June 2017 Update, Seeing is Believing Project Team in Palu, Central Sulawesi

Connect Indonesia, The Charity, our Seeing is Believing project team was in Central Sulawesi last month distributing glasses to a few lucky weavers from the weaver’s group Rumah Peduli/SKP-HAM jl. Basuki rahmat lorong saleko 2, kel birobuli utara kec palu selatan kota Palu, Central Sulawesi.

All the Volunteers here at Connect Indonesia, The Charity wishing our Palu weavers every success in their weaving works. All the very best for the future.

Our sincere gratitude to our volunteers Nurlaela AK. Lamasitudju and Virlian Nurkristi for their amazing work in helping us to make this journey possible.

As always, we are truly proud of our Project Manager, Olvira Ballo who has tirelessly managing this project and devoting her valuable time for the sustainable of this project. Thank you Ira, you are amazing!!

The lucky weavers are:

  1. Yumi
  2. Rosna
  3. Sanaria
  4. Hayani
  5. Aslina
  6. Kartini
  7. Zuhra
  8. Rohani
  9. Sabawia
  10. Suartin
  11. Korsia
  12. Misna

 

 

 

September Update from Kebumen, Central Java – Our first work in Java island

We are very proud that finally Connect Indonesia’s work is reaching Java.  We are truly grateful to Tiara Deysha Rianti, an Indonesian graduate and a social entrepreneur, who started  a small charity called “Heart of Spora”, helping to promote and support the work of Pandan Weavers (creating baskets, mats, baskets, etc, from pandan grass) in Kebumen area in central Java. With the help of Tiara, we are now connected to the senior weavers in the area. Some example of their works below.

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In September 2016, Connect Indonesia, The Charity has managed to distribute 14 pairs of glasses the following artisans:

Name Age Name Age
1 Suratmi 63 8 Jamilah 58
2 Ratem 53 9 Rusiyati 54
3 Tuminah 59 10 Sopiyah 62
4 Mudiyah 56 11 Sumarmi 56
5 Wagirah 48 12 Raminem 58
6 Juliah 49 13 Warisah 55
7 Munirah 54 14 Darinah 45

For any party who is interested in their work, please contact the Heart of Spora team, details below:

HEART OF SPORA: Jl. Pahlawan No. 142 Kebumen, Jawa Tengah 54316 (Official)
Workshop & production location: Dukuh Sentana Kunci RT.07/RW.V Grenggeng, Karanganyar, Kebumen (KUP Margo Rahayu). Website: http://heartofspora.co.id/

Our endless gratitude to Olvira Ballo, our project manager, who have worked so hard to finalise the distribution for Java. We hope to support many more senior workers in all around the archipelago in the future. Please help us to support them. Contact us if you wish to donate glasses or help fund the project.

Belated September Update – 3 days Distribution in Rote-Ndao 13 – 15 Sept 2016

1st Day, glasses distribution update, Rote, Baa Village, West Rote

Connect Indonesia, The Charity; the “Seeing is Believing” project team was in Rote between 13 – 16 September 2016, travelling around many villages in Rote-Ndao with guidance by the amazing DEKRANASDA (the local craft council) team, headed by Mrs Paulia Haning. It was such privileged to have the opportunity to connect with the DEKRANASDA team Rote-Ndao, and meeting such devoted leader who truly passionate about her involvement in the development of ikat tenun craft in the region. We are extremely grateful to Mrs Mery Mesah of Murah Ikat Tenun NTT, for bridging us to the DEKRANASDA Rote team.

Mrs Paulina Leonard Haning, the wife of the head of the region (Bapak Bupati Rote – Mr Leonard Haning), is a very special lady who truly understands her roles in the Government. As the head of the local DEKRANASDA (The Head of the local craft council) , Mrs Haning is truly passionate about her role, and cares deeply about the development of the local economy and she works really hard to empower women in the region.

Mrs Paulina (we called her Mama most of the time), introduced the glasses project to several areas weavers in the group, taking us around to meet over 150 weavers in the region. In addition to the weavers group, the project was also introduced to other small local industries such as potters and palm sugar makers.

To close the evening of our 1st day of the glasses distribution, we were all invited to attend dinner at Mr & Mrs Haning’s home, a very friendly dinner, full of amazing stories and laughter. Mr Haning (Bapak Bupati) with his passion for gardening, very proudly showed us around his landscaped vegetable garden, an extremely dried landscape but producing amazing vegetables and fruits from his hard work. He is so proud to show us his tired looking hands as result of gardening, he is such an inspiration.

Spending an evening with such amazing couple and a great leader was a true inspiration for us. Thank you, Mr & Mrs Haning, for allowing us into your home, you are both truly very special people. Thank you for introducing us to your amazing island Rote-Ndao, really nothing like it in the world. Keep up the great work, keep up the great leadership.

 

“Seeing is Believing” June, 2016 update. Connect Indonesia’s is in Alor Island

On June 11,  2016, Connect Indonesia was introduced to a  group of weavers in Alor island.  Alor (Indonesian: Pulau Alor) is the largest island in the Alor Archipelago and is one of the 92 officially listed outlying islands of Indonesia. It is located at the eastern Lesser Sunda Islands that runs through southeastern Indonesia, which from the west include such islands as BaliLombokSumbawaKomodo, and Flores.

The Gunung Mako weavers’ group is located in Alor Besar, about 1 km journey from Kalabahi, the largest town in the island.  The weavers group is led by Mrs Sariat Libana, a senior weaver who is truly passionate on the application of natural dye for the ikat cloth produced in the region.  Alor has been producing amazing  ikat tenun textile for decades and like in many parts of Indonesia, ikat textile here is produced  as part of their culture and tradition and use in many ceremonial activities.

Mama Sariat   Mrs Sariat Libana

We are extremely grateful to Mr Herlan Pongkapadang and his beloved wife Mery Mesah (who is in the traditional ikat textile business herself, managing a business called Murah Tenun Ikat NTT), have very kindly introduced the “Seeing is Believing” project to this region. Herlan & Mery started their ikat tenun business many years now and have travelled to remote part of Timor and Flores to help provide new markets for traditional textiles produced in such remote part of Timor and Flores.  Our sincerely gratitude to them both for making the project mission possible in such remote places like Alor, we can’t thank them enough for their contribution and devotion. Mery has also previously helped to connect the project to other weavers group in Kupang and beyond.

Our huge thanks to Olvira Ballo (our devoted project manager), who patiently helped sort out all the glasses and finalise with the distributions to many parts of Indonesia .  Our huge thanks to all our volunteers and donors who make this project possible and sustainable.

The lucky weavers are:

SAPIA MEDE,  49 MUHAMMAD LIBANA,  42 SUMINA TONU, 45 SOFARINA HARUNA, 51
MASITA LUMA,  50 DJOU UMAR  51 SARIPA GOMANG, 45 HELA RAHIM 50 LETI BAU, 43
NURJANA LABAN,  50 MURNI,  45 FATIMA BAHALAWAN, 50 BAI TUPONG, 41
SALMA USMAN,  43 AMINAH,  47 HADMINA UMAR, 40 AISYAH AHMAD, 41
SAMSIA BASIS,  49 YASIR LIBANA, 62 JAUHARI, 50 HADIJAH MUSTAFA, 41
HARIS KADIR, 52 HAJAR UMAR, 41 WATI USOLIN, 42

 

A few photos from the distribution with the happy weavers below.

NEW STOCK – NEW HOPE – OVER 1600 PAIRS OF GLASSES TO SHARE WITH INDONESIAN SENIOR WORKERS

Trying to sustain a dream project with a very small fund in the charity’s kitty can be very daunting, but somehow our prayers have been answered.  We managed to strike an amazing deal with The Grater London Fund for The Blind, via their West Norwood Geranium Shop, obtaining around 1600 pairs of reading glasses for a very good deal indeed. We are extremely confident that we will now be able to help more senior workers in Indonesia with their craft activities for a few years to come.  Thank you GLFB/Geraniums for your amazing support.

 

Geranium

Belated April 2016 Update from Kupang, Timor Indonesia on “Seeing is Believing” project – 89 more happy weavers to receive our glasses.

We are delighted to share with you that the work of the team of volunteers in Kupang has spread out far and wide, reaching many more weavers groups.  At the end of March, Ms Doli Febiyany Porwata, our volunteer motivator, visited several weavers group in and around Kupang, NTT in the month of March & April 2016 and managed to distribute 89 pairs of glasses to 89 happy weavers within the weavers groups below. These weavers produce amazing handwoven ikat textile, they will be delighted for your visit and share their passion with you. Please contact us if you wish to visit Kupang and the weaving villages, we are more than happy to provide you with guidance and information. Our huge gratitude to Ms Olvira Ballo, our Project Manager, who have been supporting thr project endlessly throughout this distribution.

Kel Tenun Bersaudara Dusun Bimeta Desa Hoineno Nunkolo

Kel Tenun Bersaudara Dusun Bimeta Desa Hoineno Nunkolo

Kel Tenun Jemaat Lahai Roi Kuanheum Kupang Barat

Kel Tenun Jemaat Lahai Roi Kuanheum Kupang Barat

Kel. Tenun Bersaudara di Bibneun Dusun Bimeta Desa Hoineno Kec Nunkolo TTS

Kel. Tenun Bersaudara di Bibneun Dusun Bimeta Desa Hoineno Kec Nunkolo TTS

Penenun Kuanheum Timor 

Penenun Kuanheum Timor

Penenun Kuanheum Timor 2

Penenun Kuanheum Timor 3

Penenun Kuanheum Timor 3

Penenun Kuanheum Timor 3

Penenun Kuanheum Timor 4

Penenun Kuanheum Timor 4

Penenun Nunkolo

Penenun Nunkolo

A BIG THANK YOU AND HELLO FROM ALL THE 89 HAPPY WEAVERS IN KUPANG.

THANK  YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND HELPING US TO MAKE THIS JOURNEY POSSIBLE. 

UNITED INDONESIA IN A CULTURAL EVENING, LONDON 29 NOV 2014

When people think about Indonesia, they often think about Bali. But Indonesia is much more than Bali. Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of around 17,500 of volcanic islands, home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking around 700 different languages.

On 29th November 2014, Connect Indonesia, supported by 91 volunteers from all over the UK and some came as far as the Netherlands, gathered together and successfully created an amazing cultural evening to promote and celebrate Indonesia’s cultural diversity.

The evening was attended by over 350 people and packed with cultural entertainments to represents culture from many regions of Indonesia.

Our sincere gratitude to all our volunteers who have made this event possible:

–        The Lila Bhawa Indonesian Dance Group, UK http://lilabhawa.org/ for their amazing Indonesian traditional dance performances

–        Ina Dance from the Netherlands for their amazing Indonesian dance performances http://welkom.inadance.nl/

–        Balinese Gamelan performance by the Lila Cita Gamelan Group, for their gamelan performances http://www.lilacita.com/

–        The Indonesian Student Association, New Castle,  for their dance performances.

–        The Indonesia-UK group for their West Sumatra dance performances

–        The Bonapasogit Singers for their Batak Folk music performances.

–        David Harry of the Illusionist for his magic performances. www.thedelusionist.com

–        Leny McDonnell of Kebaya Lence, Julia Sukimin of Kebaya Design, and Enggi Holt of House of Nusa Ina for their participation in our
traditional fashion show.

–        Warung Windsor for their catering provision to some of our volunteers.

–        The Indonesian Student Association London, for their amazing supports

–        Stella & Steven Marcelino for their amazing MC talents.

–        The stall holders who have enliven the evening with amazing food, arts & craft display

–        And everyone who has contributed so much to the success of the cultural evening. Thank you everyone.