Teluk Waheng Community
Complete the school building so the Teluk Waheng community can get studying
$820 paid for:
Flooring, furnishings and local workers’ pay to complete the community school
Teluk Waheng Community's Story
Many families come to Batam Island in Indonesia looking for work in the factories located there and end up unemployed and isolated, with no choice but to collect and sell rubbish to earn enough to survive. Many of these migrants’ children who have not been lucky enough to afford an education are forced to collect and sell rubbish with their parents, or worse still end up in the drug and sex trafficking trade.
With so many migrant and temporary workers in Batam, there are a multitude of slum communities made up of makeshift housing. The families - who receive no help from the government - do their best to create productive living environments for themselves, including schools, with the goal of improving the chances of the next generation to prosper.
The Teluk Waheng community worked hard to create a neighbourhood their children could thrive in, including building a new classroom that doubled as a community centre after school hours. The school also provided employment opportunities for the wider community, as teachers are trained and hired locally and repairs to the school are carried out by students’ parents and other local people. As news of the school’s success spread throughout the settlement, more and more parents realised the benefit of education and enrolled their kids.
Sadly, the local government notified the people of Teluk Waheng in January that their settlement would be completely destroyed so a large dam could be built and the whole community would be relocated.
In June the community was moved an hour away and provided with temporary housing and a basic new school building. The funds didn’t stretch far enough to furnish the school so the students are currently studying without flooring and furniture.
Despite the multiple hardships this community has faced, they remain resilient and determined to work hard to improve the lives of their children and families.