The second party we visited on June 6th 2010 was a compound where three generations live. The oldest generation was Pak Gejer and his wife, the second generation was their son, Pak Mare and his wife, and the youngest generation was Pak Mare’s three children. Whilst pure smile remained in their face almost as long as we were there, their eyes failed to hide their grief.
Above is the picture of Pak Gejer, his wife and one of their grandsons. Use your eyes to see the smile on their face. Use your heart to see the opposite feeling hidden deep inside their eyes.
Their compound consists of three buildings. The first one is a kind of storage where they put all of their equipments as they work as farming labourers. The second building has one room where the old Pak Gejer and his wife sleep and cook. Above is the building where the old couple live. Inside is a very small room with two different functions, beds on the right hand side, and wooden fired kitchen on the left hand side. Nothing is there to separate the two.
The last building as framed above is where the whole family of Pak Mare, his wife, and their three children live in two tiny rooms, approximately 1.5 by 1.5 meters each.Just like the other building where Pak Gejer and his wife live, the wall is loosely threaded bamboo. You can see through quite clearly, so just imagine how it protects them, especially the young ones, from the cold wind at night. Above is the family in front of their house, and the interior of each bedroom.
Our program is to give them a better housing.
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