Selamatkan Yaki team crosses Manado Bay…

Hello everyone! This is Caroline speaking! We uploaded a photo of our very special trip last week… could you guess where we went to?
Halo semuanya! Ini Caroline! Belum lama ini kami meng-upload foto perjalanan kami minggu lalu… bisakah kalian menebak kami pergi ke mana?
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Manado Tua!

Manado Tua (literally, old Manado) is an island approximately 21 kilometers from mainland Manado, dominated by a single mountain. Twelve villages surround the base of this mountain. On Friday (6/6) SY got a chance to visit one of these villages!
Manado Tua adalah pulau berjarak kira-kira 21 kilometer dari daratan utama dan didominasi sebuah gunung. Dua belas desa mengitari kaki gunung ini. Pada hari Jumat (6/6) SY mendapatkan kesempatan mengunjungi salah satu desa ini! 

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SD GMIM Pangalingan, our target school for the day.

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The students responded to our quiz very enthusiastically! | Para siswa menanggapi kuis kami dengan sangat baik!

It started when Olivia (Livi) Kulander contacted our programme to see if we could join a trip she planned for a group of students from the University of Puget Sound, Washington, USA. Livi stayed at Manado Tua for two weeks last year, accompanied by Pak Yunus Masala who is a ranger at the Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Together they researched the population of tarsiers there and also encountered Macaca nigra on this island! Exciting stuff! Livi was in touch with the teachers of the University of Puget Sound and heard that they planned a trip to visit North Sulawesi: great opportunity for Livi to go back to the wonders of North Sulawesi!

 

Semuanya berawal ketika Olivia (Livi) Kulander mengundang program kami untuk bergabung dengan kegiatan yang dia rencanakan bagi sekelompok mahasiswa University of Puget Sound, Washington, USA. Livi tinggal di Manado Tua selama dua minggu tahun lalu, didampingi Pak Yunus Masala, seorang ranger dari C.A. Tangkoko. Bersama mereka meneliti populasi tarsius di sana dan juga bertemu dengan Macaca nigra! Seru sekali! Livi saling kontak dengan beberapa dosen di University of Puget Sound dan mengetahui mereka berencana untuk mengunjungi Sulawesi Utara: kesempatan yang sangat baik bagi LIvi untuk kembali melihat keindahan Sulawesi Utara!

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Thirza and Peter passing time on the boat trip with a chat. | Thirza dan Peter menghabiskan waktu selama perjalanan di kapal dengan berbincang-bincang.

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The students loved our stickers and coloring sheets! | Para siswa sangat menyukai stiker dan lembar mewarnai kami!

So on Friday morning, Thirza, Jurriaan and I, together with Pak Yunus and the Celebes Wild team, departed from Manado’s harbor on a pre-booked boat. On our way to Manado Tua, we stopped at Bunaken to pick up the team from University of Puget Sound. We couldn’t have asked for better weather; it was a beautiful, sunny day, and the 2-hour trip flew by as fast as the sea wind blowing on our faces.

Pada Jumat pagi, Thirza, Jurriaan dan saya sendiri, bersama dengan Pak Yunus dan tim Celebes Wild, berangkat dengan kapal sewaan dari Pelabuhan Manado. Kami singgah di Bunaken untuk menjemput tim dari University of Puget Sound. Cuacanya sangat baik; matahari bersinar cerah dan perjalanan selama 2 jam berlalu secepat angin yang menerpa wajah kami.

DSC_0383The lack of transport to and from Manado made Manado Tua feel quite remote, despite being relatively close to the mainland. The forest was still inhabited by sizeable wildlife populations, and even a yaki group. The villages had narrow concrete streets barely wide enough for two motorbikes to pass side by side, let alone a car. Due to the limited time, we only managed to visit one school, SD GMIM Pangalingan. We refreshed ourselves with drinks and some snacks before starting our presentation. Livi started off with welcoming remarks and introduced our teams, and then it was our turn!
DSC_0384Kurangnya transportasi dari dan ke Manado membuat Manado Tua terasa terpencil, meski jaraknya relatif dekat ke daratan utama. Hutannya memiliki populasi satwa liar yang cukup besar, bahkan satu kelompok yaki. Desa-desanya memiliki jalan beton sempit yang sulit dilalui dua sepeda motor berdampingan, apalagi sebuah mobil. Karena waktu yang terbatas, kami hanya bisa mengunjungi satu sekolah, SD GMIM Pangalingan. Kami disuguhi minum dan makanan kecil sebelum memulai presentasi. Livi membuka acara dengan ucapan selamat datang dan memperkenalkan tim kami, dan setelah itu giliran kami berbicara!

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Don’t forget the speakers! We want to be able to hear the video as well! | Jangan lupa speakernya! Kami perlu mendengar videonya juga!

Thirza and I had prepared an awesome presentation that would surely make the students interested and enthusiastic… but there was a slight problem. Manado Tua had no electricity during the day! Unable to use the projector, we simply held up Thirza’s laptop (thank goodness it had a full charge!) so the students could see, even if it was small. We started off with Oriana’s yaki video, to which the students responded very well, and then continued with our YYC jingle. Everyone – including the Celebes Wild team and the University of Puget Sound team – memorized the catchy words, funny movements and simple tunes very quickly!

On your feet everyone! Let's sing the YYC Jingle! | Semuanya berdiri! Mari menyanyi Yel-yel YYC!

On your feet everyone! Let’s sing the YYC Jingle! | Semuanya berdiri! Mari menyanyi Yel-yel YYC!

Saya dan Thirza telah menyiapkan presentasi keren yang akan membuat para siswa tertarik dan bersemangat… tapi ada masalah kecil. Di Manado Tua, tidak ada listrik di siang hari! Karena kami tidak bisa menggunakan proyektor, kami hanya mengangkat laptop Thirza (syukurlah baterenya penuh!) sehingga para siswa bisa melihat, meski kecil. Kami memulai dengan video yaki dari Oriana, yang mendapat sambutan sangat baik dari para siswa, dilanjutkan dengan yel-yel YYC. Semuanya – termasuk tim Celebes Wild dan tim University of Puget Sound – menghafal lirik, gerakan lucu, dan nadanya yang sederhana dengan sangat cepat!

DSC_0462After our presentation, we handed out coloring sheets, yaki masks and campaign stickers to the students. Celebes Wild also chipped in, handing out their own coloring sheets and little stickers campaigning for the protection of endangered species. The University of Puget Sound team helped out the students in coloring in their sheets. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay long, as it was already past the students’ lunch time. Time to snap a group photo before we say goodbye!
DSC_0478Setelah presentasi, kami membagikan lembar mewarnai, topeng yaki dan stiker kampanye pada para siswa. Celebes Wild juga ikut membagikan lembar mewarnai mereka dan stiker-stiker kecil yang mengkampanyekan perlindungan spesies-spesies terancam. Tim University of Puget Sound membantu para siswa mewarnai. Sayangnya kami tidak bisa berlama-lama karena sudah lewat jam makan siang para siswa. Saatnya berfoto bersama sebelum berpisah!

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We ended our visit with lunch at the beach; grilled fish and coconut mixed with brown sugar were the stars of our seaside meal! In what felt like no time, we were boarding the boat to go back to Bunaken and Manado.
Kami mengakhiri kunjungan kami dengan makan siang di pantai; ikan bakar dan kelapa muda dicampur gula merah menjadi bintang utama! Tidak terasa kami harus naik kapal kembali ke Bunaken dan Manado.

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It was a brief visit, but it was worth it! We reached out across Manado Bay to students living near one of the few remaining natural yaki habitats, and hopefully they’ll remember our conservation message and become our ambassadors on that small island! We would like to thank the people who organized this trip: Livi, Pak Yunus and his wife, and the Celebes Wild team: Maryati Abiduna, Billy Lolowang, Spatman Naung and Serin Kakambong. Thank you to the University of Puget Sound team: Kasey Janousek, Chelsea Steiner, Holly Dixon, Brenda Seymour, Lisa Long, David Balgley, Leonard Henderson, Claire Grubb, Darth Caryn Stein, Logan Day, and Ian Latimer, supervised by Gareth Barkin and Peter Wimberger. Also a big thank you to the headmistress for facilitating our team at the school. It was an inspiring day and we hope to continue raising awareness about the yaki at Manado Tua.
Kunjungan yang singkat, tapi sepadan! Kami berhasil menjangkau melintasi Teluk Manado pada para siswa yang tinggal di dekat salah satu habitat yaki terakhir yang masih alami, dan kami berharap mereka mengingat pesan konservasi kami dan menjadi duta kami di pulau kecil itu! Terima kasih pada tim penyelenggara: Livi, Pak Yunus dan ibu, serta tim Celebes Wild: Maryati Abiduna, Billy Lolowang, Spatman Naung and Serin Kakambong. Terima kasih pada tim dari University of Puget Sound: Kasey Janousek, Chelsea Steiner, Holly Dixon, Brenda Seymour, Lisa Long, David Balgley, Leonard Henderson, Claire Grubb, Darth Caryn Stein, Logan Day, and Ian Latimer, di bawah bimbingan Gareth Barkin dan Peter Wimberger. Terima kasih banyak pada ibu Kepala Sekolah yang memfasilitasi tim kami di sekolahnya. Sungguh hari yang menginspirasi, dan kami berharap bisa terus meningkatkan kesadaran masyarakat mengenai yaki di Manado Tua.

 

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One thought on “Selamatkan Yaki team crosses Manado Bay…

  1. Good work guys, bringing the message of wildlife conservation to the local people and the message of North Sulawesi’s beauty to the world.

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