“When we had two new cadres in Sotual, we went there for a monitoring visit,” Nuren recalls. “We left the city at dawn to reach Nuapin village. We then walked for three hours through the forest from Nuapin village to finally reach Sotual. The return trip was more difficult, because it was uphill. We took a shortcut, and I almost fell off a cliff on the way back.
“The wife of the health cadre gave us pineapples, but unfortunately, none of us carried a knife. We walked all the way up the hill to our car before we saw an old man with a big dagger to help us cut and eat the pineapples. We weren`t even wondering if the dagger was clean or not, we were just so thirsty from the long walk!”
Upon reaching Nuapin, the group stopped by a health centre. “The health worker asked where we came from. He was surprised when we told him that we had just visited our health cadres in Sotual, since they had never been there before,” Nuren says.
In 2011, the REACH project covered 40 villages and 14 health centres. By January 2013, it had expanded to 49 villages and 15 health centres, with more than 200 trained health cadres.
Since the project ended, Nuren has continued her work with ChildFund Indonesia in the eastern program areas. She is proud of her work. “With basic medical supplies in such remote areas the health cadres are able to provide basic health care for young children. Seeing this is really rewarding for me,” she says.