Police escorts, mangroves and malaria in South Sulawesi

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Our Indonesia adventure started in the Port town of Makassar, in the South Sulawesi region. The face to face fundraisers that won the 2015 annual fundraising incentive were in for an exciting 3 days in Makassar, visiting the local programs with the Red Cross, and then off to Bali for some R&R. To get our bearings in Makassar, I met a wonderful local Tuk-Tuk driver, Ali, who helped us with transport around the port town.

 

On our first day, we boarded a boat and headed across the water to a small island for a snorkeling session and to try some of the local foods – the fried banana with hot sambal chili sauce was favoured by all of us and didn’t last long.

Day two was exciting! We met our guide, Sacha, who had been posted in Indonesia, working with Red Cross for many years and we jumped on a bus and headed off to one of the schools in Indonesia. The Red Cross is supporting children with disabilities. We spent the morning speaking to the children and teachers and playing some educational games about water and sanitation.