Nicole Busch – operational manager at Future for Children, an organization which provides access to water and other basic needs to the inhabitants of small villages in Bali. They also create small businesses to provide jobs to local people.
Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?
Creating jobs for people. It’s amazing to see them on the street, working, chatting together, just being happy. They learned something, they have a job and they can be proud.
Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?
As Western people, we do things differently. And we need to learn to allow local people to do things their way. We need to listen, be patient and trust.
Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?
We have four strategic areas:
Water: our goal is to provide 25 l of water per person a day throughout the year. We managed to do it so far in 20 out of 36 villages.
Livelihood: we want to create 1’000 jobs (in average 1 job per family). 200 people already have a regular income by e.g. working in the Muntigunung Community Social Enterprise (production of cashews, rosella tea, sweets and salt dried fruit) or the Muntigunung Community Social Handicraft Enterprise (production of customized lontar basket), producing hammocks or bags, working as trekking guides.
Health: we aim in reducing child mortality by 50%. The child mortality in Muntigunung is 9% according to a thorough assessment. 2 doctors from the Udayana university have put together a program in order to improve the situation (trainings in basic hygiene, safer births, nutrition of pregnant women and babies, etc.). Since the start of the implementation 2 years ago no babies or children under five died in the villages where we have started the activities and the percentage of under-nutrition of the children has been reduced significantly.
Education: we want to be sure that every child can go to school. Based on an assessment a practical plan is currently put together on how to improve the situation in Muntigunung.
Would you like to add something more?
We are a small Swiss organization with only two representatives in Bali: Daniel, the founder of Future for children, and myself. I am responsible for the operational management and a delegate of the board in Switzerland. All our projects in Muntigunung are exclusively executed by our Indonesian partners. They know the culture and language best and can appropriately communicate and interact with the community in Muntigunung.
Some of the work, e.g such as excavation of the foundation of a water reservoir, is done with the support of the community. We want them to take ownership and contribute to the improvement of their lives as well.
The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.
Ubud, Indonesia, 21st April 2016