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Community Development

Aceh Community Centre (YUM)

In 2004 a tsunami hit Banda Aceh, devastating the area and its residents. YUM established the Aceh Community Centre in order to help the people in the region re-establish their lives. The Centre is primarily targeted at women and children, providing health, education and family welfare services to people from nine villages throughout the region. Those services include; family health and welfare advice; microcredit support; childcare services and creative learning activities for children.

Importantly the Community Centre also provides a social and community meeting point, where local community members can discuss issues, and children can participate in a range of activities.

Since its establishment in 2005, the centre has been an astounding success and has helped thousands of beneficiaries. The centre is wholly funded by The Japan National Council of Social Welfare and is a great example of the valuable work that can be successfully undertaken with ongoing financial support.

Forest Conservation Development, Central Kalimantan (YTS)

Conservation is a crucial issue in Indonesia, particularly in regions such as Kalimantan, due to the richness of natural resources and the potential for exploitation and environment destruction.

SDI member Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta (YTS) is working in Central Kalimantan on a range of projects aimed at conserving the unique and threatened environment of this important region.

YTS has collaborated with the WWF in its ‘Heart of Borneo’ initiative, with the aim of conserving 22 million hectares of land through mobilizing global resources to conserve areas of high value biodiversity.

Environment Awareness, Central Kalimantan (YTS)

SDI member Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta (YTS) is also involved in raising environment awareness in Central Kalimantan.

YTS collaborated with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Global Mercury Project to address the issue of unsafe mercury usage in Kereng Pangi, Central Kalimantan.

The main aim of the field program was to optimize the entire mining process. The program encouraged safe usage and aimed to increase miners’ incomes by improving gold capture, while also reducing mercury release into the environment by introducing recycling technology and advocating reduced levels of usage.

The project included a dedicated educational campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of mercury exposure, particularly for young children and expectant mothers. The educational phase of the program was implemented through comprehensive coordination with a number of schools, medical centers, communities, gold shops and miners.