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. About 55 fishing families live there. 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. Currently, village families must rely on rainwater, which is collected from the village church roof in a single storage tank that is in urgent need of repair. During the dry season, they can get fresh water only from a forest well two kilometers away or from one of the neighboring islands, 30 minutes away by boat.
In addition, the school that serves the needs of the village’s 70 elementary students is in dire need of repair. The Seacology grant will also go to complete repair of the school.