The closest junior high school to residents of Dusun 3 Desa Kali Ngara, Wewewa Tengah, Sumba Barat Daya is 12 km away. Students must walk 1 ½ hours each way to that school. By motorcycle taxi it takes 35 minutes at a cost of 25 thousand rupiah each way, far too expensive for their families to afford. Moreover, these motorbikes rarely pass by. This is a major reason why most residents only go as far as elementary school.
in 2015 therefore, the people constructed a very simple building to house a rudimentary middle school for their children. This school is well-attended and students, parents and teachers are all very enthusiastic and supportive, and it has received an operational permit for the SBD Education Department.
Its problem now is that the facilities are vey inadequate. The three classrooms are only floored with rough-cast concrete and the walls are of bamboo. Chairs and tables are what could be made by the families of the students. As yet there is no teachers’ room. Teaching and learning are running smoothly every day, but there are no books or supporting equipment. There is already a toilet, but no water tank. Each student brings water to school every day.
There are currently 23 students in three school grades. Many other students make the long walk back and forth to other schools every day, but are hoping to transfer to Lingo Lango if the facilities can be brought up to a decent standard.
There are eight teachers serving the students, four of whom are there every day, the others just for their specific subjects. Three of the teachers are volunteers, and the five others are loaned from a local government middle school.
Local People’s Circumstances
There are 115 families in the area, 28 of them living in the Roko Raka state forest. More than 40% of these people are illiterate.
Everyone is a farmer, growing rice, corn and cassava. They sell very limited quantities of corn, candlenut, and cashews, and the women occasionally sell their weavings. The nearest electricity is 10 km) away and unlikely to reach them soon.
Perhaps because of its isolated location and the small number of students, the government does not care. The question is, isn’t every child entitled to a decent education? Is it fair for these children to have to wait a dozens or scores more years before the government provides a school? Of course, our answer is no!
On behalf of the children of Dusun 3 in Desa Kali Ngara and the surrounding area we are requesting donations in support of the school. All donations will go directly to the school and the use to which they are put published on the YHS website.
You can make a donation to be used as most needed by the school, or you can make a specific donation, for example for the construction of a water tank, the construction of classrooms / teachers’ room, for classroom furniture (chairs, desks and cupboards) or honoraria for the volunteer teachers.
Your donation can be sent via Yayasan Harapan Sumba’s account:
Name of account : Yayasan Harapan Sumba QQ Donasi Kemanusiaan
Bank : BRI Unit Waytabula Cabang Waikabubak (3579)
Account number : 3579.01.036530.53.0
Code : BRINIDJA
or delivered directly to the Yayasan Harapan Sumba office,
Jl. Wanno Loura,
RT11 / RW 6,
Desa Wee Londa,
If you would like more information, please contact Neo (WA: +62 (0)81338761379) or Lince (WA: +62 (0)81238355557)
or send your request by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please help us to support these children to receive a proper education. Thank you for your generosity.