• Jogjakarta, Indonesia

Cianjur Community Centre: West Java

Sustainable building for earthquake-affected communities

In Cianjur, Quake Fund has been collaborating with Java-based NGO DeJarup to undertake a small pilot project in bamboo construction. The project involves training local communities in better building practices through the construction of three bamboo public meeting places in three severely affected communities. As well as providing desperately needed community spaces, this project aims to prepare communities for forthcoming bamboo shelter projects by larger NGOs. It also serves as a focal point for hands on discussion and training about strong building principles. The project is being implemented by volunteers from DeJarup along with members of the local community. It places an emphasis on using locally procured building materials, thus giving a boost to the local economy.

Background

On 2nd September 2009, an earthquake destroyed thousands of houses and buildings in West Java. With its hilly geography and proximity to the earthquake’s epicentre, Cianjur was by far the worst affected area. Surveys carried out by Quake Fund’s local partners in this disaster area revealed that most major agencies were focussing on damaged houses reconstruction whilst few had focused on the reconstruction of community spaces. Quake Fund decided to support a small project together with DeJarup, a local NGO with which Quake Fund has previously worked on numerous projects such as Humanitarian Bamboo. The Cianjur project was to become Quake Fund’s first West Java activity.

Quakefund Assistance

Together with DeJarup, Quakefund has supported the reconstruction of three public spaces in three separate sub-district communities in Cianjur. The public halls have all been constructed utilising bamboo with the secondary aim of familiarising local communities with best practises in bamboo construction.

Project Outcomes

The public meeting places have been designed to serve multiple uses for the community. For instance, the spaces are being used as centres for children’s recreation and learning. The spaces are also being utilised for training workshops to help improve agricultural practices in the community. This means that the public meeting places provide vital community space for various activities that aim to speed up post disaster recovery and ensure better food and economic security in the future.

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