvements, but Phases 2 and 3 will herald an even more significant impact.

The amazing ability of water to transform health, personal growth, and well-being and promote peace is truly remarkable. We are working together to bring this essential resource to Laindatang, which will change many lives and leave a lasting impact on future generations. This project is more than just an initiative; it is a lifeline, a symbol of actions, and a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Please visit the website of the Fair Future Foundation to witness the impact of your support and contribute to this essential cause. Our collective efforts can bring the gift of life-giving water to the children of Laindatang and beyond. We appreciate your unswerving commitment to our mission.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, January 31st, 2024.

Child’s Heart Gesture: Hope in Clean Water Access

Child’s Heart Gesture: Hope in Clean Water Access

Our new "Picture of the Day" shows you a poignant snapshot of the #WaterConnections project in Laindatang, revealing our presence's profound impact on the lives of local children.

At the heart of this image, a young student from the school and village we work hard for forms a heart with his fingers, a simple but powerful gesture that symbolizes the happiness and hope our work brings to his school community. For more than a year, the Fair Future Foundation has been committed to an essential mission: radically transforming living and health conditions in this region.

The #WaterConnections project aims to introduce a fundamental but previously inaccessible resource to this child's village: clean water. His school, which houses six classes and nearly 80 students, is deprived of the most basic necessities: no water, no toilets, no sinks, no electricity, and a serious shortage of teaching materials and access to information.

Health Risks in a Water-Scarce Environment

Operating a school with 80 children without access to clean water, toilets, or handwashing facilities presents significant health risks. Such conditions foster the spread of infectious diseases, including diarrhoea, cholera, and parasitic infections, which are particularly devastating in young, developing bodies. The absence of these basic sanitary conditions impedes not only physical health but also the student's ability to learn, as illness leads to absenteeism and a decrease in academic performance.

Introducing six sanitary installations, eight handwashing stations, and a water point for students to access clean water for their long journeys back home represents a monumental shift. These improvements mean a drastic reduction in the spread of disease, enhanced personal hygiene, and the promotion of health education that extends beyond the school grounds into the community. Children can now focus on their studies without the constant threat of illness, and families can rest easier knowing their children have a safer learning environment.

The child's smile, captured in this photo, is far from insignificant. It reflects sincere joy and complicity with those who work to improve his life. It's a powerful reminder of the human impact of our work and a testament to the hope and positive change we can bring.

We are at a crucial point in our mission at Laindatang, and every contribution brings us closer to our goal. Whether it's drilling, building reservoirs, or installing sanitation, every donation makes a significant difference. We invite you to join us, support the #WaterConnections project, and be part of this vital transformation. Your generosity can literally change lives.

Visit the Fair Future Foundation website to see the impact of your support and contribute to this crucial cause. Together, we can make water, the source of life, a reality for the children of Laindatang and beyond. Thank you for your commitment to us.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, January 27th, 2024.

Groundwater is the Key to Laindatang’s Project

Groundwater is the Key to Laindatang’s Project

Our new "Picture of the Day" showcases the exceptional skills of Kawan Neni, our drilling partner and an accomplished dowser who has successfully identified crucial underground water sources essential to our mission..

In the scorching heat of Eastern Indonesia, on the rugged terrain of East Sumba, a relentless endeavour unfolds. The Fair Future Foundation's #WaterConnection project in Laindatang has been an unyielding beacon of hope for over a year, striving to deliver essential services to a community entrenched in hardship. At the heart of this relentless quest lies an ancient practice – dowsing, also known as radiesthésie.

Quest for Lifesaving Springs Beneath

Water, the essence of life, remains an elusive dream in Laindatang, where the struggle for access to clean and dependable water persists. With a sprawling village expanse and a school that welcomes 78 eager young minds daily, the dire need for a sustainable water source has never been more pronounced. The village, like the school, lacks even the most fundamental amenities: no toilets, no clean water, no electricity.

Dowsing, a centuries-old technique, has emerged as an invaluable tool in the arsenal of the Fair Future Foundation and Kawan Baik Foundation. Over the years, this method has proven its worth repeatedly, unveiling concealed aquifers that sustain life in this unforgiving region.

A Pioneering Solution for Laindatang

The #WaterConnection project, initiated in 2024, coincides with the 15th anniversary of the Swiss-based Fair Future Foundation. Its success hinges in part on the discovery of reliable underground water, a mission entrusted to dowsing. As we stand on Phases 2 and 3 thresholds, our objectives are unequivocal: secure deep wells, possibly two, to ensure a constant and clean water supply for over a hundred families and the local school. Our optimism soars as we've identified three potential drilling locations, all but guaranteeing the presence of water.

This pivotal project phase signifies a significant turning point. The construction of additional reservoirs will cement access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and a brighter future for the entire village. The school, where children thirst for knowledge but have been denied the most rudimentary resources, will finally be equipped with the essential infrastructure they deserve.

Progress, One Precious Drop at a Time

The Fair Future Foundation's unwavering commitment to improving lives remains unshaken. The #WaterConnection project in Laindatang stands as a testament to this commitment. Guided by dowsing, we are on the brink of effecting transformation, uplifting not just the village but also the aspirations of 78 young children aged 6 to 12, who yearn for a brighter future, not just for themselves but for their entire families.

As we dig deeper into the earth's belly, searching for concealed water sources through the ancient art of dowsing, we embark on a journey toward enduring change. This voyage serves as a stark reminder that every drop counts and that access to clean water isn't merely a fundamental human right but also a catalyst for progress.

Today, we must quickly move forward with Phases #2 and #3 of this #WaterConnections project for the residents of this extremely rural village and all the children who live there. We cannot achieve this without your help. So, how about we all roll up our sleeves and tackle this challenge together

Stay tuned as we continue our mission to unearth the treasures hidden beneath the surface and usher in a new wave of transformation in Laindatang.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, January 15th, 2024.

Empowering Women in Rural Areas with #PrimaryMedicalCare

Empowering Women in Rural Areas with #PrimaryMedicalCare

In the news "Picture of the Day," a Kawan Sehat agent stands with assurance and determination. Facing our healthcare teams, she shares her experience as a care agent in her village of Kabanda. Her gaze, filled with resolve, speaks of her firm decision to progress, contribute to her community's evolution, and help as many as she can. An embodiment of empowerment and social transformation, this image captures the spirit of these extraordinary women who, through their training and commitment, are redefining their role in ultra-rural societies and becoming pillars of change and inspiration.

#PrimaryMedicalCare: The Renaissance of Women in Ultra-Rural Societies of Southeast Asia

In the ultra-rural communities of Southeast Asia, a remarkable change is taking place. Thanks to the #PrimaryMedicalCare program by the Fair Future Foundation and Kawan Baik Foundation, over 50 women, primarily teachers, are redefining their societal role. These women, traditionally confined to the roles of child educators and homemakers, are now gaining confidence and autonomy, becoming undeniable pillars of their community.

Their comprehensive medical training has opened previously closed doors, allowing them to take on responsibilities beyond traditional education. By becoming Kawan Sehat health agents, they have acquired essential life-saving skills and achieved a new social status. Their role has transformed from background figures to leading actors in the health and well-being of their villages.

This evolution is significant as it is a model and inspiration for other women in these regions. These health agents now represent the possibility of a fulfilled life, demonstrating that improvement in living conditions and personal achievement is within reach for all. They are breaking traditional barriers and redefining what it means to be a woman in societies previously limited by rigid norms.

Their growing assurance is a living testimony to the positive impact of education and training on women's empowerment. By transforming their status within the community, they are creating a future where women are not just caregivers and educators but also leaders and innovators.

Fair Future Foundation is committed to continuing its support for these modern heroines, recognizing the crucial importance of their role in health care delivery and building a more equitable and inclusive society. Our work with these remarkable women is a step towards a future where every woman can play an active and respected role in her community.

#WomenEmpowerment #HealthcareHeroes #RuralHealth #CommunityLeaders #FemaleEducation #SocialChange #InnovativeHealthcare #SustainableDevelopment #EqualityForAll

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, on the 8th of January 2024.

The two huge reservoirs located in Desa TanaMbanas

The two huge reservoirs located in Desa TanaMbanas

In this news "Picture of the Day," we invite you to take a bird's-eye view of a remarkable transformation unfolding in the heart of Sumba Tengah, Indonesia. The image captured from above reveals two immense reservoirs, each with a staggering capacity of 20,000 litres. These reservoirs are not just structures but lifelines for a community in need. Join us as we delve into the inspiring journey behind this transformative project in TanaMbanas.

Majestic Reservoirs and Tireless Dedication: A Glimpse into TanaMbanas – In the heart of Sumba Tengah, where arid landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see, lies the village of TanaMbanas. It's a place that has witnessed a remarkable transformation, and today, we take you on a journey to explore the heart of our #WaterConnections project.

As you gaze upon the aerial view of TanaMbanas, your eyes are immediately drawn to two colossal reservoirs, each boasting a capacity of 20,000 litres. These reservoirs are not mere structures; they are lifelines for the community, resulting from tireless dedication and unwavering commitment.

The journey to bring these reservoirs to life was no easy feat. It spanned over three months, filled with challenges and triumphs. Much like the upcoming project in Laindatang, these reservoirs represent the epitome of our mission – to harness the power of rainwater to benefit rural communities.

In the photo, you'll also glimpse our dedicated Fair Future team alongside the trusty "Truck of Life." They are the heart and soul of our #WaterConnections program, working diligently to ensure access to clean water becomes a reality for these communities.

This image captures the magnitude of the #WaterConnections project in TanaMbanas and serves as a testament to our enduring commitment to improving lives. It's a reminder that despite adverse weather conditions and logistical challenges, we remain resolute in our mission.

As we prepare to embark on the next phase of our journey in Laindatang, we reflect on our incredible impact so far. Together, we will continue to change lives, one drop of clean water at a time.

Stay tuned for more updates and stories from the frontlines of our mission to make clean water accessible to all.

#CleanWaterForAll #CommunityTransformation #FairFutureFoundation #WaterSecurity #SumbaTengah #ImpactfulProjects #SustainableSolutions

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, on the 5th of January, 2024.

Breaking Water Barriers for Women and Girls in East Sumba

Breaking Water Barriers for Women and Girls in East Sumba

In this news "Picture of the Day", under the terrible heat of East Sumba, a mother and her daughter trudge forward, carrying five empty jerry cans. Their feet tread on arid ground, strewn with stones and brush. The day started a few hours ago and the journey is far from over. They have travelled more than five kilometres on foot and have as much ahead of them to reach their destination: Kullups, holes dug by hand in the rock of a hill. (Ref. Read this article here)

In this part of the world, kullups are more than mere rainwater reservoirs; they represent a vestige of human ingenuity against near-chronic water scarcity. Rainwater, channeled by soil and rock, seeps in to feed these small stone basins at the foot of a hill. It's a source of life, but also a source of heart-wrenching dilemmas. For every precious drop, there is a hidden cost, measured not in money but in lost opportunities, compromised health, and uncertain futures.

Consider the mother. Each trip for water represents hours when she can't work, maintain her home, or care for her family. What about her daughter? With every step she takes toward the kullup, she moves further from an education that could unlock doors to a better future. The thirst for learning is there, but it is weighed against a more immediate, more vital thirst.

Against this backdrop, the teams from Fair Future and Kawan Baik step in, armed with the will to make a difference and the tools and expertise needed to do so. The #WaterConnections program doesn't merely supply water; it aims to redefine these communities' relationship with this essential resource. By installing water collection and filtration systems, educating on hygiene best practices, and encouraging community participation, Fair Future and Kawan Baik aim to break the vicious cycle of poverty and disease.

Waterborne diseases like Malaria, Dengue, diarrhea and cholera are commonplace in these areas. But their impact doesn't stop at the individual. A sick mother cannot provide for her family. A sick daughter cannot attend school. And a cycle of suffering and poverty perpetuates, generation after generation.

The work of Fair Future and Kawan Baik isn't completed in a day or even a year. It's a long-term commitment, an investment in the future of these communities. But every installed water system, every educational session, and every assisted family represents a step toward a future where this mother and daughter won't have to choose between the present and the future, between thirst and the thirst for learning.

In a world where clean water is often taken for granted, it's easy to forget that for some, it's a luxury that comes at a high price. By working on the ground alongside those who live this reality every day, Fair Future and Kawan Baik remind us that behind every drop of water, there's a human story, a struggle, and an opportunity for change.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, 17th of October, 2023.

Malaria Prevention in East Sumba: The Power of an Educational Poster

Malaria Prevention in East Sumba: The Power of an Educational Poster

This "New Pictures of the Day" features a crucial tool in our battle against malaria in East Sumba: Two educational posters. Printed on durable laminated canvas, the poster is used by our field teams as they venture into the most remote areas. The photo showcases how this visual aid becomes the focal point during our community educational sessions. When families gather around this poster, it transforms into more than just printed material; it becomes a platform for life-saving dialogue. It educates on identifying early malaria symptoms, understanding its transmission, and adopting preventive measures. This active engagement is vital in our holistic strategy to combat malaria and other infectious diseases.

An Essential Poster for Combating the Scourge of Malaria in East Sumba: In the ultra-rural regions of East Sumba, Indonesia, malaria isn't just a word on a piece of paper or a statistic on a screen; it's a deadly scourge that threatens the lives of our communities every single day. That's why Fair Future Foundation, in close collaboration with Kawan Baik, Sumba Volunteer, and local authorities, deploys field teams that do more than deliver medical care. They engage in a vital mission of detection and prevention, going door-to-door to educate families about the dangers of this devastating disease.

A Moment of Sharing and Education: We do not come empty-handed when we enter families' homes in these isolated regions. In addition to our medical expertise, we bring a simple but powerful tool: a poster. This poster, printed on laminated canvas and distributed in dozens of copies, is an educational aid for our discussions. It highlights the essential preventive measures each family must take to protect themselves from malaria. The goal is not only to treat but to prevent the disease from taking hold in the first place.

More Than Just a Piece of Paper: This poster is not merely a piece of paper. It is a fundamental element of our comprehensive strategy for preventing infectious diseases. Families gather around it, listen attentively, and ask questions. They learn to recognize the symptoms of malaria, understand the parasite's life cycle that causes it, and, most importantly, take steps to minimize the risks of infection. In doing so, they become recipients of medical care and active participants in their well-being and community.

Education and Prevention: The Pillars of Long-Term Well-being: Our fifteen years of on-the-ground experience confirm that training, prevention, and education are the pillars of long-term health. And this isn't only true for malaria. The same principles apply to other deadly diseases afflict our communities, such as AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, cholera, and polio. That's why, as we approach the end of 2023, we particularly emphasise these aspects.

Conclusion: In this critical time, posters have become more than a prevention tool; it is a lifebuoy in an ocean of medical challenges. It embodies our commitment to equipping families with the necessary knowledge to combat malaria and other devastating diseases. Because in the war against these scourges, information is our most powerful ally. And every life saved is a victory for that family and the entire community.

Download the posters in . PDF here: Action and Prevention posterDisease and Symptoms Poster.

Thank you very much for your support.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, 12th of October, 2023.

Zero Malaria: The Stickers That Save Lives in East Sumba

Zero Malaria: The Stickers That Save Lives in East Sumba

This New “Picture of the Day” highlights much more than a simple sticker; it reveals a crucial component of our ongoing fight against malaria. Within Fair Future’s #ZeroMalaria program, our social and medical teams dedicate their expertise and energy to affixing these stickers to the walls of homes in the villages and regions of East Sumba where we work. These stickers are not just markers but vital indicators in our overall approach to protecting and educating the most vulnerable communities.

In the remote villages of East Sumba, Indonesia, a simple sticker can mean the difference between life and death. As part of Fair Future’s Zero Malaria program, these stickers are affixed to the walls of homes, serving as a visual indicator of our comprehensive approach to malaria control.

In the battle against malaria, we don't overlook any details. From microscopic examinations to stickers on walls, every action is a step towards a malaria-free future. These stickers are not just adhesives; they are badges of education, prevention, and hope.

Family Member Detection: Early diagnosis is crucial in regions like East Sumba, where malaria is rampant. Our teams employ optical microscopic examinations to visualize plasmodia in patients' thick or thin blood smears. We also utilize Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria (TDR).

Indoor Residual Spraying (PID): We conduct Indoor Residual Spraying (PID) in every home across the villages. This involves the regular application of long-lasting chemical insecticides on the inner walls of houses. The insecticide remains effective for several months, killing mosquitoes that come into contact with it.

Larvicides: Regular application of microbial or chemical insecticides to water bodies or reservoirs is another crucial aspect. The goal is to reduce the adult mosquito population by killing the immature aquatic forms, thereby limiting their development into adults.

Bed Nets: The distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets (MII) is essential in our fight against malaria. These nets have proven highly effective in reducing malaria-related deaths and illnesses.

Environmental Surveillance: We also pay close attention to the living conditions in these areas. Factors like inadequate sanitation facilities, unsanitary conditions, stagnant water, and areas where animals like pigs and water buffaloes are kept can significantly contribute to mosquito proliferation.

This is why the sticker takes on such importance. It informs villagers whether a particular home has been treated, whether its inhabitants have undergone screening and whether they have been educated on protecting themselves from the disease.

Thank you very much for your support.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, 5th of October, 2023.

#ZeroMalaria Campaign: Fair Future’s Life-Saving Mission

#ZeroMalaria Campaign: Fair Future’s Life-Saving Mission

Championing the #ZeroMalaria Cause: Fair Future's Tireless Efforts in Sumba East. This image reflects our unwavering commitment to the #ZeroMalaria cause. Together, we're illuminating a path to a malaria-free future. Each test, done twice for accuracy, symbolizes hope in the fight against malaria. Our teams also collect essential socio-medical data to track progress.

In the heart of one of Indonesia's poorest and most disadvantaged regions, as well as one of the highest malaria prevalence areas in the world, Fair Future, in collaboration with Kawan Baik and Sumba Volunteer, is waging an unrelenting battle against the deadly scourge of malaria. Under the banner of #ZeroMalaria, this vital campaign is not just about medical intervention; it's about transforming lives and ensuring every community member has a chance at a healthier future.

The Challenge of Malaria in Sumba East: Sumba East is a region where basic amenities like electricity, clean water, and sanitation facilities are virtually non-existent. Here, people face a daily struggle for survival against malaria and various other infectious diseases. Malaria, in particular, poses a significant threat to the lives of the local population.

Malaria is transmitted through the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes and can have devastating consequences if left untreated. The disease can rapidly progress from fever and chills to severe anaemia, organ failure, and even death. Vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women and children, are at higher risk.

Fair Future's Double-Testing Approach: Precision is paramount in the battle against malaria. Fair Future's dedicated medical teams, including doctors, nurses, and laboratory technicians, work tirelessly to ensure that every case is accurately diagnosed and treated.

Our teams conduct tens of thousands of malaria tests, and each test is done twice – once using rapid diagnostic tests and another through blood tests analyzed using microscopes, all performed directly in the field. This rigorous double-testing approach ensures the highest level of accuracy, especially in an area where access to modern medical facilities is severely limited.

Collecting Socio-Medical Data: Beyond diagnosis and treatment, Fair Future recognizes the importance of comprehensive data collection to guide its efforts. The captivating photo accompanying this article shows our teams diligently gathering socio-medical data from every family member and villager. This data is entered into Fair Future's proprietary application, meticulously developed and funded by the organization. The application serves as a crucial tool for tracking and tracing the regions where we implement the #ZeroMalaria program.

The Urgent Need for #ZeroMalaria: It's important to remember that malaria remains a significant threat in regions like Sumba East, where people continue to lose their lives to this preventable and treatable disease. Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable.

The #ZeroMalaria program represents a lifeline for these communities, providing medical care, education, and awareness about malaria prevention. Fair Future is committed to ensuring that no one in Sumba East loses their life to malaria, and your support is instrumental in achieving this goal.

In closing, the battle against malaria in East Sumba is ongoing, and the stakes couldn't be higher. Through #ZeroMalaria, Fair Future is determined to change the narrative, transform these communities, and to save lives. Join us in this life-saving mission!

Thank you very much for your support.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu,
September 21st, 2023.

Combatting Malaria in Sumba: A Crucial Health Battle

Combatting Malaria in Sumba: A Crucial Health Battle

This new "picture of the day", shows a 14-year-old young kid suffering from malaria for the second time, whom we have tested twice and is receiving his medical treatment. We explained that he must take these medications every day for fourteen days. We explain why and the risks if he doesn't. A nurse is present and will ensure regular check-ups to ensure everything is going well for him.

The fight against malaria in Sumba is an intense and crucial battle for the population's health. Every positive case, like that of this young man from Lulundilu, Kecermatan Mahu, East Sumba, requires immediate medical intervention and rigorous treatment that extends over a period of 14 days without interruption.

This young man belongs to a large family of seven siblings, all of whom have been affected by malaria before. Although he is fortunate not to have lost any close family members to this disease, it is essential to understand that malaria is wreaking havoc in this region. Our team visited his home and conducted two tests to confirm his infection, first with a rapid test and then with blood tests and microscopic analysis. Both times, the results were positive, indicating that he was carrying the Plasmodium falciparum parasite.

As with all malaria cases, Fair Future takes over the medical treatment. It is crucial that this young man diligently follows his treatment because the risks to his life are extremely high if he does not. That's why we have mobilized staff from the nearest healthcare centre, Puskesmas Mahu, to ensure that he receives his medical treatment appropriately and monitor his progress.

It is important to emphasize that since the beginning of 2023, in Sumba alone, 18 pregnant women have lost their lives due to malaria due to a lack of screening, information, proper medical care, and appropriate treatment. This tragedy highlights the need to strengthen our fight against malaria and ensure equitable access to medical care for all community members.

The Fair Future team remains determined to do everything possible to end this threat to public health and ensure that every individual has access to the necessary medical care to combat malaria and other serious illnesses. Your support and donations are essential for this mission's success and saving lives.

Thank you very much for your support.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu,
September 21st, 2023.

Bringing Sanitation to an Underserved Village in East Sumba

Bringing Sanitation to an Underserved Village in East Sumba

The image illustrates our ongoing project: the excavation of a septic tank. This is the very first step towards the installation of the first-ever sanitation infrastructure in the village's history. Our goal is to reinforce the health and well-being of the families in this community. In closely associating ourselves with the villagers, a core principle in our approach, we work hand in hand to provide them vital access to water and sanitation facilities, despite their isolation in the eastern part of Sumba.

For several months now, our organizations – Fair Future and Kawan Baik – have favored constructing lightweight steel facilities. This decision is based on hygiene, maintenance, and construction efficiency grounds. The entire structure (in this case, two toilet – shower stalls) is constructed at the Fair Future Foundation’s base camp in Waingapu, called Rumah Kambera. We then transport the dismantled structure to the site of installation. It takes about a week for our team to operationalize an installation like this, followed by one to two weeks dedicated to finishing and aesthetic touch-ups.

In this underprivileged environment, families lack access to basic services, needs such as access to water or electricity are non-existent. During the dry season, when rainwater tanks are almost empty, they must travel miles to collect just a few litres of often unsuitable water. See the related #waterconnections posts here.

In the village of Laindatang, inhabitants have never had the privilege of a working shower or toilet. The enthusiasm and joy are palpable as they witness the construction of these new facilities, bringing them a simple feeling of happiness.

This installation will also contribute to reducing infectious diseases caused by the absence of adequate sanitation facilities in the village. This will likely lead to an increase in the quality of life for the villagers, a reduction in the time spent gathering water, and promote overall community health and well-being. This initiative is more than just building sanitation facilities. It symbolizes the start of a new chapter for Laindatang, signifying change and development towards a healthier community.

Thus, the work of Fair Future and Kawan Baik extends beyond physical construction, promoting progress, health, and hope for the future.

The #ZeroMalariaSumbaTimur program has been successfully implemented

The #ZeroMalariaSumbaTimur program has been successfully implemented

In a concerted effort to fight the endemic scourge of malaria, the Swiss Fair Future Foundation has embarked on an extraordinary mission – the #ZeroMalariaSumbaTimur program. This groundbreaking initiative is taking place in the heart of Southeast Asia, specifically in the remote and underserved eastern expanse of Indonesia known as East Sumba.

Having already screened and treated 2500 individuals across three severely malaria-affected villages in East Sumba, our undertaking is underscored by a tangible impact. This formidable feat, orchestrated through the synergy of committed individuals such as Alandio, Ino, Elthon, Alex, Ayu, Annisa or Ayu, resonates as a testament to unwavering dedication. Over seventy staunch contributors, bolstered by fifty fervent volunteers from diverse corners of Indonesia, assemble with a shared sense of purpose.

Collectively, we have curated a multi-disciplinary team of skilled nurses, physicians, and laboratory specialists, amplifying our medical outreach. This coalition is complemented by clever logistics and data management, facilitated by an innovative application collaboratively developed by the Fair Future and Kawan Baik Foundations.

The core of our effort extends beyond the simple detection of malaria; our priority lies in education and prevention. Empowering communities with knowledge and awareness is our ultimate goal. We disseminate vital information about this dangerous disease through immersive workshops and interactive sessions. Armed with this understanding, individuals cannotntify the symptoms of malaria but also take quick and informed action to avoid potential complications and even death, safeguarding their well-being and others—their relatives.

The tangible impact of this initiative ripples through the lives we touch. Early identification and effective malaria management have resulted in life savings. Additionally, our efforts extend to enlightening local healthcare providers, equipping them with the essential tools and resources for a decisive battle against this relentless disease.

Yet our journey is not free of challenges. Negotiating the region's labyrinthine topography, working with limited resources, and transcending language barriers requires inventive methodologies and a deep sensitivity to indigenous cultures. Establishing a foundation of trust within our communities is an indispensable facet, fostering the adoption of preventive measures and a tendency to seek prompt medical intervention when needed.

We invite you to join our collective effort in the fight against malaria. Hand in hand, we can create a transformative impact, save lives and shape a radiant tapestry of possibility for everyone.