Young Australian Women are ready to empower Young Indonesian Women through NetBall
Two young Australian women, Meisha Grant and Rebecca Lambert are leaving for Lombok on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 to train young women of the island of West Nusa Tenggara Province about Netball for Four months. Both Meisha and Rebecca established a new project namely Netball Indonesia with the support of the Australia Indonesia Institute (AII) through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
"We have been lucky enough to receive an Australia Indonesia Institute Grant through Department of Foreign Affair and Trade and we are implementing a project in the end of this year and we are going over there teaching netball in four schools" said Meisha on an interview at the fundraising dinner party (21/07/16). "The project has three main aims, firstly we are really excited to be working with young girls and increasing participation in sports. We are doing this with netball and to increase whole range of different skills such as teamwork, leadership and resilience", added Meisha who is the resident of New South Wales.
Lombok is chosen as the place to have this project implemented in order to increase the understanding of young Australians about places in Indonesia. "We chose Lombok because I and Meisha have previously been there and we have connections over there through schools. Also, it is because a lot of Australians know only about Bali but they don't know beyond there", said Rebecca who was also a delegate of Australia - Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYP) in 2015/2016.
They also mentioned that there will be 10 Australians Netball Representatives visiting Lombok in early October and the program will also provide opportunity for the young Australians Women to have cross cultural interactions with the Indonesian Women and to develop friendships.
Consul Andre Omer Siregar who also attended a fundraising dinner party for this project last weekend was amazed by initiative of these young Australians. "I would like to thank all the guests tonight who have come to support these two fine individual and to congratulate their parents so that these girls can pioneer deeper Indonesia Australian relationships through girls' netball. Their pioneer will surely inspire future Indonesia Australia leaders", Consul AOS added.
Consul AOS also extended an appreciation for the Indonesian Community and Business in Darwin for contributing to the success of the Fundraising Dinner Party for Netball Indonesia.
Meisha and Rebecca's expectations once they are in Lombok is to see many young women's are quite enthusiastic in learning something new. They are look forward to visiting Indonesia again. "We are leaving on Wednesday next week (27/07/16) and we are very excited to travel to Indonesia, karena kami cinta Indonesia", they said. (JM)
Please see below a youtube link to an interview with Meisha and Rebecca.