Community Center Development
» Ribbon cutting.
December 19, 2005
» Strong foundation for the new
building. June - November, 2005
» The construction of the Community Center
officially began. May 23, 2005
» Design of Community Center is done.
May 8, 2005
» Sylvia (Architect from University of
Washington in Seattle) visited the site.
May 5, 2005
» Saiful arranged a follow-up meeting to discuss the plan.
May 3, 2005
» A donator from New Jersey kindly agreed to contribute to the
construction. April 23, 2005
» Mazalan met the villagers about building a community center.
April 20, 2005
ARF-Supported Community Center: First Permanent Building in Punge
Despite its proximity to the center of Banda Aceh, Punge Jurong V is no
different from other villages with regards to the state of
reconstruction post-tsunami. Half of the surviving 400 villagers are
still living in barracks seven miles away from the village and the other
half are living under tents or in the remains of their destroyed houses.
The first new structure being built in Punge Jurong is a community
center, thanks to the effort by ARF.
Until November 2005, promises for housing from different organizations
have yet to materialize. So far, no single permanent structure has been
built, except the community center supported by a generous donation
through ARF. A temporary community center was built by a local NGO with
foreign funding in July 2005 and some barracks will soon be built in the
village for torn-tents dwellers by an international NGO.
Why a Community Center, Why Not Housing?
Yes, this question might emerge now after we learn that housing is the
most pressing problem in Aceh today.
Well, we did consider and are considering building houses for the
villagers. However, we do not have the capacity to do so right now.
Before deciding to build the community center, we were thinking about
fundraising for housing development, but were not so successful as many
were not sure about land titling and ownership. Some donors said, “We do
not want to get into any trouble and have buildings destroyed due to
legal issues in the future.” Some others said, “We could not build the
whole village houses; we would only be able to build 10-15 houses. But
the villagers rejected the proposal because they want to have houses for
all at the same time.’ And yet, many others said, “No…not housing, too
complicated for our small organization. Above all, the government should
be building the houses!”
The only reason that we took on a permanent building project, the
community center, was because the villagers wanted it and there was
precedence for permanent building in the area: a permanent school was
being re-built in the next village. The school construction indicated
that the area will not be evacuated. Additionally, the land where the
community center is being built is village property and, therefore, no
potential problems regarding ownership exist.
In the future, however, we welcome donors, individual, groups or
organizations, who wish to sponsor building a house. A 36-square meters
house will cost 36 million IDR or approximately USD $3,600-4,000. We
will provide house specifications and budget details soon.
Meanwhile, let us thank all our donors and especially the Kokoshka
family for their very generous support through ARF: Thank You!!