Endah visits New Zealand

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Seventy young people from around New Zealand and Asia gathered in Tauranga, New Zealand, to brainstorm ways to strengthen relations between New Zealand and Asia. 

The Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Young Leaders Network Reunion was organized to mark five years since the network’s beginning and was the start of a four-day conference for participants. The young leaders reflected on what the network had achieved and discussed ways it can contribute further to increasing New Zealanders’ understanding of Asia. 

Endah Setyaningsih, SurfAid’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Nias, was invited to speak to conference delegates about her experience of growing up in Indonesia and her work with communities in Nias. 

Endah also joined three young leaders when they visited Papamoa College in Tauranga to talk to a group of Year 9 and 10 students. The students were really keen to hear from people living and working in Asia and especially Endah’s experience growing up in Jakarta and her work for SurfAid.

SurfAid’s Schools Program representatives took the opportunity to have Endah visit schools taking part in the program in Coromandel. This unique experience allowed the students to interact and ask questions about Endah’s experience of working in isolated regions of Nias and what is involved in the field work she does monitoring community health programs.

Tairua Year 7 and 8 students were preparing for their third annual ‘Paddle for Humanity’ event where the proceeds go to the ‘Malaria Still Sucks’ program and the visit from Endah gave the students a firsthand account of the problem that malaria represents and the Mother and Child Health programs that Endah is currently helping to develop in Nias.