This week we flew to Yogyakarta (also known as Jogja) to participate in a signing ceremony. Basically, this is where we sign the formal Memorandum Agreement outlining what LDS Charities will do and what the recipient will do. In this case, we are partnering with the local Muslim Organization to build (or in one case, simply rebuild) MCK’s (mari, cuci, karus) units at three Muslim schools. (MCK’s are combination toilet, washing, and cleaning facilities and are badly needed.) Before the signing, however, we went on a tour of the schools:
Then we proceeded to the signing ceremony. It was in the mosque and we all sat around a large carpeted area with the school leaders, a few community leaders and a few students. A few speeches, then they wanted to hear from us about America, where we were from, etc., so we each had to talk about that, our families, our impressions of Indonesia, what we were doing there, etc. and why we wanted to help the Muslim school. As we said, need knows no religion, creed or belief, so if the Muslim school needed a little help, then so be it. In this case, LDS Charities will provide the funds for materials and oversee the construction, and they will provide the labor and maintenance.