We are really excited about our first project with Safe Water Gardens (SWG). Our friend and colleague, Marc Van Loo is the owner of Loola Adventure Resort, a top notch eco-resort in Bintan, Indonesia. After winning National Geographic's World Responsible Tourism Award in 2015, Marc wanted to continue helping the local Indonesian population. A major challenge in small villages in Indonesia is clean drainage and sewage systems. Safe Water Gardens is looking to install low-cost, sewage solutions that naturally make human waste into clean fertilizer for individual family gardens. We agreed to help out in promoting this ambitious project with Rabobank and we hope it will gain traction around Indonesia and other developing countries in South East Asia.
We arrived in Bintan the night before the event with 7 cameras, a microphone, walkie talkies and our drone. We spent the night at Loola testing our equipment and going over our itinerary with the staff. Although the heavy rains posed some challenges for everyone, it also added a dimension of humor to the project and everyone from Rabobank, to the villagers, to the Loola staff got involved and had a lot of fun as well. This was the result.
By the end of the day, everyone was covered in mud, with smiles on their faces. We set up a camera near one of the safe water gardens being built that day for a time lapse video and to our surprise, we found some young village children who figured out what this abandoned camera was all about. See if you can spot them here.
Finally, we hope to contribute further to this project in other ways and look forward to potential developments in sustainability projects. We hope people will spread the word about Safe Water Gardens and even volunteer to help make a better world.