Category: Indonesia


Last 3 days to give!

December 29, 2010

If you were considering donating to a worthy cause in 2010 and taking advantage of the tax benefits of charitable donations, now is your last chance to contribute!

As we look towards new efforts and projects in 2011 it is only through your generous funding that we will be able to continue our long term development projects in some of the poorest areas on this planet.

As you know, we have set the goal of raising $100,000 by December 31st, and would greatly appreciate if you consider Real Medicine for your year-end donation.

In the spirit of Real Medicine…

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Almost 6 years after the last Tsunami in Indonesia and the founding of Real Medicine in Sri Lanka, another Tsunami has struck the area,  this one resulting with at least 272 dead and so far another 400 missing.   Officials are saying there were faults with an early warning system designed to alert locals to the 3m-high (10ft) wave.

Full article from BBC news here:

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The Neighborhood Endowment Fund Program in Central Java

A Reflection

June 23, 2010 - Indonesia

by Caitlin McQuilling and Sahil Sondhi

June 17, 2010

Now four years into RMF’s partnership with KOMPIP, RMF is taking a step back to reflect on the successes of our joint Neighborhood Endowment Fund Program thus far.

This community-owned revolving fund initiative provides its members with access to small loans for micro-enterprise purposes. Each neighborhood has its own fund and democratically elects three to four people to administer the fund voluntarily, acting in the capacities of leader, treasurer and secretary. The neighborhood structure that is already in existence is the pillar of the program. In Indonesia this structure is known…

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Earthquake kills 75 in Indonesia

September 30, 2009 - Indonesia

In Indonesia, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit early this morning near the city of Padang, on the island of Sumatra. At least 75 people are dead and officials say that number is expected to rise with thousands trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, including at least two hospitals.

This follows another earthquake with an 8.0 magnitude that struck near the South Pacific island nations of Samoa and Tonga and the US territory of American Samoa.  The quake triggered a massive tsunami that killed an estimated 100 people, including more than 30 people in American Samoa. 

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Mrs. Marsiyem is a traveling bread seller in her home town of Birit Village, Indonesia.

Early in the morning she buys baskets of unbaked breads from the market and spends the rest of the day distributing them to different warungs (small restaurants). It is hard work but she is thankful to have it.

In 2008, when the community savings project began, Mrs. Marsiyem signed up along with the rest of her family and after receiving the initial load of 200.000 rupiah, she was able to start her business.

Now, in 2009, after…

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“Nice to meet you, I am called Grandmother Harto.”

Grandmother Harto, a 65 year old widow and mother of five, is one of the thousands of people still affected by the devastating 2006 earthquake in Indonesia.  However, thanks to the Community Savings Project: The People’s First Endowment, she is also one of the many people who have been able to rebuild their homes and their lives.

“In a disaster like this one we are all concerned about the wishes of the Great Power. We mere humans cannot know what we must do.”


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Looking back…

On Saturday, May 27, 2006, at 5:54 a.m., local time, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java leaving an estimated 6,000 dead, 50,000 injured, and over 200,000 displaced and desperate.

Within weeks Real Medicine took action to rebuild Mlese Village, a grouping of nineteen neighborhoods (RT) located ten kilometers or six miles from the mid-sized city of Klaten, Central Java where 99% of family houses were either severely damaged or destroyed.

Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) issued a $10,800 grant to Yayasan KOMPIP…

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Brick burning – one of the micro businesses supported by RMF in Indonesia

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Mlese Village is an amalgamation of nineteen neighborhoods (RT) located ten kilometers or six miles from the mid-sized city of Klaten, Central Java. In the aftermath of the May 24, 2006 earthquake, forty-one villagers from Mlese were found dead. Over 99% of the village’s houses were either severely damaged or destroyed, making the per capita destruction worse than Banda Aceh’s in the 2004 tsunami. This past October, Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) issued a $10,800 grant to Yayasan KOMPIP (YK) to expand YK’s TRT or “community savings” project in Mlese Village, Central Java.

In March 2007, the grant had…

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A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck at 5:54 a.m. on May 27 near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, 250 miles east of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. The massive earthquake has so far killed almost 5,700 people, seriously wounded more than 20,000 and left 200,000 homeless.

Many of the homeless people remained near their damaged residences in makeshift shelters. Since the quake struck, there have been several hundred aftershocks. The earthquake’s epicenter was close to the rumbling Mount Merapi volcano, and activity increased soon after the temblor. Read on…

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