Background: Topo, A Village in Nabire-Papua

Friday, September 5, 2014
Topo is a village in Uwapa District, 60 kilometres from Nabire City, Nabire-Papua. When you are in Topo, don’t expect any kind of communication signal, the village is still lacking the very basic infrastructure. Electricity is only available in certain parts of the village and only ON for 6 hours a day. The Mee (May) tribe is the local indigenous people there. Nabire is known as the gold country in Papua. Adults and kids live from traditional gold mining, and education is not a priority. Although the region has a lot of gold, the local indigenous people ...

Kasih Topo Kindergarten

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
“People have donated building materials, they really want us to start a school, a kindergarten. Let’s get to work then!” said Pieter Madai, the Chief of Mee Tribe in Uwapa, to friends from Ena Indonesia. “Our job is to provide you with facility, and we trust you with the delivery of the best education to change the future of our children,” as he continued his excitement. This conversation took place in September 2013. Under the leadership of Shirley Doornik and Bambang Soejanarko...

Social Capital

Monday, September 1, 2014
We found 2 construction experts, Hermawan and Mansyur, and they are trans-migrants from Java. When offered with a job, they replied with gratitude and yet with high hesitation. They admitted that they would love to do the job, however, they were scared of their own safety and life when doing work in the Papuan neighborhood. Social jealousy has become part of social realities in Papua, where the trans-migrants normally have a better economy status than the indigenous. It is not very unusual for the Papuan ...