The journey starts with a comfortable 3.8 km hike up the slop of a volcano to the rim of the crater. Next follows an almost 175 meters vertical drop down into the steaming, smoking gut of the volcano. The porters then need to protect their faces with mostly a wet rug and step right into the poisonous fumes and chip out blocks of the hardened sulfur with which they fill two baskets weighting each about 35 kg. A bamboo stick then connects the basket and the porter carries the load back up to the rim of the volcano and more then three kilometer down to the collection point. The entire journey for one load takes approximately 5 hours for which the porter receives 625 Rupiahs per kilogram.
During our journeys to East Java we have met, and become friends with many of these porters. We now have committed ourselves to help these brutally hard working porters and their families as often as possible with clothes and some financial assistance. Three or four times a year we load up a small truck full of essentials and drive for four hours across Bali. In Gilimanuk we board a ferry for an hour and continue our journey in East Java where it will take a further three hours to reach the remote but exceptionally picturesque caldera of Kawah Ijen.
Perhaps you wish to join us in our efforts to bring just a little sunshine into the dull lives of these incredible hard working people. To do so, simply bring your aged cloth to Bali, give us a call and we will pick them up from your hotel. We will wash each piece and make 100% certain that each and every piece of cloth or shoes will reach the right person.
a From The Woods Productions film © 2013
Presents: Kawah Ijen
Fabian von Holzen | Heinz von Holzen | Oq Abrar
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