February 8th - 13th 2018, This Is April team (Jasmine & Ayu) and Chelsea Islan went to Papua to deliver the shoes directly to a few student centres. Two thousands shoes were produced and delivered to 20 student centres at Wamena and Sentani.
We managed to visit 3 places to deliver 300 pairs of shoes. Those three places were Tunas Harapan Student Centre at Potikelek, Gunung Susu Student Centre and Yosua Student Centre at Sinakma. All located at Wamena.
We had breakfast while we were waiting for our next flight with Trigana Air to Wamena. The earliest flight from Sentani to Wamena by is at 7.45 and 8 am. But we took the 10.20 flight by Trigana in case our flight from Jakarta got delayed. It took around 40 minutes to get from Sentani to Wamena by jet. If you use ATR plane it would take 15 minutes longer.
The first school that we visit is called Tunas Harapan Student Centre at Potikelek Wamena. We were greeted with traditional dances. The children were outside, lining up and dancing when we arrived and gave us flower necklaces that they made themselves. It was a mix of paper flower and Plastik Flower which is a real flower that looks like plastic and is commonly found in Wamena.
Some 12-14 years old girls came up to us and gave us a Noken. Noken is what we put on our head. It is a multifunctional knotted or woven bag native to the Papua. It is usually hung from the head to bring various goods from carrots, potato, woods even children!. Can you imagine how strong their heads are? Amazing. These girls handmade the noken and gave it to us. It was very personal, it was truly sweet.
The ride was unexpectedly smooth and we arrived safely at Sentani after an hour flight. We had to wait for our luggage to arrive, which was sent with another plane. After our luggage arrived, we checked in at our hotel in Sentani. We went to this one place called Love Lake. It is called by the name love because it is a lake with a heart / love shape surrounded by green hills. It feels like you are in Teletubbies Hills. Its green grass and blue sky as far as your eyes can see. You need to experience it yourself to understand the magical feelings we felt inside. Even great pictures don’t absorb the beautiful vibe. We felt like little puppies who run around happily on green fields. For you who loves green landscapes, this is a must visit. You can just lay down and enjoy the grass scents. It is that beautiful.
"Spread love and compassion. Not hate and ignorance. Together let's make the world a better place"
By Jasmine Jawie