Indonesian Communities Rebuild through Creative Arts
July 15, 2010—Kopwan Inong Aceh, an Indonesian women’s cooperative supported by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), was represented at the fourth annual Indonesia Creative Products Exhibition in Jakarta. Some 700 organizations or individuals participated in the event.
Indonesia Creative Products Exhibition 2010, held late last month, offered groups like Kopwan Inong Aceh the opportunity to expand their knowledge of, and gain experience in, marketing handicrafts beyond their local regions.
Kopwan Inong Aceh’s display featured distinctive Aceh embroidery of various types of bags, wallets, and other accessories. This unique embroidery was popular with exhibition visitors, one of whom offered to work with Kopwan Inong Aceh to market the products to another region of Indonesia, West Java.
The cooperative is one of the programs UMCOR supports that help local Indonesian communities rebuild livelihoods after a tsnuami caused massive destruction and casualties six years ago. UMCOR Indonesia opened field offices in Banda Aceh and Bireuen provinces following the disaster.
UMCOR’s support for Kopwan Inong Aceh’s participation in the exhibition is reflective of the organization’s commitment to accompany communities affected by natural and human-made disasters long after the images of catastrophe have faded from television screens and newspaper pages.
Kopwan Inong Aceh Chairwoman Amna Syahridha said the group benefited from the opportunity to present their handicrafts to a broad spectrum of visitors from throughout Indonesia and the world. She thanked UMCOR for making the group’s participation possible.
UMCOR Indonesia continues to help those affected by the 2004 tsunami and the 30-year conflict that preceded it. Your support makes it possible for UMCOR to be there for the long haul. Please give generously to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400