Mbinudita Site Surrounded by Fire

September 24, 2020
Menyeberangi laut dari Pulau Jawa ke Pulau Sumba membutuhkan waktu beberapa hari setidaknya 3 hari. Itu adalah salah satu proses untuk membangun sekolah di Mbinudita.

Hello everyone, how are you today?

Some news of the fires that annoy us a lot in the context of the construction of #BangunMbinuDita. As we wrote to you a few weeks ago, the grass and forest fires have been raging for more than a month and the inhabitants of the district of “Nggaha Ori Angu”, that is where we are building. the new school of #BangunMbinuDita, fight fires incessantly and relentlessly!

From north to south, all around us there is black smoke rising in the sky. On the main road which leads to #RebuildMbinuDita, we can feel the heat and the flames which are then very close to our vehicles.

An anecdote related to these fires: In recent days, the construction activities of #BangunMbinuDita going on intensely, many children have come to help us. The children of the Nosu area not only helped carry the sand or cement, but also quickly came down the hill from the school and suddenly became firefighters trying to put out the fires with a few buckets of water. or with branches and other twigs of grass that are still green.

These fires started when it was very hot and Kawan Primus, who saw the fire spreading from behind the hill, started to stir and then move closer to these fires in order to extinguish them or curb their spread. . He very responsively and spontaneously brought up a large bucket of water and walked down the steep, rocky hill. The little boy who was then holding a bucket full of earth was surprised to see it suddenly replaced by water … This little budding firefighter then followed Kawan Primus close to the fires in order to help him.

For nearly half an hour, they were there, “hammering” the flames that spread from the grass with tree branches. An intense heat linked to the fires and the sickening heat, plus the fatigue of having to go up and down the hill in order to look for water was tiring. For several hours they ran like this after the fire and the flames which spread very quickly.

These efforts were not in vain because together, we managed to put out the fire on the part that could have spread closer to the #BangunMbinuDita site.

The flames and fires are unpredictable … Angry, the fire then turned and spread over the isolated hill next to the school and the fighting continued. Until the evening, the fire continued to spread in the area to the south of the school with an even closer distance than before.

We are on permanent alert so that these fires do not come too close to construction. They are not huge, but the wind and the lack of resources on the spot force us to overstep, as we have always been able to do so well.

Thank you very much for your time, your help and your kindness again the foundation and most importantly, the community of #BangunMbinuDita who watches over us as we rebuild their school.

 

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