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IndonesienSuccessful completion of the toilet project in Indonesia
Toilet with septic tank "inaugurated"
[Translate to english:] Das Haus von Hendra und seiner Mutter
Foto: M. Kreuzberg, Januar 2020

"Sometimes when I look at the enormous impact that small things can have, I'm inclined to think: There are no small things at all."
(Bruce Barton, b. 1986, American politician and writer)


Small things are big things

On 29.12.2020 I started my trip to Asia. One day before the heavy floods in Jakarta I flew to the island Tarakan and from there one day later to the island Sebatik/East Kalimantan to visit Hendra and his family. I wanted to see what had become of the donations for the toilet construction. On January 5, I was able to "inaugurate" the toilet with septic tank.

The house belongs to the mother of a friend I met during my time as a DED development worker in Tarakan. It belongs to a government program that supports poor people. The word "miskin" on the sign on the house means "poor". The toilet is combined with the typical Indonesian water basin. From this one takes water with a scoop for flushing and "showering". The water comes from the two rainwater tanks.

At the moment the problem is that there is no electricity connection. Hendra will now talk to the neighbor who lives about a kilometer away, whose house is connected to the power grid. Possibly a line can be laid from there to this house. To make it possible for the family to get the electricity connection, I will again try to get donations.

You would like to support the project?

Then please feel free to contact me. The family is happy about any support.



[Translate to english:] Wasserbecken - daraus entnimmt man mit einem Schöpfgefäss Wasser zum Spülen und "Duschen". Das Wasser kommt aus Regenwassertanks.
[Translate to english:] Das Wort "miskin" auf dem Schild am Haus bedeutet "arm".
[Translate to english:] Das Toilettenbecken.