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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:
Donation of young trees to the people of Lokki and surroundings to replace the trees which were destroyed during the 'war'. The people advised us which trees they needed the most.

Performance:
Because the performance of the project in 2003 went well, we decided to conduct the project in 2004 also by ourselves.
As from August 2004 the foundation has contacted several authorities and persons to discuss what the best way was to perform the tree project.
We received the address of sister Fransisco Moens in Ambon who after we contacted her, offered to do research where we could buy the necessary things and prepare everything for our arrival. We accepted her help and send money via Misacor in Tilburg so she could buy the first loads of trees.

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.
These were:
750 pcs. young Durian trees;
350 pcs. youngRambutan trees;
120 pcs. young Langsat trees.
totaal 1220 pcs.

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
totaal 400 pcs.

Sister Moens requested an agricultural engineer from Lateri (Ambon) to collect the following young trees on the island of Saparua:
215 pcs. Gandarea, 70 pcs. Rambutan, 38 pcs. Langsat, 20 pcs. Lachie,
17 pcs. Kuini, 16 pcs. Atong, 12 pcs. Namu-namu, 10 pcs. Nonas
9 pcs. Maggustan, 10 pcs. Mangga, 11 pcs. Alfukat
totaal 414 pcs.

totaal amount of trees 2034 pcs.

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.
We were informed that a house was assigned to us without any furniture. Again sister Moens helped is with buying the necessary pots, pans and food in Ambon in order for us to bring along to Lokki. Together we went to Lateri where the trees were stored and were sister Moens has also another project which we visited.

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.
We traveled over land and made a stop in Waiserissa where we met pastor Madly and checked upon the trees.
Finally arrived in Lokki we found a community who worked hard to make the village their home again. Blooming flowers brighten up the houses and most of the weeds were removed.x Also the trees from Taniwel were already delivered in Lokki.

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.
Once the trees from Waiserissa and Lateri arrived we finally could start with the distribution of the trees.
Because a lot of elder persons passed away the last five years there is still no good village council and the distribution is led by the secretary of the former council. Every household was allowed to choose four trees and in a later stage come back for more if any left. As not every family is already back therefore not all the trees were picked up but as soon as they arrive in Lokki they are entitled to pick up trees.

Unfortunately the signs of the war can still be found in the village, like destroyed churches, bridges and the bathing area.
With the attendance of only one nurse, healthcare is very poor. When we spoke with him, he explained that he has only a few tools to do his job. He would like to have several medicines and a tool to check the blood pressure.
A new school has been build and they are building a second one. The principal is negotiating with people in Piru concerning new furniture for both schools.

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..
Sister Moens sold us a lot of youth magazines which we distributed amongst the children.

As the chairman of the foundation, Loes Luhulima, would arrive at Laha airport on December 15 we traveled the difficult way back to Ambon.
Once we were back in Ambon we bought two complete sets to play volleyball and some balls to play soccer. Both schools in Lokki, SD and SMP would receive the same.

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 approval of the secretary of the village council we decided to give the order to uncle Nanni for reparation of the bridges and bathing areas. We decided not to request volunteers to do this work because it would almost impossible to have so many volunteers working at this project. In the past uncle Nanni also worked on the bridges and bathing areas so he was able to describe all the necessary supplies which were needed for the reparation of the bridges and bathing areas. He would also approach men from the village to ask them to do the job.
The next day Efy, uncle Nanni and a teacher went to Piru to buy the supplies. A part of the supplies were delivered the same day and stored in one of the empty houses of the Matakena family. The rest of the supplies would arrive the next day.
The lumber needed for the reparations had to come from the mountains and they brought it to Lokki in three stages.
With uncle Nanni we agreed upon an amount which was needed for the wages of the workers. Both uncle Nanni and Loes signed the written contract.
For every transaction performed we asked everyone to sign receipts.
January 2005 they will start with the reparations. Efy has been requested to be our counterpart in Maluku. She will travel on a regular basis from Amahusu to Lokki to see the performance of the work. She will also pay the people their wages.
All the sports supplies were given to the principals and the children. Unfortunately for the children it was holiday so they could not play with it at that moment.

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.
Approximately 100 meters away from the source people come to take water to drink and cook. Before usage the water will always be boiled.

During our stay we did not mention the water project although some people wanted to talk about it.
On December 22, Loes and her cousin Andrew Mustamu traveled back to Ambon. Loes would travel further to Saparua.

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.
On December 24 the rest of the material was delivered and also Efy went back to Amahusu. She will visit Lokki in the new year and will do payments when necessary. Currently we still have money at an account in Ambon. If Efy needs a larger amount of money she will send us an e-mail via pastor Böhm with a request and after we have given our permission, pastor Böhm will give her the necessary money from the bank account.

A photo report of this project will be found under "rebuilding" at the page "welcome".

March 6-2004

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.
We want to help this people this year by giving them : seeds, trees, fishing-nets, etc .
For that we need more money so please send us a gift on our bankaccount !!!!!

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Newsletter January 2004

Dear all,
First of all we would like to wish you a prosperous and healthy 2004. Although 2003 was not a bad year for us, we do hope that the coming year will be more positive.
Last year the foundation did not sat still. Where possible we attended several events, the revenue differed from time to time but every little bit helps.
Thanks to your support we were able to help the people of Lokki financially. To see what happens with the money we had sent and to execute the next project, Mr. and Mrs. Matakena travelled to Ambon last November.
They had six weeks to complete the project. In order to do this, local friends helped them like Pastor Böhm, Paulien Joël and many others. Unfortunately the people of Lokki are still living spread over Ambon and Piru but do want to return to Lokki. Mrs. Matakena explained to them how the foundation raises money and participated in events in order to help the people. It took a while for them to comprehend everything but at last they appreciated the effort of the foundation.
At the end of the project, 454 families were surprised with a petromax oil-lamp and a set a plastic table with 4 chairs.
A complete survey is published on our web-site: www.lokki.nl. Mrs. Matakena made a video registration of the process of the project. On the video you can see how new houses have been build in Lokki and how the refugees in Piru live. Are you interested to see the video, you can contact Mrs. Matakena on 0344-614375 or Loes Luhulima 015-2141303.

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.
Mrs. Matakena has received a document from the people of Lokki what they would like to have in order to go back to the village when the time is there. They ask amongst others seeds, trees, fishing equipment and school equipment.
In order to support the village Lokki in the future, we request your help. You can help us by buying one of the articles we sell or give a financial donation. Pass the message to your neighbours and friends that the foundation Air Bersih Lokki need their help so we all can help the people of Lokki to go back to the village.

We trust that you will support the foundation just like you did in former years. We thank you for that.
With kind regards,
Foundation Air Bersih Lokki
Mrs. Loes Luhulima, chairwoman.

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:
- Mrs. Anja Matakena-de Jongh, foundation Air Bersih Lokki in Holland
- Mr. Petu Matakena, communication
- Mr. Thom Sitania, projectleader in Ambon and Piru
- Mr. Bram Aipassa projectleader in Ambon and keeper of the stock in Ambon
- Mr. Bob Sahetapy, police instructor, guardian on behalf of the deputised head of the village Mr. Elias Mailuhu
- Mrs. Paulien Joël, inventory of prices and order of goods
- Pastor Böhm, arrange a bank-account in Ambon
- Mr. Stefanus Sitania, administration. Listing of all families in alphabetical order and in invitations in Ambon
- Mr. Junus Pattiasina, work-group Ambon-Piru
- Mr. Adranus Mustamu, work-group Piru
- Mr. Simon Sitania, work-group Piru
- Mrs. Efy Matakena, guide and personal help of Mrs. Anja Matakena-de Jongh

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:
1. Visit and investigate the centre of Lokki
2. Pray in the centre of Lokki, lead by 2 referents
3. Cleaning the houses which already been build

The visit was very emotional!

At the end of November a second orientation trip was planned and we accompanied the group.
Because there were doubts if there were people already returned to Lokki, our first aim was going to check for ourselves. We also wanted to see how far the rebuilding of the houses went. A video registration was made so the people in Holland could have an idea of the situation in Lokki.
Before we could leave for Lokki we needed to get a travel permit at the police station. The travel permit gave us permission us to travel between 15 and 30 November to Lokki. We left on a speed-boat direct to the village with 16 persons under surveillance of an armed policeman.

At this moment there are still no people living in the village. However for almost all families there were emergency houses build. But they were very small, badly constructed and not finished.
Almost all trees in the village and their surroundings have been burned. Trees like coconut, nutmeg and cacao were burned or cut.
The people of Lokki want to return together and with a guarantee for their safety. Many of them hoped to be in Lokki with Christmas.
After a tour around the village we taped the circumstances of the refugees in Piru. Mr. Elias Mailuhu, deputize chief of the village, informed us that there was money available to clean the village but they could not start until their safety was guaranteed by the police. He would negotiate this issue in Masohi (capital of West Seram). Mr. Bob Sahetapy is playing a big part in the effort to bring back the people of Lokki. On a regular base, he visits several organisations together with Mr. Elias Mailuhu. One day before our departure they escorted a delegation of civil servants from Ambon to Lokki in order for them to see the local situation. Unfortunately it is not likely that the people can return this year.
Since two years the refugees don't get food-aid anymore but with the small amount of money they earn they can support themselves.

The foundation wanted to make certain things clear to the people of Lokki:
1. The members of foundation Air Bersih Lokki work very hard to get funds for the projects. We showed pictures of our activities in Holland and reports of projects;
2. We work on a voluntary base and expect the same of the people in Maluku;
3. We don't give money but goods;
4. The deputize chief of the village has to be informed about our project and approve it;
5. We want to finalise this project within our stay of 5 ½ weeks.

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.
The amount of the donation for each family depended on the number of families of refugees. Unfortunately this formed a problem because during the last few years we received different lists. The first one of 1999 contained 368 families, the next one contained 193 families but only in Ambon. Elias provided a list of names of 2003 on which 430 families were mentioned, including the ones who recently married. This last amount of 430 we used as a starting point and with that we could calculate how much money we could spend on one family.
The list not only contained the people of the area of Lokki but also of the surrounding villages like Wailissa, Olas, Labuhan and a small catholic community.
During our visit at the refugees in Piru, we noticed that they had no furniture in the emergency houses.
As she is used to order goods for a good price Paulien helped us to buy the goods for the refugees. She managed to select a slight cheaper lamp so we could also order plastic furniture existing of 1 table and 4 chairs for all families.
At that point we ordered for each family: 1 Petromax oil-lamp, 1 set of a table and 4 chairs. We added an extra gift consisting of a bouquet of flowers with Christmas wishes. The order for the goods was made in Surabaya and we had to wait for the goods to arrive.
Unfortunately the list with names of 2003 was incorrect because of duplicate names, duplicate number and some names were missing. During our stay the number of families would vary from 425, 431, 435, 470, 482, 466, 430 and eventually end at 454.
This meant that we still had to order additional 24 lamps and 24 sets of table and chairs in order to satisfy everyone. Because of this we exceeded our budget of Euro 14.600.
In two days we labelled the flowers with a wish card, helped by our family.

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.
A few young families claimed to have right on the gifts too. We wrote down their names and would decide later if they would receive goods.
On December 7, the remaining goods were loaded on four big trucks and brought to Waai in order to be the first on the boat to Piru the next morning. Our group followed with a speedboat from Tulehu. In Piru we distributed the goods. Two sets were left and these were donated to the churches from Lokki, currently situated in Piru.
We decided to donate the goods also to the remaining young families in Ambon. However they had to wait a few days as this was a new order. These goods were distributed in Halong because Bram did not want to disturb the office.

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 2001 we began an aid-program and sent 5.000,- euro to Ambon,
with which food was bought by the Panitia and distributed among 380 families of Lokkinezen from Ambon and Piru (Seram)
The packet consisted among others of : rice, sugar,
baking-oil, soap, coffee, etc.

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In 2002 we sent another 5.000,-euro ,
with which packets were made for 413 families,
each containing a big towel and material for making a sarong,
Also they bought tools like: a power saw, a drill, etc.

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.
It consisted of :
1 Petromax oil-lamp,
1 set of a table and 4 chairs.
We added an extra gift consisting of a bouquet of flowers with Christmas wishes.

Asummary of this project will be found under " news" at the page "welcome"
      

 

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