The home of socio-medical actions in Kambera#InfrastructureAndInnovation
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Introduction of the program
Location of Rumah Kambera
The location of Rumah Kambera
What we are putting in place, actions in favor of rural communities
A HOUSE for a better living in rural areas!
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. We bring sustainable solutions to communities leaving in rural areas, improving their lives through health, education, water and energy.
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.
Most of our actions are designed and carried out to be duplicated (taking into account the improvement measures, monitoring and evaluation, and the socio-geographic contexts of each area). We have created models, and we can reuse them each time by making corrections related to our previous experiences. It means that each project may be different from the previous one, linked to the implementation contexts.
The costs and resources involved are also very often the same:
- We use local human resources, volunteers and materials above all;
- We are looking for innovation and doing tests (water by dew, for example). But also by cooking for our local volunteers and teaching them how to “eat better and have a healthier life”;
- The development and implementation of each project are always surrounded by teaching and exchanging knowledge with the people who work and collaborate with us.;
- We can observe significant changes in communities once a project has been completed.
- 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;
- Hence, Rumah Kambera is a central and indispensable point in this long-term project to organise, plan and manage all of Mbinu Dita’s project from there;
- 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 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”.
We thank you for your support and kindness in the Foundation’s actions in the outermost and rural areas of Indonesia.