Sewing class for Asmat mothers2021-09-09T15:18:24+02:00

Project Description

Total: € 2.100,-

Year: 2021

Edo Mote is no stranger to Hapin. In the past he received a scholarship and since then we have supported Edo in various projects for the Asmat community in Merauke. For example, last year he set up a hygiene project for children, started a micro-credit project with pigs and set up plans to build selling huts where Asmat women can sell their fish. Also this year Edo keeps busy: he recently set up a sewing class for Asmat mothers.

Thanks to the Indonesian NGO Kopernik, Edo was able to find a trainer willing to teach the course. Hapin has been asked to help with the purchase of sewing machines and other course costs. During 6 months, 8-10 women will learn how to make products that are well marketed. The participants generate income for their family, relatives or village. So that money can be earned for food, clothing, school, in short: the basic needs of every family.

Cultural aspects are taken into account in the organization of the course: during the training and afterwards, the women will receive guidance. To this end, a woman from the Asmat community has been hired, who can help Edo overcome any tribal and gender differences. Also, meetings were held with the families of the women, so that everyone is supportive when it comes to their participation. This prevents women from (having to) drop out.


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Student – Edo Mote

The Hapin scholarship program usually focuses on students in the first phase of their studies, the bachelor phase. Yet sometimes there are special requests and we deviate from this rule.


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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.


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Kombai tribe in inland Papua

Papuan researcher Edo Mote (Merauke) recently obtained a Master in Cultural and Media studies and focuses on research into the transition from tradition to modern times among the Papuans in the deep interior of Papua. He maps out the problem and advises the public administration to involve the local population in this. Edo visited the Upper Digul area in January and February of this year. Mote received a contribution from Hapin for his studies and research.


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