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.