Working towards sustainability
In 2015 a universal call to action by the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030 was adopted by all member states. This consisted of a commitment to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals. All of our programmes work towards one or more of these vital goals.
The Trust delivers English language tuition to over 150 students from seven different local communities. These classes are delivered by English speaking volunteers, trained and supported by permanent staff members Tri, Rosie and Fitri. We aim to ensure that no student’s education is limited by their economic circumstances and thus provide free transport, books and other educational supplies to the majority of our students. Additionally, we are currently sponsoring two individuals through University.
We currently have 43 Kindergarten students here at the Trust, aged between 3 and 6 years old. These students are taught and assessed in line with the national curriculum of Indonesia. Kindergarten students also benefit from early years English lessons run by our volunteers, regular educational trips and a graduation ceremony at the end of their time with us. We also encourage our students to be environmentally conscious, taking them on regular rubbish pickups and running regular conservation sessions with them. Additionally, we do our best to ensure that no student’s health is limited by poverty and thus we provide all our Kindergarten students with toothbrushes, regular health check-ups and weekly portions of fruit.
Youth Ranger Programme
The aim of the programme is to get a taste of the Ranger Patrol Responsibilities and have a better understanding of the importance of saving animals and the environment. This programme provides the opportunity to learn about the importance of Rangers and develop employability skills and a sense of ownership, belonging and the eagerness to help and support their local environment. Participants will learn and experience a day in the life of a ranger and work alongside rangers and other conservation groups to help protect the Leuser Ecosystem.
The Youth-Led sustainable Enterprise programme looks to encourage, promote and directly facilitate the development of sustainable enterprises as an alternative occupation for young people in Bukit Lawang who would otherwise often work in palm oil plantations or leave the community. The programme is facilitated by Conservation volunteers at the trust who take ‘entrepreneurs’ through establishing a sustainable business from Idea Generation all the way to opening the store! At the end of the programme entrepreneurs will pitch their business idea to a panel of judges who will pick the best ones based upon a range of criteria from long term sustainability to financial viability and many more. The best of these will then be funded by sponsors and donors to get the materials they need to start their business.
Erna's Eco Farm
This programme is facilitated by our project partner Erna and is run from her homestay and farm in the village of Bukit Lawang. Up to four volunteers at any time will be working on the farm. The aim of the programme is to promote sustainable agriculture as an alternative enterprise to Palm Oil plantation work. Additionally, Erna is looking to establish her own green class where she can teach people about organic and sustainable farming. Volunteers on this program will assist with the day to day running of the farm, get involved in a whole range of activities on the farm as well as assisting with the farm’s online presence.
‘Obrolan Wanita’ roughly translates as ‘Women’s Talk’. The idea of this group is to create a safe space for women to address topics which in Indonesian society are often considered taboo. This project stems from our involvement with the NGO Days for Girls, which promotes the empowerment of marginalised and impoverished women all over the world through the facilitation of training and education. Days for Girls provide free reusable sanitary kits for women living in poverty, they currently deliver these to the Trust every few months for us to hand out to the neediest in our community. In order to be culturally sensitive, this programme is largely delivered by female volunteers, as its important to create a comfortable environment for the women involved, however, male volunteers who are passionate and keen to help often support in the planning and organisation of sessions and events.
Poverty can be incredibly damaging to individual’s health and we do our best to reduce this impact. Here at the Trust we provide weekly fitness classes in a variety of fields, from Aerobics and Yoga to Running, so there really is something for everyone!
Jungle Food Programme
Our Jungle Food Programme oversees monthly food packages to elderly community members who have been identified as financially in need. Alongside these parcels, our staff go on monthly home visits to the individuals whom we support, to ensure that they are receiving company as well as sustenance! Many of our beneficiaries are very happy to meet and chat to our volunteers, as for those who are physically disabled, meeting company is often a challenge due to the lack of infrastructure in the local area.