Tasik Children Foundation/Yayasan Anak-anak Tasik Sejahtera

In Summer 2019 Tasikmalaya celebrated its 387th anniversary. Its culture originates from Sukaraja, once the capital of Sukapura, now called Tasikmalaya. This Region’s slogan is ‘As A Leaf That Is Always Green’. Although the region is very green and a potential ‘new Bali’, with a new airport and improving infrastructure, children will in the near future be much better off once the new Bupati Ade Sugianto has succeeded in further improving family income, education, vocational training and school buildings.

The Tasik Children Foundation (Yayasan Anak-anak Tasik Sejahtera) assists the regional and local authorities by painting schools, providing teaching facilities and encouraging the use of the English language at all types of schools – from madrassa and pesantren to public schools. Over 60 schools were repaired while two new school buildings were built following earthquakes. Regularly, clients from the global PA network visit Tasik and pay the full sum for substantial repairs in addition to funding TCF/YATS and its activities.

Through TCF/YATS and OTIFA (Outreach Therapeutic Infant Food Agency) a deeper understanding in the community of PA’s networks and bottom-up approaches has been created. These are required to help develop holistically integrated agri-infra projects that may lead to the construction of a new special port in Cikalong. The Central Government already approved the principle of the new port and several countries have expressed an interest to purchase high-quality and safe Tasik vegetables, fruits and other agri food products.

High-level conferences and meetings have already been held to prepare for this holistically integrated project. These meetings included input from Bupati Ade, his predecessor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum (now Vice Governor of West-Java), the University Siliwangi, and the Chamber of Commerce. The first feasibility study was produced with the support of the Sultanate of Oman by experts of ‘Pioneers’ (development economists and bankers). The World Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the Indonesian Development Bank have all signaled their interest to fund this integrated approach.

Farmers in Tasikmalaya have already started to use low-risk bio plant protection products to deliver organic-labeled agro food to the European Union. The motivation for cooperative approaches is increasing in order to shortcut roads to agro export through ‘bagihasil’ contracts (usufruct). Currently it is over six times more expensive to transport a container from Tasik to Jakarta over land than to transport the same container over sea from Jakarta to Singapore. New initiatives seek to take advantage of all transportation methods and the future deep-sea port of Kuala Tanjung in North-Sumatra.