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A population of nearly 150,000 people who will be beneficiaries
First Aid Kit – Sumba, the hilly terrain of the island makes it beautiful but is also an obstacle in several sectors; first, it makes access to medical care very difficult. Second, the lack of trained medical personnel and adequate medical facilities.
For example, in one village named Bidipraing, the only “Puskesmas” (public health centre) they have is open only twice a month to provide basic care; the 8th day of the month for children, the 16th day for adults. And just like 1/4 of health centres in the world, they don’t even have access to water.
We encountered many injured children during our daily work: dry skin, unhealthy growth on newborn babies, or any type of wounds, especially on the feet. Those wounds occurred because they walk barefoot most of the time, whether it is to play or to go to school. These injuries go untreated, causing infections that lead to more serious medical problems later. Hygiene and lacking access to clean water are also the reason why most of the injuries left untreated.
Children are not the only ones concerned; teenagers and adults are also affected. For example, a young man from a neighbours village was injured in a motorcycle accident. He returned home with a swollen foot and open leg. His family could not do anything because they have no basic knowledge of first aid care, such as cleaning or disinfecting wounds. So, we intervened and treated him to avoid infection.
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A first aid kit for them, in each school and village
Provide basic medical care to all children, with a first aid kit for each school/village in the most rural areas of Sumba
Communities and children do not have access to even the most basic medical care. Faced with this for years, the foundation decided to put in place a simple, proven and very effective measure: The training of school teachers, a first aid kit and long-term monitoring of managers from our centre in Sumba East.
Sumba East has a population of 252,704 people, 129,389 men and 123,315 women spread over an area of 7,000 km2. The population density is therefore 36 people per km2 (source: BPS Eastern Sumba 2017). The hilly terrain of the island makes it beautiful but is also an obstacle in several sectors; first, it makes access to care very difficult. Add to this the lack of trained medical personnel and adequate medical facilities.
One of the villages we visited includes a “Puskesmas” (Public health centre) open twice a month to provide basic care; the 8th day of the month for children, the 16th day for adults.
During our visit to collect the primary data, we encountered many injured children, especially on the feet because they walk barefoot most of the time whether it is to play or to go to school. These injuries go untreated, causing infections that lead to more serious medical problems later.
Children are not the only ones affected, teenagers and adults are also affected. For example, a young man from a neighbouring village was injured in a motorcycle accident. He returned home with a swollen foot and open leg, his family could not do anything because they are not aware of first aid care such as cleaning or disinfecting wounds. So, we intervened and treated him to avoid infection.
East Sumba has a population of over 255,000 people, spread over an area of 7,000 km2. Therefore, the population density is 36 people per km2 (source: BPS East Sumba 2019). The hilly terrain of Sumba is an obstacle in several areas including access to healthcare. Add to this the lack of qualified medical personnel and the total absence of adequate medical facilities.
Some districts have a health centre, which can be opened twice a month to provide basic care; the 8th day of the month for children, the 16th for adults and that’s it. And this when the schedules are respected and the staff present…
Note that the majority of health centres do not have access to water..
During our field missions, we meet many children, adolescents or adults injured, especially in the feet which are bare most of the time. Children have to travel many kilometres to get to school, on rocky and dangerous paths, to cross rivers too; they are therefore the most affected by these injuries.
These are not treated. They do not have access to the most basic medical care and therefore, those of first necessity such as disinfecting or bandaging a wound are completely non-existent. As a result, these wounds become infected, people get sick and can die. This is of course linked to the lack of hygiene, the lack of access to water and the lack of knowledge and medical resources.
Of course, children are not the only ones concerned; adolescents and adults are also affected. For example, a young man from a nearby village was injured in a motorcycle accident. He returned home with a swollen foot and an open leg. There was nothing her family could do because they had no basic knowledge of first aid, such as cleaning or disinfecting wounds. So we stepped in and treated him to avoid infection before it got worse.
From the data we have, Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia, together with several partners in Sumba, have created a first aid program that aims to provide access to basic medical care. Provide first aid materials and share knowledge about the first actions to take when faced with injuries, through local teachers and the community itself.
Provide basic medical care to the populations of rural communities. Teacher training, one first aid kit per school and per village in Sumba. Publication of a brochure in three languages (Sumbanese, Indonesian and English).
Faced with the lack of access and training in basic medical care, the foundation decided to implement simple, tested, effective measures; train teachers, in collaboration with the official services, in the use of a first aid kit. These kits are made available to schools and, indirectly, to villages in these rural regions.
The foundation ensures, thanks to its base camp in Sumba, the follow-up, the resupply and the training of the young local volunteers acting as agents of change in these communities.
The most important part of this program is the skills training; the implementation of teaching modules and then the practical part in collaboration with the medical staff of Sumba and other volunteers from different fields of activity. For long-term monitoring, the kits will be listed and monitoring will be carried out regularly.
The experience of our teams of several years in this region of Indonesia means that they are fully aware of the needs and the measures to be put in place. Added to this our experience of more than 10 years in the field of medical care in Indonesia as well as the medical training in Switzerland of our President-Founder, Alexandre Wettstein who is a major asset in this project.
Training – Monitoring
First, we will do a theoretical teaching module on the use of the kits. Then we will pass to a practical part in collaboration with the medical personnel of Sumba and other volunteers from different fields of activity. In addition, we will also teach them how to deal with accidents during school activities, food poisoning, electrocution or minor burns.
- Before the training part, all the participant will pass a test to evaluate what they already know. After the training, they will pass another one to see the evolution of the capacities.
- We will also list the kits and where they will be placed in order to collect the school’s data and the kit verification photos to follow up.
- We will collect, as additional data, the number of the educator (proportion of women and men) who are involved in the project, their origin (which district, village). We will use the participation form which was completed before the training.
- We will follow the evolution every 6 months by communicating with the teachers concerning changes in habits in the treatment of injuries and the availability of kits (what is missing, what is used etc…)
The project’s objectives
As part of our actions in East Sumba, when basic needs for access to basic health care are not met, we start with simple and effective actions.
- Learn how to treat minor injuries so as not to become more serious injuries, first aid awareness. When first aid is easily accessible, we ensure the safety of populations.
- Transmit skills and knowledge to the 40 teachers who will receive the first aid kits;
- Emphasize the importance of first aid before the patient is transferred to the hospital;
- Provide access to first aid for children, in schools and in their villages.
Who are the beneficiaries
The beneficiaries of the project are the communities of people living in the rural and peripheral regions of the territories of eastern Indonesia (NTT – Nusa Tenggara Timur).
These rural communities include the following population groups:
- Children of school age, 8 to 15 years old. Children from poor social backgrounds, who do not have access to basic medical care, water or electricity;
- Teachers from rural schools, themselves from the same villages in which they teach;
- The villagers and local communities living in rural areas who will themselves benefit from this project and therefore their relatives;
- The health centres in the Sumba region, with whom we are collaborating for this project and for whom it has a very favourable impact, it is a project to which they all support;
- Adolescents from the Sumba region, with whom we are developing this project, who will carry a message to rural communities;
- The health affairs department with whom we are collaborating on this project.
In total, a population of nearly 180,000 people who will be potential users of this innovative program aimed at providing access to medical care.
- 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;
- Rumah Kambera – 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. We bring sustainable solutions to communities leaving in rural areas, improving their lives through health, education, water and energy;
- Charis Schools – Access to education and knowledge. In collaboration with a network of volunteers and teachers from “Charis” foundation, we will organise 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;
- Let us go where no one goes – 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 in order to read or study for children. This will also and above all allow us to provide medical care and take the children or even a doctor or a dentist in the nearest town which is more than hours away from where the foundation is active. A vehicle will allow the foundation to be able to get there by bringing equipment and this in safety for our volunteers and specialized collaborators;
- 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”.
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How the Fair Future Foundation spends donation funds?
You may have seen stories in the press criticising charities and the amount of income they spend on charitable activities. About 93 cents of every dollar we raise at the Foundation is used to fight poverty
Donors want to know how much of their donation goes to the humanitarian services and programs the Fair Future Foundation, Action for Fair Future and all our approved partners provides, and how much goes to our costs for fundraising and management and general.
While the ratio of program spending to overall expenses including fundraising, management and general varies slightly from year to year, over time an average of 93 cents of every dollar the Fair Future Foundation spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
- The percentage of expenses directly incurred within the framework of our actions, on the ground in favor of all of our actions! 93% 93%
How is this 93% distributed in favour of our projects and actions?
- All the goods distributed (medicines, food, school materials, clothes, sanitation equipment, furniture, drinking water, etc.) 40% 40%
- Improved education programs for children, parents, families, schools and teachers! 25% 25%
- Other investments intended for populations and causes for which the foundation is committed on the ground! 10% 10%
- Logistics for each program as: Accommodation, food, travel, transportation, volunteers management, etc. 10% 10%
- Programs for women, girls, hygiene care and prevention of the dangers linked to an early pregnancy! 8% 8%
Any organisation has management and administration fees. Ours is very low !!
- Less than 7% is used for the administrative management of the foundation: Stamps, office, consumables, computers, rents, Internet, electricity etc! 7% 7%