Eka travelled from Indonesia to participate in Mosaic’s 2013 International Leadership Programme, a year-long programme to develop leadership skills, inspire thinking about global issues and equip young people to become involved in their local communities. The programme helped Eka to broaden her knowledge of global environmental issues, grow an international network and improve her confidence to grow the environmental forum she founded in Indonesia.
Passionate about the environment and global issues, Eka launched a campaign to raise awareness and understanding about the environment at the Sunan Kalijaga University in Yogyakarta where she works as a lecturer. With the help of students and volunteers Eka went on to introduce recycling and composting in the university campus to better manage the waste that was created.
“The International Leadership Programme taught me that managing the environment is about managing people, no one will succeed unless they know how people interact with the environment.”
Eka is the founder of Water Forum, a group of volunteers who take action on a lead on water, environmental and social issues. Since participating in the International Leadership Programme, Eka has grown her volunteer base to 20 people, who have undertaken a range of activities to raise awareness of the environment including cleaning a local river affected by pollution, appearing on talk shows about the importance of water and the environment, and running workshops on composting and waste-recycling.
Eka has put her new found leadership skills into place in leading her group of volunteers, and acting as mentor for them.
Eka wanted to enhance her leadership skills and her influencing skills so she could persuade more volunteers to support her work. Having found out about the ILP on Mosaic’s website, she was immediately attracted to the opportunity to widen her perspective on local and international development. And was keen to meet and learn from people from a range of backgrounds and countries.
Talking about the programme, Eka said ‘The programme helped me to build my self-esteem and gave me the courage to invest in time to do something to build on my work. I learnt that networking is important as meeting new people helped to give me a fresh perspective.
Eka has been supported in achieving her goals by her mentor. Eka says ‘Susan inspired me to put my heart into my project and work hard to achieve what I set out to do. She is truly inspiring and is still is giving me support and new ideas.I think the law of “mentor creates mentor” will apply to me – I want to mentor others in the future, as much as I consider myself a mentor for my volunteers right now.’
Susan Noori, one of Mosaic’s dedicated mentors and Mosaic Hero of the month in October 2013 continues to support Eka on the programme, she said, ‘Eka had started her project empty-handed, with only the help of a few student volunteers. Despite facing many difficulties and limitations from the local community and the local authority, Eka’s determination, innovative thinking and strong leadership ability has made the project go from strength to strength. The difference Eka is making to the local community is unimaginable. It is evident in the dramatic changes in the area since the implementation of Eka’s project.
Victoria Edwards, Mosaic’s International Manager said, ‘With Susan’s support, Eka has achieved a huge amount, making a real difference to the environment and people’s lives in her local community. Eka’s example shows how much can be achieved with determination, a small group of volunteers and the support of a great mentor.’