I spent exactly 1 month in Indonesia documenting the various projects undertaken by Dompet Dhuafa Republika in Indonesia. It was, by far, one of the best international experiences that I’ve ever had. From the first day itself, I started to enjoy the place. I had a completely different image of Indonesia when I was in the United Kingdom.
Coming to Indonesia and staying there for a month changed everything. And even though I was a person who had no idea about the Indonesian language, I still made a lot of new friends and had an amazing time. The photo documentation that I had undertaken was the first that I have ever done, and it made me learn a lot of new things things for the first time as well. Because of this project, I did things that I had never done before, like, for example, travel in a fishing boat, travel in a ship, visit farms and places unlike any other. It also gave me a chance to use my photography skills to the max, and being able to do so gave me a feeling of accomplishment since I was able to combine my hobby of photography to a wonderful use.
A project of this nature would not have been complete without the wholehearted support and cooperation of the management and staff of Dompet Dhuafa Republica. In particular, I would like to thank Mr. Ahmad Juwaini, President, DDR, Ms Nana Mintarti, Director, IMZ, Mr. Armie Robi, Director, Masyarakat Mandiri Program for their guidance and kind hospitality extended to me throughout the six weeks of my internship and stay at various locations in Indonesia. I am also thankful to Sr. Dessy Sonya, who accompanied me during my field visits. The 1 month that I spent in Indonesia taught me a lot, made me experience new things and gave me lessons on the simpler side of life. This is one visit that I am never forgetting.