In 10 years of community service, Misi Kami Peduli (Mission: We Care) has completed various programs under the three pillars of Community Empowerment, Education and Technology. This year, we are glad to be back with our new programs to help another community in Sumba. Born from these three pillars are the three program divisions that are thoroughly assessed to provide a holistic support for the beneficiaries.
“Sekolah-sekolah saja tidak dapat memajukan masyarakat, tetapi juga keluarga di rumah harus turut bekerja. Lebih-lebih dari rumahlah kekuatan mendidik itu harus berasal." - R.A. Kartini
Stephanie Gunawan Head of Education Division
We believe that in order to improve the education level in Sumba, it is crucial that we help to increase the motivation level and enthusiasm of the people in Sumba (students and parents alike) towards learning. We will also help to better improve the formal institution in the village both physically and academically. Thus, this year we plan to increase the motivation level towards learning by providing academic assistance to teachers, guiding parents on the importance of education, as well as engaging young children in the village in our various interactive education programs.
The education division will also help to support our technology and infrastructure department in educating the villagers on the new technology and infrastructure which are going to be implemented in the village. This is to ensure that the villagers understand the importance of these new technology and infrastructure as well as how to take care of them.
- Rooftop water collection system will harvest rainwater in rainy season.
- The rainwater collected is stored inside a rainwater tank and can be used for daily activities by the villagers.
- The villagers are also able to store the water they collect from nearby water sources inside the tank.
- The rainwater tank will improve the accessibility of water for the villagers
Considerations and feasibility
- As many of the roofs in the village are made of zinc rather than hay, it is possible to collect the rainwater through the roof of the houses and connect it to the tank using pipes.
- The rainwater collection tank is sustainable as it does not need extensive maintenance. On our recce to Sumba, there is a rainwater tank which already lasts for more than 25 years and are still in use.
- The rainwater tank can be used throughout the year, even during summer.
- The rainwater will be collected from the roof of several houses and they will be connected to the tank by means of pipes.
- The rainwater tank will be a closed tank to prevent mould and mosquitos breeding in the water.
- There will be 2 taps on the tank. One will be connected to a water filter for drinking and the other will be used for other daily necessities.
- The size of the rainwater tank will be decided according to the precipitation and village headcount.
Infrastructure division aims to provide self-sustainable water facilities which enable villagers to easily access water even in dry season.
Alvina Nathania Head of Infrastructure Division
Rural electrification and water filtration
Technology division aims to tackle the two most common problems in rural Sumba areas: access to electricity and provision of clean and drinkable water.
Dionisius Radita Head of Technology Division
Communal Solar Panel
Most people in Sumba already realize the importance of electricity especially those who would like to work during night time. Some of them even purchase oil lamps for them to use at night. A few of them own a simple Solar Home System (SHS), which is a small solar panel that they install on their roofs to power lamps. But, for a majority of them, there is just no electricity.
For villages that are unreachable by the grid in the next 5-10 years, we feel that it is very important for them to have their own source of electricity.
Water filtration system
Water filtration system will be installed alongside the rainwater tank as a collaboration with the Infrastructure division. With the installation of water filter, the rainwater that is stored would be drinkable and can be used for cooking.
Considerations and feasibility
- To ensure our provision is properly utilized, we will emphasize on proper induction beforehand so that they know the importance of electricity and lighting and will utilize them to improve their own productivity.
- It is equally important that we also provide them with the necessary training to properly maintain the solar panels that we provide.
- We decided to go with communal solar panel instead of SHS as the communal solar panel will generate more power and this opens up the possibility of further upgrading such as the installation of corn grinder.
- We will pick a centralized location in the village where the solar panels. The battery packs will be stored inside the most nearby house.
- A combination of series and parallel circuit will be implemented based on the needs of the villagers.
- The capacity of the solar panel will be determined through the productivity of the villagers as well as the needs of the villagers.
We will work closely with AlvaEnergi as our expert partner for the solar panel installation.