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:
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.
The second was not an MCK at all. A small neighborhood needs a water well to service about 65 homes.
A very small Pesantren needs a new MCK but there is no place to put it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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…
We are so lucky to be able to work as Humanitarian missionaries for the Church!
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!
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….
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!
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.
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.
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!
Making noodles at the local market. And they are VERY good!