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BUA - TANA TORAJA: In 2015, is na 6 zeer actieve en bewogen jaren besloten het PAK Weeshuis in Torajaland te sluiten voor permanente kinderopvang. Het bestuur heeft dit gedaan in overleg met de naaste familie van de kinderen en de overheid. Het was een moeilijke keuze, maar er waren geen andere passende alternatieven. De kwaliteit van de zorg en het welzijn van de kinderen staan bij ons voorop. Om deze kwaliteiten te waarborgen was er continue een bepaalde inkomen nodig, om de kinderen goed; onderdak, voeding, kleding en zorg te geven. Daarom is de knoop door gehakt en besloten de deuren voor permanente opvang te sluiten en een goed alternatief te zoeken. De kinderen wonen voortaan bij hun naaste familie en worden waar nodig bijgestaan door het bestuur van de stichting. De kinderen kunnen altijd bij ons terecht en 
We boden kinderen met de status (half-)wees en kinderen uit gebroken gezinnen onderdak. Maar ook kinderen waarvan de ouders op dat moment te arm waren hun kinderen behoorlijk te onderhouden. Het PAK Weeshuis verschafte hen voedsel en onderdak. Daarnaast, en dat was het belangrijkste, bood het weeshuis een steunende omgeving waarin de kinderen liefde kregen en verzorgd werden. Kinderen van elke achtergrond waren welkom; opname was enkel gebaseerd op noodzaak.

Ondanks het niet meer permanent opvangen van kinderen in het PAK Weeshuis zijn we toch verder gegaan en niet bij de pakken neer gaan zitten! 
Het PAK Weeshuis in Torajaland kreeg een nieuwe bestemming als sociëteit, een clubgebouw van kinderen. We blijven onder dezelfde vlag opereren. In het PAK Huis zijn drie ochtenden per week de PAK Kindercrèche actief bezig, om kleuters en jonge kinderen te amuseren, zodat hun ouders gedurende die tijd kunnen werken of andere activiteiten kunnen uitvoeren. Gedurende de middagen worden lokale kinderen met elke achtergrond voorzien van Engelse Les, die door een bevoegd Engels docent gegeven wordt. Tijdens de weekenden staan de deuren van het PAK Huis open voor lokale kinderen, om deel te nemen aan diverse sociale activiteiten, die variëren van knutselen, koekjes bakken tot aan sport tot spel. Tot deze groep kinderen behoren uiteraard ook de kinderen die de afgelopen jaren met veel plezier in het PAK Weeshuis hebben gewoond.
De activiteiten voor onze vrijwilligers zijn gewijzigd, maar nog steeds interessant en sociaal genoeg om voor een aantal weken deel te nemen aan het PAK Project in het pittoreske Torajaland op Zuid-Sulawesi.

Wij willen hen die zich gedurende de afgelopen 6 jaar voor het PAK Weeshuis in Torajaland hebben ingezet hartelijk danken voor de steun en vertrouwen, zonder jullie hadden wij de kinderen niet kunnen opvangen en hen 6 prachtige jaren kunnen bieden….Terima Kasih Banyak!
Thank you

 
9 february 2015

 

The AIDS Prevention Commission (KPA) has reported that as many as 70 children under the age of five in North Sulawesi were HIV positive as of October 2014.

According to data from the North Sulawesi provincial health office published on Saturday, of 41 children aged one to four years, 20 were infected with HIV, while the remaining 21 had AIDS.
The number of infants aged one year or less infected with HIV reached 29, including eight infected with HIV and 21 who had AIDS, KPA officer M. Tangel-Kairupan said.
“They were infected with HIV because their mothers had HIV/AIDS. The mothers transmitted HIV/AIDS to their children though their breast milk,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency.
As of October 2014, 1,651 people in North Sulawesi were diagnosed as having HIV/AIDS.

At the moment we’re doing research to explore the possibilities how to provide professional sex education to the youth in the PAK Orphanage. We’re trying to cooperate with the local health department do create this HIV education program. Any suggestions and support are welcome!


HIV Sulawesi

 
15 July 2014

PALU, CENTRAL SULAWESI - A 5.3-magnitude earthquake reportedly hit the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday, at 10:37 a.m. local time (GMT+8), though no tsunami warning was issued.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, the quakes epicenter was located at 0.28 degrees southern latitude and 119.74 degrees eastern longitude and approximately 17 kilometers north-west of Donggala district, Central Sulawesi. Due to the intensity of the quake, the people in Palu fled their houses and office buildings to avoid the possibility of falling debris.
"I quickly ran out of my house with my wife, as I was worried about the falling debris from the house," noted Made, a resident who fled his house seconds after the earthquake took place.

In August 2014, Palu was struck by a 6.2-magnitude quake, which caused a major landslide in several locations such as Parigi Moutog and Sigi districts. The strong earthquake killed eight people as they got buried in the debris in the earthquake-affected areas. Hundreds of houses, school buildings, streets, and bridges incurred heavy damage due to the disaster. It takes at least 10 hours to drive from the orphanage to Palu, the distance from Tanah Toraja to Palu city is about 581 kilometers by car. Which means the children, volunteers and staff are safe in the orphanage.

pALUBridge near Palu in Central-Sulawesi

 

 
21 February 2014
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and a number of his Cabinet colleagues visited Toraja's burial cave in Londa, South Sulawesi, on Friday.
The President was briefed on the Londa cemetery cave which was designed for the funerals only of the Tolengke family. The Londa cave consists of several levels based on the caste of the dead.
The highest level is designed for dead nobles. The dead bodies are put on the wall of the cave, the Antara news agency reported.
 
On Thursday, Yudhoyono was awarded the traditional title of honorary resident of the Tana Toraja community in South Sulawesi, which is reputed for its high tolerance and harmony.
"Indonesians know the kindness of the Tana Toraja, which is known as a religious community with respect for traditions, a strong brotherhood, high tolerance and a harmonious lifestyle," the President said at the Singgi moment (the award ceremony for the traditional title) on Thursday.
The Torajans, the President continued, were a role model for hospitality within an Indonesian community. The President urged the Indonesian people to follow the example of the Torajan people in resolving disputes peacefully and avoiding conflicts and violence.
 
The President during his visit to the cemetery cave was accompanied, among others, by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto.
 
 
 
16 January 2014

TOMOHON, NORTH SULAWESI - Landslides damaged sections of the road between Tomohon and Manado in North Sulawesi, following incessant rains and strong winds that lashed the areas since Tuesday.
"No confirmation has yet been received on which sections of the road between Tomohon and Manado have been damaged due to the landslides. However, as per the information we have received, the road has been damaged at eight different locations. The North Tomohon sub-district head is stuck in a traffic jam that happened as a result of the landslides," Julius Pangalila, the head of Kinilow hamlet, North Tomohon sub-district, claimed here, Wednesday.  Two landslides occurred in Kinilow I and one in Tinoor, North Tomohon sub-district. Local authorities are trying to remove the mud and boulders accumulated on the road as a result of the landslides, which resulted in a long traffic jam. Dozens of people are believed to have been buried by a landslide in North Sulawesi.
They sought shelter from the heavy rains at a house located on the section of the Tomohon-Manado Road when the landslide struck the house. "The land where the house was constructed suddenly slid down a 50-meter deep ravine. Dozens of people were dragged away and buried by the landslide," noted a local resident, Nelson Uada, whose 70-year-old father, Luade Uada, was among them. Luade Uada however managed to survive the landslide, he claimed.
"About 12 to 15 people had taken shelter at the house when the landslide occurred," Nelson quoted what his father had said. Hundreds of people gathered in the Bethesda hospital compounds in Tomohon, as they awaited the evacuation of the people trapped in the landslide. On Wednesday 15 January , in Manado, hundreds of houses remain submerged with flood waters reaching a height of 2.5 meters, following 11 hours of incessant rains. Singkil Sub-District Head Herry Saptono stated that more than 200 houses in his area were inundated with one to 2.5-meter deep water. He also added that the flood victims had been evacuated, particularly women and children, to higher ground.
The floods have also hit several parts of Java, Kalimantan, and Sumatra Islands. On Sumatra Islands, several villages in North Musirawas, South Sumatra, have been flooded for the past several days.
The flash floods triggered by incessant heavy rains submerged three sub-districts: Rawas Ilir, Karang Dapo, and Rupit, reported Sunardin, a spokesman of the North Musirawas sub-district administration, here on Wednesday.
The Rawas Ilir sub-district was worst hit by the floods, which inundated hundreds of houses, he remarked. The floods also submerged several public facilities such as community health centers and schools, thereby preventing the students from attending school. Meanwhile, on the Kalimantan Island, hundreds of houses in the Teriti and Bekotok areas, Loa Ipuh Village, Kutai Kartanegara District, East Kalimantan, were also inundated by the flood waters, stated Darmansyah, the head of the local disaster mitigation agency (BPBD). The BPBD head claimed that the flood waters affected 880 families or 2,957 residents. The floods were triggered by heavy incessant rains over the past several days. It was also triggered by a surge in the tidal waters of the Tenggarong River, which overflowed its banks, he added.
Over the past few days, flooding has also occurred in Indonesias capital city of Jakarta on Java Island as a result of incessant heavy rains in the on-going rainy season.

The weather in South Sulawesi is fine, the children and housemothers of the PAK Orphanage in Tanah Toraja are save. North Sulawesi is on a distance of 1400 kilometers.

 
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