When father Yosep SDB, asked me to work in Sumba, I was so excited. Suddenly my right side brain was so full of adorable imaginations, like swimming, surfing, riding a horse, star gazing at night, adventure with new friends, exploring new culture, and devote myself to the people of Sumba. After working for 1 year in Papua, I really can’t wait to start working in Sumba island.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Muspas is Musyawarah Pastoral (Pastoral Deliberation) for Mee tribe and Moni tribe. The third Muspas was held in Obano village from Febuary 26 until March 4, 2011.
There were about 3000 people of Mee tribe and Moni tribe came from Paniai Regency, Nabire Regency, Mimika Regency, Deyai Regency and Dogiyai Regency to have an annual Pastoral Delibration (Muspas) in Obano village.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Anton Pigome, a Papuan man from Obano village. He had a wife with 2 daughters and 1 sons. They lived in the same area with me and my boss. He worked as a cleaning service in Puskesmas Obano for 20 years. But Anton did more than just cleaning, he helped me to wrap the powder (pulveres) for kids, he planted many trees and vegetables in the garden. He was my translator, my neighbor, my friend. He was just like a family to me. He treated Grace, Victor and I warmly.
On the first day of our arrival in Obano, Anton served us some baked sweet potatoes. It was so nice. He also helped us to fix some parts of the house and made a small bridge on the back of our house. He fixed the water tank on our house. He put many small stones on our yard so we could step on those stones.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Save Papua was the motto of Mobile Clinic in Papua. The program was aimed at accelerating health improvements by providing direct services to people from one village to another. The Mobile Clinic services were focused on mother and child health, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The teams would move from one village to another to provide health services to the people in need, especially to people who live far away from public health service.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Obano is a village with beautiful view and cool temperature. Grace, Victor and I worked in Puskesmas (public health service) Obano from Monday to Saturday. Our patients consisted of Papuan and outsiders. Some Papuan, especially old Papuan, didn’t speak Indonesian, so we had many translators to help us. There were many outsiders in Obano who came from Sulawesi, Moluccas, Java, Sumatra, etc. We also had home visit for some patients. For me, it was great to visit the natives’ and the outsiders’ houses, besides to treat the patients, we saw their lifestyle, culture and habits too. Our neighbors in Obano were very nice to us (maybe because we are doctors, LOL). Every time we visit the outsiders’ house, they always ask us to eat meals together with them. So if we visited the Sulawesi family house, then we would eat Sulawesi food. If we visited the Javanese family house, then we would eat Javanese food and so on. We just had to choose random house and we didn’t have to cook in our kitchen anyway. You can see Sulawesi food in my picture. Wow… it was so good :D
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Before Grace and I went to Obano to start our duty, we went to the traditional market in Enarotali to shop our daily needs. We chose to shop in Enarotali because the price was cheaper than in Obano. We bought kerosene stove, plates, bowls, glasses, forks, spoons, knife, scissor, bucket, broom, a sack of rice (10 kg), a pack of egg, 5 liters vegetable oil, 5 liters kerosene, 1 kg sugar, 200 g salt, 1 pack of tea, 1 pack of milk, ¼ kg onion, ¼ kg shallot, ¼ kg garlic and ¼ kg chili. Gosh… I really started a new life in Papua. Hahahaha…