New Place New People New project
Located in a small village called Nagari Sungai Pinang, in West Sumatra, we met Ricky, a young Indonesian who is running Authentic Sumatra.
What is Authentic Sumatra Project?
It started in 2010 as a small hostel, the Ricky’s Beach House, located in a perfect spot, it knows a growing success. Reservations began flooding in and Ricky decided to get involved in his community.With a portion of the money he earned from the tourist, Ricky and his team created in 2012 an education centre. A place where the kids from the village can gather, a place where they can learn English, a place where they can play and a place where they can talk with grown up abut many subjects, specially ecology. How we can protect our environment and why? Indeed, most of the family in the village are fishermen, one of the most directly concerned by the global warming and the pollution generate by plastic in the ocean. By educating the kids today, we get the chance to improve our future. That is the main goal.
Ricky and his crew kept going and opened in 2015, Sumatran Sea Turtle Conservation. This program rescues vulnerable sea turtle nests and injured mature sea turtles. They conduct ocean, island and beach patrols for research and monitoring of sea turtle numbers, disease and injuries, nest sightings and hatchings. They have a Turtle Clinic on the beach which is equipped with a nesting bed and large recovery pools to monitor and research the sea turtle progress from eggs to hatchlings and, ultimately, to returned numbers of laying sea turtles.
Why protecting the turtle?
What we do know is that sea turtles play an important role in ocean ecosystems by maintaining healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, providing key habitat for other marine life, helping to balance marine food webs and facilitating nutrient cycling from water to land. A healthy ocean guaranteed revenues for the fisherman at the village. So by protecting the turtles, Ricky and his team protect his people, that’s why we decided to support Ricky in his project. Check their website: www.sumatranseaturtleconservation.org