Hi! My name is Aries and I am the leader of a local NGO in East Lombok. We try our best to engage in many social activities for underprivileged, low-income families in our town. These activities are education, healthcare, environmental awareness, construction of houses and toilets. Our organisation is recognised formally by the Indonesian government and we possess all of the appropriate licenses that enable us to work within the legal guidelines in our hometown.
I am 42 years old and I was born in Labuhan-Pandan which is where I have lived for my whole life. Growing up in my hometown made me realise the difficult conditions some families live in here and what opportunities they do not have because of their income-status. I saw many poor families around my village not able to afford healthcare and their children playing on the streets during school-time as the parents are unable to take their children there or afford the basic items (uniform, stationary etc). In 2002, I, along with some of my friends began discussing how we could organise social activities in order to help the underprivileged families in my village. This is when we first tried contacting the government for help with education and healthcare. Because of budget issues, they were only able to help some families, but most could not be helped. We were unable to fund all of the work we planned so we began contacting other friends or relations who could assist us.
It took many years to obtain some more funding to help our project, and in 2009, we were very lucky to receive financial support from a couple from Holland which allowed us to build five houses for five poor families. It was a small start but it meant so much to us and our organisation. Since 2009, we have built more than 60 houses and 25 public toilets which was achieved through the incredible support from our Dutch friends.
In 2010, I opened the first class in my house which consisted of 22 students from underprivileged families. I was teaching the very basics (writing, reading, counting) and the children did not have any basic school equipment (uniform, shoes, stationary etc). After receiving help from family, friends and tourists who often visit the area, we were able to buy the basic equipment (desks, books, tables, stationary). The class slowly grew and in 2011, we had 43 students but I was still teaching from my house, but now I had one friend voluntarily helping me to teach. In 2012, the same Dutch couple received a sponsor in Holland who were able to fund the building of three classrooms next to my house as well as a donation for the uniform and basic wages for our teachers. This was one of the greatest feelings in my life and we could not believe how lucky we were to have this opportunity. In the same year, we obtained an education license from our government and we started teaching in the classrooms.
In 2013, our school grew to 57 students and we followed the official education program we obtained from the government. We had two more teachers join our school and I contacted our government again to ask for an operational budget for our school since we had more to show for ourselves now. It was not until 2014 we were given the operational budget which we used for basic school needs and salary for the teachers. In this year we had 65 students and 5 teachers and we still had a sharing relationship with our Dutch sponsors. In 2015, we received more support from friends, the government and the dtch sponser to build a small library/office for the staff but we used this as a classroom because we had 79 students and 4 classes. Now, in 2016, we were able to build two temporary classrooms and we still have 79 students. We now have 6 teachers and 5 classes Monday to Saturday, starting at 7:30am until 01:30pm (Mon-Thur) and 12:00pm (Fri-Sat). Our next objective is to build another class and hire another teacher. We have received so much support so far, but for our operations to continue, we need more help as we expect more students next year and our budget received is falling.
In 2014, we built a clinic for provide healthcare to the poor families on the same site as the school. The government were able to provide us with one nurse and this clinic is free for anyone to come 02:00pm - 06:00pm Monday to Saturday. Our medical facilities need improvement and we still need support for medicine and equipment.
We wish for our organisation to grow and still aim to help low-income families and their children with these life essentials (educahotion, healthcare, recycling), not only in Labuan-Pandan but hopefully throughout Lombok!
(I have been helped by a volunteer from England to create my profile, although I am able to speak and understand English!)
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We think volunteering here in East Lombok can provide travellers with an incredible and unique experience. Being immersed in our culture is valuable to those wanting to explore the world and the people living in it. Here travellers can learn about our traditions, language, how we live and cook, the activities we do here and many other things we think are very interesting to foreigners. We think that travellers here will have an experience they will remember, much more different than what they are used to living at home, but come here and see for yourselves!
We would wish for volunteers to help teach English to children ages 8 to 11, provide basic healthcare (if qualified), help with social projects (building houses for the poor families, classrooms, public toilets). Teaching is required for 2 hours a day (maximum). If volunteers can help with healthcare, we wish they can perform tasks expected in a basic nursing role.
Indonesian, English, German
We have built two guestrooms on the school site. These are en-suite air-conditioned rooms with a double bed and WiFi. If these are full, volunteers can stay at my house where I have one available room. If you stay at home with me, you can experience living with a true Labuhan-Pandan family! Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee free food everyday and instead we request volunteers to offer a small daily contribution for food (around $3).
Lombok is an excellent place for many varied activities. Many tourists have fantastic opportunities here. I live in East Lombok by the coast, where volunteers can go snorkeling at the secret islands and see beautiful fish and coral - some of the best snorkeling spots in Indonesia! There are many things to do around my village where volunteers can see how life goes here.
We have many hiking/trekking opportunities here where you can see the lovely landscapes and swim around the waterfalls. We live a short drive from Mount Rinjani, the largest mountain on Lombok and we can organise hiking trips to see the unforgettable mountain and its volcano.
We also can organise trips around the whole of Lombok, where volunteers can explore the famous surfing and peaceful beaches in the south or visit the busier tourist towns Mataram and Senggigi, as well as trips to the Gili islands! There are many things we can do here and we have the necessary transport, just come here and see!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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