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Twenty years ago I returned to my country of origin for the very first time, and only because my mother had requested me to get some earth (tanah) for my father's ashes to be mixed, then at last his spirit would be apeased....

So, in 2004 I experienced this incredibly strong feeling of returning home; not questioning where I was at home, but knowing that I belonged.... I will never forget that sensation when I looked over the paddy fields in Sukabumi, the place of birth of my father and meeting up with some wonderful people, who I call my mirror images.

It was there that the idea of setting up a foundation for those, who were underprivileged because of the choices their parents had made for them, and circumstances that were not under their locus of control, that I felt convinced that at some stage in your life - when you realise how fortunate you have been to have been able to go to school, university and better yourself by means of a professional career - it is time to return some of that great fortune to others, who never had that opportunity; that was the ground principle of Yayasan Kebon Sepatu.....

Twenty years onward, and we had to say goodbye to some incredibly kind and wonderful contributers in terms of sharing their time and expertise for the welfare of our foundation; Irawansyah Tasriff, Mohammad Djaeni are no longer with us. Strong friendships have evolved like the one I cherish with Karen Tambayong the first President of the YKS, the first secretary Jos Vogelpoel; I will be eternally grateful for their unwavering support and kindness... In the end all efforts and successes are marked by the teamspirit of our foundation.

Sukabumi has always been a very special place in my heart and during my stay with Karen, we visited the beautiful surroundings as a celebration and love for nature and joined the group after her meeting, I also visited my dearly beloved Daance, who was also one of the first members of the West Java branch!
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Ik weet nog goed Akke hoe je me vertelde over je eerste bezoek en wat het met je deed. Thuiskomen was het voor je.

Being on Lombok also gives the opportunity for meeting up with friends and extend the professional network do some "brainstorming" sessions 🙂 , as well as having some great fun with my wonderful kids <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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Prachtig Akke

And some totally unexpected footage when Pak Zul and Ibu Niken arrived <3 ... See MoreSee Less

The main reason of this visit is the wedding of our Office Manager and foster-daughter Ms. Yulia Prayanti on the 8th May 2024 to Mas Rijal Maulana. Needless to say it was a very happy occasion and I was not only delighted, but also honoured to be invited as one of the very extensive family from Dompu.

What was even more of a wonderful surprise was that Pak Zul and Ibu Nikend joined us at the reception, that really put a golden shine to the entire day..... I will just give a photographic account, as it reflects how the day was filled with moving and beautiful moments....
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I feel somewhat recovered from my Padang-food (mis) adventure, and slowly my insides don't make the alarming churning noises the moment I consume something 😉

But what I also wanted to do, is share a little incident that gives hope to all nations.... I had to rebook my fligth Jakarta-Lombok with Lion Air (apparantly it happens quite frequently that Lion Air cancels their flights if the are under-occupied. It is said that they have a monopoly position on Domestic flights), so I had to rebook with Super Air Jet IU 766 CKG-LOP (a subsidary company of Lion Air, as is Batik Air).
It was super busy at the airport and I was glad I was early, because I was a bit worried about my rumbling tummy, and with a bit of a delay, we could board the plain, which seated two rows of three seats alongside the aisle.

My seat was next to a young man, boy actually, hardly twenty I guess, and as I didnt take time to eat at all during the day - also fearing I would release the intake instantly - I was feeling pretty awful and faint. I opened a bag of crisps, and offered him some - as I hate eating all by myself - but he declined with a sweet smile. At last we were taking off, and I felt so tired I started falling asleep, but was soon woken up by an icy cold, the dreaded Airco!

Now I don't know what on earth posesses the Indonesian transport companies - the railway companies are pretty much the same - that they put the airco on such a crazy freezing point, that you need to put on a jumper, a hoody or ear-muffins to keep warm! So, from my half-dazed condition I asked the stewardess if they could give me a fleece blanket. The boy next to me overheard and without hesitation offered me his jacket, which I refused first as I was sure that the airline would be able to provide me with such a regular item they should have on board. However, the stewardess returned and said there was no such blanket, and offered me a waterbottle containing hot water instead. I turned to the young man and said I would take him up on his kind offer, but wanted assurance that he wouldn't go cold without his jacket.... He grinned and said that he was stong and seriously he was of a very slender indeed, and he gave me his jacket with a confident air.

I was so tired, I slept the entire flight, hugging the jacket and the hot waterbottle, until we landed. I am not joking; it saved my life! So, when we had reached the gate and could disembark, I returned the garment, and told him that I was truly grateful for his kindness and that I would never forget this gesture of care and consideration..... and I still was so dazed by the entire experience that I totally forgot his name, and the little information I retrieved was that this was his first visit to Lombok and that his father worked on the island as a Hakim (Judge), to which I replied that he could tell his father from me that he has raised a wonderful son. We said goodbye and I wished him all the kindness that he showed to his fellow human beings twofold, and that I would never forget him.... <3

This is the reason why on several occasions in my life, I do believe in guardian angels; this one saved me from catching pneumonia...
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Arriving late on Friday evening and registring my new e-vitas with immigrasi was something of an added challenge. This time my trip was booked with Turkish Airlines, and I can recommend them - safe for the welcome at Schiphol, where the ground-staff were not particularly friendly, and put the living fear in me, as Budget Air registered my surname incorrectly. "This may have consequences in Jakarta on your return flight" they said, and "then you have to buy a new ticket!!!"

I checked the desk at Istabul, and they assured me that this would not be an issue, and that I shouldn't worry.... so let's see what happens next 🙂

Arrival in the FM7 hotel was fine, and a very light night's sleep I felt sufficiently refreshed to make my first visit to Orphanage Pa v.d. Steur, the 37 children and of course their mater familias, Nel de Borst. How wonderful to see her batch of graduated students, who will continue their careers in various parts of Indonesia, taking up a broad variety of topics; very impressive indeed.

Nel asked me to give some input on a play they had written, to celebrate the jubilee of the Orphanage, which I very gladly did, and apart from handing over the "very Dutch" speculaas pop biscuits, it was such a lovely happening <3 ....

It was time to meet my friend Herman Kosasih, and stay with him for a couple of nights in his wonderful home in Jakarta pusat, Cempaka Putih, where I spent so many great visits in Jakarta. We had dinner of course, and the next day I had a meeting with our President, Captain Tresna Yaniza Putri and is wife Rori. Discussing the current situation in Indonesia, the Netherlands in respect of the state of affairs gives a lot to think about, and we agreed that we would keep in closer contact about the developments of our projects for the YKS.

Spending time together with close friends always gives a lot of positive energy, and makes me feel very priviliged indeed.... Now, for the next trip to Lombok and the wedding of our Office Manager and respresentative of Yayasan Kebon Sepatu, Yulia Prayanti <3
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I hope you have a safe, successful visit Akke. 🌺

Have fun 🌞

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To the empowerment of women all over the world.... Lets honour our icons

For our dear friends and close relatives celebrating, wherever they are: Eid Mubarak- Mohon Maaf Lahir dan Bathin
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For our dear friends and close relatives celebrating, wherever they are: Eid Mubarak- Mohon Maaf Lahir dan Bathin 
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Biji Aren / Enau

“Miracle Seeds"
As a concrete manifestation of YKS' concern for preserving nature for the welfare of society.
The Kebun Shoe Foundation is happy to distribute Palm/Enau plant seeds to each individual free of charge with the hope that each individual who receives them will sow the seeds on their own land (for those who have it) on community land, government land, hills, mountains or along the river bank.

The seeds sown will grow naturally according to environmental conditions, without requiring special care so that the time comes for people to gain economic benefits from palm palm trees, such as:
1. Fiber for house roofs
2. ⁠stick for broom
3. ⁠sap juice for brown sugar
4. ⁠Kolamg kaling for fruit or food
5. ⁠flowers for goat food

Advantages of Sugar Palm/Enau Trees
1. Can grow well in all land conditions, from lowlands to highlands
2. ⁠No need for care at all from sowing the seeds until they mature
3. ⁠It has lots of roots, strong and spreads up to +-40 meters from the tree
4. ⁠very effective in preventing erosion
5. ⁠good for protecting water sources
6. ⁠as a source of oxygen

In a relatively short time, with the existence of a palm oil seed distribution system, with your support, the environment where we live will be sustainable, free from flooding and erosion.
Springs are maintained, oxygen production is sufficient, and society is prosperous
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www.facebook.com/share/p/TY55tWGDh6NFuVpL/?mibextid=WC7FNeSIAPA YANG MASA KECILNYA DIISI PERMAINAN TRADISIONAL PARAMUDA?! 🤩

Kangen gak sih? eh tapi kamu juga ngerasa kalau permainan tradisional makin kesini makin tergeser juga gak Paramuda? 🤔
Permainan semasa kecil ini bukan hanya sekedar “permainan” tapi juga bisa menjadi jembatan budaya lho, paramuda. Sore ini bakalan ada kak @yuliaprayanti di #Rumpi yang sharing pengalamannya di @kpoti_lomboktengah sekaligus ngasitau kenapa permainan tradisional bisa menjadi culture bridge kita. Anyway, permainan tradisional apa nih yang dulu sering kamu mainin? 😋
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New Projects and Planning 2023-2027

Recovering focus after the entire Covid period, we had to evaluate the options for the projects we tried to realise. And because of serious health issues, we had to re-align our plans to suit the new situation, as many of us faced real setbacks, either financially or caused by new challenges.

It is no longer a matter whether the Workshop/Boatyard on Sumbawa will be realised, but the construction as well as the organisation of people running this, needs to be further re-organised and new participants will be asked to join this project.
This also holds consequences for an additional department of the Universitas Teknologi Sumbawa, in as much that lecturers can be appointed for the curriculum we need to put together and find realistic goals to train the students, who would choose the Maritime Department.

What will persist however is the setting up of the Research Team for the Bambu – Reforestation Grid and a continued quest for finding funding in Europe at the Universities that already are involved in sustainable Green Consciousness, like Wageningen en Delft. The next two years will be crucial to gain financial support and funding to set up the Research Team with the UTS, and collaborating with a small group of farmers, who need to be involved in the practical aspects of this research.

And even, despite considerable set-backs, we managed to get ourselves focused on one particularly important subject relating to the current climate change; reforestation through the most simple means we can envisage! Raising awareness of the necessity of planting trees, turning it in a format in which everyone is able to join, and taking away any obstacles that might hinder the our progress in such a pragmatic way, it will take your breath away!
NEW PROJECT: “Solidarity for All: Plant one and go on a hiking safari!”

Follow Pak Husein’s example, and pick up your pocket-full of Sugar Palm seeds and join forces with the Green Leaders of our times! Collect your free sample at Warung Kelor Kekait, Jl. Raya Tanjung KM.3 Desa Kekait, Kecematan Gunung Sari, Lombok Barat - NTB
Yayasan Kebon Sepatu is blessed with the Directorate on Lombok and Jawa, who will always join forces with third parties to realise our aims and support our vision; making this planet a healthy environment for our children, grandchildren and all creatures that dwell on it!

Akke M. de Jong,
Lombok, 24.01.2024
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Stichting Kebon Sepatu - Yayasan Kebon Sepatu

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For the next two years, the Number One priority on the agenda is to raise funds for the Reforestation Project on Sumbawa, in Cooperation with the Universitatas Teknologi Sumbawa and affiliated technical and agricultural Universities in the Netherlands.
We, Stichting Kebon Sepatu - Yayasan Kebon Sepatu , extended the current Memory of Understanding with Pak Rektor, Chairul Hudaya PHD, in pursuit to realise this Research Trajectory for the benefit of Masyarakat Sumbawa and Indonesia in general, and break the mono-culture pattern that has been marked the landscape in Sumbawa.
This mono-culture has left the soil bereaved of valuable nutritional components, caused erosion, landslides in during the rainy season, and leave the land "high-and-dry" during the Musim Panas, because there are no (tree) roots to lock the water. The outcome of the research trajectory and collaboration units together with the farmers, will design a new methods of multi-crop farming, so that the farmers will always be able to provide for their families, it will harvest precious Bambu to be used in the building sector, and turn the environment, once more, into a healthy, cooler and more balanced place for us all.
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Preparing for our meeting with the Universitas Teknologi Sumbawa to extend our present MoU for another two years, and enabling YKS to realise its goals for the research of the Reforestation Project on Sumbawa, we were working on the gift Stichting Kebon Sepatu - Yayasan Kebon Sepatu could offer and present to Pak Rektor, Chairul Hudaya for his last Graduation Ceremony on 10 February next......
Here an impression of the work behind the scenes .....
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Yayasan Kebon Sepatu is extremely proud to announce that her Vice President, Pak Husein has developed a new initiative under his own title: “SOLIDARITY FOR ALL”. This initiative is born from the necessity to raise awareness for the wellbeing of our planet and our precious environment to start planting trees. All his activities are based on preserving the natural surroundings for animals, plants and vegetation, because ultimately it is commonly known that this is the only way we can co-exist on this earth. We are given the task to look after all creatures that inhabit this planet and have a duty to make sure that we do make a serious commitment to make sure that we do so.

For the last year, he has been sowing palm seeds randomly wherever his journeys took him and just shattered the seeds in any given spot. The thought behind this is that he is willing to provide the seedpods for free (gratis) to anyone who will join him in this passionate activity and initiated his “Madman’s Safaris”! If you click on the link, it will take you automatically to the website of the Yayasan Kebon Sepatu’s blog page, where you can find more information about all these great initiatives.

When preparing for our visit to the Universitas Teknologi Sumbawa (UTS), we had intense brainstorming session, how we could contribute to their wish for continuing the reforestation research project and their annual graduation ceremony, and we are now planning an “all-out” planting/seed distribution festivity for the young graduates and their families, and for everyone who would like to make a difference for this earth….

If you want to join in this celebration or would like to zoom into our other green project “Plant a Tree for Life”, just let us know and send us an email: foundationkebonsepatu@yahoo.com and we will let you know how you can join us.
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Yayasan Kebon Sepatu is extremely proud to announce that her Vice President, Pak Husein has developed a new initiative under his own title: “SOLIDARITY FOR ALL”. This initiative is born from the necessity to raise awareness for the wellbeing of our planet and our precious environment to start planting trees. All his activities are based on preserving the natural surroundings for animals, plants and vegetation, because ultimately it is commonly known that this is the only way we can co-exist on this earth. We are given the task to look after all creatures that inhabit this planet and have a duty to make sure that we do make a serious commitment to make sure that we do so.

For the last year, he has been sowing palm seeds randomly wherever his journeys took him and just shattered the seeds in any given spot. The thought behind this is that he is willing to provide the seedpods for free (gratis) to anyone who will join him in this passionate activity and initiated his “Madman’s Safaris”! If you click on the link, it will take you automatically to the website of the Yayasan Kebon Sepatu’s blog page, where you can find more information about all these great initiatives.

When preparing for our visit to the Universitas Teknologi Sumbawa (UTS), we had intense brainstorming session, how we could contribute to their wish for continuing the reforestation research project and their annual graduation ceremony, and we are now planning an “all-out” planting/seed distribution festivity for the young graduates and their families, and for everyone who would like to make a difference for this earth….

If you want to join in this celebration or would like to zoom into our other green project “Plant a Tree for Life”, just let us know and send us an email: foundationkebonsepatu@yahoo.com and we will let you know how you can join us.Image attachment

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Great,,,let's get together to save the nature

Having a wonderful meeting and celebration with the Lombok Team🌺 and thank you for sharing this special day together 🥳 ... See MoreSee Less

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