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    What We Do


    IDRAP's programmes and interests are built around four core areas of focus:
    Programmes are designed to foster the materialization of the rights to development of rural and indigenous peoples in Southeast Sulawesi. The programmes shall be founded on good practices in order to contribute to the growth and well-being of people in their communities and social environment.

    Some projects, for their specificity, may originate, advance, expand and be implemented under two or more programmes areas. For more information on projects executed, navigate to the PROGRAM section of this website. The following are summaries of IDRAP's services which have been carried out up to now:
     

    SUMMARIES OF SERVICES


    Family-Based Reforestation
    Family-based reforestation is done by replanting woods on vacant lands belong to local people (families). This is a long term strategy to develop artificial forest outside the protected areas in one side and to provide wood stocks for the future local developmental needs in other side. This will not only become a barrier area for the protected forest but also a source of income for local families in the future. The project has been lasted since 2004 and now is now already implemented in seven villages of North Buton with more than 400 hectares of local families' lands reforested. Intensive communication and awareness have been made in order to raise local enthusiasm to take part in this kind of project and to scale up the coverage of the project from the present attainment. Today there are a lot proposal from local community to implement family-based reforestation project, but IDRAP is in limitation of available fund. To implement this project, IDRAP needs more resources particularly supporting fund. So far, two international organizations have sponsored this project, namely Komitee Arzte fur die Dritte Welt (German Doctors) and GEA (Global Environmental Action).


    Land Title for Reforested Lands
    Land title is the only legal document to recognize ownership to land. In fact, neraly all local people lands have been occupied from generation to generation without legal status (land title). This has become a main constraint in implementing family-based reforestation project. Local people are in a deep fear that the reforested lands probably will be annexed or take over by government in the future without any compensation or restitution. This is a factual worry as many people haave lost their lands. In order to give legal status on lands, since 2004 IDRAP has been implementing a project of land title for the reforested lands by local families, however, it is still limited in North Buton District because of lack of available resources (fund). So far, only Komitee Arzte fur die Dritte Welt (German Doctors) having supported IDRAP financially.


    Water Supply for Low Income Communities
    The project of water supply for low income communities has been implemented since 2005 in cooperation with Komitee Arzte fur die Dritte Welt (German Doctors). The project is not only intended to provide water to community but also to implement professional management in order to keep it self-help and sustainable. By using water meter, consumer's contribution is easily calculated and nobody make objection on the monthly payment. All the water systems implemented by IDRAP are now managed directly by local people. So far, 8 villages have been enjoing water supply facilitated by IDRAP. 8 other villages are now in construction phase. There are still many proposals from many isolated villages in South East Sulawesi to be materialized, but IDRAP can not cover all of them because of lack of fund available.


    Permanent Toilet for Poor Families
    It is same to water supply, the project of permanent toilet for the poor families has been implemented since 2005 in cooperation with Komitee Arzte fur die Dritte Welt (German Doctors). The project now already covers 9 villages in South East Sulawesi. 8 other villages are now in initialization phase. There are still many proposals from many isolated villages in South East Sulawesi to be materialized, but IDRAP can not cover all of them because of lack of fund available.


    Micro credit assistance for indigenous women
    Rural and indigenous people have a common issue in running their business: lack of access to financial institution. Long bureaucracy and formal colateral applied by bank have made them lost from opportunity to be self-developed. Under the circumstances, money lenders (a loan shark) offer more accessible credit but with an extremely high interest. With interest charged between 15% till 35% per month on a daily repayment, rural and indigenous people have no choice. In order to help rural and indigenous people to get out from this debt trap, IDRAP has been implementing a project of micro-credit assistance for indigenous women. By providing cheap credit on a basis of group of five and requirement on member savings, IDRAP does not only want to help them to stop their dependence on moneylenders (a loan shark) but to be more self-help and independent, even from this program. The project has been implemented in more than 40 villages in South east Sulawesi covering more than 3.000 indigenous women. Through this project, many women have expanded their business. And the most important is around 400 women have been able to develop their own capital and are now independent from financial institutions. The demand on this program is coming everyday from other villages, but because of lack of fund available, IDRAP cannot expand coverage of the project. IDRAP's project on micro-credit has been financially supported by several international organizations, ie. Komitee Arzte fur die Dritte Welt (German Doctors), Canada Fund (Canadian Embassy Jakarta), The World Bank (Indigenous People Secretariat), SHS (Schmitz-Hille-Stiftung), and UNPFII (UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues).