Small island communities
Indonesia -- the biggest archipelago country in the world -- is a country that has more than 17,000 islands, scattered across 1.9 million sq km of its territory (of which 65% is water). Most of these islands are small island with an area of less than 200 sq km. Despite most of the Indonesian people are living in the big islands, there are millions (Indonesia has more than 260 million citizens) of people living in about 3,000 of those small islands.
Small islands have their own charm. They offer natural beauty, good amount of natural resources (when preserved), and to some, a peaceful life. However, small island communities are now lagging behind the mainland counterparts. Poverty, health, education, waste (especially from the mainlands), fresh water, transport, electricity, are some of the problems they now face.
Rapid development of Indonesia has left some victims. Industrialization and consumerism destroy nature with their footprints, making natural resources severely disrupted. Rapid economic growth in the mainlands also makes small island communities don't have sufficient purchasing power anymore.
If the situation persists, island communities will suffer even more and, in the end, they will exist no more. More and more people have been leaving small islands and go to the big cities in hope for a better life. Well, we all know what urbanization do to the people and to the nature: It often brings problems more than good things they enticed.
What we have been doing
We consist of multidisciplinary team. Our team members are entrepreneurs, engineers, and academia of various age (20s to 50s). Some of us are people that have been working in this matter in the past 7 years, through a non-profit organization we established (links to the organization’s media are provided below). The organization is a collaboration involving local people, governments, academia, and business from Indonesia and Germany (they have been providing a great support since the beginning).
However, we realized that with non-profit organization, our course of actions is limited. A revenue-making company is necessary in order to make the economy rolls and to make much greater impact.
Therefore, we ask for your generous help to kick-start this big project. Our vision is to empower the small island communities in Indonesia in sustainable ways.
You can check what the organization has been doing in the links below. Through this revenue-making company, there are so many things that can be done. We have studied the possibilities and there are great economic opportunities.
Main website: http://sidi.its.ac.id/index.php/en/
Student research website: http://srdt.its.ac.id/index.php/en/
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCejYawkYJ_spQl68l_LQ_qQ
The person in charge of this fundraising is an Indonesian that currently live in the Netherlands. We are a global team with local focus. All the money we gathered will be 100% used for the project in Indonesia and its all supporting activities.