By: Ni Nyoman (girl), 12 years old, Junior High School grade 2, Jatituhu
On December 4th, 2016, I was asked to carry many bamboo. I was falling down, my leg got hurt since the road I stepped was up and down and very slippery. I carried the bamboo from the forest around my village. We need to went and back from the big road to the forest until 5 times to fulfill my 3 carts. After that, my family and I brought it to the village and took time 2 – 3 hours.
I am with nine siblings, but only six who helped the family to collect the bamboo since the other three are too young to do this work. My siblings who work with me are around 6 – 17 years old, including myself. We usually help our parents after school. We have to help our parents doing this job, they will be angry if we didn’t do it. Besides, they are getting old so we have to help them.
I didn’t realize that the day had turned to evening. I tied the bamboo and then brought them home. It took long time since the road was ascending. We pushed the carts slowly because the bamboos were very heavy. At home, our parents prepared the bamboo to be sold to the broker on the next day.
Collecting bamboo is our daily work. We do it to meet our daily need and pocket money for us who still in school. We sell the bamboo Rp28.000, per bunch. There are 6 bamboos per bunch as long as 4 m. If the bamboo size was small, we put 10 bamboo per bunch. When collecting the bamboo in the forest, we could get up to 20 bunch in once.
Yesterday was a very hard day for me, even for my family. It was so hard when cutting, pulling and carrying the bamboo because the far distance. We often bitten by mosquito. A heavy rain came which caused the road became slippery and impeded our work, so we needed to take off our sandals.
This is a hard job for my family, but hopefully through this job, my family could be prosperous so that it is enough to keep our pot boiling every day.