August 26, 2011
I am an Indonesian. I was born in the palm oil plantation in North Sumatra where my father was a manager. I remember how I loved to walked home under the palm oil trees from my school. Played with all kind of insects and plants. Days and night I spent out door.These memories of early childhood continued with me all of my life.I would walk hours among bushes of flowers or trees anywhere. I found strength and friendship among naturea. My family is pretty unique because I am the only Indonesian in the family. My three children are American to follow the father's nationality. We had good years but the marriage ended in 1996 and I have been single mother ever since. It was not easy for the three girls and I. But we pushed forward anddid not give up. Now the girls are bright, educated and independent. When I was 17 years old, I won an American Field Service scholarship which was an exchange program for one year. I was sent to the USA and spent my Senior year in Santee, California. I graduated in 1976 from two High Schools one in USA and another in Indonesia. As soon as i returned home to Indonesia I was offered another scholarship to study to France but I could not take the offer due to economy reason. My mother needed help for family income as my three younger siblings needed to continue the education. So at 17 years old I started working for Mobil Oil Inc in North Sumatra. I went to the evening school but it did not work out either, because at 23 years I got married and moved to Nigeria. From Nigeria moved back to USA, moved to Indonesia, moved to Singapore, moved to Indonesia and so on. I lost count how many houses I have lived up to now. During my years in Indonesia (while children were in the university in Seattle) I moved to my family village in Mandailing Natal. I lived in the village for 3.5 years.I was trying to help the women farmers. These women are my relatives. I tried to create a Community Business Development for the women. What happened? To my own experiences that no party was interested to assist women for sustainable continuing economy improvement to fight poverty. What organizations, politician, district government wished was to give donation in the effort to gain benefit for themselves. I think women must not trust men any further for their welfare. Women must take over the mandate given to men. Men failed women's trust. Recently I moved back to the USA. Is this land of freedom different than Indonesia in respect of women's welfare...Hm..the more I know the more I believe that women must take over the decision of the world from men. Maybe not now but in the future.....