As a first step, YTS is bringing together clusters of Dayak communities and local government through a planning process that links community needs with government resources. Each village creates its own, individual development plan that feeds into the government planning cycle. Government planners and service departments use this information to design and fine tune their support programs and community services. Villages are then able to access support that is directly relevant to their needs.
As a second measure, YTS provides immediate technical support for key livelihood activities that are prioritized in the village plan. These include upland rice cultivation and rubber production, and chicken, pig and fish rearing. Technical experts for these activities are contracted by each village directly, with YTS providing financial and management support.
By learning to manage the contract mechanism and the community planning process, each community takes charge of its own development, becoming much more self-reliant and independent in the process.
YTS is also striving to improve the capacity of government to plan and manage the overall development process. It is promoting an integrated platform for development and is lobbying both government and development agencies to work together with the private sector and non-governmental organizations to create a common development framework. YTS has begun lobbying development agencies to support this objective and to channel some of their resources to the province. It has already collaborated with two United Nations agencies, UNCTAD and UNIDO, as well as with several non-governmental organizations.
Kalimantan Kids Club
Kalimantan Kids Club is a higher education scholarship program for talented and financially needy children from remote villages. The program is currently supporting 17 young people through high school and university.
YTS was established in 1998 by a mineral exploration company, PT Kalimantan Surya Kencana, together with local Dayak representatives. The company has been working with local communities since it began its exploring activities over 20 years ago. Establishing the foundation was a means of formalizing this commitment to the local people.
Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta
Jl. Teuku Umar No 32A
Palangka Raya 73112, Kalimantan Tengah
Tel: +62 536 3237184 / Fax: +62 536 3229187
Read YTS's report on the Kalimantan Gold Corporation, Ltd., The Key to Sustainable Development: Solutions from the Jungles of Kalimantan.
A short video on the use of mercury in artisanal gold mining:
Read about Bukit Batu. The Bukit Batu project is designed to enable communities to interact more effectively with local government by giving local people an active voice in key decision-making processes. In this project, all members of the community take part in a community-based analysis and planning process that generates a development plan that the community can use to provide a focus for their own development priorities and actions and to participate in the annual government planning process.
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