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A LEARNING REFLECTION OF IMCS SUMMER SCHOOL 2017

A LEARNING REFLECTION OF IMCS SUMMER SCHOOL 2017

The International Summer Camp’17 organized by IMCS, was held in Flores Ende, Indonesia from 7th to 17th of July 2017. Being one of my first International exposure, I was excited about the camp, where I could meet people from other places of the world and share a dialogue with them.

Never enough words to could be framed about the beauty of the island-Flores. As well as the traditional warm welcome from the gates of Kupang to our last destination Labuan Bajo. The Indonesians enthralled a feeling of love, kindness and brotherly warmth. The training sessions were indeed insightful, from which we could share a lot of input and all the participants took active part in all group discussions and exposures which were being organized. The camp included training about Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDG 4 which was Quality of education: We were given the task of building a local high school and also for painting it. Whereas, on SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation: We were taken across for field visits to engage with the local community to learn about their water sources and help raise awareness on the waste crisis and recycling. On SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth: We had to visit a small village where the victims of human trafficking resided. We acknowledged their experiences and studied them so we could use these case studies to advocate and give a hand in preventing this from happening in the future. The best example which I witnessed was the exchange interfaith dialogue between Catholics and Muslims by taking part in building the local mosque to promote peace among the locals of the island.

Being a part of the media commission I was able to imbibe few skills such as photography. As media is the tool used for communicating among people living in different parts of the world. Therefore, during the training programme Social Media’s like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram were used as a medium to share what’s happening in the summer school.

Cultural night was one of the most gala event of the Summer School as various cultures were being represented on stage! Participants from various countries were dressed in their traditional attire. Meanwhile we got to see different dance forms of Indonesian culture. The tunes of the song ‘Mogie’ still echo in my head.

I believe future is in the hands of the youth and youth have the capacity to bring the change in the society keeping in mind solidarity among them and youth can promote peace and harmony in the society.

As our friend Mr. Franklin D. Roosevelt says, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, But We can build our youth for the future.”

ALIDA RODRIGUES
AICUF-INDIA

Celebration of 23rd Anniversary of PMKRI Maumere St.Thomas More

On 29th January 2017, PMKRI Maumere St. Thomas More celebrated their 23rd anniversary as a branch of PMKRI, Indonesia. There were two social activities to celebrate this year anniversary; a cleaning campaign in the Maumere city and a visitation and donation to Budi Luhur orphanage. The series of activities were conducted by the executive committee of Maumere branch, under the leadership of their Chairman for 2016/2017, Martinus Laga Muli. PMKRI has been active in Indonesia more than 7 decades.

Maumere St.Thomas More is concerned about the environmental problems in Maumere city, such as floods that often occurs during rainy season. Even though rainy season is a blessing for the farmers, it has been disastrous for the people living in the city with ill maintained drainage system. On 28th January, a day before the 23rd anniversary, PMKRI Maumere conducted an activity to clean the 3 kilometers of drainage channel in Jalan Anggrek (Anggrek street).

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Drainage problems in this area happening since roadblock construction project of government finished. Aim of the project was for beautify the area, but they have forgot about importance of drainage. As the result, stagnant water with height around 50 centimetres that interfere the flow of traffic. This activity was one way to criticize the government for what they have done, and participated by 27 members of PMKRI Maumere. They cleaned the channel which had been neglected for years from 08.45 morning until 12.30 afternoon.

In the next day morning around 10.30 am, the celebration activities were continued with visitation to Budi Luhur Orphanage. This orphanage is look after and taking care of disable and abandon children who came from many area around Flores island, run by ALMA Sisters who were happy and welcome with their visitation. PMKRI Maumere members were moved and touched by happiness and smile of the children. Despite of their conditions, the Children could still perform their creative dance and played with them. After spent almost 2 hours with Children, before leaveing the orphanage, PMKRI Maumere gave them clothes and dry food which were collected from peoples of Sikka region.

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Celebration was finished with a community pray on 29th January evening, as thanksgiving for togetherness and success of activities, from 17.00 pm to 18.30pm in hall of Forum Kerukunan Umat Beragama ( Religion Communities Harmony Forum) for Sikka region. After prayer activity, all members were back to secretariat for reflection and discussion about degradations of moral, human rights, spirits and values of organization due to impact of globalization.