Completed Development Projects
Free Medical Clinic and Ambulance Service
Courtesy of a grant, Family Care Indonesia built a simple health clinic in Leupung, Aceh Besar district. The clinic operates 24/7, provides free medical services, and is staffed by 2 doctors, midwives and 4 nurses.
Family Care Foundation promotes bottom-up demand-driven development, and participatory planning. Local government officials were enthusiastic about this development project and supplied the land for the building. While some government clinics exist in the general vicinity, they all operate on a very limited time frame and the charge for their services puts them out of range of the common man.
Additionally, a fully equipped ambulance was donated by a group of ITB Engineering alumni as a gesture to help establish the first 911 equivalent in the entire area. Family Care Indonesia provides an ambulance service for the villages in the area. The ambulance bases at the Leupung clinic and is used as a mobile clinic to reach out to 4 outlying villages, which are far from any medical services.
Without the clinic and these mobile medical services, the local people would otherwise have to travel to the regional capital, Banda Aceh, for any medical attention.
The clinic is managed by the Ibrahim Nain Foundation and AHHF, the Clinic project itself moving ahead smoothly under the leadership of Dr. Muchtar. Besides the day-to-day care of patients coming to the clinic, Muchtar and the other medical staff have moved ahead with a program of teaching cleanliness to the locals, along with a program of nutrition for children and pregnant mothers. Handouts have been produced on Respiratory Health, which represents the leading health problem that the doctors have to deal with, and Health Pointers for Pregnant Women, and these are distributed through the local government clinics and the village heads as well as via the mobile clinic.
The healthcare professionals participating in this venture are very enthusiastic about the concept of the services and are particularly happy with the lack of bureaucracy and consequently labor with much dedication, having shown themselves willing to go above the call of duty.
With the rebuilding efforts, Family Care felt it best to concentrate our resources and efforts in one rural location, creating a model village. For this livelihood programs, we chose Lhoong, in the district of Aceh Besar, which spans 28 villages, 24 of which were very hard hit by the tsunami.
The main infrastructure investment in the area has been the construction of a new coastal highway, as undertaken by US AID.
A donated beachfront property along this new highway provided a great location for a livelihood restaurant, which could financially benefit the villagers in the immediate area on an ongoing basis.
We built a quality restaurant on a gorgeous setting with an ocean view on the one side and a mountain view on the other.
The restaurant, Warung Nasi Perahu, was created to offer services for motorists traveling between Banda Aceh and Melaboh (a main destination for mini-buses that travel the highway).
Facilities include a full “recreational stop” offering prayer room, a playground and rest areas, and a souvenir shop, in addition to the restaurant itself.
Further to Family Care’s vision wants to create a fully functioning refurbished zone, including livelihood undertakings (totally absent in all other localities) and with the goal of sustainability, an organic farm was undertaken adjacent to the restaurant location.
Local villagers are trained to grow vegetables and melons which could be sold alongside the highway as a type of a farmer’s market, as well as sold to the restaurant itself.
For more on the subject:
Building peace in Aceh amid building pains
Aceh Tsunami Insights, from Family Care Foundation
Waste involved with Tsunami Rebuilding
More on Waste involved with Tsunami Rebuilding
Family Care Foundation Tsunami Rebuilding in Aceh Province
The Need to Communicate with Local Beneficiaries