May 2017 Werkgroep SMA Gabungan had a meeting with Reinier de Lang of HAPIN (see photos below).
The situation was discussed - contributing to the renovation of the SMA Gabungan appears
to be impossible.
FROM NOW ON, OUR FOCUS WILL BE ON FINANCIALLY SUPPORTING STUDENTS DURING THEIR
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. This letter has been
translated into Bahasa Indonesia by Pt. Hapin in Jayapura. The letter was handed over by Fransiska Van Der Werf (Pt. Hapin in
Jayapura) to the SMA Gabungan although the director was not present.
On 1 February 2018 Fransiska visited the SMA Gabungan 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.
In March 2018 we have written 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
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 was €24.559.