Friendly visit to Maumere

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We made a long trip to Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia in May 2011. Toby and Amber Beresford and Jalu make a friendly visit to the city of Maumere, Sikka District, to see at first hand the development of MicroAid Projects that have been funded.  We wanted to see how the actual condition of these families has changed as a result of the generosity of MicroAid Projects donors.
Amber with a woman who learn to make woven clothes
The journey began by flying from Jakarta to Denpasar (Bali) and then using a small propeller aircraft to Maumere. The total trip took 9 hours. During the 2 day visit, we met directly with the MicroAid community facilitation partners and the families who have been carrying out the MicroAid Projects. All were very enthusiastic about our visit as outside visitors are not common in this part of Indonesia and warmly welcomed us on our arrival.
On this visit, we met with MicroAid families who had learnt to make various different home enterprise products that will improve their livelihoods and their family incomes through MicroAid learning grants:
  • Garden vegetables such as broccoli and mustard seed.
  • Using fermented garden fertilizer on their land
  • Making woven clothes with simple tools
  • Cashew nut processing
  • Introduction to healthy family living
Here are photos of our visit. Hopefully, this friendly visit has given moral and material support for MicroAid families and their community facilitation partners.   Many now have better skills to improve the welfare of their family.  As always, there is still much to be done and we left with determination to try to do more with your help.

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