guesthouse Rumsom: Rumsom is the first building of the Youth Training Centre, which was successfully built in 5 months
(from April to August 2001). Partner groups and other visitors are housed in the Rumsom during their visits to Yapikbi. It
is a large house that is fully geared to receiving large groups (equipped with electricity and toilet facilities). The municipality
of Biak has provided chairs and tables. Unfortunately, Rumsom is almost collapsing due to financial constraints for renovation.
Exchange Programme 2001. Yapikbi has successfully organized an International Youth Exchange Programme from August
to September 2001. Ten members from Janun (Jugend Actions Netzwerk Umwelt & Naturschutz - Youth Action Network for Environmental
Protection) Hanover, Germany and about 50 Yapikbi members participated in the programme. During the programme, the participants
visited local schools, village communities (kampongs), the public hospital, marketplaces and shops to get the insight into
the overall situation and the problems in Biak and an idea of everyday-life. The output of the programme can be summarized
a. The decision made by Janun and Yapikbi
to continue its cooperation with Yapikbi, and work together to seek funds for expanding the Youth Training Centre.
b. An invitation from Janun for 12 members from
Yapikbi to visit Germany in the summer of 2002, and another
visit from Janun to Yapikbi in August 2003.
c. The members of Janun and Yapikbi have
experienced, and learned to respect each others culture.
d. Janun and Yapikbi have laid the foundation
for a cooperation between the local government of Hanover and the local government
of Biak. Janun is continuing to assist the local government of Biak and that
of Hanover for the development of long-lasting cooperation between the two towns.
Yapikbi is well known in Biak and enjoys the reputation of an active and committed youth organization.
This was firstly established by its past achievements in a relatively short period of time and, in addition, Yapikbi also
utilised the mass media (both electronic and written) in West Papua. Yapikbi was widely published in
the local media when the official opening of Rumsom by Mr. L.S. Rumbiak (deputy mayor of the Biak municipality)
took place in September 2001. More recently, December 2001, Yapikbi set up its own website in two languages, Indonesian and
English, to provide information on an international level.
Exchange Programme 2002: Ten members of Yapikbi visited Germany
from the 10th of July to the 10th of Agustus 2002. They participated in various workhops during a week Summer Camp organised
by Janun (Youth Action Network for Environmental Protection). These 10 adult youth stayed in the families that they have learned
the European culture.
Yadupa has succeeded in raising fund for building its own compound to be office and training centre as well. Although aero
planes flying about hundred feet above the roof 3 times per day, the compound that is located on the sea-shore has a pretty