The Foundation Medico-Social Base Camp in Eastern Indonesia. A social and medical mission and creative living space.
Rumah Kambera is a place of risk assessment. We integrate into our choices and decisions the notions of risks for communities, what is good or bad for them, for people, children, and villages.
For years, our mission has been to develop, support and create humanitarian programs and actions related to education, training and medical care. That’s why we established Rumah Kambera in 2019, our base camp in eastern Indonesia.
Rumah Kambera, in a few words, what is it? A workplace, a social centre, and an open door for all. A home for them, for us.
The foundation develops and implements actions in eastern Indonesia (NTT) and East Sumba. To do so, we decided to coordinate our activities from what is now; “The Fair Future Base Camp” in the eastern regions of the country. In a village near Waingapu called Lambanapu.
At Rumah Kambera, Fair Future, Kawan Baik and all our friends here focus on absolute emergencies, such as access to primary and emergency medical care, the creation of sanitation solutions and access to clean water -the #waterconnections projects-, and access to water sources. Renewable energy, healthy food, and disaster relief. But also so that more children can access a school and a good education.
Rumah Kambera is a place to coordinate all our socio-medical and educational activities in favour of children, women, and communities in rural and peripheral regions where access to water, electricity, education or health care is almost non-existent.
We face major challenges in terms of engagement in the field: access to water, health, education or the simple fact of being able to go to school. Providing medical care, clean water, light for studying, building schools and improving solutions for access to knowledge and primary care are our main priorities.
A place where everyone is welcome to lend a hand, offer a help project, or collaborate with the Foundation’s volunteers and collaborators as part of their activities and programs. In addition, it is also a place of exchanges, conferences, training, and workshops, a public, organic garden, and a home of experimentation on what works and what does not.
This symbolic place in East Sumba runs at full speed, almost 24 hours a day. Successive collaborators are all members of our two foundations, but three people are now assigned full-time. Kawan Ino, Kwan Primus and Kawan Elthon are from Sumba and are in charge of our base camp. But they are never alone because the other teams take turns for missions, often lasting two to three months on site.
The activities that take place and are implemented there are extraordinary, unique, innovative and original. There is in this simple place a dynamic that one rarely sees elsewhere. As is the case during a natural disaster, we can find ourselves there by several tens, even more than a hundred. We are hundreds: Volunteers, doctors, nurses, architects, builders, logisticians, specialists in access to water… Yes, it is a magical place.
What are we doing in Rumah Kambera?
Medical and health care: We receive patients with health problems daily. Our on-site pharmacy and medical team can help people care for themselves by donating medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements. The most common diseases are related to lack of clean water, lack of healthy food, air pollution, joint and back problems, asthma, skin problems such as lipomas, fibroids, allergies, cancer;
Access to drinking water and sanitary facilities: Construction of central water points via the “Water Connections” program, drilling of wells, creation of healthy hygienic facilities, showers, biological water filtration system and information on water, how to commit to preserving it and using it in a healthy way for people;
Emergency relief programs in the event of natural disasters: Interventions in the event of natural disasters (frequent in the region), reconstruction, preservation of what exists, emergency medical care, creation of advanced aid stations, distribution of healthy food, notably drinking water;
Truck of Life Program: Rumah Kambera is the home of the “Truck of Life”. It is from there that he goes where almost no one ever goes. It provides medical care, distributes food, brings construction materials, transports medical teams to the sites, takes care of getting a sick or injured person to the hospital, etc…;
Creation and construction of school infrastructure, schools and health centres so that everyone can have access to health care and school;
And all other social, medical and infrastructural activities related to the mission of the foundation in the field;