Name: Akane Kamiyama
Volunteer from: Japan
Date of project: 26th February – 8th March 2016
F rom February 26th to March 8th, I participated the Mangkang Camp in Semarang, Indonesia. In that, we could experience precious activities to preserve the environment especially planting mangroves. It was one of the biggest event in my 21 years' life. That is because it was the first time that I went to oversea alone, volunteered in the other country, touched mangroves, and also visited Indonesia, is different in culture from Japan. Before participation in this program, I had had the reason why I would like to go to Indonesia and plant mangroves. It was a sense of responsibility.
In my university, I learned about decrease mangrove forest in Indonesia and some countries because of the shurimp cultivation. Especially, recently new system affects widely environment around it. The shurimps are almost for not home food self-support but other developed countries like Japan. Now, Japan is in days of plenty. We live in such place and age, at once have possibility which bring about destruction nature in far from here. So, I would like to improve this circumstance even a few and tell many people the importance to deliberate their own food; where did the raw materials come from? or who and how did the food produce? It sounds so complex.
In these days, I felt it's hard work to forest and knew it's long work to grow it. Many people and continuous activity are necessary for afforestation or environmental preservation. Our activity in this time is a moment of the long way. And, the result will appear in much latter future. Although, I'm happy to be the one of volunteer of this project. After a few years, I would like to see again mangrove trees in Mangkang village. I thank all people who spent in those days together and supported my volunteer. Wish the success of project forever.
Written by Akane Kamiyama
‘Our activity in this time is a moment of the long way. And, the result will appear in much latter future. Although, I'm happy to be the one of volunteer of this project. After a few years, I would like to see again mangrove trees in Mangkang village.’