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On Donor Nature

On Donor Nature

I had only one experience on fundraising before our foundation was formed. I helped a daughter of a widow with her post-high school education, the cost of her living in Yogyakarta, and the treatment of her tuberculosis. I almost gave up trying to help her as the money sent from my parents—I did not tell…
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My Mutated DNA

Chinese is about 5% of Indonesia population. Japanese, outside Bali, is rarely seen on the streets. Indonesians can easily distinguish them. But, most of them think I am a Japanese, especially in tourist destination areas. They talk to me in English, or greet me with Japanese words such as ku ni chi wa. Last week…
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Pay as You Like

Pay as You Like

We often rode becak (similar to rickshaw) during the holiday in Yogya for two main reasons: it is environmentally friendly and we wanted to help the poor. However, a couple of times Meidy and I argued on riding a becak. Most of the becak riders are old men and heavy smokers. I feel guilty sitting…
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Learning morality from little people

Regarding the environment, Yogyakarta is not much different from other big cities in Java for its crowdedness, traffic jam, and pollutions. But, for its people, especially the indigenous ones, it is very different. The Yogyans (my own term) are famous for their friendliness, patience, sense of humor, and, to some extent, honesty. I am not…
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In front of Rotarians

Last night I presented our project in the regular meeting of the Rotary Club Canggu. The response was minimum, which is understood because the project is beyond the scope of local Rotary club. But, the rotarians were enthusiastic with my second project, the Ruty. They asked me to find out a more precise estimate of…
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First Indonesian Supporter

Giving money to charities and volunteering are not common practice in the eastern societies. If people do them, these acts are usually related to their formal religious practice. Many rich Indonesians–some of them on the the Forbes billionaire list–seem confused what to do with their abundant money. The most likely their churches are the receivers…
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Dyatmika School Supports DAF

Besides the Green School (GS) community, two teachers and one librarian of the Dyatmika School also attended the presentation on the Jane Goodall Institute and its Roots&Shoots program by Alicia Kennedy on December 22, 2012. The Dyatmika team participated in the discussion on our foundation too. The result is very encouraging: the Dyatmika School (DS)…
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Big Sister Syndrome: How Lucky Our Children

Big Sister Syndrome: How Lucky Our Children

I wrote Nat and Lynn about the illustrating picture of “Parent Donors” post: ‘a common view in rural areas of developing countries.’ And, yesterday I saw that view in the interior of Papua. Check this video clip “Big sister syndrome in developing countries” I wrote that the view always stirred my feeling: touching but sad…
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Buying cuscus equals saving it?

Buying cuscus equals saving it?

A papuan man stopped me a few meters from my hotel in Jayapura. “Do you want to buy cuscus?” He showed the cuscus, the flurry brown strips over white fur. It was so cute and beautiful. “Where did you get it?” “Sarmi,” he anwerred. I know where it is. A village in the northwest coast…
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Sulawesi Travel Cost of October 2012

Ready-to-spend fund: 23 million rupiah (Green School students and parents plus $1,000 from Consuelo) Airfare Bali – Sulawesi – Bali: 5,000,000 Vehicles rent 12 days: 1,500,000 Lodging 12 days: 4,000,000 Miscellaneous: 500,000 Total cost: 11 million rupiah Current balance: 12 million rupiah excluding balance in Sweden account.

Togean Islands Prospect

Togean Islands Prospect

I met some tourists at the Tangkoko Nature Reserve. All of them came there for seeing tarsiers, but Tangkoko was not their only destination in Sulawesi. Definitely all of them have visited or will visit the Bunaken Marine Park, which is half an hour boat from Manado, capital of the North Sulawesi Province. A tourist…
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Tangkoko Nature Reserve

Tangkoko Nature Reserve

We only need 90-minute drive to reach Tangkoko Nature Reserve from the airport of Manado. The road is in good condition but very winding once we leave Bitung town. Comparing with the Lore Lindu National Park (217,000 hectares), Tangkoko (8,700 hectares) is very small. But, it is very rich with bird species and it has…
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Birding in LLNP

Birding in LLNP

I spent the last night in Wuasa, the center of Napu area. At the Sendy Inn of Wuasa, I met Herve and Noelle, the couple birders. Herve, about 55, is a French medical doctor. He practices only three months in a year; the rest of the year he travels around the world with Noelle. It…
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Encroachment and Illegal Logging

Encroachment and Illegal Logging

Along the margin, I saw some paths entering the Park. At one entrance, I found a pile of planks. According to the farmers, the planks belonged to the merchants from the town. But, I believe they also involve in this illegal logging. It is not hard to find illegal logging activities in the Park; the…
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Farming at the Margin of LLNP

I managed to rent a motorbike from a villager and decided to explore the north area first. One kilometer from Watutau, I took a path off the road. Passing a coffee and cocoa plantation, I ended up at a wooden house. The owner was from South Sulawesi, the most populated area in Sulawesi Island. He…
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Lore Lindu National Park 2012

Lore Lindu National Park 2012

I arrived in Palu in the afternoon. Having checked in at the Santika Hotel, I looked for a rent motorbike, but no luck. It is much easier to rent a car than a motorbike outside Bali in Indonesia. Thus, I had to spend 450,000 rupiah on the car to drop me off at Napu Valley…
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PopcornPalooza Grade 1A of 2012-2013

PopcornPalooza Grade 1A of 2012-2013

Jerry, grade 1A teacher of Green School Bali, wrote: Today (Oct 5, 2012) grade 1A had a bake sale and “PopcornPalozza”  and raised 1 million, 1 hundred and 99 thousand rupiah for the Dr. Ating Foundation. Two hundred thousand of it ,was for shirts, so a bit less in the total profit. It is not…
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Pessimism and Hope

Pessimism and Hope

The low rate of response from the contacted people by mail was very discouraging. The tone of the responses is similar: “We applaud the project but unfortunately we have no fund to support it.” I am aware that without support from a big organization, funding will be extremely difficult. Although I am an Indonesian, the…
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