Niampak Village is located in the Talaud archipelago of eastern Indonesia. Like Ensem Village, its residents also rely on the spice trade. The village has just over 1,000 residents, who farm mainly nutmeg and cloves as well as coconuts and other cash crops. The village borders a 60,958-acre rainforest reserve on the island of Karakelang.
Due to the exceptional biological significance of this rainforest reserve, Burung Indonesia (Birdlife International’s Indonesian affiliate) has been working with Niampak Village to preserve it. In 2006, the village passed an ordinance to preserve the rainforest. It will be a no-take area for at least 20 years.
The village’s 38 kindergartners are now using a dilapidated building for their classroom. Seacology is funding renovation of the kindergarten building and the addition of washroom facilities.