Tajur Biru Shoreline
We are still in Tajur Biru Island, approximately 2 hours by speedboat south of Bintan Island, where a bunch of good souls from The Humanity Forum is giving education support to both the sea nomads kids and other local children on the island. Here is a quick preview of the living condition over there.
Similar to other small islands in Indonesia, population is concentrated on the shoreline, which is a logical local wisdom of Carbon reduction in terms of transportation. There are two wooden jetties, one for passengers and another one for cargo (which constitutes mostly of seafood catch). All the government offices are also here. Less than 5 minutes walk uphill there is a primary school with what seems (to us who have been living in cities) to be a meager setup.
There is only one shop, and this small shop, for them, is what Hypermart or Carrefour is for most of us. We can find all sort of things from construction materials and kitchen utensils to fashion and plastic jewelry to snack, homemade lollipop ice and beer. The shop also provides meals at a reasonable price. The choice of meals, though, depends heavily on what is available (which, sadly, most of the time will be instant noodles, eggs, chilli and cabbage). The good thing is that the owners of the shop, both husband and wife, are very kind. As a matter of fact, the Humanity Forum has managed to promote A Sui, that’s his name BTW, to become the local coordinator for the education support.
If you are interested in what is happening in terms of educational support to the sea nomads and other children over here and ways to participate, please click The humanity Forum.