Aceh Province, Republic of Indonesia
The Republic of Indonesia
Aceh Province, Indonesia
November 2006 – December 2010
The government of Indonesia, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the local government of Aceh, Sambinoe Foundation, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) , and Syiah Kuala University
In November 2005, the Governments of Thailand and the Republic of Indonesia, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the Governor of Aceh requested the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF) to solve the problem of cannabis cultivation in Aceh Province, Indonesia through sustainable poverty alleviation. This would contribute to the recovery of livelihoods and economy in Aceh ravaged from thirty years of civil conflict and the tsunami disaster.
What do we do in Aceh?
In September 2006, the MFLF started our development activities by carrying out comprehensive geographical and socioeconomic surveys for Lamteuba Village Grouping, the site identified by the Acehnese for launching the pilot 'Aceh Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Development - A-S.A.L.D Project'. In December 2008, the MFLF expanded livelihood creation activities to Maheng-Lamcot Village, introducing the reconstruction of the irrigation system, agricultural demonstration plots, and veterinary services.
1) Malaria Preparedness Program
In April 2007, the MFLF started a pilot malaria elimination program in Lamteuba Village, Aceh Besar District to respond to the community's immediate problem and earn the trust of the local community. The local health team and villagers have been trained to carry out the holistic malaria preparedness program covering malaria detection through mass blood screening, microscopic diagnosis, treatment and medication, and prevention through vector control. This has enabled them to help themselves against malaria and even extend the assistance to nearby villages. The successful pilot project has been recognized by the Health Ministry of Indonesia, the Provincial Health Office of Aceh, Indonesian universities and NGOs as a model to be replicated throughout Aceh and elsewhere in Indonesia.
2) Prostheses Program
In 2007, the Prostheses Centre was established at the Zainoel Abidin Hospital in Banda Aceh by the MFLF in cooperation with the Prostheses Foundation of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother to train one medical doctor, two physicians, and four Acehnese amputees to become prostheses technicians producing artificial legs for fellow amputees. This Centre is now operated by the trained Acehnese amputees. As of June 2010, 163 artificial legs have been produced by the trained Acehnese amputees for fellow Acehnese amputees, allowing them to lead productive lives again.
3) Sustainable Rural Development Centre
In December 2008, with Sambinoe Foundation and the local government of Aceh, the MFLF established the ‘Sustainable Rural Development Centre’ in Maheng-Lamcot Village, Aceh Besar District as a one-stop learning and demonstration centre on irrigation, agriculture, livestock, and public hygiene.
The centre has greatly benefited from support and cooperation from multiple stakeholders – relevant government departments at the central, provincial and district levels; academic institutions; private sector; and grassroots community. Currently, the communities have begun to take ownership of the various initiatives at the centre, overseeing and operating the activities themselves after they have received sufficient capacity building.
The learning centre has received over 100 delegations since its establishment. Visitors include officials from national as well as provincial government departments, schools and universities, international organizations such as the European Commission, UN agencies and World Bank, who are able to extend lessons learned to benefit more people.
What do the people get?
- The pilot malaria elimination project introduced by the MFLF in 2006 in Lamteuba Village Cluster has resulted in the malaria infection rate in the area being maintained at 0.07 percent over the past four years, reduced from 2.17 percent with no fatalities. The local people trained by the MFLF has extended assistance on malaria management to other areas beyond Lamteuba while the model has been incorporated in the provincial plan.
- The Prostheses Centre has produced approximately 160 artificial legs for Acehnese amputees province-wide, and 240 more legs are expected to be produced for amputees in Aceh.
- The agricultural activities at the Sustainable Rural Development Centre in Maheng-Lamcot have generated direct income for over 130 villagers who are now earning over 2 USD per day.
- The community earns an average of approximately 400 USD profit per month from the rice mill the Project has established in Maheng-Lamcot in exchange for the villagers’ voluntary labor at the beginning of setting up the Project.