Another year has passed, another one awaits. I started the new year with a rather quick assignment that I just finished. In the past three years, Indonesian Red Cross Society (PMI) has been implementing a community development program in seven cities that are flowed by three major river systems in Java, assisting three communities in each city. The assignment took me to Ciliwung River (Bogor Regency & South Jakarta City), Citarum River (Bandung Regency & Karawang Regency), also Bengawan Solo (Wonogiri Regency, Surakarta City, & Bojonegoro Regency).
The program had previously been kickstarted and developed since two years prior to its implementation, by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as the international coordinator and Zurich Insurance Group as the funder. Other than Indonesia, similar program has also been implemented in Nepal, Peru, and Mexico, each by local implementing partners. The goal of the program is to build resilience in the communities affected by flood, which is considered as the biggest issue in natural hazard, causing the biggest destruction and effect worldwide.
My assignment was to visit the communities where the program is implemented and to make a narrative report on how the program has been improving the resilience (among other aspects) of the assisted communities. In January, I visited Tugu Utara & Pasir Angin in Bogor Regency; Pengadegan in South Jakarta City; Bojongsoang, Citeureup, and Dayeuhkolot in Bandung Regency; Purwadana & Parungsari in Karawang Regency; Gedong, Ngadipiro, & Gumiwang Lor in Wonogiri Regency, Sewu, Sangkrah, and Semanggi in Surakarta City, also Tulungrejo, Trucuk, and Sumbangtimun in Bojonegoro Regency. I spent February writing the report, which is going to be published as a book shortly by IFRC.
Here are some behind the scenes photos.
Interviewing program volunteers in Bojongsoang Village, Bandung Regency. Photo: Lala Jalaludin
Photojournalist Suryo Wibowo, whom I worked with for the assignment, taking pictures of Citarum, said to be the most polluted river in the world. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan
An often flooded house has been abandoned by its residents in Citeureup Village, Bandung Regency. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Residents installing pipes for hydroponic planting in Pengadegan, South Jakarta City. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Community based action team (SIBAT) volunteers in Bogor Regency, including Pasir Angin Village Head’s wife (in white trousers) and Cipayung Village Head’s wife (in green dress). Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Yours truly in Puncak Area, Bogor Regency. Photo: Suryo Wibowo
Street scene in Purwadana Village, Karawang Regency. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Rearview mirror selfie at sunset passing rice fields on the way to Parungsari Village, Karawang Regency. Karawang is the second largest rice producer in Indonesia, making it effectively a national rice reserve. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Interview with Mrs. Ester, a SIBAT volunteer in Sewu urban village, Surakarta City. She is the coordinator for aquaponic planting program in Surakarta City. Photo: Wanto
Taking a portrait of Mr. Tavip, a SIBAT volunteer in Semanggi urban village, Surakarta City. Photo: Wanto
A construction on Gajah Mungkur Reservoir, Wonogiri Regency. Constructed in 1976 and designed to function for as long as 100 years, the reservoir’s life time is predicted to last only until the next 15 years due to rapid siltation. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan
A pine forest in Gumiwang Lor village, Wonogiri Regency. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Yours truly in the field, interviewing SIBAT volunteers in Tulungrejo Village, Bojonegoro District. Photo: M. Nur Hamid
I am now back in Yogyakarta, as the assignment is mostly done. In addition to working on this assignment, I’m running into 2018 with more activities in teaching photography. Looking forward to more opportunities and experiences. Happy new year! ∎