Smiles in Kampung Tana Kandumuk

In 2017 YHS began working with the social body of the Indonesia National University of Singapore named ‘Our Mission of Care’ (Misi Kami Peduli, or MKP in Indonesian).  MKP has determined to work annually with YHS in Sumba.   They have adopted the slogan ‘Making Sumba Smile’.

On May 18, 2018, the slogan came true indeed, as the Acting Bupati of Sumba Barat Daya, Mr. NdaraTanggu Kaha, inaugurated the brand new Solar Energy facility in Tana Kandumuk, Desa Homba Karipit, in Kecamatan Kodi Utara.

This 700 watt power plant serves 22 houses (2 5 watt LED lights for each house), saving the families 3,696,000 rupiah per year in buying kerosene for lamps.

With this new lighting, people use the evenings for income-producing activities, such as weaving and other crafts. According to the weavers, if they work using lights at night, their production increases from sixhand-woven pieces per month to ten, boosting their income by 66%.

An equally important benefit is that the children can study for schoolin the evenings.

In addition to the solar plant, in 2017-2018 MKP also funded a village meeting hall, a large water tank, three communal toilets, three bathrooms and three smaller water tanks for horticulture. They also funded the purchase of three large water filters and 70 Solar Zoomlamps for household use.

YHS managed the funding and helped to build all of these facilities, with support from the Homba Karipit desa government and a local priest, Romo Christo Ngasi.

MKP Social Service in Tana Kandumuk Village

Every year the 24-strong MKP Team (all Indonesians) selects one village in Indonesia to visit and to carry out social service activities. In 2018, they came to Desa Homba Karipit, from 14th to 19th May.  .

In this very busy week the team installed the solar panels in the 22 houses, the toilet and bathroom facilities and the new meeting hall.  They also helped paint the walls of the toilets, decorated the village hall, and held joint morning exercises with the community.

In the health sector they provided nutrition information, cooked together with the local women and provided teaching on sanitation, growing vegetables as nutritious food, and widening the variety of plantsgrown for food.  They gave information on sexual health to the parents and on how to stay healthy during pregnancy for the pregnant women.

Then in the field of education, the team gave small seminars on household financial management, read with the children, shared skills with the elementary school children, did science experiments with the elementary school children and encouraged the children to higher aspirations.