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Indonesia Orphanage

Project Location

Sendangsari, Terong Village, Bantul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region, in Indonesia.

Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 17,508-18,306 islands. It has 34 provinces with over 238 million people, and is the world’s fourth most populous country. The nation’s capital city is Jakarta, located in Java island. The largest – and politically dominant – ethnic group are the Javanese. Sendangsari is located in Java Island, about 30 minute south from the city of Yogyakarta. Precisely, it is located in the northernmost region of Terong village in Bantul Regency. The regency’s population is approximately 800,000. Like many regions on the island of Java, it is densely populated with roughly 1,600 people per square kilometer. The majority of people in Terong Village are farmers & craftsmen.

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“This is the first step on our journey to providing food, shelter and education to the forgotten youth in Indonesia. With your help we can make a difference.” HOIH

Project Description

Within Arms Reach is partnering with House Of Imported Hearts a nonprofit charity organization that helps under privileged children from all over Indonesia to build an orphanage.  The organization was founded in November 2011 and initially provided fifteen children with food, education, and medical services.  Since its foundation, the number of children served by the House of Imported Hearts has increased, so the organization needs a larger facility immediately.

Project Goals

The project aims to raise the standard of living for the children living in Indonesia.  The project goals include:

  • Constructing a building to accommodates children with comfortable living spaces, providing areas for them to sleep, eat, play, learn, and interact
  • Providing a happy, stimulating, and safe environment to develop and to enhance every child’s ability and personality
  • Fostering physical, mental and emotional health
  • Developing an environment that cultivates a love for education and learning

The building will be designed to be functional and aesthetically pleasing.  It will incorporate sustainable features to reduce the costs and minimize its environmental impact as much as possible. 

Social & Environment Goals

Community involvement will be encouraged both during the process of design and during construction.  We will hire local builders to create job opportunities.  The design of the building will include spaces that can be used by the villagers and the teachers and will encourage interaction between the Home and its community.  Using local traditional materials and technologies will be encouraged during the building process.  The facility/building should both be compatible with the villager’s lifestyles and serve as a model.

Current Location & Site

Partner Organization

The House Of Imported Hearts aims to provide an environment that closely resembles a family lifestyle by having facilities that support, sponsor, and educate the children.  The organization gives the children a brighter future by developing the children’s life skills, helping them succeed and make their own mark on the world.

Project Details 

PROJECT NAME: Indonesia Orphanage
LOCAL ORGANIZATION: House Of Imported Hearts
PARTNERS: House Of Imported Hearts & Vonny Muljono
CONSTRUCTION: TBD
CURRENT PHASE: Design Concept & Development, Fundraising
SIZE: 14348 sq.ft
ESTIMATED COST: $65,000
STARTING DATE: January 2014 – June 2016
PICTURES: HOIH, Vonny Muljono
ARCHITECTS: Environ Architecture Inc. in collaboration with Within Arms Reach Design Team

If you would like to support this project or have any questions please contact info@withinarmsreach.org for more information.

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Northern Rakhine School

Project Location

Seik Tara Village, Northern Rakhine State of Burma (Myanmar)

In October of 2010, Cyclone Giri swept through Myanmar, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless.  Among the villages affected was Seik Tara, a village located in the northern Rakhine state, the second poorest county in Myanmar.  The occupations of this state community consist of a mix of farming, livestock rearing, fishing, off-farm activities and casual labor.  The total population of Seik Tara village is 2,900 people.

 

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Project Description

In April 2012, Within Arms Reach partnered with Myanmar Charity Group, based in Costa Mesa, CA, to build a new school building and classroom in Seik Tara Village, located in the northern part of Rakhine State, Burma.

The addition to the school, which serves students in grades 7, 8 and 9, was built with the immediate needs of the local community in mind and incorporates sustainable design practices that are both culturally and environmentally native to the area.  Once we decided on the design and everybody had agreed with the location of the school, we were then ready to draw an accurate plan to be able to measure all the materials that was needed.  Architectural Design was provided by Ottolia & Barnes Architectural Firm located in Rancho Palos Verdes.

During the design process we knew that knowing our client is one of the most important aspects of designing and building in a developing country.  Therefore, we were in constant communication with our partner organization and with our client in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the needs to be met for the school design.  We believe that the designs we produce should be environmentally and culturally native to our clients as well as appropriate for their communities.  In order to accomplish this, we drew upon our personal experiences working in Rakhine State and  made sure to have open lines of communication with our clients throughout the whole design process.  Moreover, because members of our team have traveled to Rakhine and Yangon, we believe that we have a thorough understanding of its climate and culture.  We also understood that our view of Rakhine is seen through a Westernized perspective, so we made it a priority to ask the students and teachers of the school what their needs and desires are.  Currently, the school remains fully operational, serving more and more students each year.

The Existing Building

The existing school provides educational services from K – 9th to the children in the village. Basic education primary school was built in 1962. After the 2010 flood the classrooms and furniture were heavily damaged. They need an immediate classroom space for 7, 8, and 9th graders for the upcoming year. They also lack space as they have all the different grades placed together and having only small none-sound proof partitions dividing between each area. The lack of space in the current building makes it very uncomfortable for children to learn and attend classes.

2011-2012 school year students’ list

Sr. No. Class Male Female Total
1. KG 97 85 182
2. Grade 1 41 34 75
3. Grade 2 26 28 54
4. Grade 3 36 24 60
5. Grade 4 20 21 41
6. Grade 5 21 21 42
7. Grade 6 20 15 35
8. Grade 7 13 8 21
9. Grade 8 17 15 32
10. Grade 9 12 15 27

Total

 

303 266 569

Project Goals

Three main project goals were collaboratively established between Within Arms Reach, Myanmar Charity Group, and residents and students in the local community.

  • Create a classroom that inspires curious learners
  • Utilize local materials and passive energy strategies in order to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible
  • Implement and encourage safe building practices

Social & Environment Goals

Community involvement will be encouraged both during the process of design and during construction.  We will hire local builders to create job opportunities.  The design of the building will include spaces that can be used by the students and the teachers and will encourage interaction between its communities.  Using local traditional materials and technologies will be encouraged during the building process.  The facility/building should both be compatible with the villager’s lifestyles and serve as a model.

Partner Organization

Myanmar Charity Group was established in late 2005 by a group of close friends and volunteers with their ideas, time, effort, and money who care deeply about the children of Myanmar.  The organization’s goal is to provide assistance for the education and general welfare of disabled and orphaned children living in Myanmar. MCG targets homeless children and orphans who cannot afford to go to school or buy school supplies, buy food or medical supplies, and to attain young monkhood. MCG’s aim is for each project to be designed by a broad team, including technical specialists, MCG’s national staff, and the communities who participate in and benefit from the project. Research is done at the beginning to ensure that local needs and priorities form the core of the project’s activities. Projects are regularly monitored and evaluated during their implementation and appropriate adjustments are made to ensure sustainability.

Project Details 

PROJECT NAME: Northern Rakhine School
LOCAL ORGANIZATION: Myanmar Charity Group
PARTNER: Myanmar Charity Group
CONSTRUCTION: Hla Aung Tin & Rakhine Contractors
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
SIZE: 900 sq.ft
COST: $16300.00 USD (Estimated)
DATE: January – April 2012
PICTURES: Sundie Zin & Han Thi Oo
ARCHITECTS: Dorothy & Domingo Ottolia in collaboration with Within Arms Reach Design Team

If you would like to support the students for their education and the programs Within Arms Reach provides, please contact info@withinarmsreach.org for more information.   To view more images, please visit Completed Projects.

Within Arms Reach is made up of enthusiastic individuals giving their time, energy, love, and life away to make a difference in the world.

We always operate on a firm budget, with very few staff and hundreds of resilient volunteers. Our primary budgets are simply designed to fund the projects.
       
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