Last update: January 2015
Roslin Orphanage is located in West Timor, about 10 minutes from “Eltari Airport” in Kupang City. Founded by Budi and Peggy, officially opened by the Nusa Tenggara Timur province governor on March 6, 2002 ( it was started in Dec 1999 ).
Budi was a pilot for Garuda Indonesia , Korean Airlines, Singapore airlines and now Scoot Airlines while Peggy was an airline stewardess with Garuda Indonesian Airways for 9 years then a house wife and now as the care taker and manager for the orphanage from the start.
Our togetherness is the main strength and we are trying to maintain this togetherness throughout and to all of the children. It is our strong sense of belonging to the place and to each other that matter most to us.
Roslin orphanage is trying its best to help to shape up the children's future by giving them as much education as possible. After the children are finished with their schooling (hopefuly all able to graduate from the university) the orphanage will return them to their own people hoping that they will build their own home town and their own people. Roslin Orphanage is not giving any children for an adoption.The name Roslin was being formed by combining two Timorese grandma's names who were giving good advices to Peggy when she was a little girl. Both of them were advising Peggy what’s good to be done and how to be a better person in life ( they were not Peggy's real grandmas) . Good values were passed to her and we think that it is a good way to remember them both by combining their names in the orphanage's name. From Grandma Rosalind and grandma Violin the name Roslin was formed.
Children, Staff, and Facilities
As of December 2014 we are having 178 children which majority of them are under 10 years old and they have been living at the orphanage since they are “days old babies”. The youngest child is 6 months old and the oldest is 25 years old and his name is Gerson. He has graduated from the Medical School. Currently there are 8 children studying at the university. Next year there might be some 20 children entering the university studies.
We are having 5 people to assist us on looking after the orphanage day to day activities. Two people for looking after the babies, two persons as drivers and one person , Marsalina Oematan , she has been with us for the last 19 years to over look the progress and making sure that everyone are taking its part of their duties. The rest of the routines are being conducted by the older orphanage children helping the little ones. The little ones are not only observing, but also learning in the form of working along with the older ones as their efforts to be self sufficient and independent to them self in the later years. All of the management and decision making are based on their inputs and decided by my wife and myself.The orphanage size is 11,150 m2. Inside the compound we have 8 buildings and 4 more building to be built in the future.
Roslin orphanage has been self sufficient on rice since April 2008.
40 km (25 miles) away from the orphanage is our rice field which is about 20,000 m2 (5 acres) with more land to be cleared next to it of 60,000 m2 (15 acres). There are two more rice fields but at a different locations. For further development we will need a good land clearing machine if possible. The newly made banana farm is 25,000 m2 (6 acres) which is about 3 km (2 miles) away from the rice field.
In the next few months we will have our newly made banana farm capable of supporting the orphanage on teaching the children more about farming and at the same time to produce food source and even making some income when we are selling the banana to the public. For this farm we need some help for obtaining the small bulldozer which hopefully can be rented locally. So far we have been doing it by means of manual labour which not only slow but we have been often hurts on dealing with the sharp thorny trees upon clearing the farm land.
A new farm is in the making and it is designated as an eco village of which all plants will be organic plants and using the organic feriliser both from cow dunk as well as from the dead leafs or others. It was originally a rocky land and never been utilized as a farm land because there is not much of top soil on it . By doing the land clearing and a hard work of about two years , Roslin has managed to changed the rocky surfaces of which it was a raised sea bed into a farm land as what we can see on the picture below. We wish to have our own excavator one day as to work some more on changing the rocky land into a productive land ( currently Roslin is renting the excavator when able)
More Buildings in the Future
When we have completed building the girl’s dorm we will have more children joining the orphanage and may be up to 100 children in total in the next 6 months. It was the space that was limiting us from having more children at Roslin Orphanage. This is also possible because now we are having our own water source at the orphanage’s ground. By having our own water we will be able to plant more veggies and others just to fulfil our need in food and vitamins from the organic plantations.By end of May 2011, 3 girls will be finished with their high school schooling and they want to continue to study at the nursing school. In Timor both doctors and nurses are so limited on its number. We need more medical related people to be serving this area.
By the end of the year, Roslin orphanage will be having a kindergarten to run. Currently there isn’t any kindergarten within at least 5 km radius near the orphanage. Without passing through the kindergarten it will be harder for the children to cope with the elementary schooling. We are planning to start building this kindergarten as early as May or June this year. Please join us for this effort if you can.
In the future we are planning to build a medical clinic to serve the community in the health matter. May be when Gerson has completed his medical schooling we will already having this planned clinic.
Visit us for your School project?
If you are planning to visit us for your school project or a social project of your office as a social responsibility program, please do so. We can facilitate all the required programs on programs such as activities with the orphanage and the orphanage’s children, we can involve you with the village people on farming, mechanical building, education for the villagers, health enhancement to the village people and having classes for the people in enriching their knowledge on any aspects in the society.
It will be good if I can be there with you during my annual leave or my off days but without me , my wife , Peggy will be able to handle all of the maters accordingly. Just let us know in advance about your objectives of the trip and we will do our best to facilitate and to make sure that we have a good coordination without any miss understanding about the main purpose or the essence of the trip.
Roslin has built a kindergarten for the community, it is a Montesorri kindergarten and it is a free of charge for the village children who are attending the school. The school has graduated one batch of students and now is entering the second year.
For those who wants to help out at the school are welcome to participate the teaching