This project was built at the local high school on Bunaken Island which educates over 400 students neighboring islands.
Elizabeth Chen lead a team of local and international volunteers to provide clean water to one of the largest villages on Bunaken. Oliver MacLatchy, of Wood Melbourne, joined the team to lend his expertise with timber to the project.
After successfully installing a rainwater catchment system at the elementary school on Siladen Island in 2014, and in Sapa in 2013, the LTL Sustainable Water Team were excited to create a similar system on Bunaken Island in 2015. After liaising with the local government and school administration, collecting building materials from the mainland, the Water Team implemented the design and installation of a rainwater catchment and filtration system on Bunaken.
We have strong existing ties with the local community on the island through running our annual medical clinics there and were excited to have built on those relationships by employing local tradesman and collaborating with the residents to achieve everyone’s ideal outcomes for the project.
As of June 26th 2015, we have successfully installed the sustainable rainwater harvest and filtration system at the school on Bunaken.
Currently providing clean drinking water for several hundred students and villagers; increasing basic sanitation, reducing plastic waste and saving countless dollars on importing drinking water from the mainland.
people reside in Bunaken Village and many more work off the shores daily.
Students learned how to build their own rainwater catchment system at home.
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Water Project Designer
Elizabeth grew up in suburbs eating family meals mostly at home and sometimes at Cracker Barrel. She makes architecture with Mathes Brierre Architects and sculptures with Staple Goods Collective.
Oliver brought his overwhelming enthusiasm for timber to the 2015 Water Team as lead builder on Bunaken Island. His craftsmanship and Elizabeth’s designs were a match made in heaven. But Obbs loved the wood so much that he wouldn’t let anyone paint it.
Indonesian Translator & Water Program Educator
Christian has been translating for us since 2012. Since then he has graduated from Universitas Negeri Manado and found a role teaching school children about clean drinking water and rain water catchment through our Water Is Life program.
Would you guess that our water project manager is also an internationally renown puppeteer? When he’s not touring in comedy festivals he volunteers his time to provide clean water to those who have otherwise no access to this vital resource.
Yanti's Dad, Indonesian Translator, Legend
On our trips to Indonesia, everyone calls Karel “Ded”. Thanks Australian for Dad. He’s well suited to the role, is often seen standing in gardens, pondering life, and dropping nuggets of wisdom or a tear jerking speech at the best of times.
With his wife Angie and daughter Sasha, Lee proudly calls New Orleans home. He is joining LTL to help make a difference in others lives by giving his time, resources, and anything else that’s necessary.