Helping Communities Make Water Flow

ProAir WatSan in NTT” is about a water supply and sanitation systems project in the East Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Timor) province (East Sumba, West Sumba, Nortwest Sumba, South Central Timor, Alor and Ende) in Indonesia. Documentary photos and downloadable PDF of project handbook.

New documentary: Smokin' Meat

“Smokin’ Meat” is a Bouvet Media documentary on a Texan meat smoker in Jakarta, including video and a photo gallery.

Click to go to Smokin' Meat web page & gallery…

Click to go to Smokin' Meat web page & gallery…

Werner Jayson is the Pit Master (meat smoker) of Frank’s Bar & Smokehouse, located in the Kemang area of Jakarta, Indonesia. He talks about how he developed a passion for smoking meat, the meat smoker he uses, and the process of smoking beef brisket, pork and other meats.

“Smokin’ Meat” was filmed 1 November 2015, and is directed, filmed and edited by Basil Rolandsen. Music from Jukedeck (create your own at A Bouvet Media Production.

New documentary film & photos posted

“The Clean Energy of Sumba Island” is a Bouvet Media documentary on renewable energy improving lives.

Click to go to page…

Click to go to page…

The video and photos are about renewable energy introduced by the Sumba Iconic Island programme. Sumba is a poor island in central Indonesia, where the international NGO Hivos together with the Asian Development Bank are implementing a programme that aims to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy. Norway is funding and supporting the project.

“The Clean Energy of Sumba Island” was filmed in November 2014, and is directed, filmed and edited by Basil Rolandsen. Music from Jukedeck. A Bouvet Media Production for the Norwegian Embassy to Indonesia.

Gear for sale

I’ve been looking through the equipment locker, and found some nice stuff just gathering dust there. This is good gear which should be put to use by someone, so we’re selling it, and at prices I think are attractive!

Zoom H4n handy recorder (idr 1,950,000)

Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser Microphone w/ spider shockmount (idr 650,000)

In addition, there are still left a few items from last round, which you can check out on the “Equipment for Sale” page… Enjoy!

Refreshing the web site!

Time to give this place some love, isn't it? Long due, the web site just got a face lift, and an updated backbone (latest version of SquareSpace's solid system powering it). 

Not all is ready yet, most notably would be the galleries missing. We're also in the process of switching the photo software from Apple's Aperture to Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom. This is a major effort, but all new material is now going into Lightroom, and transfer of old material will come gradually. Galleries will be updated as material is available again…

What we do have, is a new page listing equipment we are selling. These are things we have used lovingly, and should be useful for some of you. Have a look, and support us by buying!

I've also had a couple of difficult years, with a serious disease preventing me from working. Things are finally improving (slowly, but still…) and I've just visited the island Sumba for an assignment, and will report on that soon. 2015 looks brighter!


Mr Alf now Sir Alf!

Alf Adeler, lovingly known as "Mr Alf" in East Timor, has been bestowed “The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit”, which is conferred as a reward for outstanding service in the interest of Norway.

This is an honour well deserved, and we are among his many friends and admirers who sends heartfelt congratulations to “Sir Alf”!

We had a great co-operation with Sir Alf as Senior Adviser to the East Timor hydroelectric power project “HydroTimor”. He is now back in Norway, but still attached to the project.

Alf V Adeler is conferred The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for his humanitarian work. Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

Gamelan Orchestra at 'the bas/bou files'

We have a new section up at our Bouvet Foundation media project sister web site, 'the bas/bou files': 
Gamelan Orchestra from the Yogyakarta Kraton.  
You will find both a narrative, a web photo gallery and a downloadable pdf ebook there. Enjoy, and please share this info with others...

'Pengendang' in traditional garb playing 'kendang' drum during a performance by traditional gamelan orchestra at the Yogyakarta Kraton (Sultan Palace). 

Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta), Indonesia – 25 March 2010
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Javanese traditional music performed by the palace gamelan music ensemble directed by (pengendang) Mateus Anwar Widodo, in the Srimanganti Pendopo (performance pavilion) of the Yogyakarta Kraton (Sultan’s Palace).

The melodious gamelan music is being played by the Niyagas (gamelan players) dressed in traditional Javanese costume. The Pesinden (female and male) are singing with distinct, beautiful voices. The Pengendang, the man who beats a wooden slit drum called the Kendang, directs the performance, and usually also is the dance master. With the sound of kendang, he gives order to the gamelan players, to the singers and to the dancers.

Javanese Dance at 'the bas/bou files'

We have a new section up at our Bouvet Foundation media project sister web site, 'the bas/bou files': 
Classical Javanese court dance from Yogyakarta
You will find both a narrative, a web photo gallery and a downloadable pdf ebook there. Enjoy, and please share this info with others...

Young female dancer in costume performing javanese classical court dance with traditional gamelan orchestra at the Yogyakarta Kraton (Sultan Palace). 

Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta), Indonesia – 25 March 2010
Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

Javanese palace dance (tari kraton) performed by Maria Vincentia Ika Mulatsih SS, accompanied by the palace gamelan music ensamble, in the Srimanganti Pendopo (performance pavilion) of the Yogyakarta Kraton (Sultan’s Palace).

Kraton dance performances are accompanied by traditional ‘gamelan’ music, and follows strict rules as to dance movements, body and hand gestures that requires discipline to learn. The serene elegance, slow pace and constrains of its movements give Javanese court dance a meditative quality. These dances are heavily influenced by Javanese Hindu-Buddhist legacy, which is often reflected in the costumes, jewelry and story.

Our sister web site, 'the bas/bou files' is up!

The bas/bou files is a Bouvet Foundation media project featuring Basil Rolandsen, unleashed.

Since Basil is happiest when being creative, we made this his playground where he can present things that fancy him. Can end up anywhere, but may also be interesting — he’s a kind of ‘round peg in a square hole’, and they tend to try and change the world. That could be nice.

We hope this web site may serve as an example of what the Bouvet Foundation may help others with. Everything here is produced in-house. Media presentation is important for all organisations, and we would love to discuss with you how we might help improving your information activities.

This web site presents activities through several channels: A web page with a description of the activity; a presentation through a photography web gallery, and a pdf brochure to be downloaded and shared. We plan to add videos as well.

The documents presented are produced with professional equipment, allowing flexibility in design and production.

The photographs are taken using a Nikon D3 camera, as raw files, and optimised for web presentation in photography web galleries made with a customised template in Apple Aperture.

The pdf brochures are made with Adobe InDesign software in print quality, and then optimised for web presentation.

The optimisation for web presentation reduces the size of the documents, making them ideal for on-screen viewing, but unsuitable for printing. This makes the opening of the web site much quicker; important when it comes to viewing photographs, as they start out quite large.

In other words, please don’t print this stuff, it will not look as nice as it was intended. If you want to use anything you see at this web site for printing, or for any commercial purpose, please contact us and we will find a satisfactory (and legal, ref our terms of use) way to do this.

Thanks, and enjoy the files!

Weaving a Better Life for Their Families

The 2004 Boxing-day Tsunami destroyed the livelihood for many people in Western Simeulue, West Aceh in Indonesia. The Norwegian Red Cross initiated livelihood development activities through organising 11 groups and training them in different aspects of business management, as well as establishing an umbrella organisation to coordinate activities after the project is finished, by the end of 2009.Mat weaving is an old tradition in Sigulai, as well as in other places in Simeulue. The mats have many applications, from covering floors, to materials for containers for rice and other things. They are also used as gifts during wedding ceremony, and young girls start weaving their mats from an early age in preparation for this.

Meeting with the victims of the 2004 Boxing-day tsunami, the Norwegian Red Cross was urged to help them start livelihood activities. They decided to organise women in groups and train them, so that they might generate income to help their families. Mat weaving turned out to be a popular activity as basis for such groups, including with the Melekhewa (“diligent”) group in the Sigulai village, counting 49 members.

Jami is the senior member of the Melekhewa group. She is a widow with seven children, and works hard to help them through university – five have already finished, and the last two are now studying! She describes the benefits of joining the group, underlining the cooperation between the women, developing new products like bags, tissue boxes and more. The training on how to run a small business has been very important, as has the group marketing and sales efforts been. For those investing their revenue in opening a small business, the access to saving and borrowing money through a microfinance scheme has also been a fantastic support.

For Jami, the income from weaving mats has been a means to educating her children. Others have started small businesses; small shops or cafes, trading cloth or other products, breeding chicken or fish, and more.

Suryawati works for Aspekasi, the umbrella organisation set up to help the women groups develop further, assisting with marketing and sales, and coordinating microfinance activities. She tells us that the 11 groups differ in size and focus. The smallest group has 25 members, while the largest has 70. The total number of members is about 450, much larger than the original target of 240 – and most are growing. Some groups are more focused on mat weaving, others on micro finance and savings, and some are more active than other.

Suryawati is optimistic about the future, and thinks the groups as well as Aspekasi are maturing and can manage after the project ends later this year. Even if some members are worried about losing the regular follow-up, most realise that the training they have gone through and the time spent together have strengthened them so that they now can function independently. Judging from the Melekhewa women, she just may be right!

Senior member Ibu Jami (right) with Ibu Suryawati from Aspekasi.  Photo © Basil Rolandsen (
The Melekhewa (“diligent”) mat-weaving group was founded after the 2004 tsunami, and has 49 active members. They weave traditional mats and other related articles, and sell them with support from the umbrella organisation “Aspekasi”. In addition to the members, we see Livelihood Programme Officer Abdul Rozak Tanjung (right) and Red Cross Delegate Erna Skau (behind Rozak). Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

NorCross Mat-weaving Livelihood Project

  • Responding to the emergency after the 2004 Boxing-day Tsunami, the Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) initiated several projects in the Indonesian province Aceh, North Sumatra, in close co-operation with the Indonesian Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (PMI).
  • Activities on the island of Simeulue, situated in the western part of Aceh, included both infrastructure development and capacity building, the livelihood projects being a part of the latter.
  • A total of 450 women have joined of one of 11 village-based groups established as a part of the project, each with from 25 to 70 members.
  • The women have received training, included in small business management and micro finance.
  • The groups are based on weaving traditional mats, and help with diversifying products, as well as organising sales. They also operate micro-finance saving and borrowing for their members, enabling them to start small-scale businesses.
  • The project also established the umbrella organisation Aspekasi, which assists the groups with marketing and sales, as well as with coordinating microfinance activities.

Red Cross Supplies Clean Water to Tsunami Victims

The 2004 Boxing-day Tsunami destroyed the water supply system in Western Simeulue, West Aceh in Indonesia. The Norwegian Red Cross now aim to make drinking water available to 4,000 people in five villages through an improved system, which will be finished before the end of the year.

Ani lives about 500 metres from the village water source, situated a bit into the woods. She and many of her neighbours in the Babul Makmur village have to carry heavy water containers back home three times every day, in addition to the heavy wet laundry for a household of five. Her neighbour Afrila’s burden is worse, her family counting seven. Chairuddin, an old age pensioner, is glad they are only three, as he lives 1.5 kilometres away, and feels the strain on his ageing body. No surprise then, that they are all looking forward to the day the new water supply system will deliver clean drinking water right to a tap at home – and in time for the wet season, saving them the extra burden of dragging the water containers along muddy roads…

The new water supply system is constructed by the Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross), as a part of their post-tsunami programme in Aceh. NorCross has partnered with the district drinking water supply authority, PDAM, and are expanding the pre-tsunami water supply from 42 households to up to 800 households, or 4,000 persons. The water will start flowing by November 2009, and initially cover 507 households and 18 public tapping stations.

Red Cross Delegate Shir Shah Ayobi is in charge of the constructions, supported by Consultant Supervisor Eddy Gultom and PDAM technician Mudarsono. Shir Shah complements the contractor, Sukamto of the Nusantara Water Centre, for quality work, which is essential when dealing with pressurised water constructions.

The water is collected from two springs, led into a pumping station and from there up to a reservoir on a nearby hill, where up to 450,000 litres are collected in two tanks. A pipeline distributes the water to the five villages through a 20 kilometres long penstock, and the capacity is high enough to supply up to 4,000 persons with 75 litres of clean water per day – a huge improvement for the population around the sub-district centre Sibigo.

Water is important for our daily lives, wherever we live. Some of us can just turn a tap and get fresh, potable water; others have to put in more effort. Chairuddin, Ani and many other people in Western Simeulue will now be able to do other things than carrying water for hours every day, like working in the field or taking care of their family. Since the tap water already is clean and can be consumed directly, they can also save the cost of energy for boiling the water, and even more time, without fearing for their health. Clean water is a precious gift, out of which life grows.

Ibu Ani lives 500 metres from the water post, and like many people in the area she has to fetch water three times a day, in addition to washing clothes there, carrying the wet clothes home again. Installation of a tap supplying drinking water to her house, as well as to more than 500 other households, is an anticipated improvement.  Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

Installation of water pumps in the Sibigo water station. Work inspected by (from left) Consultant Supervisor Eddy Gultom, PDAM Sibigo technician Mudarsono, NRC WatSan Delegate Shir Shah Ayobi and Contractor Sukamto. Water collected from two springs will supply tap-based drinking water to more than 500 households in five villages within 20 km of the centre. Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

NorCross Drinking Water Supply Project

  • Responding to the emergency after the 2004 Boxing-day Tsunami, the Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) initiated several projects in the Indonesian province Aceh, North Sumatra, in close co-operation with the Indonesian Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (PMI).
  • Activities on the island of Simeulue, situated in the western part of Aceh, included both infrastructure development and capacity building, the drinking water supply project being a part of the former.
  • Villages covered include Sigulai, Lama Mek, Baturagi, Mal Asin and Babul Makmur, all situated in Western Simeulue sub-district.
  • A total capacity of 800 households (or 4,000 individuals) in 5 villages may be supplied with 75 litres of drinking quality water per day.
  • Initially, 507 households (about 2,500 persons) will receive water to their homes from November 2009.
  • Water is collected in two springs and pumped to a reservoir with a capacity of 2 times 225 square metres (or 450,000 litres). A 20 kilometres long pipe transports the water to the villages, where it is distributed to individual households as well as to public taps.
  • Upon completion, the project will be handed over to the local drinking water supply authority, PDAM (Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum).

Drowning Toddler Rescued by Red Cross Volunteers

Falling into the well would have been the last thing Almodaris did if it hadn’t been for two volunteers trained by a Norwegian Red Cross Health and First Aid project in Simeulue, West Aceh in Indonesia. Their resolute intervention saved the life of the little boy of 14 months.

Samsulbahri, a teacher at Sigulai high school, was leaving the compound together with his friend Hendarto when they heard a woman scream. Initially dismissing it as a quarrel, they soon observed a desperate quality to the screams, and ran over to see what was happening.

A grim scene met them: Misjuarni crying while a relative held her toddler Almodaris in the air by his feet; more relatives around prayed, screamed, or both. The 14-month-old boy fell into the well while playing, and when his mother managed to get him out of the water, he had stopped breathing. Relatives tried to help, but by the time the teacher and his friend arrived at the scene ten minutes had passed, the boy had turned blue, and nobody expected him to survive.

Samsulbahri and Hendarto had recently attended a health and first aid training, conducted by the Norwegian Red Cross as a part of their post-tsunami programme in Aceh. Realising all hope may not yet be lost, they offered to try and help. The toddler had no pulse and did not breathe, so they decided to try CPR – an advanced part of the training, which they had learned in theory but not really practiced.

They worked for almost half an hour, applying chest compressions and artificial respiration, before anything happened. Around them, the screaming had given way to crying, and the prying was supplemented by the reading of verses from the Koran. Hope had left the group, they started accepting that Almodaris was dead. Then the wonder: The boy started coughing, vomited and started to breathe. Now Almodaris was the one crying, and the family started cheering and laughing.

It took another half an hour before they considered the boy to be stabile. By now he was hungry, but otherwise in good spirits. The mood in the group was festive, a feeling of having observed a wonder, of prayers being answered, the two rescuers regarded as heroes.

A year after the incident, Samsulbahri and Hendarto describe the scene that day in calm voices. They are happy they were there, and were able to do something. Just a coincidence, they modestly claim. Truth is, they made a difference by having the courage to act and to practice what they had learned in the training, and thus saved a life. Now they share their knowledge on health and first aid at a monthly session, usually after Friday prayers. More that 20 people from the village normally participates. Not surprising, perhaps, as the knowledge had proved to be very practical!

Volunteers trained by NorCross (from right Hendarto and Samsulbahri) saved the life of toddler Almodaris (here with mother Misjuarni and father Khaidir) applying first aid when the boy fell into this well July 2008. Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

Volunteers trained by NorCross (from left) Samsulbahri and Hendarto, who July 2008 saved the life of a drowning toddler by applying first aid, with their trainer Nadriman. Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

NorCross Health & First Aid Project

  • Responding to the emergency after the 2004 Boxing-day Tsunami, the Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) initiated several projects in the Indonesian province Aceh, North Sumatra, in close co-operation with the Indonesian Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (PMI).
  • Activities on the island of Simeulue, situated in the western part of Aceh, included both infrastructure development and capacity building, the Health and First Aid project being a part of the latter.
  • A total of 309 volunteers from 14 villages was trained, and then conducting themselves monthly information meetings targeting other villagers.
  • The volunteers were recruited amongst teachers, traditional healers, community leaders, religious leaders, youth representatives, and other respected community members.
  • The trainings included both first aid and basic health information, like sanitation, hygiene, common diseases, and more.
  • First aid kits are distributed to the volunteers, as well as books on village health care (“Where There Is No Doctor” by David Werner).
  • Of the 309 trained volunteers, 128 have undergone additional training to qualify as Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) Volunteers.

First Aid – CPR

First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by a layperson to a sick or injured casualty until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care past the first aid intervention. It generally consists of a series of simple and, in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest or, in some circumstances, respiratory arrest. CPR is performed in hospitals, or in the community by laypersons or by emergency response professionals.

CPR involves physical interventions to create artificial circulation through rhythmic pressing on the patient's chest to manually pump blood through the heart, called chest compressions, and usually also involves the rescuer exhaling into the patient (or using a device to simulate this) to inflate the lungs and pass oxygen in to the blood, called artificial respiration. Some protocols now downplay the importance of the artificial respirations, and focus on the chest compressions only.

CPR is unlikely to restart the heart, but rather its purpose is to maintain a flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and the heart, thereby delaying tissue death and extending the brief window of opportunity for a successful resuscitation without permanent brain damage. Advanced life support and defibrillation, the administration of an electric shock to the heart, is usually needed for the heart to restart, and this only works for patients in certain heart rhythms, namely ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia, rather than the 'flat line' asystolic patient although CPR can help bring a patient in to a shockable rhythm.

CPR is generally continued, usually in the presence of advanced life support (such as from a medical team or paramedics), until the patient regains a heartbeat (called "return of spontaneous circulation" or "ROSC") or is declared dead.

Source: Wikipedia

Copyright Infringement Solved

Sometimes bad things happen, and discovering that your work is used without an agreement made (and payment received) is bad enough – even worse when the picture has been manipulated and damaged to the point you hope nobody will see it...

This happened to one of my pictures recently. I discovered that one of my photographs were used without permission. Worse, it was edited, obviously also without permission... The cropping they did was bad enough, but they also photoshopped out elements in the picture, and very bad work was done. I was horrified, not least because they had given me credits for the picture (as is one requirement I make). Who would buy a picture from me, after seeing this example of my "work"...?

It was obvious to me that a mistake was made – I assume they intended to license the picture and suggest some changes made (why else give me photo credits?). Then something went wrong and the publishing happened. Well, we all make mistakes...

My big problem was the terrible changes made to the picture and the possible damage it could make to me professionally. I contacted the people using the picture and explained the problem to them. They immediately realized their mistake, pulled the web version (nothing to do about printed and distributed materials...) and paid my bill! Best solution anyone could hope for, and my respect goes to these honest people.

However, since somebody might see the damaged picture and visit this web page to see what this is about, I would like to show the original picture, part of a collection from East Timor:

Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

Dr Dan Receives East Timor Medal for Merit

Dr Daniel Murphy, in Dili (East Timor, Timor-Leste) affectionately known as "Dr Dan", has received the East Timor Medal for Merit. It was presented to him by President Jose Ramos-Horta during the celebrations of the 7th national day, in front of a cheering crowd.

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Dr Dan certainly deserves this recognition. Since 1999, he has seen 400 (or more) patients daily at his Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili. He is focused not only on providing general health care to the poor, the fight against malaria, tuberculosis and hiv/aids being part of that, but also on training of local staff. He envisions opening a new, extended clinic, where training of barefoot-doctor type village health workers for the country side is one of many activities – in our opinion an excellent priority.


I have considered Dr Dan a personal friend since his early days in East Timor. Him returning as one of the first expats late September 1999, previously banished by the (then Indonesian) authorities, was a very positive sign in a disturbed time. Him staying on, enthusiastic as ever, is an inspiration and a promise of a better future.

The Bouvet Foundation extend our sincerest congratulations!

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Photos © Basil Rolandsen (

We quote from the Bairo Pite Clinic website:

Dan Murphy received his MD from the University of Iowa. He spent six years working with Ceasar Chavez at a clinic for farm workers, where he was involved with legislation against pesticide abuse. He also worked three years as the sole doctor in a district of 200,000 people in Mozambique, another former Portuguese colony, and briefly in Laos and Nicaragua.

Murphy gave up his medical practice treating heroin addicts, immigrant factory workers and other poor patients in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1998 after the fall of Indonesian dictator Suharto gave him hope for change in East Timor.

In addition to the 400 patients who come to the clinic every day for trusted, quality care in their local language, Bairo Pite places an emphasis on training East Timorese paramedical, nursing and support staff (many of whom have been unable to continue their schooling since 1999), and runs an acute care hospital as well as maternity and long-stay tuberculosis wards. In October 2002, Dr Dan Murphy was a recipient of a UN Development Program award aimed at giving special recognition of extraordinary and exemplary contribution to the advancement of sustainable human development, reduction of poverty and capacity building in East Timor. Bairo Pite is by far the busiest clinic in East Timor, and no-one is turned away, but yet it’s not nearly enough...

Eating at the Night Market

My favourite restaurant in Kupang is not really a restaurant, but the night market...
When the sun sets, the food stalls fill one of the main streets, and soon the smell of wonderful, Indonesian food covers the area. I love eating there (and that my Nikon D3 can take pics there without those terrible flash units), and use any excuse to go. Happy meal, everyone...
Pasar Malam.  Kupang, NTT, Indonesia -- 8 April 2009  Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

Pasar Malam. 
Kupang, NTT, Indonesia -- 8 April 2009 
Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

Pasar Malam.  Kupang, NTT, Indonesia – 8 April 2009  Photo © Basil Rolandsen (

Pasar Malam. 
Kupang, NTT, Indonesia – 8 April 2009 
Photo © Basil Rolandsen (