Muslim Aid’s Head of International Programmes, Imran Madden visited Indonesia in March 2013 to review activities of the Charity’s Indonesia field office. During his visit, he met a child sponsored through Muslim Aid’s Rainbow Family programme in East Aceh, and also attended staff meetings in Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Banda Aceh.
Imran visited Synchronization Training and Economic Empowerment Programme activities in Yogyakarta on a plantation of 13.500 mangrove seedlings in Langsa, as well as the rehabilitation of mangrove forest training in East Aceh which is a part of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Programmes. He also observed activities for the cattle programme in Bireuen and the flood mitigation programme in Banda Aceh funded by MDF/WB. In addition to this, Imran visited areas which were affected by the Tsunami in 2004 and 2007.
Imran was very interested in assessing the impact that Muslim Aid programmes had made on people’s lives. He spoke to the local community in Langsa who are involved with the Mangrove Plantation Programme and Cattle Programme and found that Muslim Aid programmes are making significant contributions to the well-being of peoples’ lives. The community expressed their hopes for Muslim Aid to continue to run such programmes in order to continue to benefit people and improve their social and economic status.
During his trip, Imran met with beneficiaries of Muslim Aid’s Economic Empowerment Skills Development Training at a closing ceremony for the programme. The trainees benefited from a range of skills training, which included organic plantation harvest, waste management training, handicraft training and English courses for children. There was a mini expo organised by the beneficiaries to display their organic crops and handicrafts which he also visited.