Community of 350 people on Siladen Island located off the coast of North Sulawesi. Previously needed to import their drinking water from mainland Indonesia.
American designer Abigail Feldman led a team of eight, made up of Australian carpenters and coordinators, local Indonesian builders and volunteers.
Although Indonesia receives plentiful rain, few villages have devised ways of collecting this free source of drinking water. Siladen was in similar circumstances. The closest city is on a neighboring island, so all drinking water is delivered by boat at a cost of $5 per gallon. This becomes a huge household expense when it is considered that a typical day of hard labor earns only $15. This is where the LTL team worked with the local community to create a solution.
The work began in Los Angeles at Rios Clementi Hale Studios where 13 volunteers assisted in designing the project. The rainwater collection system was built at the local school on Siladen to utilize its central location and incorporate a clean water curriculum into the project. In just 10 days, the team dug out an area to accommodate the three collection tanks, each capable of holding 3,100 liters of water. Connected new rain gutters were to the metal rooftop of a large classroom. A shade structure was constructed to protect the tanks from the punishing sun and capture more rainwater. A pump moves water from the collection tanks into buckets that villagers can pour into a biofilter, where layers of charcoal, sand, and gravel produce clean drinking water!
The community of 350 people can now collect free rain water for drinking that they would otherwise have to purchase from the mainland and brought by boat.
Liters of water can be stored and distributed free of charge
School children learned about the importance of clean water, how the rainwater collection system works, and received refillable water bottles.
Water Project Designer
Abigail is a landscape architect living in Los Angeles, working in a multidisciplinary design firm. Her passion for solving problems of environmental degradation and social injustice inspired her to work with LTL to tackle the problem of access to clean water.
Chris is a carpenter from Lauriston, Australia. As a longtime friend of Yanti, he put his particular set of skills to work constructing the 2014 Siladen Water Catchment System.
A fashion photographer by trade, Grandy is a man of many talents. Water project coordinator, indonesian translator, and project photographer are some of his other hats.
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.
Trained as a film electrician, Kevin volunteered to help build the 2014 Siladen Water Catchment system because his older brother, Alex, told him it would be a good idea. These days, he’s somewhere in Thailand learning to kickbox.
A carpenter from Kyneton, Australia, Toby enjoys the good things in life: cricket, woodworking, and helping people in need.
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.