Posted : February 22, 2017
Mamuju – A delegation from the US Embassy visited Mamuju, West Sulawesi, on February 13th-16th, 2017. Led by US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Brian McFeeters, the delegation had the opportunity to see first-hand the implementation of Compact program, managed by MCA-Indonesia and funded by Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
“I have read a lot about MCC projects, but it’s very nice to see it on the ground, to see the community spirit,” said McFeeters.
The four-day visit began with a meeting of delegation and Mamuju Head of District, Habsi Wahid, and Vice Head of District, Irwan Pababari. They discussed the progress of MCA-Indonesia’s projects in Mamuju. The Head of District enthusiastically informed the delegation about the latest update from the US-funded Green Prosperity, Procurement Modernization, and Health and Nutrition projects, and conveyed their hope to continue the collaboration.
After meeting the Head of District, the delegation paid visit to Mamuju District Procurement Service Unit (PSU), a pilot of Procurement Modernization Project. The project aims to cut costs, achieve efficiency, guarantee quality and timely delivery of procurement.
The team then visited Integrated Health Center (Posyandu) Eboni, which was one of the Community-based Health and Nutrition to Reduce Stunting Project location in Mamuju.
“I think the mothers seem very happy that their baby are getting off to a good start, they are getting good advice about food and care for their children, the babies are getting immunization they need, so they can grow strong and healthy. It’s really inspiring to see,” said US Consul General in Surabaya, Heather Variava.
In their last day in Mamuju, the delegation visited cocoa farm of Swisscontact Consortium, one of proponents of MCA-Indonesia Sustainable Cocoa Grants. They also met and discussed with cocoa farmers and students of Cocoa Agriculture Vocational School who had been learning about smart cocoa farming techniques that is environmentally friendly.
The visit ended in Karampuang Island, where PT Sky Energy Indonesia is building a community based renewable energy project with funding from MCA-Indonesia. Sky Energy will build 598 kWp solar PV facility on the island, which will generate electricity for 3,317 people in 784 households. Currently, the people on this island gets limited electricity at night from 150 kW diesel generators.(Bunga Manggiasih/MCA-Indonesia)
Photo courtesy of Swisscontact Indonesia