Located in the village of Sauwandarek on the island of Mansuar, the Learning Center, designed by highly acclaimed Indonesian architect Popo Danes, is intended to serve the whole of the Raja Ampat region. Designed to function in harmony with its surroundings and built by local builders, the center has been constructed with sustainable materials and using traditional techniques.
The Learning Center is an educational hub where people from the region can study, learn about conservation of their local environment and the importance of preserving this unique habitat, seek help for health-related issues, and train in professions that will help them connect with and capitalise on business opportunities from visiting yachts.
One of the Learning Center’s initial programs will see the implementation of a better waste management system for the Sauwandarek community, making both an immediate impact on the amount of consumer waste currently likely to enter the sea, and improving health and hygiene.
While in Raja Ampat recently, the team from Dunia Baru Adventures commenced their ‘Lighting The Future’ campaign. Forming part of the boat’s wider program of Corporate Social Responsibility, this initiative sees solar-powered lighting, donated by Dunia Baru owner Mark Robba, installed in villages that have no electricity supply.
“Raja Ampat is a very special place for me and my family as well as for Dunia Baru and her charter guests,” says owner, Mark Robba.
“The scenery is amazing; and the people have always been so kind. Every time I leave Raja Ampat I long to return. It means a lot that I am able to give back to the area with this project. It is my hope, and intention to ensure so, that the Learning Center will help to provide an economically viable and sustainable future for the families living here, in harmony with the environment.”
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Dunia Baru Adventures will be donating a percentage of all future charter revenue from bookings in the Raja Ampat archipelago to fund the center’s on-going role.