Aid Prevents Corona Ready to Landing in Eastern Indonesia

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EcoNusa CEO Bustar Maitar (left) together with EcoNusa staff handed over COVID-19 prevention assistance to the expedition team. (EcoNusa Foundation/Cory Adriani Kapa)

The EcoNusa Foundation has successfully raised funds to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in eastern Indonesia. The funds have been managed for the procurement of medical aids such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and fabric masks. Starting on April 29, 2020, for three weeks, funds have been collected from community contributions, fund allocations from the EcoNusa Foundation and donations from the Packard Foundation donors.

“The total funds collected are Rp 310,662,352,” said Cory Adriani Kapa, EcoNusa Associate Program.

According to Cory, the funds have been turned into health aids in the form of 10,000 fabric masks and 500 sets of PPE complete consisting of protective clothing (protective coveralls), boots and shoe cover, medical masks, face shields, glasses, and gloves. An additional 20 PPE are also provided by Satu Studio boutique.

Medical aids will be sent to a number of regions in Eastern Indonesia, namely Ambon, Ternate, Sorong, Kaimana, Manokwari and Jayapura. There, medical aids will be distributed directly by representatives of the EcoNusa Foundation.

“Aid has been picked up by the cargo. Departure schedule is on 1, 4, and 6 June 2020. The duration of the trip is around 7-12 days, “said Cory.

The EcoNusa Foundation views community protection and assistance to medical personnel in the Land of Papua and other Eastern Indonesian regions as the most important thing at present. They are the front guard to save people with culture and history who love nature like their own biological mother.

Indigenous peoples are the most vulnerable group to the spread of COVID-19. That is caused by the pattern of life of indigenous peoples who tend to be communal with high dependency among community members. Access to health facilities, limitations of medical equipment, and the difficulty of the terrain that can be achieved by medical staff increases the risk of death.

In addition to having an impact on health, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the community’s economy. The ecotourism manager in Raja Ampat, for example, was forced to face the cancellation of foreign tourist visits (tourists) that had been previously scheduled. Nevertheless, they remain enthusiastic in their efforts to protect the sea and forests from destructive activities.

The EcoNusa Foundation invites all of us to participate and helps ensure that health workers get PPE and masks to protect them. Assistance will be provided to indigenous communities living in forests, coastal areas and small islands, in Maluku and Tanah Papua.

Donations can be channeled through:

124-00-1027-6443 A / n: Yayasan Ekosistem Nusantara Berkelanjutan
124-00-1038-5251 A / n: Yayasan Ekosistem Nusantara Berkelanjutan

Donations in the form of goods can be sent to:
EcoNusa House Jl. Maluku No.35, RT.6 / RW.5, Ex. Gondangdia, Kec. Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10350.


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