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Had I ever imagined the scenario of my arriving unannounced on a remote island, where, knowing next to nothing of the language, culture, or lifestyle, a native people would welcome me in, treat me as one of their own and teach me the skills necessary to survive in their jungle habitat; I suspect I would have thought this the most selfless, compassionate, and inspiringly humane act of benevolence offered to me since my early years of dependency.

However, after having lived through this very experience, having had to rely solely on the faith in those around me, alone, in a world I knew nothing about, I came to understand that this behavior holds a far greater value than I could ever have perceived. This willingness to offer aid, comfort, and support, this belief in each other and in the community, is for the Indigenous people of Mentawai, life. It’s this simple form of conduct that in fact lies at the very core of the strength, courage, and happiness of their survival, and the safety and protection of their existence.

This is why, after being presented with an opportunity to exercise the influence which they’ve inspired and, in return, offer support to a people now learning the ways of the modern world, I sincerely hope that you and all those involved will find strength in knowing that we too are surrounded by family, friends, and a community who are willing to take the time and give support to others. A reality made evident by the overwhelmingly positive response to support the developments of the Mentawai Support Program where, together, with the generous contribution of GLOBALQUEST, for the months of May/June, we’ve managed to raise an incredible $12,798.90

To GLOBALQUEST and all those who donated, supported, helped, attended, or were involved in fundraising activities, masurak bagatta, thank you.

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  1. Rinto Rimata Sikerei

    I deeply apreciated what you do for Mentawai,fiernd..keep on fire…and do not hesitate if you to know about far as I know,I will share to you.masurak bagatta

    Jul 25, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  2. Rob

    Thanks for writing and offering your support Aman Rinto Rimata, it means a great deal to me. I will stay in touch, for sure. Simakerek, siripok.

    Jul 25, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

  3. Popo

    cool, thanks for save Mentawai

    Jul 26, 2011 @ 7:21 pm


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