January / February 2018
(1.1) In September 2017 we have written a letter in English , addressed to the director of
the SMA Gabungan to inform the management of SMA Gabungan about our new policy (see item
'Werkgroep SMA Gabungan changes its policy' below). This letter has been translated into
Bahasa Indonesia by Pt. Hapin in Jayapura.
(1.2) This letter was handed over by Fransiska Van Der Werf (Pt. Hapin in
Jayapura) to the SMA Gabungan although the director was not present.
(2) On 1 February 2018 Fransiska visited the SMA again and had a meeting with the new director of
SMA Gabungan, Mrs. Titi Halawa, to discuss the new policy of the Werkgroep. This meeting
was very constructive; the director believes the new policy will be a golden opportunity for talented young
Papua students of the SMA. She will recommend talented and motivated students to Pt.Hapin. Pt. Hapin
will do a further selction according to the Hapin criteria for scholarship, the Werkgroep will make
the final decision.
(3) In 2017 the Werkgroep has already supported Yulianus Boga (alumnus SMA), student at the
Cenderawasih University. The Wergroep paid €600 that year. At this moment Yulianus is waiting for the
possibility to do one of the two necessary field studies before finishing his bachelor; he is waiting for news
from the university.
(4) On 31 January the Werkgroep had a meeting with Hapin in Utrecht (see pictures below). The decision
was made to write a letter to all Dutch sponsors, including all
Dutch alumni of the HBS/SMA, about our changed goal: no longer revitalisation of the SMA buildings is aimed for,
but the goal is now to support talented and motivated Papua students who need financial support.
******Remark: in July 2017 we decided to spend a maximum of €5000 per year on student support. This
implies that the available funds will be spent in about 5 years.
The available fund on December 31 2017 is €24.559.