Odds & Ends

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In the small villages, the people take great pride i their fences and will spend as much on the fence as their home.  This is the corner pillar by the driveway.  the the rest is stainless pipe.

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We ate JeJamuran, an all-mushroom place in Jogja.  Delicious

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They grow all their own mushrooms

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Cool little bridge over a pond to a small house.

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Happy to see us!

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Hauling his store on the back of the bike…

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Not sure what he’s carrying, but it looks heavy…

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Standing guard at the hotel entrance…

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Common for people to grow their own coffee and dry it on their front lawn…

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One of the thousands of volcanoes in Indonesia

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Toughest feet on the planet belong to Indonesians

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Pack of kids following us in Banyuanyar vaillage

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She’s 86, carrying her own cattle feed

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Bizarre TV game show….

 

Odds and Ends

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A favorite pic

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Four on a bike…

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Sate landak (Porcupine!)

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A very old drum that signals the time to pray at the Masjid

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Loading up supplies to deliver on the bike

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Hauling feed for their animals

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Beautiful orchids

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Homing pigeons

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No shortage of modified vehicles!

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DeeAnn’s new friend – she’s the grandmother of the head of GP Ansor in Jogja

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Passed this Bule (white foreigner) riding his bike!

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Hauling their laundry….

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This lady is standing guard at the hotel in Solo

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You want Batik?  They got Batik!

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Hauling more cattle feed

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Carrying firewood

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She’s lucky – she has a cart!

MCK’s in Magelang

MCK’s are the washing / toilet / bathing areas in a Pesantren (Islamic boarding school).  Most of them we have seen, for whatever reason, are a mess.  At the request of GP Ansor (a Muslim organization), we recently completed three of them in Jogja and they turned out really well.  So, they recently asked if we could do the same thing in Magelang and today, we went to check out what they need.

But what we were presented were four very different projects:

ONE

The first was a Masjid (a Mosque) that needed water.  They are hooked up to the government water source, but it is inconsistent and not sufficient.  A lady down the hill owns a spring and she has agreed to allow the Mosque access, but they need to install a pump and piping.  Then, as a second step, the Mosque will then allow the surrounding 25 homes access to the new water supply.

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The Spring

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Sutarno (our contractor) and the lady who owns the spring

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Hendri (the Magelang head of GP Ansor) and Moko (Sutarno’s son and our translator) inspecting the spring

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Looking down from the Mosque on the surrounding homes that also need water.

TWO

The second was not an MCK at all.  A small neighborhood needs a water well to service about 65 homes.

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The neighborhood that needs a new well

 

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The group discussing the project with a few of the neighbors

THREE

A very small Pesantren needs a new MCK but there is no place to put it.

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(It’s been a long day!)  This the current MCK and there’s no space to add to it.  It’s fairly clean and functional now,  so it does not appear there is anything that can be done.

 

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The small neighborhood and the community center in the middle

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The Pesantren

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Since all Muslim prayers, songs, speeches, etc. are in Arabic, the students have to learn it.

FOUR

This one was a much larger school that needs a new water supply and for the MCK’s to be tiled so they will stay clean.  Every Pesantren needs hygiene training on how to keep these areas clean.

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Yes, the students use this area to wash – there are fish in the tank to help keep it ‘clean’.  There is no toilet, so they use the back wall to pee or go down to the river to do anything else.  Boys and girls have separate areas.

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So they use the river for a toilet while the villagers use the same river to wash clothes….

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This is the girls washing area

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Walking back to the area where they need a new well.

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The Masjid (Mosque) next to the school

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A very old Javanese home on the school property – used for guests.  This is not a replica building at Disneyland made to look just like a Javanese home – this is the real deal…

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Bridge leading from the school to the Masjid

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The water pipe that brings the water across the river to the school.  During the rainy season they have trouble keeping this pipe from washing away

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Outside the male dormitory area.

This is going to be tough – the projects are so diverse and ‘all over the map’.  It will be tough to tie them all together to make a coherent presentation to the Area Office in Hong Kong.  We will have to meet internally and see what we can do.

Wheelchairs in Jogja

In Jogja, we were able to spend a day visiting a few recent wheelchair recipients with Br. Rian, who was conducting recipient surveys for LDSC.  The idea is to follow up with recipients and see if they received sufficient training from our partner UCP/RUK, how they like the chair, how they are using the chair, etc.  We met a very unique group of individuals whose circumstances and chair experiences were very different.one thing to see people getting fit for their chair; it’s very different and eye-opening to see the people in their home environment and see how they use (or don’t use) their chair.

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The back of each chair has these patches – UCP / RUK (the provider of the chair), the local provincial government (who has to be involved) and Humanitarian Services (which is LDS Charities).

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Wawan, is 19 and has lupus.

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This is Basuki’s first chair, but he uses it very little.  He’s been crawling and using his arms to walk since he was small.

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Pak Joko is a para-Olympic competitor in archery.  He practices short=range (18 meters) next to his house.  He has to go to the archery facility to shoot 50 meters

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Better than I could do!

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He’s even teaching his son to shoot

 

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Pak Noto still uses his ancient chair because it is more stable than his new one.

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He is very self-sufficient by going out each day and cutting the grass for his animals.

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He has modified his old chair with the third rear wheel.

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Haki is 12 and has CP.  He does not really like to use his chair and instead crawls.

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He does however, love to use the trike his mom made for him!

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Ristianti (in the middle) uses her chair all the time.  Her husband can walk using crutches.  The lady on the right is Ibu Warni, the community social worker

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Their wedding picture in the modified motorcycle for those who can’t walk

Yayasan Sayap Ibu

We have been working with YSI, an orphanage in Tangerang for disabled children.  These children are basically “unadoptable” because of their severe medical problems. Over the years LDSC has helped with playground equipment, dental examination equipment, etc.  This time, they are building (or modifying) special padded chairs and LDSC is supplying the materials.

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Our two friends at Sayap Ibu – Rini (l) and Tuti (r).  Very nice ladies and doing a great work!

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Added padding to the chairs

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The physical therapy room

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Little Mya took an instant liking to DeeAnn and insisted she come with her upstairs

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Heading upstairs

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She wanted to show DeeAnn where she slept – so DeeAnn sat down on her bed and put some lotion on her leg…very sweet.

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One of the kids 

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Lunchtime!

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The next project is to build some more lockers like these

We are really blessed to be able to be here and see the work a few dollars can do to ease the burdens of some of Heavenly Father’s choice Spirits.  Our testimony of the truth of the Gospel continues to grow each day as we get to see it up close with His children….

Clean Water – Banyuanyar

We are finally finishing up a clean water project in a village near Banyuanyar, which is near Solo.  We are here to inspect the project in advance of the closing ceremony which is to take place in August 19.  The project is 95% complete – the well is done, the pumps and tanks are installed and working, the trenches are dug, the pipes are all laid; the only thing left now is installation of meters on about 450 homes, which is to be done byt the village.  The water committee is organized and ready to assume maintenance and oversight of the project.  They will collect a monthly fee (based on the meter) and use that for payment of the electric bill, replace broken pipes, pumps, etc.

There will be a lot more pictures when we have the closing ceremony, so this will do for now…

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The well site and storage tank

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Elevated storage tank, now nicely painted

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One of the new pipes, watering a garden

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New pipes – the meters need to be connected to each house

 

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Using the new water to do laundry

We are so lucky to be able to work as Humanitarian missionaries for the Church!

 

P-Day in Surakarta (aka Solo)

We were in Solo for a project on Friday and have to be back early Monday morning – so rather than go back to Jakarta for 48 hours, we stayed in Solo for the weekend.  We had a great P-Day and it really needs to be in four parts: (1) Candi Sukuh (a Hindu temple in the mountains), (2) Grojgogan Sewu (a riverside / waterfall park), (3) the Solo Batik Carnival and (4) new foods we tried.  All in one day!

Candi Sukuh

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Hindu temple built in around 1400.

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They require visitors to wear a sarong…

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Of course, no guard rails or protection on the top of the temple – you’re on your own!  But that’s VERY typical of touristy stuff here – if you fall, there’s no one to sue, so don’t fall….

Grojogan Sewu

This is advertised as a ‘waterfall’, but is more of a cascading river – beautiful nonetheless…Our visit was unique in that we rode horses down to the river – a lot of fun and certainly something a little different!

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Two rafters right in the middle of the pic

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We sere sitting on the bench and the little girl in the middle was trying to sneak a picture of us – so I just waved her over and the whole family came and wanted their picture taken with us!

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Beautiful trail next to the river

Solo Batik Carnival 

As we arrived back at the hotel, there were signs everywhere about the Solo Batik Festival.  As it turns out, it was a parade down the street right next to the hotel – we had to walk about 50 yards and there it was – and it started just a few minutes later!  Each Batik design was representative of different communities around Solo.

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Spectacular costumes, each one more elaborate than the last one.

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New Food

In our always-quest to ne willing to try new food, today we had lunch at Gunung Mas and had Sate Landak (porcupine) and Sate Kalong (large bat).  We could have also had Sate Kalawar (small bat), but Choki said it wasn’t very good, so we passed.

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Sate Landak and Sate Kalong – they look the same;  they do not taste the same

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DeeAnn giving it a try – but she doesn’t look very excited….

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Sate Kalong was not on the menu!  Landak was $2.25.  (Rumah Makan means ‘eating house’ or restaurant)

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  The view from the restaurant

OK – the verdict: Sate Landak was OUTSTANDING – tender, flavorful, lean.  I would have it again in a second.  Sate Kalong was mediocre, at best.  It was tough, too chewy and had a little bit of a bitter taste, even with kecap manis (a sweet soy sauce).  So, no more Kalong for me.   The total lunch tab was $11.25 – landak, kalong, kalong rica rica (a spicy version of the bat for Choki, our driver), mie goreng (fried noodles), rice and drink.

It was a GREAT P-day.  Indonesia is spectacularly beautiful – the pictures just do not it justice.  We love it here and are having a great experience!