3 - Karang Bayan village

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We arrived at Karang Bayan for the first time on a Friday afternoon in 2009. The village itself is built on the side of a fairly steep incline and our car was only able to take us so far. After parking on the side of a dirt track we were greeted by some of the village mothers who promptly picked up our boxes full of packages and effortlessly placed them on their heads. They then led the way, as we wound our way up towards what turned out to be one of the most enthusiastic groups of children we were to meet for the year.

Karang Bayan kids singing along and thoroughly enjoying the day

 

Amongst the crowd of over 40 excited children and their teachers were the 26 boys and girls who attend Karang Bayan’s local Paud Dahlia. Like Gegerung, Paud Dahlia is still highly dependent on assistance from Annisa who provide educational materials and training for the five local teachers. Due to difficult economic circumstances in the village many parents are also unable to afford the Rp.3-5,000 monthly paud fees (less than $1).

 

Brynna giving a pack to a young paud student (left) and (right) some primary students check out their new pens

 

As happened in many other villages, the longer we were there the more children appeared seemingly out of nowhere to find out what was going on. In each village Annisa staff spoke to the local teachers to find out the family situation of onlookers. They then wrote down children’s names and came back with extra packs a week or two later.

Everyone listening up to find out what's in the packs

Like Gegerung, Karang Bayan is a mountain village with few options available to those families seeking to make a living. Most of the fathers of children we met in 2009 sold fruit from the nearby jungle at the market – something which was possible only during certain seasons. At other times fathers sometimes found work as casual farm hands working on other people’s land. At times they could earn up to Rp.25,000 (just over $3) a day. Mothers of those we met had very little opportunity for independent work and would help their husbands when they could.

 

Karang Bayan families

Like Gegerung, Karang Bayan is a mountain village with few options available to those families seeking to make a living. Most of the fathers of children we met in 2009 sold fruit from the nearby jungle at the market – something which was possible only during certain seasons. At other times fathers sometimes found work as casual farm hands working on other people’s land. At times they could earn up to Rp.25,000 (just over $3) a day. Mothers of those we met had very little opportunity for independent work and would help their husbands when they could.

 

  

A local mother carries packages up the hill (left) and (right) children’s families wait nearby while we hand out packs

 


Annisa programs in Karang Bayan

As with all the other villages we visited in 2009, a number of people in Karang Bayan had received small loans from Annisa. These loans were usually made during the fruit season and helped people to cover the costs needed to enable them to sell their fruit at the markets.

Annisa was also running a health program in cooperation with the local clinic to provide women with basic knowledge about their health. They also worked with a number of community and religious leaders to implement other programs in the village.

Kids heading home, packs in tow

 

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