We are an ambitious young team born and raised in Porli, a small community (approx 1200 people) in North Sumatra. We grew up with the jungle as our backyard and the river as our playground. We hope to ensure that the next generation will also see the amazing rivers and jungle that we grew up with. To ensure the future of the next generation we want to make sure the children of our village get the chance to learn English, will learn about the beautiful nature that surrounds them and how to protect this true treasure.
I am Yahya Kacaribu, but people know me as Santa. I am 23 years old.
Living in a remote community makes it more difficult to get the right education. I had to leave my village to learn English and to make a living. I do not want my younger brother to grow up like me. I want him and the other children of my village to have a good education. I want them to learn basic English in our village, so that they have better chances for a carefree future, an easier way to grow up.
Also I see and experience the impact of the palm oil plantations every day. They take all the water around us, our wells do not have clean water anymore. It smells. And most of the time the wells are dry, so we have to travel far to get clean water.
When I was a kid, I swam in the river all the time. My younger brother does not want to swim in the river because it is too dirty. We must take responsibility and keep our environment clean, so the next generation can swim and play in the river just like I did.
While working at a conservation project close to Bukit Lawang, I learned about conservation of the nature that surrounds us and I started thinking about all the things I could do for my own village (that borders the Gunung Leuser National Park).
So that’s where my dream started!
I went back to my village, hoping to make a difference. I talked to friends and together we formed a team and started Sumatra Dream Class.
My name is Lilis Sapriani, I’m a 19 year old girl.
I joined in the Sumatra Dream Class project, because I want the children in my village to speak English to foreign tourists who come to enjoy the nature tours in and around my village.
I also learned, and now teach, how to make Ecobricks, by using the rubbish in my village so that the plastic waste in my village will gradually be reduced.
I was also motivated to plant crops and trees with the villagers so that they will change palm oil trees into trees such as coconut-, durian- and other trees that are friendly for the environment because growing palm oil trees can damage the ecosystem.