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June 25, 2011

This past Saturday evening I joined the River4Life community for their event in a village two hours outside of Jakarta. After traveling through the dark along winding mountain roads we reached the village, which is literally at the top of a mountain surrounded by hundreds of acres of a tea plantation. The night was so cold, sleeping inside a small Sundanese home with no electricity and only a thin blanket, that I was unable to get much more than one hour of sleep. In the morning however, we awoke to a beautiful sunrise over the top of the mountains, breathing the cool, clean, air that was quite a contrast to the crowded rush of Jakarta.

 

The event occurred at the river on the outskirts of the village, where twenty to thirty 5th and 6th graders joined us for the activity. River4Life routinely travels to communities to teach them about the environment and how to care for it. They didnโ€™t teach the children about waste, but rather about the rivers. They taught them about the ecosystem and ecology, and how to understand the life cycle of a riverโ€™s biota. The children played games, explored, and reflected. They went into the river searching for life, and came back with a variety of worms and snails, tadpoles, frogs, and a baby catfish, checking off the names of each on a checklist they were provided with.

At the end of the day the children each wrote their own personal pledge, vowing to care for the environment and not throw trash in the river. One by one they read them to the camera, making their statements concrete and meaningful. Everyone had fun, the children and the volunteers, everyone participated, and the children were able to draw their own conclusions about the importance of the river. After the event was over, we all sat down to eat lunch together, even calling down the other children of the village who sat watching the event for the top of the hill.

Sungaiku, Sayangku!
My River, My Love!

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5 Comments
  1. visna permalink

    thats so nice….. thanks for joining us, Mike…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    hope you enjoy it… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Hi Mike,
    What an amazing organization and event! It’s really hard to do really meaningful work with children that are fun, educational, and bottom up. The type of effort you are part of gives me hope!!

    Keep up the good work!

    Best,
    Shoko

    P.S. thanks for the comment on my post ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hello, Mike..
    Sorry we haven’t tell you yet abut your post already reposted in our R4L website..
    Check it out >> http://riverforlife.org/?p=134

    If you won’t your article to be in our web, just tell me.. We will delete it immediately..

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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