January 2005

Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 500-acre no-take forest reserve

Community benefit: Upgrading village rainwater collection system and school reconstruction

Kaibolafin Village is located on Indonesia’s Kola Island, one of a cluster of low-lying Aru Islands in the middle of the Arafaru Sea. Kaibolafin consists of 55 fishing families who currently rely on rainwater, which is collected from the village church roof in a single storage tank that is in urgent need of repair and refurbishing. During the dry season, the villagers can obtain freshwater only from a forest well two kilometers away or by collecting it from one of the neighboring islands, 30 minutes away by boat. In addition to the village’s water problem, a severely broken-down school serves the needs of 70 elementary school students in the village.

The village is willing to create a 500-acre permanent no-take forest reserve. In exchange, Seacology will provide a new village rainwater catchment system as well as complete construction of the elementary school.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Project Updates
June 2008
Construction of the school was complete by April 2008. Further plans for 2008 include adding a freshwater system for the school.
December 2007
Completion of the project was scheduled for mid-2007 but was delayed due to a large government project occupying all the skilled labor in the area. The government project is scheduled to be...
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June 2007
Major construction was completed in early 2007, and the building is in use. Painting, adding ceramic flooring, installing doors, and building a rainwater collection system are scheduled for mid-2007.
January 2007
There were several delays in 2006 due to the project leader’s poor health, lack of water in the area for mixing cement, and difficult transportation of materials. In spite of these obstacles a...
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January 2006
The first stone for the school was laid down in November 2005. The foundation is complete and columns are being erected as of this writing.
July 2005
In the first part of 2005, the village set the plans to upgrade the collection system, rebuild the school and establish the forest reserve. Installation of the storage tank for the rainwater...
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