llo everybody it's Putra Ketambe, Supri Ketambe and Team,
March 2020 was our last trip to the jungle. After that trek, the Indonesian government announced a stay at home order. While everyone is affected on some level, the tourism industry has been hit very hard and these treks were our sole source of income.
In the past few years we have worked hard to improve our trekking tours. We love our jobs and Our guests and we strive for excellence with every trek. In addition to arranging local accommodation in Ketambe, we offer exhilarating jungle treks of the highest quality. Ketambe is located in Gunung Leuser National Park, one of the last places on Earth where you can find wild orang utan populations. Together with a guide and porter you can spot orang utans and other wildlife and enjoy the great nature of the rain forest.
In our trekking tours we work together with a team of local guides and porters, all born and raised in Ketambe. By working with local guides, we stimulate the local economy and support the families in the village. Our team of guides are extremely knowledgeable and can explain everything about the area around Ketambe. They all have a real passion for the jungle and the animals in addition to a lot of knowledge and experience. The porters cook the best food and as they learn the ropes to become a guide.
Unfortunately, like all of you, we are now dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Tourists are not allowed to enter Indonesia and we don’t know when tourism will go back to normal again. The trekking activities are canceled and the guides and porters are at home. Due to a lack of social system here, there will be no income until we are operational again.
With this fundraiser we want to help our team of local guides and porters as we struggle to stay afloat financially and I humbly ask for your support. All donations will go directly to our team and any amount helps! We hope to open our jungle trek activities in the near future, so we can welcome you back to Ketambe.
Where will the money go ?
Sometimes people want to know where their money is going and what they are funding.
If we mention that we need to say how much will go to the teams and their families and how much will go to the new venture capital, I think it's better to say that it will simply go to the team and support the families.
Specifically, there will be 7 professional guides supported and 15 porters, which brings the total number of people supported to 22.
"Thank you for the donation we have received, no matter how small you make it means a lot to us, yesterday the 24th was Eid Mubarak and an opportunity for us to give a small happiness to the family and team in Ketambe village, at least 21 Porter and 13 Guide, then some family in ketambe!"
Stay safe and healthy and thank you very much for your donation!
Putra, Supri & team