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Rebuild the entire MbinuDita Community

Our new school in East Sumba, for hundreds of children aged 8 to 13, has been completed

The MbinuDita school project? No, it’s not just a simple school!

It is the center of life for several thousand people in this very rural region, located far from everything, where no real road leads!

Extract | On December 19, 2019, the old school collapsed. By rebuilding a new school, Fair Future ensured the continuity of educational activity in Mbinu Dita. Hundreds of children aged 8 to 13 now benefit from this beautiful school. The population of Mbinu Dita is far from any form of civilization, so this school is vital for the development of the region. And for the very rural community of this region, this school center is also a community center in which the foundation organizes social, medical, artistic, and cultural events throughout the year.

As you know, Fair Future and Kawan Baik work in the outermost and very rural areas of eastern Indonesia. MbinuDita? It is the story of an old school made of earth, pebbles, bamboo which, one day in December 2029, collapsed because of a storm!

The true story of the foundation’s collaborators who on that day cried, because no more school for this community, then meant that the children would no longer have access to any source of education, of knowledge … And for teachers, no more work! For the parents of these hundreds of children, it also meant a lot less chance of development and a less bright future for them!

Today, after building a new school, bigger, stronger, with materials resistant to storms, bad weather, earthquakes, Fair Future and Kawan Baik, as part of the program we named “rebuild MbinuDita “, continue to provide basic things for the lives of thousands of people there.

The program “Rebuild MbinuDita” is to give access to clean water to all the inhabitants of the community (water is extremely scarce here), but also to medical care, to healthy food by creations of organic gardens. These activities have no other objectives than to increase the quality of their life, to provide better health to people (especially children, vulnerable people, pregnant women), access to health and medical care, and for people to be able to increase their income.

What the foundation succeeded in doing, with the help of the people of the village, is absolutely out of the ordinary

You have to imagine or try to do it: Here, we are in the middle of nature. At the top of a hill where a very small path leads. It is there at the top that the old school was located! Without this old or new school, children would not have access to education. Or else, they would have to walk between 5 and 8 kilometers one way, to reach another school, through the hills, without shoes, without water… Impossible, not when you are between 8 and 13 years old!

We built a school there! By bringing materials from far away, from the town of Surabaya on the island of Java. By boat, by trucks too. Because here in Sumba, there are no similar building materials, solid, resistant. We built it in less than 5 months, in the midst of the pandemic. We were there every day, slept on the site or made them back and forth from Rumah Kambera, the Foundation’s Base Camp in eastern Indonesia. And we built it without electricity other than that provided by the generator in fact three, but two did not survive the harshness of the site!

Who are the children who come to MbinuDita’s school every day?

MbinuDita’s children? They have over a hundred coming to their new school every day. They still have to walk a little, but much less than if there was no school !. They are children from rural families, poor but rich in local cultures and traditions. This school offers them a chance to learn in good conditions, with quality teachers (also from the village and trained by the Foundation).

They are 8 to 12/13 years old. They marvel at nothing and play with a pebble, a piece of wood … They don’t speak much, are shy but we are there every day, so they know us well. And now we are part of their lives!

What are the programs and activities that take place in the MbinuDita school?

  • All school programs for the five different school levels;
  • Activities related to ecology, the creation of vegetable gardens among others;
  • Games and fun activities such as drawing, painting, chatting, teaching local cultures with the aim of preserving them;
  • The children also participate in the activities of the foundation, they help us without our having to ask them to do so. When, for example, we create a 6,000-liter tank that will be used to store rainwater;
  • In cleaning activities, manufacturing collective meals, etc…

Today? What do we still need from the “Rebuild MbinuDita” program?

  • Teachers need school supplies, books, notebooks, colored pencils, pens, water-based paints, large sheets of paper for painting and drawing, and anything that can be used to teach, to learn, and to develop in a fun way;
  • We also need you to help us keep the school in good condition, repaint from time to time because the climate here is harsh. Improve the solar electric system by adding solar panels too, repair a door that is broken;
  • We need medical equipment because the MbinuDiuta school is also the social and medical center of the region. Fair Future indeed organizes medical care, medical visits, distribution of vitamins or drugs specific to a disease as needed. In this, we still need funds in order to buy the necessary drugs to treat this population. These medical care activities are organized from the Foundation’s Base Camp in Rumah Kambera;
  • As part of the “Water Connections” program, which aims to ensure that villages have access to clean water sources, toilets, and adequate sanitation solutions, we need construction materials to drill wells, build water tanks, toilets, and even showers as we have been doing for a long time in eastern Indonesia;

We thank you very much for your kindness and your incredible participation in this project. This sum that Fair Future Foundation and Kawan Baik Indonesia were able to collect in order to build this school is something totally out of the ordinary, even magical.

We must now continue… School is not an end in itself, but a beginning!

The Location of SD MbinuDita in East Sumba

Start of the study: January 2020 | Start of works: August 2020 | End of Work: December 2020

The school collapsed and was 100% destroyed by a storm on December 19, 2020. The foundation reacted immediately and decided to rebuild it. But the COVID-19 pandemic has been there …

Technical planning, architectural plans, coordination, and ordering of materials began in January 2020, the start of construction in August 2020, and the end of work was celebrated in mid-December 2020.

Here the foundation has built a school of 3 classes, for levels 1, 2 and 3. That is to say children ages 8 to 10 years old.

This construction is the result of intense work and permanent involvement of the foundation on the ground. The success is there and now more than a hundred kids go there every day.

This new school is made to last over time, so that entire generations of children can learn here in MbinuDita … In the middle of nowhere, on the top of one of the highest hill of East Sumba.

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One of the Foundation's tasks is to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, in order to prevent diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and poliomyelitis. With, for children and vulnerable people, a high mortality rate., and maintain lives and livelihoods. This is to reduce environmental risks to health, by managing sanitation safely and with dignity. Still, the foundation seeks to involve women and men in the management of water resources, in sanitation by the implementation of safe hygiene practices in order to maximize the benefits for their communities.

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Whether it is to fight against famine, diseases linked to the lack of clean water, the lack of sanitation system, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, respiratory diseases linked to air pollution, tuberculosis, or any other form of recurrent illness, Fair Future does what it can to best help populations in need.

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Give for Rebuild MbinuDita program

After building a new school, bigger, stronger, with materials resistant to storms, bad weather, earthquakes, Fair Future and Kawan Baik, as part of the program, we named “Rebuild MbinuDita “, continue to provide basic things for the lives of thousands of people there.

The program “Rebuild MbinuDita” is to give access to clean water to all the inhabitants of the community, but also to medical care, to healthy food through the creation of organic gardens. These activities have no other objectives than to increase the quality of their life, to provide better health to people (especially children, vulnerable people, pregnant women), access to health and medical care, and for people to be able to increase their income.

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In the most inaccessible territories, live thousands of people who do not have access to the most basic needs in order to ensure them a healthier life, or basic medical care, access to drinking water so as not to be ill, or a source of light for reading or studying for children.

The Truck of Life program allows us to provide medical care and take children or even a doctor or dentist to the nearest town. Truck Of Life allows us to bring equipment, food, and drinking water to wherever no one goes while ensuring the safety of our volunteers and specialized collaborators.

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Massive pest attacks that destroy all crops and starve the people

In East Sumba, for several days now, grasshoppers have been destroying all crops, vegetable gardens, soybeans, and corn. For three years, it has come back regularly. During high population years, they feed and severely damage almost all crops, trees, shrubs, and vegetable gardens. We are in contact with the most affected populations who tell us how the fruit of their work, their fields But also their garden, are totally destroyed in a few minutes. The impact is enormous for these poor families since their income is not enough to buy food. Rice in particular is expensive, therefore corn harvests are very important and vital for families. A new trade is in the process of being born: The sale of grasshoppers by the kilo; this is in order to eat and be nourished. The price is IDR. 5,000,000.- per kilo, i.e. less than 50 cents.

Fair Future and Kawan Baik change the nature of water

Clean water is life, health, food, leisure, energy… Water covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. It is in water that life on Earth began, so it is not surprising that all living things on our blue planet need water. Water is indeed many things: it is a vital need, a home, a local and global resource, a transport corridor, a climate regulator. And, over the past two centuries, it has become the end of the journey for many pollutants released into nature and a newly discovered mine rich in minerals to exploit. To continue enjoying the benefits of clean water and healthy oceans and rivers, we must fundamentally change the way we use and treat water.

There will always be people who live too far away, we are here to help them!

There are no toilets here, everyone practices open defecation. Furthermore, no one has direct access to water of any kind, and no access to a source of clean, drinkable water. Fair Future and Kawan Baik Foundations are changing that with the #waterconnections program, but there will always be people who live even further than far. We meet those people, all those families that we don’t forget. Thanks to all of you and our teams who are there, on the ground at the time of writing this line, they will also have access to one of our solutions, a borehole, a reservoir connected to the network…

We act like dowsers and their magic wands. And it works so well!

“Dowsing” generally refers to the practice of using a forked stick, rod, pendulum, or similar device to locate groundwater. Although tools and methods vary widely, most dowsers probably still use the traditional forked stick, which can come from a variety of trees, including willow, peach, and witch hazel. Other dowsers like us with the foundation use an elaborate box system and electrical instruments. And it works, it’s amazing!

Our new deep well drilling machine for #WaterConnections is finished, here it is!

Water appeared on earth about 4 billion years ago and since then its volume has remained constant. It is always the same water that circulates, transforms, and recycles itself permanently. One of the greatest dangers hanging over freshwater supplies is simply the increase in the world’s population. In 2050, there should be about 9.8 billion people on Earth, some 2.3 billion more than today.

Water is when we don’t have it that we realise how important it is!

Water we do not realize how important it is when we have access to it like that, by opening a simple tap and sometimes forgetting to close it. Water is when we don’t have it that we realize how important it is, how vital it is for our everyday life. So for a moment, let’s try to imagine what our life could be like without water. And if we have access to it, that this water is not consumable! This is what the families experience here, the children of all these villages in which Fair Future works almost 24 hours a day. The health of people, the prevention of diseases, the reduction of infant mortality, offering a better quality of life, food every day, a shower every day and for everyone are just a few aspects that oblige us to work and develop. innovative and sustainable solutions, relating to access to water in quantity and quality for families in the poorest and rural regions.

Magic works, construction continues, people are happy, there is water!

Having clean water close to home is a real challenge that Fair Future and Kawan Baik have taken on, so that the more than 2,200 villagers of Mbinudita can have clean water in their homes for the first time in their lives. This is so that everyone’s life is healthier, happier on all fronts, clearly more harmonious. Even if it is very hard physically, sometimes morally because we are isolated from everything and everyone, there is not a day during which we are not happy to be able to work within the framework of this immense project, one of the largest ever conducted by the Swiss foundation and its Indonesian twin sister, Kawan Baik Indonesia foundation.

Without or with very little water and food, it is very difficult to go to school!

Go to school, learn, concentrate, walk… All this with little water and food! This is the challenge faced by thousands of kids, their teachers and families. Not having enough water when you are a child, sometimes having to walk several kilometres to get to school. Not having enough to eat, not being able to wash. The difficulties of the teachers, their testimonies are revealing of the food, economic and access to water crisis which the children and their families have to face every day of their lives. Fair Future and Kawan Baik try to respond in the best possible way to these vital problems. Avoid malnutrition, improve health, provide access to a source of clean water so that children can go to school and learn in the best possible conditions.

Lifestyle habits: “-Because we’ve been doing it for a long time”

Pollution of streams and natural springs and everywhere. It is rare to find still pure sources whose water is not dangerous for health. Fair Future, within the framework of its prevention programs and access to better health, meets people from the most rural and poor regions of this immense country, offers affordable, simple and understandable solutions for all. At the same time, we are building clean water networks, we are drilling deep wells to provide access to quality water, in quantity, to families, children and vulnerable people.

Water Connections – Where are we right now in building this project?

THE project is progressing well, it is a constant investment of time. We work on the sites every day and thanks to the families of the village of MbinuDita, we are progressing really well. The water now arrives at the top of the hill, where our school is For the first time in the life of the village of #rebuildmbinudita, almost all families have access to clean water in quantity and quality. We are finishing the construction of ten reservoirs of 6200 liters, kilometers of pipes are buried, electricity feeds the pumps in the wells. The construction of the sanitary facilities will be able to begin soon.

Common diseases we work on

Malnutrition and famine: Malnutrition causes serious illnesses where we are! The phenomenon, creating a vicious cycle of starvation & disease. This is a major problem in which we deal with!

Medical care for children: Far too many children still die from easily preventable problems, especially in their first few days/weeks of life, as well as from diarrhea and pneumonia. Access to clean water and good sanitation solutions is one of the future goals to help them get better.

Air pollution and health: Plastic that burns, everywhere! Air pollution is responsible for almost 50% of mortality here. Dioxins, furans, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls are highly toxic!

Antimicrobial resistances. In here, this is a real health emergency, almost all drugs are available over the counter! This scourge turns simple wounds and easily treatable diseases into causes of death.

Malaria and the vulnerable: Every year, malaria kills thousands of people in Indonesia, in all regions, even the richest. 70% of all deaths are children under five, and affect people and families who cannot access medical care.

Dengue virus infection: DENV is a real major cause of acute febrile illness here. In the most affected regions, mortality is very high & affects the most vulnerable. Especially for those who do not have access to medical care.

Tuberculosis in Indonesia: A social disease affects the poorest communities, those living in difficult conditions. There are hundreds of thousands of new cases in Indonesia, such as HIV, which is not often mentioned here!

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