About 8,000 people from the Asmat-tribe live in Merauke (South Papua). They moved from small villages in the Asmat region to the city, looking for work and a better life. Unfortunately, they often end up in deprived areas of Merauke due to lack of land and education.
Their living conditions are tough: crowded houses, lack of sanitation and no income. The circle of poverty threatens to repeat itself with the next generation. The lack of proper nutrition and a quiet place to study keeps Asmat children from attending school. The number of dropouts is very high.
Edo Mote – who himself received a contribution to study costs from Hapin – is concerned about the fate of the Asmat in Merauke. To gain the trust of the community, he previously built a toilet block with his own resources. Hapin will financially support the following small-scale projects of the foundation of Edo:
- The construction of “selling huts” in the Ongatmit district
Where Asmat women can sell fish. The construction work is carried out by the community itself. 20 women are also trained in entrepreneurship.
- Hygiene project in the area behind the Maro stadium and in the Ongatmit district
More than 100 children will receive soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste. They are trained in a hygienic lifestyle together with their mothers. Also, a concrete trash bin will be placed on the site so that waste can be collected better.
Edo’s foundation wants to help Asmat communities to stand on their own two feet. This requires knowledge of the tribe and of urban challenges. Fortunately, that is in good hands with Edo.