Our programs

1. ENGLISH CLASS

We will teach children and young people of our community basic English, as English is necessary to have a better chance in society. While doing so we will enhance their awareness of the beauty of their living environment. We will educate our young people on conservation in order to maintain this wonderful asset for future generations.

Play & Learn

Our goal is to have two 1.5 hour classes per week. The classes are free for all children between 6 and 14 years old (10 to 15 children per class).

Key-words in our teaching method will be: Fun, Playing, Drama and Singing

We will divide each lesson into 3 blocks:

  • 30 minutes teaching songs and information
  • 30 minutes asking and answering questions
  • 30 minutes playing games and singing songs

The first lesson of the week will emphasize English. The second lesson of the week will focus on Conservation.

2. ECOBRICK

An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed with used plastic to a set density to create a reusable building block. Ecobricks can be used to produce modular items, including furniture, garden walls and other structures. Ecobricks are produced primarily as a means of managing plastic waste by sequestering it and containing it safely. This process terminally reduces the net surface area of the packed plastic to effectively secure the plastic from degrading into toxins and microplastics.

At Sumatra Dream Class, we promote the personal ecobricking process as a means to raise awareness of the consequences of consumption and the dangers of plastic. We also promote the collaborative process as a means to encourage our community to take collective responsibility for our plastic waste and to use it to produce a useful product.

At English Class we introduce the children of our community to conservation and try to create awareness of “our” garbage problem. We also talk to the members of our community and try to encourage them to reduce the amount of plastic in and around our village. We introduce them to the ecobrick and teach them how to make an ecobrick. In return they receive the equivalent of 29 cents per ecobrick (enough money for a hot meal), at this point of time, this money is sponsored by Project Wings (www.project-wings.de).

With the help of this deposit system, we hope to produce and collect 3000 Ecobricks, which then will be used to build a fence around the yard of our elementary school. This should help to keep out the animals such as cows and will create a safe and clean play area for the children.

Let’s turn “our” plastic waste into Ecobricks. Help us build a garden-wall around our schoolyard.

Thank you Project Wings for funding the Ecobrick Project in Porli!

Typically, people use a wood or bamboo stick to manually pack plastic into the plastic bottle. Any size of transparent PET plastic bottle can be used to make an Ecobrick. The bottle and the packed plastic are clean and dry to prevent the growth of bacteria. Plastic is cut or ripped into small pieces then packed little by little, alternating between adding the plastic and compacting it, layer by layer. The bottle is rotated with each press to ensure the plastic is evenly compacted throughout the bottle. This process prevent voids, and achieves a requisite solidity needed for building block applications.

3. SUSTAINABLE FARMING

Around our village Porli, almost 75% of the land is used by palm oil plantations. In addition palm oil is grown by small farmers in our village to provide for their livelihood. Palm oil production and deforestation go hand in hand. To build palm oil plantations producers clear trees in tropical rainforests, destroying the biodiverse regions. Deforestation is a significant contributor to climate change. Intensive palm oil production is also creating air, soil and water pollution, and soil erosion. On a regional scale, palm oil production has also been associated with robbing Indigenous people of their land and livelihoods.

Not far from our village there is a river with beautifull jungle (Batu Rongring). This is an extraordinary asset that we still have and need to protect. With knowledge, we aim to enable the next generation to maintain the integrity of this beautiful place. We must fight for environmentally friendly agriculture. We must stop deforestation and cultivate different plants and trees that are more environmentally friendly. 

On a small scale we want to convince and help our farmers to replace their palm oil trees for a variety of trees such as durian, coconut, mahogany and rotan. We will try to raise funds to buy the necessary trees in order to work on “Sustainable Farming” together with the farmers of our village.

To achieve sustainable farming we have a long road to travel as each tree we plant needs to grow approximately 3 years before it will give fruits and can, indeed, replace the income that is obtained from palm oil. So after planting we will need to see to it that the plants are receiving needed care. We must also remove palm oil trees from the land.

With the first tree-donation we have bought 50 Rambutan trees and we have planted these trees together with the children that attend English Class, on the land of a farmer that is currently growing palm oil.

4. ECO TOURISM

At this moment we focus on setting up a steady base for Sumatra Dream Class. In the near future we would like to offer eco tourism combined with volunteering. We are thinking about how we can get the teenagers of our community involved in this next step so we can offer them a bright future in their own dazzling environment.

Should you have any suggestions on how to proceed with this next step, please feel free to share your ideas, we are open to all suggestions.

Thank you!