Sumba Photo Stories

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Sumba Photo Stories

As Kawan Baik Indonesia and Fair Future Foundation aims to contribute to the development in disadvantaged areas, we need to map out the most pressing issues in every area where we work.

Nevertheless, it is sometimes a difficult process to define what the real problems are, to decide what should be prioritized, and to find the most effective method to solve the problems. Therefore, we have initiated a photography project, through which we do the process in a creative way by engaging local children and understanding the problems through their perspective.

Sumba Photo Stories Project is one of our brainchilds. In this project, we teach local children about photography, including how to use a camera, take photos with good angle and composition, and subsequently making good stories out of their photos. We will lend them cameras and let them take pictures of anything in their surroundings as we continue to hone their photography skills through a series of training.

The photos captured real problems in their environment (as clean and safe water access, or studying without electricity), which are interpreted through the children’s genuine point of view. The project is conducted in three phases: training/workshop, exposition, as well as evaluation and action plans.

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Training & Workshop

The first phase of the project is to organize training with three groups of ten children from Sumba and to teach them how to use a camera. The children will take the camera with them and capture the moments of their life, places they go to, their home, their loved ones, the food they eat, and everything around them.

Children will have the opportunity to explore their village, to express themselves, to discover and analyze things around them with a new perspective.

In this phase, the children should be encouraged to make a story from the pictures they have taken and present it in front of others. This phase will teach them how to be confident by creating a narration about anything in their environment that they have captured on camera, and being courageous enough to speak up about it.

There are many benefits of conducting this project: First, by participating in this project, they will be encouraged to do something new, which changes their day- to-day habits. They will learn and develop new skills. From an educational point, this is a real chance for them to progress.

Secondly, some of them might develop or demonstrate a real interest in art and photography, and they may want to continue learning after the project. This is a good thing that we will further take into consideration. Education is of course the most important, but art is also a very good way to learn and to develop other parts of the brain.


After the children complete their tasks, the next thing to do is to collect all the pictures, and organise an exposition to bring their works to public notice. As the highlighted phase of this project, we hope that the exposition will let the broader community outside the island seeing the works of the children and being aware of their life condition.

In addition, the exposition is a good way to inform people about this project as a kind of ‘cultural events’, because people are usually more receptive on attending those kinds of events rather than simply receiving notification through emails. They will see for themselves the works of the children and the foundation, thus making them in better disposition to donate some money for the foundation.

Evaluation & Action Plan

The third phase of this photo project is to evaluate and making plans of action to carry out the programs of Kawan Baik, based on the lessons learned during the project.

For Kawan Baik, this photo project is the opportunity to understand the difficulties from the point of view of the children. By evaluating the works of the children, as well as the results of the training and the exposition, we can outline the most important and urgent things to work on. In that sense, it becomes possible to put priorities on the projects that we want to develop in the future..

Population & Beneficiaries

Kahaungu Eti District has a total population of 8,909* people, consisting of 4,522 men and 4,387 women, with an area of 475.1 hectares. The population density is 18.75 km2.

In this photography project, Kawan Baik is targeting to invite 30 children from two or three villages in Kahaungu Eti District. They will take part in the training and exposition. In addition to the participants, there are also other direct beneficiaries of this project, including local guide, local trainer, the teachers, local children from the villages who also interested to learn about photography, and also local population being involved in our programs.

Other beneficiaries in this project include the locals who will get new information about social, cultural, education and health in Sumba especially in Kahaungu Eti village through social media and websites of Kawan Baik Indonesia Foundation and the Fair Future Foundation, as well as other supporting partners (500 people).

In addition, this project will also benefit the population who get new information about social, cultural, education and health in Sumba, especially in the village of Kahaungu Eti (300 people), through a series of photo exhibitions.

This will be the first step for us to be able to engage more people in helping two main programs of Kawan Baik Indonesia Foundation, consisting of Kawan Pintar (Smart Friends) and Kawan Sehat (Health Friends) in East Sumba.

Through our main target of 30 children joining the photography training, we aim to bring great impact to formal schools, as well as residential and public environment.

They are free to take pictures from their surroundings with our technical guidance and concept.

Our team will then curate their artwork, in order to make the photos feasible as a medium to share knowledge about the importance of nutrition, hygiene, health and education to the wider community.

*(Source of the Central Statistics Agency: East
Sumba in Figures 2018)

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