Last week I promise to give you the update about my project that we initiate together to be implemented in this year Canada World Youth program in Depok. As I mention before that me, Chitha, Scott, and Salam initiate a project about making craft (wallet, bag, etc) from the garbage of Indomie, Pop Ice, Kopi, etc. Finally we name this project: “Sampah Sobat Abdi” which in sundanese, in english means garbage is my friend. We concept the campaign and the training through some meeting with 4 of us and we got the idea doing the campaign twice using marching band!
So, this week, we did the campaign on Wednesday and Thursday (8 and 9 February 2012). The idea is we use marching band team from SD N 2 Depok walking from Pangligaran area to Pagelaran area in the first day of campaign. We bring megaphone, I speak on that megaphone in sundanese! The point is to invite people to coome to our training in 14, 15, and 16 February 2012 about making the garbage into craft and we gonna sell it and they can make money from that.
During I speak in the megaphone and the marching band play the instrument, Mayfree and Memel who also join our team so helpful in spreading the poster and tape it in people’s home, warung, and public building in this village while they explain what is it all about. They also spread the sticker that we made which have the title of our project on it: “Sampah Sobat Abdi” to the people. Chitha did the double job by hold my megaphone speaker and hold sac of gargabe which we ask people to collect the garbage that they have now or they see in the street to put it in Chitha’s sac. Scott also did the same thing like Chitha holding the garbage sac and bring the snack for the marching band kids. Salam keep the children safe in the street and holding the big poster about our title of the project “SAMPAH SOBAT ABDI”. Junus, our supervisor, help us by taking the pictures of the campaign.
A lot of kids follow us from the back and they really happy to collect the garbage and put it in Chitha and Scott’s sac. We wrote down the sundanese “Aya sampah? Abusken Kadie!” in the sac which means “Any garbage? Put it here!” so kids are very competitive to put as much as garbage as possible there. In the end, we got a lot of coffee package garbage in the sac. Thank you, kids!
In the end of the campaign, the marching band kids make a really awesome movement in the big field and a lot of people come to see which means a very great opportunity for us to tell them what this campaign about and invite them to come to our training.
The next day of the campaign run well and not as long as yesterday’s route. We walk with the marching band again from Pagelaran area to Cipicung area. Zaldi and Mayfree replace me in the megaphone speaker and I spread the poster, tape it to people’s home, warung (small store), and public building. In the end of the campaign, we gave the marching band kids pencil, stickers, and snacks. They are so happy and we informally recruit them as PPIK troopers! PPIK is the abreviation for Pertukaran Pemuda Indonesia Kanada or Indonesia Canada Youth Exchange Program, the Indonesian name for Canada World Youth. We plan to train them as a green kid ambassador in their school. Thats sounds good, eh?
Next week, we can’t wait for the training from Khilda, one of Ashoka Young Changemakers from Bandung who will come to ouur village during a week to give training making garbage into crafts and she will stay in my host family home. I knew Khilda since last year when I had an internship in Ashoka, an NGO focusing in Social Entrepreneurship and they have a cool program name Young Changemakers Ashoka which every year select new Young Changemakers all accross Indonesia. I hope Khilda and our team can cooperate together so we can make this project success and sustainable. We hope we can reduce the amount of the garbage here which normally people here burn it and give income for the people here buy selling their handmade garbage craft.
Me and my team are so excited to make this dream comes true during our stay here. Even though we only have a month left here, I still believe that I can make it happen! I hope all the projects that we initiate in this village going to be success, the key is one: Dont Stop Believing!