No sooner back from Bandung that we needed to go out to Bogor, about an hour and a quarter commuter train ride from Jakarta. ($.50 each for a round trip ticket.) They had a flood there a couple weeks ago and a school lost a retaining wall and resultant flood swept across their parking lot and wiped out about 100 student motorcycles, then a couple houses next door, and a lady and her daughter were killed. The school was told there was no more budget, so the principal, who knows a couple members of the Church, asked if LDS Charities could help. Without the wall, he’s worried about security of the school, so he really wants it fixed. So we went to take a look:
It came out even though the government claimed there was no budget, the governor promised them some funds to help fix the wall – not all, but some. And the alumni association is also going to help, so the question is ‘how much more do they need’? We suggested a fund-raising talent show to see if the parents could raise the rest – and they asked if DeeAnn and I would sing (and play guitar), so we said sure! I doubt if that will happen, but if it does, we’ll do it! So we’ll see how much they are talking about and see what we can do.
After our tour of the school came lunch at a Sundanese restaurant. The grilled fish was outstanding, as were the bean sprouts and greens. The mashed coconut/vegetable dish, umm…not so much.
After lunch we had a meeting with the Mayor of Bogor to talk about LDS Charities and the various programs we have going on. Specifically, we talked about those programs that are happening in or near his city, so he was very appreciative of those projects. We also inquired about joining the Interfaith Committee, and he invited Jemmy (who is on the Public Affairs committee for Indonesia) to contact the group. So with the Mayor’s endorsement, Jemmy can now contact the group and tell them the Mayor requested he join the group!