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  • A personal mission in the heart of GorontaloA personal mission in the heart of Gorontalo“I just want to help out my fellow villagers, ” said the 47-year-old health worker as she rushed to attend a workshop for the Alert Village programme, organized by UNDP and the provincial health office. “Most of the (health) problems here are related to maternal and child health issues such as nutritional problems, malaria, and environmental hygiene,” Tobuhu said. “We have been inspecting all households from sunrise to sunset for four days now.

  • An unlikely source of peace from the deep waters of IndonesiaAn unlikely source of peace from the deep waters of Indonesia

  • Biogas Project, Lumajang East JavaBiogas Project, Lumajang East Java

  • Building Indigenous Papuan entrepreneurship skillsBuilding Indigenous Papuan entrepreneurship skillsYuliana Pigai travels each day with her husband to the Jayapura traditional market to earn a daily wage to keep her family afloat. Her inventory is vast, but she admits she has no idea how much money she earns.

  • Clinics tackling maternal health in Central JavaClinics tackling maternal health in Central JavaKendal, Central Java – Salis is eight months pregnant with her first child, and has been diagnosed with a potentially high-risk pregnancy, in part because of swelling in one of her feet. She is one of dozens of expectant mothers who have taken advantage of health services provided by Cepiring Community Health Center in Kendal, Central Java, where maternal mortality is among the highest in the country.

  • Cultivating change in Boven Digoel, PapuaCultivating change in Boven Digoel, PapuaOgenetan village, Papua, Indonesia – The scent of the Celebes pepper plant hits you before you even reach Ogenetan in the heart of Papua’s Boven Digoel district. Called sereh merah, the plant is used by communities across Papua to drive away evil spirits.

  • Fighting Illiteracy in Indonesia’s Papua regionFighting Illiteracy in Indonesia’s Papua region

  • Fighting for social justice in IndonesiaFighting for social justice in Indonesia

  • From the Forest to the AirwavesFrom the Forest to the AirwavesA top a small hill overlooking the green expanse of Bukit Duabelas National Park sits a tiny two-story wooden structure. The adjacent tower and satellite indicate its unique function, the building housing a radio station for the Orang Rimba called Radio Benor.

  • Making more out of nutmeg in West PapuaMaking more out of nutmeg in West PapuaFAKFAK, West Papua – Nestled among fragrant nutmeg trees and steps away from a white sandy beach in West Papua, a hilltop village has found new ways of making the most out of its prized spices.


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