#Gerakan2020, Light up Sumba!
After having experienced life on Sumba the Indonesian team launched their crowdfunding campaign #Gerakan2020 on 15 October. The campaign aims to raise up to Rp. 48.000.000 for a solar system for the Prailangina school in East Sumba.
Help the team and the school and donate via www.kitabisa.com/gerakan2020. Every contribution (small or big) is welcome!
Do you want to find out more about the adventures of the team? Read their blogs and be amazed.
Adra is a copywriter. She was chosen as one of the winners to spread the beauty of Indonesia by ACI, Detikcom in 2011. She was sent to explore East Nusa Tenggara for about 1 month. Everyday she and her other 2 friends in her group, had to submit 3 articles and 5 photos. She was also a contributor for Lumix Panasonic website. The photos were taken using Lumix along with her travel stories.
She witnessed poverty in Bacan village, a very remote island in North Moluccas. According to her experience the people there live without electricity so they can’t cook properly, children can’t study or read at night. Basically, they have nothing else to do at night. She was informed that it is so easy for girls to accidentally getting pregnant so they have to drop school and get married then end up being housewives without education background. The husbands need to go fishing to feed the family but the environment is damaged because of exploitation of fossil fuels; the weather becomes unpredictable, harvest time is delayed and fishes are gone. They become powerless about their life because they’re literally powerless. She thinks that this cycle can be stopped by giving them access to energy which they already have; wind, sun, wave, etc, giving them the opportunity to control their life.
She said the objective of crowd funding is to make youngsters care about their country’s future by creating connection and direct interaction between them and Sumba people through a website. She said the website registers each of houses in Sumba along with their personal info about members of family. Donors can get into a conversation with them personally and then give their donation. Other donors can join to create a bigger conversation and donation until it hits certain needed amount of money then they finally can be helped. Updates are showing on the website so donors can see how Sumba families’ life have changed because of their donation. The families can write personal thank you to the donors.
Hermitianta or Mimit is a freelance photographer. For the last 2 years he involved in several movements and environment activists; such as joining The Centre for Orangutan Protection as a volunteer in 2012 and involved as a committee in “Sound for Orangutan” which is a fundraising music concert for orangutan. In 2013 he followed the activities of Earth Hour Yogyakarta and involved in sea turtle conservation with the youth of Pandansimo, Poncosari, Srandakan, Bantul. Since early 2014, he joined Komunitas Tigalimapuluh (Indonesian 350.org movement).
Also, he actively supports Sekolah Tani Muda, a community of youth farmers in Yogyakarta.
In term of renewable energy, he is an active member of Kelompok Kerja Eduwisata Energi Terbarukan Poncosari (The Executor Team for Renewable Energy Education and Tourism). The team consists of village youths. They promote the use of wind turbine and solar panels, as well as biogas reactor in Poncosari, his home village.
In March 2014, they collaborated with Komunitas Tigalimapuluh to create an act to promote Energy Sovereignty. In the site of Hybrid Power Plant (Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Hibrid) Pantai Baru, the village youths joined 100 youths from all over the country to commit in spreading the message of freedom to choose greener energy. They encourage people to gradually switching from fossil fuel into renewable energy. They tried to force Indonesian government to put a commitment in building renewable energy infrastructure, e.g. education, financial support, spare part factories, etc.
The future of renewable energy lies in the hand of the youths as the agent of change because the youths play a significant part in the moment of transition to spread the message and actively convert from fossil fuel into the renewable energy.
His nick name is Sapto, a journalist in Republika daily newspaper. He is one of the expeditor who’ll go to The Island of Sumba next week. He was the scholar student in Waseda University Disaster Workshop, Tokyo, September 2012. He was listed in the Top 100 Travel Photographer by Kementrian Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif and Burufly, June 2013.
He is aware that Sumba is blessed with the richness of natural resources. East and west monsoon, big waves, and abundant sunshine throughout the year. The energy resources are exists. And the rest, the facilities for the power plants should be built.
He feels the duty to promote the campaign on renewable energy, to spread the “virus” of concern for Sumba. And to remind people, that Indonesia has this beautiful Sumba.
As a journalist he will make an essay about Sumba and its needs for energy. He will contribute by spreading information about Sumba through writing. Because through writing, people will read, and give awareness of what is Sumba need. He thinks the publication is an interesting starting point for good people to help Sumba.
Shally describes herself as a human interaction enthusiast. She likes to observe and analyze different types of people and their way of interacting with one another. This is why for the last five years, she enjoys getting involved in social-related fields despite the fact that she came from an engineering educational back ground. She also loves to meet new people, travel, and then to reflect her journey in her notes.
After she graduated from Departement of Architecture, Institute Technology of Bandung, Shally pursued a job in the media and development sector. During the first two years, she decided to turn to journalism because she wanted to make an impact for other people through her passion in writing. She was a reporter for a national newspaper,Republika, and she mostly wrote for the business and economy section.
In 2011, she heard an opportunity for her to contribute to improving education in Indonesia by being a voluntary teacher for Indonesian underprivileged children by joining Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar (Indonesia Teaching Movement). She left her journalistic career and challenged herself to join the highly selective volunteer recruitment. Shally set aside at least 4.000 other applicants and was selected along with 71 other volunteer teachers in the second batch of Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar. She served as a primary school teacher of and a community facilitator for a year in a remote village at the slope of Mount Tambora, West Nusa Tenggara.
After her teaching days in Tambora, she returned to Jakarta to help Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar’s managerial office. As a Public Engagement Officer, she is responsible for building the organization’s campaign and engagement strategies and then deliver it through its media channels. Shally believes that should every citizen of Indonesia is actively involved in a social cause and cares for others, Indonesia will be one step closer to become a better place to live.