A VISIT TO RAAKFAU: AWAKING MEMORIES OF MY OWN HOMETOWN

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/The night when we have solar lamp in Raakfau/ Photo: Ina Sapttiono/
"Bang Epul, tomorrow we will go to Raakfau and stay there for a night. But there is no light or electricity, is it okay for you?" asked Mama Regina to me.

"I'm completely okay Ma, it's like going back to my home." I said.\
Sunday, 10th of July 2017, we got ready to go to Raakfau village. This village was located in Babulu, Kobalima, Malaka Regency, 2-hour drive away from the center of Atambua. Mama Regina's parents and families lived in this village, so we could stay there for one night. A priceless story was created and became one of my unforgettable experience.
I was so excited when Mama first asked me to visit Raakfau couple days ago. She explained to me that there was no access to electricity in Rakfau up to now. Moreover, the mainstreet to Rakfau was not covered by asphalt yet, and the condition was so poor. It was a rocky road path.

I told Mama about my village’s condition in Pelabuhanratu, Sukabumi Regency, West Java that it was pretty much the same. My hometown was located in the middle of rubber plantation and the street was made of rocks. Previously, the local government had attempted to asphalt the street but the quality was not good enough so it did not last long.

During my childhood, my parents and I also lived without electricity. We used kerosene lamp to light our house and a car battery to electrify our black and white TV whenever we wanted to watch something. I remember vividly how happy I was when the electricity first came to my village, especially to my home.


Okay, back to Mama Regina's story, hehehe.

This visit to Raakfau was so special, not only because I would be able to meet Mama Regina's parents, but also because we had a ‘Tech Fair’ agenda to introduce some simple and clean energy technologies that Mama and I brought from Atambua, for instance the solar lamp and water filter.

As you might already know, Mama Regina is one of Wonder Women or Ibu Inspirasi in the Wonder Women program, a women’s economic empowerment program by Kopernik. This program aims to reduce poverty as well as provide energy access in remote areas of Indonesia.



Female micro-social entrepreneurs, "Wonder Women", make clean energy technologies available by promoting and selling products in areas where access to electricity and fuel are limited or expensive. At the same time, the program empowers women to both build skills in business ownership and operations, and increase their income through technology sales.


/Welcome to Raakfau Village/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi



During the trip from Atambua to Raakfau, we could enjoy the beautiful scenery. Even though it was kind of cloudy, but I could still see the hills with green trees and the sky. We went to Raakfau in a big group since there were not only Mama Regina and I who went there, but also Ardi with his friends Ridho, Arni, and Andre. Kak Ina and Bang Teo from Kopernik team and Kak Nyimas, a photographer, joined us as well. It was a big group, wasn’t it? hehehe.


/Always sit on the rear chair with all stuffs LOL/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi



When we arrived in Raakfau, Mama Regina's family welcomed us in person. I fell in love with the architecture of the house, hehehe. It was a kind of traditional house of that area. Almost everything was made out of woods and bamboo. In front of the house, we could see a window, a door in the middle, as well as a simple terrace furnished with some chairs.


/I am The first person who opened that window in the next morning. Feels like in my own home / Photo: Saepul Hamdi/

After having a cup of coffee, we asked Pak RT (village leader) to start our special agenda, Tech Fair. We also asked his help to gather the villagers. His way to gather people was also unique yet interesting. He walked around the village, screaming and calling the villagers loudly, a scene that I rarely saw. Somehow, it was so funny for us.

But yes, here the reality was shocking. No electricity, no phone reception (so, no mobile phone), everything was done manually and in typical of villagers way. It was so ironic to live in such a big country but this kind of place was actually still exist.

Can you see the man over there in this photo? yap he is the man, PAK RT! When he screamed loudly to call villagers to come hehehe/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi

Anyway, what did we do during ‘Tech Fair’?

Usually, Mama Regina had three different products. But in Raakfau, Mama demonstrated, introduced, and sold two products only -- solar lamp and water filter. Why shoud be solar lamp? It was clear because this village had no electricity and why should be water filter? For your information guys, in Atambua, especially in Raakfau, there was no clean water for drinking and it took a long time to prepare the water.


/Solar Lamp-D'light S20/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi

There are two kinds of solar lamp technology that #IbuInspirasi sell to the people. The first one is solar lamp S20. The S20 d.light lamp utilizes LEDs with high efficiency levels that can provide illumination for 8 hours in fully charged battery condition. The light d.light S20 is flexible and easy to use. The solar panel on the head of the lamp is removable, making it easy to charge.

The other one is S300. The S300 d.light lamp provides light that can illuminate a room. This technology has four lighting settings that can provide up to 16 hours of bright light and 100 hours of dim light (sleep light). Moreover, this technology can also recharge the mobile phone via USB socket.

 
/Preparing before the Tech Fair/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi




Another technology is water filter. This water filter has two water containers (both 13.5 litres) and one ceramic water filter candle in the middle. The Water Filter Candle used by Nazava consists of ceramic that is impregnated with silver and with a core of activated carbon. Gravity pushes the water through the filter. The containers are made of food grade plastic that does not leave taste or odour to the water. The filter comes with a tap and a manual in the language of choice.


/Sold Out!!!/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi


We also did the Tech Fair in the Village Head office. We demonstrated the technologies well and made it sold out yeay!!!

After the Tech Fair, we went back home and prepared our dinner. Grandpa (Mama Regina's Father) gave us two chickens for dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast. They were wild chickens, hence we should shoot them with the wind gun. Anyway, I managed to slaughter the chickens by myself and provide dinner for the family, yeay hehehe.

/Selfie with Grandpa in the darknes hahaha/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi/


In Raakfau, we cooked outside of the house. People still use the open-fire stove from rocks and wood to make fire. Cooking was one of my favorite parts during this program, both in Mama Regina's house or in Raakfau. While cooking, I could talk with Mama or the others about anything. Kitchen was indeed one of best spots for sharing hehehe.


/We are Thankful for Our Dinner/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi


Guys! I really learn a lot during my stay with Mama Regina's family. One of the important things that I get is being grateful for everything we have. Before having the meal, we usually pray together and say "have a nice meal" to the others. No matter what food they eat, they are always be thankful to the God. Thank you for teaching me this priceless lesson Ma :)

I think that's all I can share to you about Raakfau, hope you enjoy it and always be thankful for what you have right now, for your family, friends, life, and every second of your breath in this world.

Do you have any responds?

You can write in the comment section below. I will write my story during #IDWomen4Energy program soon, so don't miss it :)

Here are some bonus documentations in Raakfau :

/The Kitchen Ranger-You Can See the Kitchen on The our Left Side hahaha/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi/
/Left to Right: Grandpa, Someone I forget, Me, Grandma, Another one I Forget, Mama Regina/ Photo: Nyimas Laula/



/See you guys :)/ Photo: Saepul Hamdi/







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