As a local-based nonprofit organization, we are working with the grass root hand in hand with the local government and related NGOs, as we believe that development should position its people as an actor instead of object. We continue believing that we should humbly make one step backward by asking them what they need and how they want to meet those needs.
We enjoy the comfort brought by a fruitful development programs and at the same time witness the miseries and sad stories, here and whole over the world. We can no longer live without phones and bikes, so suddenly technology became necessity. At the other hand, our society is not ready to be confronted to such vast changes that information and technology has brought along. We are switching from a need-based consumption society into a want-based consumption society. The collective changes of social behavior are inevitable.
As young generation, we are obliged to help prepare our community to encounter and handle the external influences in a proper way. We are aware that our task is not an easy one, for that reason we are in need of new ideas and different perspectives in order to formulate a suitable concept of development. We welcome volunteers or other interested parties to come help us plan and implement our programs.
Our position as facilitator required us to balance our opinion and judgment before proceeding to voice our argument or offering alternative solutions. We are the extended hand of our people to speak their aspiration and for our government to better listen and act. And most importantly, we develop our own initiatives and implement them; for we know and understand our people and their problems best.
Considering the complexity of interrelated issues on social, culture, environment and economic our society are facing, we are challenged to create strategies that best accommodate every party`s needs and interests. Also considering our internal resources as an organization, both human and technical; we decided to narrow-down our area of work namely on:
We are working independently providing alternative education in the forms of after school free English classes for school age kids, Guides and Porters, and Housewives, Illiteracy alleviation and encouraging literacy.
Nature provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs but not for every man’s greed. We have witnessed and experienced the consequence of our injustice action towards nature by over exploiting its resources. We encourage our community to do a self- reforestation, water resources preservation, and building awareness on natural conservation and cleanliness.
Sembalun has a long history of natural resources overexploitation, including its fertile volcanic soil. In the 80ies, Garlic has become main product of agriculture. There have been massive deforestations and its footprints have eradicated the unique habitat of local biodiversity. The use of chemical based fertilizers to boost garlic production in the past and potato at present has, over time, drastically reduced soil quality and forced famers to become dependent more and more on powerful and expensive variants of chemical fertilizers. We want to break this cycle by introducing the use of organic fertilizer which we expect will gradually switch the habit.
To enforce the local economic growth and sustainability, our organization also established several self-sustained business unit by supervising our local partner in creative work.
Area mapping and supervise the self-supporting community group on their activities in the Rinjani Mountain National Park and the area around it.
Skills and Creativity
In order to explore the hidden skill and creativity of the community especially younger generation, we conduct trainings in the form of creative works towards local resources balanced-utilization