“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.

By Nelly Andon

This quote has become our strongest foundation to continue our work with Connect Indonesia, The Charity. Whilst realising the limited resources we have, we concentrate on the power of motivation and commitment we have as volunteers.

I feel so touched to receive a few photos from Dinny Yusuf of Toraja Mello, sharing the devotion of our weavers in Lembata and Adonara, those who are currently affected by the rumbling Volcano in the island. We are truly grateful for the devotion of PEKKA team with Toraja Melo to help with the eye test and glasses distribution, ensuring that all weavers can get the support they need. Thank you PEKKA, thank you, Dinny.

We feel very blessed to have met amazing organisations and individual who believe in our work and appreciate the change made by Connect Indonesia, The Charity since it started 17 years ago. We embrace the power of networking, working side by side with people who can see the small changes we have made to the lives of small crafters in Indonesia, particularly women.

Thank you Dinny Yusuf of Torajamelo, for all you have done to bridge our work with the weavers in Lembata, Adonara, Toraja and Mamasa.  Thank you PEKKA team. We hope to continue this project for many more years to come.

Our sincere gratitude to Olvira Ballo, our Project and Distribution Manager in Kupang, who has tirelessly devoted her spare time to help manage and run the project to date.

Our special thanks to our volunteers and donors who have made this journey possible. God bless each and every one of us.





Our July update from Fatuleau Weavers Group, Kupang, NTT

By Olvira Ballo 

Fatuleu is located in the Village of Oelbiteno Kecamatan FatuleuTengah Kupang Regency (approx. 70km from Kupang city centre). The Fatuleu group is a fairly small weavers group which only formed recently. The group’s program called ‘Program Keluarga Harapan’, supported by the local  Social Services (Dinas Kementerian Social). Currently, the tenun/ikat products are produced mainly for local use but also often purchased by the authorities as souvenirs for government guests visiting the village. The weavers are very active daily, working on fairly long hours from 10 am to 16.00 pm, daily.  They also have a few development plans going forward, such as natural colouring workshops and developing home grown cotton plantation.

We hope we can continue to support the weavers here, and help them market their products globally. We are truly grateful to Ms Melinda Fanggi (pictured with the weavers), our volunteer motivator in Fatuleu who has very kindly help connect us to the weavers and distribute our glasses there. Thank you, Melinda, for bridging us to the weavers.

Our sincere gratitude to our team in London who have continued to work and making this distribution possible.

15 lucky weavers who have received glasses last month in Fatuleau:

Maria Utan 41
Ursina Taimenes 36
Ursina sua 40
Nenci Selan Noel 42
Mehalina Naben 37
Yusmina Kanu 35
Yusmina Keli 42
Alfiana Peul 56
Yublina Naben Ufi 59
Bendalina Naben 57
Paulina Koinmanas 70
Fenesia Utan 44
Asnat Taimenes 37
Orpa Konu 35
Kornelia T 43