Collective Change Institute Partners with Big Red Button to support Haze Shelters in Indonesia

October 9, 2017by Samantha Lee

Collective Change Institute (CCI) has appointed Big Red Button (BRB) as the official beneficiary of our Coaching for Change Program.
Proceeds from Coaching from Change clients will go towards the Project Sarang: Haze Shelters.

 

Our vision is to create safe spaces for thousands of people, should the peatland fires return. We want to shelter children, the sick & the elderly. They are most vulnerable and require immediate access to filtered air.

Our vision is to create safe spaces for thousands of people, should the peatland fires return. We want to shelter children, the sick & the elderly. They are most vulnerable and require immediate access to filtered air. We also want to build shelters for the brave men and women who fight the peatland fires on the frontlines. To give them a place to rest before going back into unimaginable conditions to protect the forests and peatland.   – Wally Tham, Founder of Project Sarang: Haze Shelters

 

In the fall of 2015, hazardous levels of smoke from agricultural fires blanketed much of Southeast Asia. Schools and businesses closed, planes were grounded and tens of thousands sought medical treatment for respiratory illness.

During that time, Wally Tham, went to Kalimatan to distribute masks, he saw an ecological disaster on a scale that he had never seen before. For the last two years, Big Red Button has researched on what we can do as civilians and have spent over US$20,000 to build Indonesia’s first operational haze shelter.

Through this collaboration, BRB’s goals is build 1 more new large shelter in Riau and maintain both shelters (including the operational one in Kalimantan) to serve vulnerable children and elderly in Indonesia.

 

Our goal is to ensure there are staging areas to serve vulnerable children and elderly of Indonesia. So while we house these two vulnerable groups, our local volunteers can organize, educate and start building safe rooms for the firefighters so they can stay in optimal conditions to do their work. We are grateful to be the official beneficiary of CCI’s Coaching for Change Program. We look forward to this partnership and creating a meaningful change in this world together. – Wally Tham

 

To learn more about Project Sarang: Haze Shelters, please visit http://bit.ly/sarangnest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Lee