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    BENGO Visited IDRAP Projects

    October 12 till 15, 2009, IDRAP had an important visit from Mr. Bertold Trittler of BENGO (Beratungsstelle fur private Trager in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit), for inspecting the results and impacts of aid from Federal Government of Germany channeled through IDRAP. Mr. Peter Wychodil of KOMITEE (German Doctors) accompanied Mr. Trittler during this visit. The selected project site to visit is North Buton District.

    On the morning of Tuesday, (13/10) by using a speedboat Mr. Trittler visited three coastal villages in the subdistrict of North Kulisusu to see some projects carried out by local people under facilitation of IDRAP. The visit was started in Pebaoa village to see clean water and sanitation project, then proceeded to Lamoahi village for sanitation projects constructed for houses built on stilts. During this visit, several people had a dialogue with Mr. Trittler expressing their joy over this aid. "It's been many years we lived in this village, but we had never dreamed to have family latrine until this aid came. So far we only got promises without realization," said one resident of Lamoahi.

    In Lanosangia village, Mr. Bertold Trittler and Mr. Peter Wychodil made project inspection by looking over the village to see how clean water is connected to people's homes and family latrines have been constructed and utilized by the community. In front of a crowd of villagers of Lanosangia, Mr. bertold Trittler expressed his satisfaction over the implementation of the project. "I am much satisfied that the people in this village have been enjoying clean water. We have seen that the water has come out of taps in their homes. Also, the community has been using the toilet" said Tritler when giving a word in front of villagers in Lanosangia.

    The next day, Wednesday (13/10) the trip was focused to see the clean water project constructed in 2004 and now is serving 4 villages of about 1.000 househods. The villages are Lelamo, Waode Buri, Ulunambo and Tomoahi. Without any subsidy from government, this water supply has become a self-help and sustainable system. "We are very satisfied with this system developed by IDRAP. Our obligation is just to pay monthly caharge based on water usage, then all damage happening are the responsibility of the water committee who are also people from this village," a consumer explained.

    After seeing the clean water system, the trip was continued to see reforestation activities done by local communities under facilitation of IDRAP. An area of teak plantation of 5 ha was selected to visit.

    In the afternoon, the visit was made to look at monthly meeting of micro-credit activities in the Village of Wapala, Kulisusu Subdistrict. Mr. Tritler joined in the meeting to have a look on the process of micro-credit. At the end of the meeting, he was engaged in a dialogue with members of the micro-credit who are almost seaweed farmers in the Bay of Kulisusu. The dialogue discussed several relevant issues such as barriers experienced by the members in seaweed culture activities including those related to the marketing of product.

    Thursday was the last day in North Buton. In the morning while waiting for the arrival of the ship, Mr. Trittler and Mr. Peter visited the place of business sites of micro credit members in Laangke Village, brick making activities. They saw a procession of brick making started clay excavation, mixing, molding till combustion. Discussions with members of credit groups who are working on brick making site was also performed. One of the impacts of micro credit is increased revenue besides the ability of families to send their children to school and improvement of their house condition.

    "Formerly the roof of my house made of sago palm leaves. After two years of joining DEKAPE I have capital to develop my business. Now I have zinc-roofed house. I bought from profit of my business funded through the DEKAPE", said a micro-credit member.


    Source: IDRAP