To begin the project, the JIS team of 4 and the Solar Chapter team drafted a proposal and a budget. Solar Chapter, having done many similar projects, prepared a working budget of approximately 320 million rupiah. Fortunately, through sponsorships and donations, we were able to meet our target.
Once funding was secure, we started looking for vendors to supply the pipes and solar panels. After coming to an agreement with the vendors, the pipes, the pump, and the solar panels we needed were shipped to the community. Now, all we had to do was wait until it was safe to travel.
On September 22, Carolene, representing our team, and a couple of members of Solar Chapter, traveled to Fatoin village for the implementation visit.
Previous to our visit, we had been in communication with the villagers, who had agreed to begin preparations for the project. The villagers had been asked to build a reservoir where the pump would later be installed and to install several public taps around the community. Upon arrival, the villagers couldn’t wait to show us what they had accomplished. The next step was to install the solar panels and the pump and connect the pipes from the reservoir to the taps.
Once the students in the village heard about the running water, they all ran to the biggest tap located in the house of the Fatoin community head. Their pure excitement of taking a shower without having to go through bumpy roads to the water source made all of our hard work worthwhile. We left with full hearts and the thank you from the villagers ringing in our ears.
“Thank you so much JIS and Solar Chapter for giving us the opportunity to have clean and accessible water, we really appreciate your help!”(Villagers)
“We believe that success has nothing to do with what you accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” (JIS team) As Indonesians, we are proud to have helped the villagers of NTT gain access to clean water. Beyond being Indonesians, we are citizens of the world. We look forward to making a positive difference in the lives of others anywhere we find the opportunity. As we four JIS students head to university, we know we will be taking this newfound feeling of affecting change to look for further opportunities to improve lives.