Travel summary of Air Bersih Lokki Foundation concerning rebuild program of the village of Lokki and it's surroundings in November/December 2004.
Purpose of the travel:
Pastor Gorys Matly in Waisarisa (Seram) was willing to
already buy the young trees and would nurture them until we would arrive
in November to pick them up.
Minister Latue in Taniwel (Seram) collected young Durian
trees which were delivered in Lokki on November 27 by a medical team.
They were traveling back from Taniwel to Ambon
Sister Moens requested an agricultural engineer from Lateri
(Ambon) to collect the following young trees on the island of Saparua:
When we arrived in Amahusu (Ambon) on November 25, we
received the message that on November 27 the trees from Taniwel would
arrive in Lokki. Because we were not able to travel to Lokki ourselves
on this short notice and no phone communication is possible with Lokki,
sister Moens sent Olivia Lasol to Lokki to inform the people that we would
arrive on a later date.
On November 29 we left with our cousin Efy from Amahusu
to Lokki. There are two ways to travel to Lokki. One way is to travel
over land by combination of busses and ferry, which will take almost half
a day. And the other is to go by speed boat from the Islamic village Hitu
(Ambon) which brings you to the beach of Lokki in 40 minutes. Unfortunately
most of the people are still a bit anxious to travel from Hitu because
of the past disturbances.
Upon arrival we found out that two houses were assigned
to us. We decorated both houses with the supplies we had bought in Ambon.
In the evening we used candles and oil lamps which created an nice sphere.
Unfortunately the signs of the war can still be found
in the village, like destroyed churches, bridges and the bathing area.
We spoke with one of the teachers who stated that they
were also in need of sport supplies. He told us that the parents have
to buy the school uniforms for their children. We told him that our foundation
could help accommodate this wish. We agreed that in April we would receive
an e-mail with information concerning the amount of children and what
age they are. Next time we come, we will buy them in Ambon and hand them
to the children..
As the chairman of the foundation, Loes Luhulima, would
arrive at Laha airport on December 15 we traveled the difficult way back
On December 17 we travelled to Lokki again. Sister Moens wanted to check one of her projects in Piru and offered to bring us to Lokki. We found this very convenient as you are traveling in a private car so you don't have to switch from bus to bus. But because we were with five persons, she borrowed also the car of pastor Böhm.
In Lokki, we discussed with uncle Nanni Pattiasina concerning
the possibility to repair the bridges and the bathing areas.
After consent from the people Loes and Anja visited the
Mata Air (source of the water). The source used to come from the roots
of a very big tree but unfortunately this tree has been totally destroyed.
Only some burned parts were left. Currently the water is coming from unspecific
places around the tree and it will not be easy to lead the water.
During our stay we did not mention the water project although
some people wanted to talk about it.
Because not all the ordered material was delivered, Anja and Petu Matakena decided to stay a day longer than planned.
The next day Anja and Petu also left Lokki and Efy stayed
behind to pay for the material which was not delivered. When passing through
Piru Anja visited the shop where the material was ordered and the owner
assured them that all other material would be delivered that same day.
A photo report of this project will
be found under "rebuilding" at the page "welcome".
Lokki's people planned te go back to Lokki at 25 February
2004. They went to Piru to pick up other people there first, and after
formal ceremony, they went to Lokki together. They got money from the
government for food to survive three monds.
Now that above mentioned project has been finalised with
succes, we do face the problem that our bank account for the aid- and
rebuild project is almost empty. Air Bersih Lokki want to continue their
work but cannot do so without help of others.
We trust that you will support the foundation just like
you did in former years. We thank you for that.
Summary of the aid-project to the refugees of the village Lokki and it's surroundings, Ambon and Piru from 15 November until 19 December 2003. Written by Anja Matakena.
Persons who were involved with the aid-project:
Orientation trips to Lokki
End of October the first orientation trip was made to the destroyed village. From Ambon 24 persons left to Piru and 167 persons (more then expected) left with three trucks to Lokki. They stayed one night and returned the next afternoon. The foundation donated 600 Euro and the people from Lokki paid the remaining part.
The journey had 3 goals:
The visit was very emotional!
At the end of November a second orientation trip was planned
and we accompanied the group.
The foundation wanted to make certain things clear to
the people of Lokki:
Number of families and goods
During the first weeks of our stay we only told Thom and
Bram about the money we had for the project. They suggested to give the
families money, a speedboat or to put the money in a sort of co-operation.
But we did not agree with these ideas. We suggested buying mattresses
which later changed into an oil lamp because this is one of the first
items necessary when the people return to the village. Thom and Bram wanted
to buy an expensive lamp and additional textile to make curtains. With
this idea we also could not agree.
Distribution of goods
We did not realise that the volume of goods were of such
magnitude that we had to search for storage. After several attempts we
found an office in Ambon to store the goods. Near the office Bram also
stayed as a refugee. Because it was an office we had to follow office
hours and Bram watched over that. All the goods were brought with 20 small
trucks to the storage. The next day Steef made invitations for the refugees
of Ambon so they were informed about the goods. The distribution in Ambon
took two days, approximately 100 families were pleased with our gifts.
These families rented a truck to distribute the goods to their refugee
camps in Passo and Halong.
One day before our departure from Ambon we received all documentation of the project, including a letter of thanks from the people of Lokki.
We can say with great satisfaction that this part of the project 2003/2004 has been very successful.
Help and Rebuilding
In 2002 we sent another 5.000,-euro ,
Our project 2003 contained aid to 454 families
of refugees from the people of Lokki but also from the surrounding villages
like Wailissa, Olas, Labuhan and a small catholic community.