5 - Dasan Tebu & Omba villages

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Heading into the rainy season on a Saturday morning in 2009, we reached our second group of villages for the day. Somewhere between the better off and more underprivileged villages we’d visited so far, in Dasan Tebu, Omba Rerut and Omba Desa we met a huge number of parents and children. Some were curious to see what was going on, others were trying to stay out of the rain, but all were enthusiastic!

Kids at Omba Desa climb on shoulders to find out what’s going on inside


All up we handed out health and education packages to around 47 kids. They ranged from primary school age through to tiny little ones who were almost as big as their packs!


Callan after salam-ing with a young girl in Dasan Tebu & Omba Rerut as she held onto her huge pack (left)

Brynna demonstrating as the Omba Desa kids tell her what they do with their toothbrushes (right)


Dasan Tebu & Omba families

Like earlier villages, there was a mix of families doing financially okay and others who were struggling. Many of the fathers of kids who received packs worked as occasional farm-hands on other people’s land, earning up to Rp.25,000 (just over $3 in 2009) a day.

Although not actually possible, in theory, if they worked every day of the month, a family could earn up to Rp.750,000 (around $93) – still around $14 short of the Rp.860,000 set by the central government as the minimum amount needed to cover basic living expenses for a month in Lombok in 2009.


Mother and bub watch from outside, in Dasan Tebu & Omba Rerut, with one of few village umbrellas (left)

A local Omba Desa mother laughs as a little one tries to work out how to respond to the tall visiting white man (right)


Annisa’s programs in Dasan Tebu & Omba

Aside from helping out local children, a number of women in Dasan Tebu, Omba Rerut and Omba Desa are members of Annisa’s financial cooperative borrowing program. Most borrow between $60 and $120 to help them open food stalls and other small businesses. Women in their local support groups help them stay on track with their regular, small repayments.

Annisa also run a number of skills-based education programs for women in the villages.


Peace and thank you to everyone who made this possible!


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