AN INTERN’S IMPRESSIONS OF EBPP FIELD OPERATIONS DURING MOUNT AGUNG CRISIS

By Daniel Platt.

A few days before Christmas I began interning at EBPP to do market research and promote bamboo bicycles from Desa Ban. Just after the New Year, I was invited to join founder David Booth, and Karina Suryawinata to see the area of Desa Ban, and the temporary field headquarters located at Komang Kurniawan’s (EBPP président et chef d'équipe) house in Desa Tianyar Timur.

After a 6am start from Denpasar in EBPP’s 4WD pick-up, we drove over the cool mountain passes near Gunung Agung and through Desa Ban. The riverbed beside the road back down the mountain was dry, despite all the rain that’s been falling further south. Passing along the main road, I was surprised at how unremarkable the houses lookedhardly different from any other village road in Bali. I was curious about what the hamlets further from the road looked like. On arriving at Pak Komang’s house, David introduced to all the staff.

We gathered with the healthcare and education teams in the front bale of Komang’s compound to give updates, and discuss issues and plans. Most of the staff are from Desa Ban, and seemed really friendly and motivated for their work. It seems a current challenge is organising classes for children spread among various villages and evacuation camps, as many stay too far away to go back-and-forth for classes; and many don’t want to go to government schools because of the difference in teaching methods.

Nous avons vu ensuite la construction du nouvel atelier de vélos en bambou,,en,où une douzaine de gars soulevaient les éléments préfabriqués colonnes en béton pour supporter le toit et le revêtement,,en,Le reste du travail devrait prendre deux semaines pour terminer,,en,puis les vélos peuvent être construites plus près de chez,,en,plutôt que de Denpasar,,en,Après le déjeuner,,en,nous sommes allés vérifier deux des camps d'évacuation à proximité,,en,Je fus frappé par la façon dont il semblait calme à l'intérieur,,en,Le premier est composé d'un grand,,en,mais il semble y avoir peu de gens autour,,en,lequel,,en,comme je l'ai dit,,en,est parce que beaucoup des villageois rentrent chez eux pendant la journée pour prendre soin de leur bétail ou vérifier leurs effets personnels,,en,Au deuxième site,,en,les classes ont été réalisées pour les enfants Desa Ban,,en, where about a dozen guys were raising the precast concrete columns to support the roof and cladding. The rest of the work should take two weeks to finish, and then the bicycles can be built closer to home, rather than in Denpasar.

After lunch, we went to check on two of the evacuation camps nearby. I was struck by how quiet it seemed inside. The first was in a large compound, but there seem to be few people around, which, as I have been told, is because many of the villagers return home during the day to take care of their cattle or check on their belongings. At the second site, the classes were being conducted for the Desa Ban children, et je suis impressionné par le professeur principal de l'école conduite deux classes sur différents sujets simultanément,,en,le voyage m'a donné une bien meilleure compréhension de ce que fait EBPP,,en,et comment mon travail s'inscrit dans,,en,Les IMPRESSIONS D'UN STAGIAIRE DE EBPP OPÉRATIONS SUR LE TERRAIN AU COURS DE LA CRISE MOUNT AGUNG,,en.

Overall, the trip gave me a much better understanding of what EBPP does, and how my work fits in.

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