AEYVE Fieldwork; an Unofficial Report

Name: AEYVE fieldwork in Tegalrejo, Semarang, Indonesia. Time: 10-15 November 2008.

General aim: to make a children center in Tegalpanas Prostitution Area.

Specific aims: to get information about the situation and children of Tegalpanas Prostitution Area; to gain complete data of children (number, name, age, etc); to observe local people’s opinion on the proposal; to assess the need of the local people and children; to hold a Forum Theater as a tool of problem solving; to have some fun with the children.

Sunday, Nov 10.

Five volunteers of AEYVE arrived (Saskia-Netherlands, Inge-Estonia, Edil-Philippines, Yanocchi-Japan, To-Thailand). Ayu-Indonesia as the camp leader felt inferior knowing the brief CVs of the participants.

An introduction and orientation of IIWC and the fieldwork were held by Mbak Puji.

Having finished the nice dinner of Indonesian traditional meals: Urap, tahu bacem, and ikan asin, all went to sleep.

Tuesday, Nov 11

Departure time was 11 am, after a long bargain with the car driver, to get a reasonable price to reach the campsite (1 hour from IIWC office).

Midday was arrival, didn’t manage to see Novib staff-the NGO we have cooperation with, so went to Tegalpanas (Galpanas–GP) to see the local leaders and say hi.

Lunch in warung. Rahmat-Indonesia came from Jogja, after exam. Orientation with Novib, and a little rest.

Dinner, again in warung: nasi goreng. Seeing the local leader of the campsite’s village.

Very first meeting: strategic plan for the whole time of the fieldwork; making questionnaires for both parents and children.

Wednesday, Nov 12

Hectic day started with going to village office (kantor kelurahan) to say hi and get demographic information. 20 minutes walking under the sun made Inge get sunburn. Continued with going to dusun’s leader’s house to get the demographic data, and succeeded.

Another walk to GP to start the interviews to parents. It was literally hot. Also asked parents to invite children to come in the afternoon.

Another lunch in warung, and rest. Started walking again to GP, to see the children. Quite a lot, 22 children on the first day. Took pictures, asked questions, gathered drawings from them…

Went home, another rest, first cooking by Saskia and Yanocchi. A real international menu for dinner.

Evening was steaming. Were satisfied enough of the data and what happened on the day. Ayu tried to computerize the data but soon fell asleep.

Thursday, Nov 13

Job division: Ayu, Saskia, Yanocchi went to the village office again to ask more information of the regional birocrates and how they work. Rahmat went to copy the data lent by the dusun’s leader. To, Edil, and Inge discussed about the forum theater.

Another nice lunch prepared by Rahmat and Edil as the cooking team. Another walk to GP to continue the data collection of children. Didn’t forget to invite the children to come again to Forum Theater. Asked parents, but seemed to be impossible.

Ayu, Saskia, and Inge went to traditional market of Merakmati (yeah, that’s the name) to print the children’s pictures. Saskia and Inge were the central attention; celebrities! Bought lots of fruits and veggies for the last day.

Last evening in Tegalrejo, so decided to take a look around of the real situation of prostitution area, in the working hour. Ayu didn’t join, too tired. Drench didn’t stop the schedule. Just a few minutes, continued with steaming. Feedbacks were really interesting. A huge work for the next camp on children center’s proposal!

Friday, Nov 14

This whole day was about the Forum Theater. Preparation was done: unofficially writing the script, dividing the roles, and twice rehearsals. It was about knowing the problem: the children in GP were rude in behavior; and giving the solution: to build a children center as a place to learn and play together.

Packing and cleaning were done before lunch. Ayu, Inge, and To cooked pecel, bakwan jagung, and tumis kol (Thai’s food Ala To).

Going back to GP along with rain and wind. Rahmat and To were successfully wet! Still fired up, though. 19 children came. No parents. Succeeded to make the children discuss and think of the problem and how to solve. were a bit disappointed by the ending, that the children preferred chaotic scene to nice and calm scene.

Rahmat was the central actor and speaker, and Inge was cutely decorated to look like a child. The ‘naughty children’-To, Saskia, Yanocchi succeeded to replicate the real situations happened among the children. Edil played really well.

Distributing the pictures to children. Helga and some others didn’t get any. Ayu promised to print and send them, somehow. Managed to say a nice yet heart-breaking goodbye to the children.

Another cleaning of the campsite. A finishing touch.

Saying goodbye to Ibu kos next door, and a real departure. A brief bargain by Ayu to get a rent-car, quite big, to drop to Gedongsongo before going back to beloved IIWC office.

A foggy view along the way. Nice and cold (fresh, in Inge’s opinion). One hour of steep walk, but Edil didn’t come along. To was lost somewhere but then soon showed up. Just knew that someone bids Gedongsongo as the world wonder.

Going back to Semarang, everyone was tired.

A nice dinner prepared by mbak Puji: sate ayam and mango. Continued with final evaluation, a brief and oral one. No minutes. Well, still important.

Then the fieldwork was officially closed. See you all~

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