Since 2019, partly thanks to ambassador HMSHost and Quooker, we also invest in a project on Java, Indonesia, west of Bandung. The project is part of “Gerakan Desa Emas”: The movement to create golden neighbourhoods that now live below the poverty line. Made Blue finances the Jatimekar district.
The project was set up by the Rotary Interland Commission Netherlands – Indonesia and that is important because this is why important local people are actively involved in this project. That really defines the success of a project like this.
Indonesia is now more than 73 years independent and therefore it is good that the implementation takes place entirely under the responsibility of Indonesian Government.
No proper hygiene and toilet facilities cause people to permanently expose themselves to polluted surface water. This often leads to deadly diseases like typhoid fever, cholera and many others.
Access to clean water contributes to the fact that children go to school more often, families loose less money needed for buying medication, women spend less time on caring for sick relatives and do not have to walk for miles a day for clean water.
The first phase is essential: the inhabitants not only receive information about water and hygiene, but are also brought together to create a sense of ownership and to form a team.
In This phase, the inhabitants will also be selected to take on the leadership of the water supply. They are then trained in financial management and maintenance.
A part of this is also the search for opportunities to generate more income, for example by launching a market around the water supply.
In previous projects it has unfortunately been shown that the inhabitants are often unable to maintain the installations properly. It also suspends knowledge of hygiene and financial management. This is why the Golden Neighbourhoods project is also investing in information and maintenance committees together with the Indonesian government.
Each Desa (district) goes through five phases: