Transforming Lives Through Rigorous Planning and Deep Community Immersion: A Journey Into Fair Future’s Pre-Implementation Strategy.
Discover Fair Future’s Unique Methodology in East Indonesia: Balancing Compassion, Empathy, and Strategic Planning to Ensure Sustainable Health and Wellness Outcomes in Ultra-Rural Communities.
One of Fair Future’s keys to success is our meticulous approach to every project we undertake. Before even lifting a stone or administering a single dose of medication, our teams conduct rigorous feasibility and impact studies. This often starts with a journey on the ground, especially to East Sumba, such as in the village of Laindatang.
Deep Community Immersion
Ayu, the Director of Kawan Baik Indonesia, myself, Alex Wettstein, and our local collaborators like Primus, the technical manager, and Elthon, the keeper of traditions, go into these communities to genuinely understand their daily lives. This is not merely a quick discussion and observation. We live among them. We spend several nights in their homes, cook with them, and learn how they feed themselves, hydrate, and look after their health. This phase doesn’t just give us valuable data for planning but also builds a trust bridge with the communities. We know we’ll be working together for several months or perhaps even years.
Our teams, including Gogon, who is in charge of clean water-related projects, and Annisa, who handles field finances and logistics, collaborate to assess the real needs of the population. We focus on creating a lasting impact in terms of better health, and more harmonious and balanced lives. Ino, our liaison with communities and authorities, helps us navigate the local social and political landscape.
At Fair Future, our groundwork is as profound as the impact we aim to create. Our community immersion isn’t just a phase; it’s a commitment. Alex Wettstein, CEO, Founder Fair Future.
Every project must meet specific criteria: innovation, usefulness, sustainability, and ecology. The assessment is exhaustive. We consider every variable from cost to community benefit. Questions are plenty: Is there road access? Are the pathways safe? What are the community’s major concerns—water, food, or healthcare access?
The End Goal
After weeks of study and immersion, an action plan takes shape. Each step is calculated in terms of time and required resources. And the ultimate question remains: will this project save lives? Will it improve the daily lives of families or the entire community?
With this methodology, every member of the Fair Future team, including a Council member always present on-site, knows they are part of a project that’s been carefully thought out and will have a real, lasting impact. And yes, for fifteen years, it’s this very methodology that’s made Fair Future a unique organization, with myself, Alex Wettstein, always in the field, as a 100% volunteer.
This is why at Fair Future, every project starts with feasibility studies—because we believe that the well-being of ultra-rural communities is not just our mission; it’s our passion.
For Further Reading: Dive into all the articles and publications under our WaterConnections program here. Visit our Instagram account for an illustrative photo gallery of our extraordinary efforts.
Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu,
September 29th, 2023.