Weʼve raised £717 to help our Indonesia partner rebuild their factory
- Funded on Saturday, 30th November 2019
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Pondok Kayu Tropis factory disaster
A terrible storm struck one of our key partner's factories in Indonesia on Wednesday 23rd October, knocking down a significant chunk of the factory and causing significant damage to some of the machinery and stock contained within. So we have created this appeal to show solidarity for our friends and colleagues in Java, and to help raise funds for the rebuilding effort.
Here is the background...
Just west of the port of Semarang, in the small Indonesian town of Kendal, our bestselling chairs, sofas and tables (called the Semarang range) are produced by our partner Pondok Kayu Tropis. This is a small independent factory owned and run by female entrepreneur Tri Dalke. She leads a team of dedicated and hardworking craftspeople who have been building and weaving our feelgood furniture for 12 years, and represent the best of our heartfelt Fair Trade values.
A few days ago, tragedy struck. A huge and unprecedented storm hit Central Java during the morning of Wednesday. Tri and her team watched helpless as the wind battered the wood, bamboo and corrugated iron structure and ripped off large sections of the roof. She says she has never seen a storm like it. As you can see, the damage is terrible.
One end of the factory has been reduced to rubble, and significant damage has been done to some of the carpentry machinery, as well as raw materials and stock that was in preparation for delivery to us in the UK. In this photo you can see a band saw machine that is now open to the elements.
Our dedicated workers are hugely passionate about our Fairtrade Furniture and what it represents to them and their community. It is not only their place of work that’s been devastated, but Tri's whole project to provide sustainable livelihoods is under threat. If you recognise the importance of this factory to the local community and what it represents, we ask that you join us and give what you can to help Pondok Kayu Tropis with their rebuilding effort.
Here at Fair Trade Furniture, we feel strongly and passionately about doing what’s right and helping those in need. We know we’re not alone in this belief, and we don’t want Tri and her team of hard-working craftspeople to feel alone either.
That’s why we’ve set up a JustGiving page with the aim of raising £1,000 or more to support the recovery effort for our partners at the Pondok Kayu Tropis factory.
If you've experienced our furniture, you'll know how much love and care goes into its production at every stage of the process. We think it’s right at a time like this to reciprocate that love and care for the individuals who make our furniture. We know times are hard and money’s tight, but with this storm our partners have suffered a big blow to their livelihoods and their shared project. All we ask is that you consider the devastation you can see here.
Fair Trade Furniture will of course be making its own donation to support this cause. But if you can also support our Fair Trade partners at this time of need, the whole team in Indonesia and those of us based here in Europe will greatly appreciate it.
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Geoff and Sue
Nov 22, 2019
Hope things are up and running again soon.
Nov 7, 2019
good luck everyone
Nov 4, 2019
We enjoy the furniture so much both here and in our French house and it is much admired by our friends. It would be dreadful if the manufacture couldn’t continue
Nov 4, 2019
everybody needs a fairy godmother at some time. cheers, Eddie
Paul and Sarah Stephens
Nov 3, 2019
We hope you able to return to some normality soon. Best wishes to all of you.
Ginny and John
Nov 3, 2019
With our best wishes for the rebuilding work.
Nov 3, 2019
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