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Helping out quake victims one T-shirt at a time

  • Mark Heyward

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  03:30 am

Constant fear: The silhouettes of people having a conversation are seen at a displaced person shelter in Mataram, West Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara. (JP/Seto Wardhana)A true story tells of how T-shirts in the Netherlands can rebuild a broken school in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.High on the hills behind Senggigi, on Lombok’s west coast, a small primary school clings to the slopes of one of Mount Rinjani’s volcanic foothills. SD 6 Batu Layar, located in the village of Duduk Atas, began its life 15 years ago on the veranda of the village mosque. Before that, most of the villagers never went to school. Most were destined for life as illiterate, itinerate laborers.The school has grown since then, now comprising 107 children and 15 teachers. In the spirit of gotong royong (everyone helping to achieve a shared goal), the whole community built the school. Inspired by Pak Aini, a community le...