Environmental Education for Kids

€910 of €4,500 goal

Raised by 18 people in 24 months
Hatta Island in East Indonesia is one of the few remaining places in the world with pristine coral reefs that are home for hundreds of species of fish, turtles and sharks. People here have lived mainly from fishing for centuries. As overfishing becomes a growing issue in East Indonesia and as tourism is also arriving on Hatta, it gets more and more urgent to help Hatta's inhabitants to benefit from tourism without harming the treasure they have, the island's natural environment. 
I have contracted a small house at one of Hatta's beaches to turn it into an environmental education center for kids. This will serve two purposes:
A) It will be a place where kids can come to learn about the secrets that the environment of their island holds. They will learn snorkeling to discover the beauty of the underwater world and will learn that everything in the fragile ecosystem coral reef is connected, depending on healthy interactions between all components. They will learn how to reduce and recycle waste and why they should not throw it into the sea. With this, I want to prepare the kids to find a job in tourism or in conservation. The aim is to inspire them to think critically into the future. 


B) The education center will be an example of a "green" building. It shall be equipped with a solar system to run exclusively on renewable energies. There is no public electricity network on Hatta but some  houses use generators. I want to set an example of an affordable and environment-friendly way of producing electricity. The center will also be an example of a no-impact waste water system. A waste water garden will be set up together with the community to show how easy it is to recycle water and to avoid the input of nutrients into the sea....which would eventually kill off the coral reefs.



I have lived in Indonesia for 5 years and, while working on my PhD in Marine Science, have set up a foundation to protect the marine environment and to provide education. The Banda Islands, to which Hatta belongs to, have fascinated me due to their extraordinary beauty and due to the people I met here who really want to make a difference.  I am sure that a small thing like the education center can create a huge positive impact....not only for the future of the kids that obtain education but also for the future of the coral reefs  and the surrounding ocean, which is the livelihood for millions of people in Indonesia and worldwide.

To achieve my goal, I need funding for supplying the education center with a solar power system and waste water gardens and to purchase educational materials such as books and games. This is urgent as I can start working on the center in February 2017.

I would be very greatful if you could fund me and help the kids on Hatta into a bright future in which they are still able to enjoy the benefits of an intact nature.
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Marthe's first week of teaching in the education center has passed and she has already found her place, family and friends on the island. The highlight for the kids seems to be the swimming and looking at the reef with their own eyes. A huge thanks to all who have made it possible that we made it to this point. We have many ideas and plans for the next weeks, months and years.
Marthe already made friends
Preparing for the cultural festivities
Learning can be so much fun
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So nice to be back and be surrounded by these cheerful faces. Next week we will be full on again with classes in English, environmental education and swimming/ snorkeling for kids of all age groups.
even the youngest are not shy anymore
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Dear supporters, I would like to say a huge thanks as it has been some incredible past weeks. With the help of the young Bandanese man, Maga, we could increase our rate of teaching to almost daily! Maga is teaching kids during the day and women in the evenings. The kids learn about rubbish handling and English while the women learn how to produce souvenirs from old plastic packagings. As if this is not enough time consuming, Maga also initiated a waste collection system on Hatta. People are now separating their waste and the non-composable one is brought to Naira. The same system has been established on Naira since 2013 thanks to the permanent support of Banda Sea e.V. www.bandasea.org and Sea Ventures Trust www.luminocean.com/sea-ventures-trust

With other words: we are on a good way to a green future. But we still need more support: we want to keep up with the teaching schedule in the next months and year, for which we need the funds to provide meals for Maga and one additional volunteer. We also still plan to extend our education to more workshops in upcycling and in how to install wastewater gardens as an environment-friendly alternative of treating wastewater.
Your help is more than welcome!
New waste system on Hatta Island
Kids in the education center
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We are ready to take the next step: my friend Maga - who is dedicated to solve all rubbish problems of Banda, plus is a teacher - will begin his 2 months education marathon on Hatta today. He will not only teach kids but will also show their parents how rubbish can be collected, separated and transported off the islands, Rubbish bags (transformed empty rice sacs) are prepared to be filled withthe whole island's non-organic waste for the next 2 months. Fingers crossed that within this time Maga can convince them to continue the proposed system independently.
Rubbish bags for Hatta
Maga on the last recycling event
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Per Hammerstad
22 months ago

A great initiative for a very important task, I will support the mission as good as I can

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€910 of €4,500 goal

Raised by 18 people in 24 months
Created December 20, 2016
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€50
Paul Riley
14 months ago

Hi Marthe, Hope this is useful. Paul

EE
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Elizabeth Eldring
15 months ago

My love and best wishes to the team on Banda Neira! I wish you lots of success with your project! Kind regards Eli

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Per Hammerstad
18 months ago

Big hug to all the kids from Norway

TF
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Theresa Franziska
19 months ago

Weiter so! Hoffentlich bis bald!

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Per Hammerstad
20 months ago

Love to follow you

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Per Hammerstad
21 months ago
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Now you have passed 10% of target

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Per Hammerstad
22 months ago

Look forward to meet you and see your project

Per Hammerstad
22 months ago

A great initiative for a very important task, I will support the mission as good as I can

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