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Kalimantan Haze Emergency Appeal

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
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Kalimantan Haze Emergency Appeal

Dear kind supporters,

It has been almost 2 years since we created this project page to appeal for help during the hardest time for our beneficaries in Central Kalimantan, when the smoke haze was 10 times the hazardous level and people needed urgent medical care. You responded immediately and generously and since then, so many things have happened:

  • Medical kits were distributed to more than 1,700 people (masks, oxygen bottles, vitamins, milk, etc).
  • Medical doctors were flown to Kalimantan to check on the inhabitants' health.
  • Around 3,000 flyers and banners were created and put up to warn people about the dangers of burning fields and the effects of the smoke haze for our health.
  • An extensive survey was conducted to assess the causes of the fires and assist our trainers to promote a change of mindsets in the community.
  • Community workshops have been organized in villages and in schools to talk about the dangers of the "slash and burn" method as well as the effects of smoke haze.
  • In schools, YUM organised workshops in compost making and tree planting to instill a love of their environment.

With this report, we would like to thank you once again for your generosity in our time of need, and we would like to let you know that we have accomplished our task of providing the relief packages and since there have been no fires and smoke haze in our area since the disaster of 2015, we have decided to discontinue fundraising for the project. However, we will still continue to promote a smoke-free environment within our other projects such as the Community Library, the Vocational Training Center and the upcoming Water & Sanitation project.

For our recurring donors who have generously given a monthly donation to this project, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and if you wish to continue helping our community, you may do so by donating to our Community Library in Kalimantan project on GlobalGiving.

And for those interested in helping other projects of Yayasan Usaha Mulia, please read our 2016 Annual Report and contact us for further information.

Once again, thank you and God bless you!

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Students from SMPN 13 Palangka Raya
Students from SMPN 13 Palangka Raya

YUM trainers have regularly monitored the tree planting and compost making at the schools where the Fire and Haze educational workshops were delivered. At one of the schools (SMPN 13 Palangka Raya), the kids were very happy because their compost was of very good quality and they were using it to feed the fruit tree which in turn was growing well. 

The YUM trainers talked with the kids and asked them about what it was that they had learned from the previous workshop and here is some of the feedback they gave: 

“Before the workshop we knew that the heavy haze was dangerous but we didn’t care about the annual fires' smoke as we didn’t know about the long term effects to our health. Now we are aware that even when it is “asap biasa” (normal smoke from annual fires) we should wear masks when we are outside of the house, we should drink a lot of water and that people shouldn’t burn garbage everywhere because the smoke lowers the immune system and may cause cancer later. 

When we or our family were sick because of the smoke, our parents had to spend money in medicine and sometimes in doctors. 

We knew from before that trees produced oxygen but we didn’t think it was very important because we have lots of trees around [here in Bukit Batu]. However now we know that trees are important not only to provide oxygen so that all living beings can breathe, but also to help infiltrate water so as to avoid floods during the rainy season and prevent loss of water during the dry season. Trees can withstand winds and protect us from natural disasters.” 

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Tree planting workshop
Tree planting workshop
Making workshops fun for the students
Making workshops fun for the students
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The brush chipper to make mulch
The brush chipper to make mulch

For the past three months, the main focus of the haze project has been the purchasing of an equipment called a brush chipper, the final printing of posters and banners, the conclusion of the village workshops and the monitoring of the compost making and trees planting in schools.

The purpose of the brush chipper is to support the efforts in changing the practice of “slash and burn” to “slash and mulch”. The machine will be shared among the communities who own land and practice burning land on an annual basis. Based on a survey that was done a few months ago, the communities are open to an alternative solution to burning. Once YUM has worked out the running costs, this program will be promoted in a pilot village first before going into all the other villages.

The making of the posters and banners were designed by creative agency "Begin For Good" and will be used when necessary, especially once the dry season comes back. You can see the results in the photos below.

As for the school workshops, they were completed with a total of 781 youngsters participating – 401 girls and 380 boys . Fruit trees have been planted by the students in 8 schools and are striving well and the compost in buckets is also progressing well.

The workshops for adults have also been completed with a total attendance of 271 people - 163 women and 108 men.  A real interest was expressed during discussions about the agroforestry video presented (click to see the video Life in Syntropy”) and from 119 participants present that own 1-2 Ha of land, 103 expressed interest in implementing a similar model in case YUM could successfully develop a model adapted to local conditions.  For the past six months, the YUM Agro project management has started researching this area. The people’s interest and the reality of annual fires is guiding and molding the way to YUM's possible work in the region and possibly finding an answer in this agroforestry system.

We hope you continue to support our future endeavours and maybe someday see you in Central Kalimantan!

If you'd like to help our other projects, here are a few in need of funding:

Planting trees in schools
Planting trees in schools
The compost in now used regularly at school
The compost in now used regularly at school

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Tree planting at school
Tree planting at school
The year 2016 ended with no smoke in sight for the 19,000 inhabitants of Bukit Batu, Central Kalimantan - what an amazing feeling for them!

However, they have learned from past experience that this is usually the case after a horrible year of smoke, like the one in 2015. That's why YUM is still vigilant and continues to go to villages and schools, organising workshops, discussions as well as planting trees and teaching people how to make compost. The "No Burning" message is emphasized at each one of these gatherings.

Besides the workshops and presentations, volunteer doctors continue to come regularly and weekends are no holidays for the YUM staff who generously accompany the doctors and organise community gatherings so all those in need of a check-up get their chance to meet the doctor.

One of the people benefitting from free medical check-up and advice is Lohek, who is 87 years old and lives in the village of Tangkiling, close to the river. Because of the effects of the smoke, Lohek has had difficulty sleeping because of heavy coughing and breathing problems. After meeting a doctor, Lohek said "I can finally sleep well now, and my breathing has become more stable thanks to the medicines that were given to me by the doctor."

Thank you once again to everyone who has generously donated to this project and who continue to support Yayasan Usaha Mulia's work. Happy New Year and we wish you all a great year 2017 filled with many blessings!

Presentation in schools
Presentation in schools
Lohek, 87 years old, getting his medical checkup
Lohek, 87 years old, getting his medical checkup
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The hard working YUM team in Central Kalimantan
The hard working YUM team in Central Kalimantan

It is now one year after the catastrophic 2015 fire and haze situation in Indonesia that was labelled by the Indonesian Bureau of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) as “a crime against humanity of extraordinary proportions”.

Locally though, the smoke felt year after year is referred to as “asap biasa” or “normal smoke” and even though there is a certain level of awareness of its negative health effects, it is taken with acceptance of a normal situation due to a big gap of knowledge regarding its long term health consequences.

In order to address this concern, several activities have been developed so far by YUM which include:

  • training of trainers
  • extensive survey and
  • workshops in schools and villages.

Training of trainers

To address the matter of “asap biasa” or “normal smoke” requires a much deeper work regarding changing of mind-set through the understanding and realization that the annual fires, even when not as severe as 2015, have great impact on people’s health and wellbeing. During the training the trainers developed different key messages for possible target groups, learned about the best communication channels and came up with ideas about how to motivate the different target groups. To read more about this training, check out our April project report.

Fire and Smoke Community Survey

This survey collected data, from 354 respondents in 10 different areas of the sub-district of Bukit Batu, to assess the level of community awareness about the health and environmental consequences of the fires and smoke - and whether people are open to consider alternatives to burning.

100% of the respondents agreed that there were negative health and environmental consequences from the extreme smoke haze conditions of 2015. However, some 33% of respondents consider that there are no adverse effects from the level of smoke which occurs during a ‘normal’ year. As a result of the survey, the team developed key messages for the campaign addressing three main aspects close to the community:

  1. Health: To explain how smoke from the fire carries toxic particles and poisonous gases that can cause life-threatening illness and cause premature death, especially for the elderly, children, pregnant women & asthmatics.
  2. Wallet: To remind how families have to spend money to see a doctor and to buy medicines to relieve coughs, eye irritation and other respiratory related illnesses.
  3. Future: To explain that in Kalimantan in the past 40 years, we have lost more than half of our forests to fires and timber exploitation and that if we don’t stop burning and cutting trees now, the watershed will decrease, the temperature will increase, and future generations may never get to experience the wonder of a natural forest or jungle.

Community Workshops

The aim of the haze workshops is to raise awareness, gather feedback and look together with the community for different possible solutions to each cause for fires targeting youth and adults of both genders.

So far, 17 workshops have been organised in schools across Bukit Batu, where emphasis is made into spreading he message for “No Burning” and the session is later complemented with planting of fruit trees and learning how to make compost. Workshops have also been conducted with adult groups, mainly women, combining discussions not only about the haze of 2015 but also about other sources of smoke – annual fires, burning to “clean” fields before sowing, garbage burning, charcoal making, cooking fires, stone exploration fires – and looks into different solutions for each cause of fire. Many of the women also showed genuine interest in joining YUM's recycling program as they were touched by the idea of a better future for their children.

All of the above would not have been possible without your generous help - Thank you! If you would like to donate to another YUM project on GlobalGiving, why not check out these projects below:

Workshops with local high school students
Workshops with local high school students
Children receiving information in YUM's library
Children receiving information in YUM's library
Free medical check-ups continue on weekends
Free medical check-ups continue on weekends
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Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Location: Jakarta, DKI - Indonesia
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Project Leader:
Vanessa Reksodipoetro
Jakarta, DKI Indonesia

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