Orangufriends

CERITA YANG TERSISA DARI ART FOR ORANGUTAN (1)

Art For Orangutan adalah suatu event dari kreatifitas kelompok pendukung Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP). Event yang sudah berlangsung sebanyak dua kali ini meninggalkan cerita menarik yang mengharukan, lucu hingga membuat orang menantikan kapan Art For Orangutan akan dilaksanakan lagi. Ini semua tak lepas dari kerja keras dari Gigi Nyala, I AM Project dan teman-teman seniman lainnya. Tak sekedar pameran karya seni, tapi usaha menjaring kepedulian kita pada lingkungan terutama satwa liar orangutan.

“H-10 nih! Baru 2 karya yang masuk. Gimana nih? Kalau ngak ada karya yang masuk dengan ruangan pameran yang lebih besar dari AFO tahun 2014, akan kita isi apa?”, pikir Ramadhani, direktur operasional COP.

“Tenang-tenang… banyak nih yang belum selesai. Biasanya karya akan datang di hari yang sangat dekat acara. Kebiasaan nih.”, ujar Ivan si punggawa Gigi Nyala.

Benar saja, tujuh hari sebelum acara, satu persatu karya berdatangan dari luar kota. Jakarta, Bali, Makasar, Kalimantan, Sumatera bahkan dari Australia. Rumah tempat mengumpulkan karya pun menjadi penuh dan begitu sibuknya. Panitia yang ikut mengirimkan karya sampai tak punya waktu menyelesaikan karyanya. Sampai ada yang hingga hari akhir pengumpulan, karyanya baru selesai, dengan cat yang masih basah sampai di camp APE Warrior, Yogyakarta.

Sesampainya karya, masih dalam bungkus, satu persatu di foto. Pertama kali dibuka bungkusnya, difoto lagi, hingga akhirnya karya keluar dari bungkusnya, semua terdokumentasi. Sikap profesional Gigi Nyala untuk menghargai setiap karya patut diancungi jempol.

Kehati-hatian para panitia memperlakukan sebuah karya tak lepas dari pengalaman Art For Orangutan pertama. Tak jarang, bingkai kaca yang dikirim peserta hancur selama pengiriman. Kaca yang tipis, pemaketan yang kurang pelindung menjadikan karya tidak sempurna sampai di tangan panitia. Dengan dokumentasi yang detil, panitia akan mengkomunikasikan, kecacatan atau kejanggalan karya, termasuk jika ada yang harus diganti seperti kaca atau bingkai.

Karya yang masuk naik 50% dari tahun 2014. Jenis karya pun semakin bervariasi. Tidak terbatas pada ukuran maupun dimensi. Untuk mengangkut karya ke ruang pameran dari rumah pengumpulan karya, tak cukup satu hari. Hujan pun tak mau kalah untuk semakin merepotkan panitia. Dengan mobil box, dengan penuh kehati-hatian saat menyetirnya, akhirnya karya sampai di ruang pameran. (bersambung).

CHARISHA’S EXPERIENCE WITH COP (3)

Social media has always been a good way of getting the message across to the world just by a click. Before coming to COP Borneo, I always thought it was “cool” saving the orangutan because you get to be on the media and all. Little did I realize that this was more than a hero’s job and how endless and tireless the team works. Listening to Linus and Reza story me about the rescue missions and behaviors of these beautiful brown souls only fueled me up even more to want to work in this field. The team is more of a family than just keepers, vets and team leaders. I helped them clean the cages to know what it’s like to be a keeper because I have always believed that it is important to know wildlife from scratch. No one earns their way up by not knowing the basics and that definitely includes cage cleaning.

Saving the orangutans I believe is the bridge to saving the forest and the life it contains and perhaps, humanity too. How can we allow destruction to a species that are in so many ways, just like us? Has greed consumed so much for our growing population that we tend to forget these simple and important things in life? Poaching these wildlife to keep them as pets or sell them to the wildlife trade is as mean as it can get. This is merely taking something that does not belong to us. Clearing the land for palm oil plantation and coal mining and not taking responsibility that has caused harm upon the homes of these animals? That is purely selfish. When there are those who destroy the forest, always remember there will always be good, dedicated, hardworking and responsible people who will keep fighting against it. We have to wake up before we lose our forest forever to the hands of irresponsible people.

When you have spent long enough with an orangutan or any other species of animal, you will realize that we are not planet earths only thinking species. With the dwindling number of Orangutans in the wild and them now being an endangered species, I personally think it’s important for everyone to help and protect them and the other wildlife as well. We need to stop saying “Let them do it” and realize that each of us play a part in their survival.

Am extremely thankful to have attended COP school and to be able to know and keep myself updated with the current status and issues of wildlife and conservation. I would personally like to thank the Captain of Ape Guardian, Paulinus Kristianto, the Captain of Ape Defender, Reza, Drh Ade, Wety, Uci and the whole team who have taught me so much about the meaning of conservation and what it truly means to be dedicated in fighting for the wildlife, forest and the people. I have learned more than just veterinary medicine. I saw the strength of team work and hard work. Thank you for teaching me the essentials of conservation. Come time, I hope to work alongside with these amazing and dedicated people.

To come together and work as one, I believe everyone should hold this quote deeply.
 “Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors ~ Andrew Boyd” 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. (Charisha_Orangufriends)

TERIMAKASIH OPPIE ANDARESTA

Ovie Ariesta atau lebih dikenal dengan Oppie Andaresta adalah musisi yang memiliki kepedulian sosial dan lingkungan hidup. Rabu, 26 April 2017, tepat pada Hari Buku Sedunia, tampil pada Expo & Forum Energi Efficiency di Kementrian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan untuk menyajikan album barunya yang mengambil tema sungai, air dan hutan serta orangutan. Bahkan salah satu judul lagu dalam album ini adalah Orangutan. Isi buku dan CD album diilhami dari perjalanan Oppie keliling Indonesia memberikan edukasi untuk anak-anak.

Oppie menyumbangkan 100% keuntungan dari penjualan album yang diberi nama Lagu Dari Tepian Sungai untuk Centre for Orangutan Protection. Hingga saat ini, album Anak Tepian Sungai yang digarapnya bersama Suara Anak Bumi tersedia di iTunes dan sudah terjual 1000 copy. “Untuk kamu yang peduli orangutan, langsung beli albumnya ya.”, ujar Hong June, relawan COP yang berasal dari Korea Selatan.

Sebelumnya, Oppie pernah manggung di acara konser musik amal tahunan Sound For Orangutan 2014 di Rolling Stone Cafe, Kemang, Jakarta Selatan. Sound For Orangutan adalah kombinasi unik antara musik, photo exhibition, video screening dan fundraising juga penyadartahuan tentang orangutan dan habitatnya. Musisi yang tampil dan yang terlibat rela tidak dibayar karena kepedulian mereka untuk membantu orangutan Indonesia.

Siapa bilang, orang Indonesia tidak peduli satwa liarnya. Mari bersama, bangga pada keanekaragaman hayatinya. Indonesia, peduli orangutan.

CHARISHA’S EXPERIENCE WITH COP (2)

I started off my journey to Kalimantan shouldering that curiosity. Shortly before landing, I saw the lush green forest of Kalimantan for miles and miles away. A sight that I have seen in National Geography. There were also a number of coal mines that I saw from above. The drive from the airport to the base camp of Ape Defender was around an hour and a half. It was very exciting when I was briefed about the forest by the Captain of Ape Defender, Paulinus. Up until he told me, that coal, once they start burning, it takes years before they burn out and even rain water cannot stop them from burning, I did not know. That is how forest fires happen. A fact that I just found out!

Upon reaching the COP Borneo base camp, I was not only greeted by the team who worked there but also a number of wild hornbills who flew high above the skies which instantly put a smile on my face. The following day, I was introduced to the beautiful orangutans who were inhabitants of the rehabilitation centre. There were Michelle and Uci who stayed in one enclosure. Michelle I came to realize was slightly cheekier compared to Uci. Next, I was introduced to Bonti and Owi. These two little ones are able to make their own nest in forest school. There were Septi and Happi. Septi acts as a surrogate mother to Happi. Memo, a female orangutan that cannot be released back into the wild because she has been diagnosed with Hepatitis. There was Debby who loves pulling anything that is close to her cage. Therefore, she is one of those orangutans whom one has to be aware of while working with. I was then introduced to Ambon, a handsome male orangutan. Dandy, a sunbear that was also rescued resided there together with the orangutans. Last but not least, Popi, the sweetheart of the team at COP Borneo and social media.

These orangutans were all rescued and are going through rehabilitation before they can be released back to the wild. It is not an easy process but with a team of committed and dedicated people who want a brighter future for these souls, it is worth all the time and effort. Daily activities at COP Borneo comprises of feeding the orangutans twice a day, cleaning their cages and giving medicine or immune boost for the orangutans that are unwell or weak. The orangutans are fed watermelon, Salak fruit, bananas, pumpkins, oranges, and papayas.

As a vet intern, I followed drh. Ade for daily rounds. As a vet I learned it is important to observe the eating habit of the orangutan during feeding time. By observing their eating habit, it is possible to determine if they are healthy or unwell which is vital for the care of an orangutan. I also learned the technique of drawing blood from an orangutan during a routine physical examination that was done during my intern there. The many things performed during a routine physical examination were measuring the length of their body from head to legs. This is done for identification purpose and to also monitor their growth from time to time.

The fun part was trying to get the little ones, Owi, Bonti, Happi and Popi their fingerprints for data purposes. Owi refused to have his fingers borrowed for the prints and we all had a good time of trying and forcing him as well as Bonti and Happi. It was very much easier getting Uci and Michelle’s fingerprints! They were so willing and cooperated well. It was then that I realized much more than before that they each had characters and personality. I also learned the different types of sedatives used to sedate an orangutan and methods of handling a sedated orangutan. Drh Ade was very kind enough to teach and allow me to draw blood from Dandy, the rescued sun bear at COP Borneo.
There was a very special bond that I think I was truly blessed to witness during my intern. It was between Wety and Popi. Popi, who lost her mother at a tender young age and was fortunately rescued by the team and Wety, a young videographer from the island of Java who volunteered to be Popi’s babysitter. From the outside world, it is easy for an individual to say “Aww so cute, can I take a picture with an orangutan?” Do they really know how a baby ends up at a rehab centre? Sadly, many are still ignorant to this vital fact. I used to love watching how Popi clung on to Wety. Literally, Wety was her mom.

Popi needed 24 hour around the clock care. Feeding times were 8 times a day. If someone else was taking care of Popi and Wety walked passed, Popi would start crying wanting Wety to carry her. Tirelessly, Wety would prepare Popi’s milk daily and would teach her how to hang on ropes and small branches. As safe as it was, Popi never liked it and always cried. I admired how Wety was so patient in teaching Popi how to be an orangutan. They had a language of their own. It was called love. Popi’s place of comfort was in Wety’s arms. Never had I met such a person personally who had dedicated her time to baby sit this little one.

I had an opportunity to baby sit Popi one day when Wety was called on a videographer duty at the nearby village. When Popi cried wee hours in the morning, I mixed milk and fed her. Next morning I woke up to the hot water flask being left opened. Only then did I realized I was half asleep mixing her milk the previous night and forgot to close the flask and I laughed to myself for being silly. When she cried again around afternoon and I went close to her, she immediately held her hands up to me to be carried and that was a priceless moment for me. It was my first time having her cling on me. I smiled inside and then prepared her milk.

The excitement on getting into a tiny little boat was great. ‘Way Back Home’, that was what the boat was called. It transports us to the island monitoring post. This is a small cabin in the midst of the cocoa plantation that overlooks the pre-release island where 10 orangutans were stationed. This island is where these pre-release candidates survive all by themselves and make nest and learn survival skills from each other. This island is monitored 24 hours a day and 7 days a week by the team. I was fortunate enough to be able to partake in the monitoring of the orangutans as well doing a physical examination on one orangutan that was slightly less active than the rest of them. Thankfully he was alright and there was nothing to worry about him. (Charisha_Orangufriends)

SEGELAS KOPI DAN ORANGUTAN

Ruang diskusi dengan konsep warung kopi diperkenalkan oleh Sinergi Coffee. Berbagai tema dan narasumber dengan pengenalan isu-isu yang berkembang serta disukai anak muda menjadi topik yang hangat sambil menyeruput kopi panas. Lokasinya yang berada di sekitaran kampus UGM, Yogyakarta kali ini mengajak anak muda untuk mengetahui tentang dunia perlindungan orangutan.

Masih dalam menyambut hari bumi, Kamis malam, 20 April 2017 cerita seru di lapangan untuk menyelamatkan orangutan dan satwa liar lainnya disampaikan Ahmad Bukhori. Ahmad Bukhori adalah siswa COP School Batch 5, dengan gaya khas Sumateranya mengajak kita untuk bangga dengan keanekaragaman hayati Indonesia. Tidak hanya bangga, tapi bagaimana kita bisa terlibat agar tidak menjadi sebuah cerita pengantar tidur saja nantinya.

Salah satu peserta diskusi bertanya, bagaimana bayi orangutan bisa terkena peluru senapan angin. Salah satu tim APE Crusader yang menangani bayi orangutan ini pun berbagi pengalaman. “Pusar bayi orangutan terlihat baru mengering. Mungkin baru 2 minggu umurnya. Dia terlihat sangat lemah. Saat kami menggendongnya, hanya lirih tangisan yang terdengar. Setiap kali posisi berubah, dia menjerit kesakitan. Kami memanggilnya bayi Paskhas.”, cerita Satria Wardhana. Selang dua hari kemudian, diketahui, ada peluru senapan angin bersarang di punggungnya. “Saat kami mengecek kondisi fisiknya, terdapat luka hampir kering di punggungnya. Ternyata benar dugaan kami, itu peluru senapan angin.”, tambah Satria lagi.

Tak hanya cerita dari garis depan perlindungan orangutan. Aksi demo orangufriends hingga pengalaman menegangkan orangufriends ikut menangani kasus perdagangan satwa ilegal tak kalah serunya. “Itu pengalaman pertama kalinya, dan bikin ketagihan.” ujar orangufriends. Orangufriends adalah kelompok pendukung Centre for Orangutan Protection. COP banyak terbantu dengan keikutsertaan orangufriends yang aktif ini.

Berdialog dan berdiskusi tentang konservasi tidak harus dilakukan di ruang seminar atau kuliah tamu dengan serius. Dimana pun, kapan pun, anak muda bisa bicara lingkungan sambil menikmati segelas kopi Tolu Batak panas. Seperti kata Sinergi Coffee, “Kami percaya kopi mampu menyinergikan apapun.”. (DAN)

CATATAN SELEKSI COP SCHOOL BATCH 7

Tidak banyak sekolah atau pelatihan yang dirancang untuk mencetak aktivis satwa liar yang mempunyai pemahaman dasar konservasi dengan etika dan moral terutama di satwa liar orangutan. Kalaupun ada tidaklah bertahan lebih dari 3 kali pelatihan. Mundur perlahan kemudian hilang. Apa yang membuat COP School bisa bertahan hingga tahun ke-6 dan sekarang siap menyambut Batch 7 dengan kekuatan, antusiasme dan semangat juang orang-orang dibalik layarnya.

Kami percaya, “apa yang dikerjakan karena perut akan kembali ke toilet, apa yang dikerjakan dengan hati akan kembali kehati.”. COP School bisa dikatakan sebuah “sekolah” yang setiap tahunnya berganti kurikulum karena mengikuti perkembangan dunia konservasi dengan pertimbangan, evaluasi dan masukan dari siswa, alumni, pemateri dan staff COP. Karena tidak ada sekolah sejenis yang bisa kami jadikan rujukan sebagai influens. Semua diawali meraba-raba hingga bertemu, bergerak dan berjuang bersama-sama siswa.

Hingga saat ini COP School bisa berjalan karena dikerjakan secara kolektif. Persis seperti budaya kita, Gotong Royong. Mungkin teman-teman bertanya kenapa ada kalimat “membayar sebagian Rp. 500.000,00“ diposter COP School. Yups, memang karena sebagian lainya “dibayar” oleh pemateri dan alumni COP School sebelumnya. Teman-teman alumni yang masih mempunyai waktu luang mencurahkan waktunya untuk membantu berjalannya COP School. Yang tidak ada waktu dan sudah mapan menyumbangkan dananya. Para pemateri datang dari kota lain ke Yogyakarta dengan biaya sendiri. Kolektif ini berjalan karena kami percaya selama masih ada anak-anak muda Indonesia yang mau peduli terhadap satwa liar maka dunia konservasi satwa liar masih mempunyai peluang untuk bertahan. Itulah yang kami sebut “MENOLAK PUNAH”.

Teman-teman calon siswa yang telah masuk disini tentu telah mengalami perjalanan, “ngapain loe ikut-ikutan acara nyelamatin monyet ato kera segala, serius loe??”. Berupaya empati untuk satwa di Negara kita memang sesuatu yang bisa dikatakan bukan hal normal. Tapi jika tidak ada orang gila maka tidak ada kelompok orang normal. Kami ingin membuat barisan menolak punah yang benar-benar “gila”. Dari tiga tugas yang dilemparkan kami bisa menilai semangat teman-teman dan juga terpaksa mengeluarkan empat calon siswa dari grup ini karena sama sekali tidak menjalankan tugasnya. Hingga akhirnya nanti tanggal 29 April 2017 benar-benar tersaring siswa Batch 7.

COP School tidak ada kuota kursi yang harus dipenuhi. COP School pernah hanya 18 orang siswa dan pernah juga sampai 40 lebih siswa. Tetap akan berjalan dan mempunyai ceritanya sendiri. Teruslah bertahan menjadi “gila” hingga nanti bertemu bulan depan di Yogyakarta. (DAN)

CHARISHA’S EXPERIENCE WITH COP (1)

Centre For Orangutan Protection (COP) is an organization that has done a lot of good to not only the orangutans but as well as other domestic and wild animals. They have also exposed the shameless and sick perpetrators of the wildlife trade in Indonesia. Their dedication in rescuing the injured and sick animals in strenuous situations as well as bringing the wildlife traders and poachers to justice is indeed a dangerous but brave approach. In all manners, respect has definitely been earned.

When I was a little kid, going for animal shows and enjoying pictures taken with the animals was something enjoyable to me. This included a picture taken with an orangutan. Being young and naive and thinking it was really cool to have a picture taken with an orangutan as well as other wild animals. Later on I would realize that what I did back then was not a cool thing.

I had the opportunity of helping out with the enrichment programme in the enclosure of the orangutans when I was doing a short externship at Taiping Zoo in Malaysia. Not until recent, I had a close up experience with a baby orangutan at Animal Sanctuary Trust Indonesia (ASTI). As always I go up there to lend a hand with the animals and do some photography and this time I was told that there were two baby orangutans named Upin and Ipin who had just been brought in by the BKSDA and the police.

I saw Upin in the cage and I thought to myself, he is handsome! He reached out his hand and laid it on my cheek and I felt my world stopped spinning that second and I had tears streaming down my face. That second right there, something in me changed. Upin casually moved his fingers wiping away my tears. How did such a beautiful soul end up in the hands of humans far from the forest?
In 2013, I decided to join COP School Batch 3. I not only learned that Orangutans are endangered in both Sumatera and Kalimantan, but I also learned that wildlife trade in Indonesia is as real as it can get. Being an animal enthusiast and an animal lover, I felt the need to help them. Wanting to pursue my passion in wildlife veterinary, I decided to do my intern at COP Borneo to learn the rehabilitation of orangutans under Ape Defender.

What is the role of a vet in the field of Orangutan conservation? to be continued… (Charisha_Orangufriends)

COLLABORATION IS THE BEST WAY IN THE CONSERVATION

After beginning the lengthy process a year ago, just 9 Green Peafowl’s are ready for release in Baluran National Park on February 19, 2017. This all is due to the cooperation of all parties involved. Collaboration is the best in the world of conservation.

Originally, there was 13 Green Peafowls saved from the illegal wildlife trade in Bantul, Yogyakarta from a joint operation with the police headquarters, COP, Orangufriends and JAAN on February 8, 2016. The perpetrator was imprisoned for 9 months and will not commit this crime again. The other animals successfully saved were submitted to WRC jogja for rehabilitation. A year later BKSDA Yogyakarta, WRC jogja, Kelawar UB, Orangufriends and COP prepared to release them into Baluran National Park, East Java.

“Don’t buy wildlife!”, said Daniek Hendarto. Release is not a small process but is a time consuming, costly and energy onsuming process.

Setelah melalui proses panjang selama satu tahun ini, hanya 9 merak hijau yang bertahan hidup hingga dilepasliarkan di TN Baluran pada 19 Februari 2017. Ini semua tak lepas dari kerjasama semua pihak. Kolaborasi adalah yang terbaik dalam dunia konservasi.

Semula ada 13 merak hijau yang diselamatkan dari perdagangan satwa di Bantul, Yogyakarta yang merupakan operasi bersama MABES POLRI, COP, Orangufriends dan JAAN pada 8 Februari 2016. Pelaku M. Zulfan menjalani hukuman penjara selama 9 bulan dan tidak akan melalukan kejahatan ini lagi.

Satwa yang berhasil diselamatkan masuk ke WRC Jogja untuk dirawat. Setahun kemudian, BKSDA Yogyakarta, WRC Jogja, Kelawar UB, Orangufriends dan COP melepasliarkannya di Taman Nasional Baluran, Jawa Timur.

”Jangan beli satwa liar!”, tegas Daniek Hendarto. Pelepasliaran adalah proses panjang yang memakan waktu, biaya dan tenaga yang tidak sedikit.
#combatingwildlifetrafficking

KELANJUTAN PERDAGANGAN TOKO OLD & NEW BANDUNG

Masih ingat penggerebekan toko souvenir barang antik di RE. Martadinata Bandung? Tim gabungan Balai Konservasi dan Sumber Daya Alam (BKSDA) Jawa Barat, Dit Tipidter Rekrimsus Polda Jabar, Centre for Orangutan Protection dan Jakarta Animal Aid Network menemukan bagian-bagian satwa yang dilindungi dalam bentuk awetan pada 30 Juli 2015.

Kamis, 16 Februari 2017 pukul 14.19 WIB, kasus lanjutan toko Old & New Bandung dengan barang bukti offset kepala beruang, lengan harimau, ekor harimau, tengkorak buaya memasuki sidang dengan agenda mendengarkan keterangan terdakwa.

Terdakwa menyampaikan bahwa barang-barang yang dijual di tokonya semuanya barang titipan. Toko Old & New Bandung mendapat komisi 10% dari penitip barang. Toko Old & New telah berdiri sejak tahun 2004, selama ini semua offset terbuka, bisa dilihat semua orang. Terdakwa tidak tahu kalau offset satwa tersebut tidak boleh dijual dan dilindungi.

Atas perbuatannya, terdakwa akan dijerat pasal 21 ayat 2 huruf b dan d junto pasal 40 ayat 2 UU Nomor 5 Tahun 1990 tentang Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Hayati dan Ekosistemnya.

EXCITING EXPERIENCE BECOMING KITCHEN ANGEL IN COP SCHOOL

Hi! My name is Nita Istikawati, you can call me Nita. I am a COP Supporter from Yogyakarta.
The story began in 2010 when I decided to join COP as a volunteer. At that time, I was a university student doing an Accounting degree. It can be said that my education didn’t have any correlation with orang-utans at all. So, I wasn’t surprised when some college friends bullied me about my bizarre activities outside of campus. They often said that I was a very odd person because I liked to go to the zoo to make enrichments and better enclosures for the animals, joined an orang-utan demonstration (campaign), and also spoke out loudly against the destruction of rainforests for palm oil plantations. They thought it was extremely peculiar behaviour for a student from the Faculty of Economics. Well, it never ever stopped me raising awareness and helping orang-utans through COP. From my own experience, I know that everyone can help the orang-utan and its habitat without limits and boundaries. Everything that begins from your heart will come back to your heart again.
There are so many exciting experiences I gained when I was working as a volunteer in orangutan protection. There were lots of unforgettable memories. One of them is when I became a COP School organiser. My favourite position was as part of the kitchen team or kitchen angel. First, because I could taste the food before the other people did. Second, I could taste again and then third I could do food tasting again and again (LOL). On the other hand, I love cooking. Perfect. But please take it easy, I just wanted to make sure that all of the food that we provided at COP School was healthy, free from formaldehyde and safe for consumption by participants and also the presenters. I called it working on the front line. Alibi.
Hmmm… actually becoming part of the kitchen team meant that we should be facing the reality of the lack of sleeping time. Imagine this: the kitchen angels have to wake up very early in the morning before the cock crows and are already moving in the direction of the rising sun. Meanwhile, others were still soundly resting in bed.
As a kitchen angel during COP School, I had to wake up no later than 3.30am every day, because we had to boil water for drinking and then go off to the market to buy vegetables. After that, we picked up food for the catering and also had to prepare anything else. Morning rush hour. From this activity, I learnt a lot about time management and of course became more responsible with my job.
The kitchen is the most strategic place to meet up with everyone. While the participants were making tea or a cup of hot coffee, I got lots of chances to talk with them. Warm conversation in the morning made us feel closer to each other. The participants of COP School are very multicultural. They come from various backgrounds. There is a veterinary student, biology, design, law, economy, communication, etc. Well, I came to understand a wide range of characters and it made me easier to adapt to the new environment. Yes, COP School is a place where I gained a new family, who inspire and strengthen each other. Thanks, COP.

PENGALAMAN SERU MENJADI TEAM DAPUR DI COP SCHOOL
Hai! Nama saya Nita Istikawati biasa dipanggil Nita. Salah satu pendukung COP dari Yogyakarta.
Cerita bermula di tahun 2010 ketika saya bergabung menjadi volunteer COP. Waktu itu saya masih berstatus sebagai mahasiswa aktif di jurusan Akutansi. Bisa dibilang latar belakang saya memang tidak ada hubungannya sama sekali dengan orangutan. Jadi, tidak heran jika sering diejek teman-teman mengenai kegiatan-kegiatan saya di luar kampus. Saya dibilang orang aneh yang suka keluar masuk kebun binatang, ikut kegiatan demo (kampanye) dan teriak-teriak tentang sawit. Menurut mereka tidak wajar dilakukan oleh anak ekonomi. Namun hal itu tidak pernah mematahkan semangat saya untuk terus membantu COP. Menurut saya menyelamatkan orangutan dan habitatnya itu tanpa batas dan bisa dilakukan oleh siapa saja. Semua yang berawal dari hati akan kembali ke hati.
Ada banyak sekali pengalaman seru selama berkecimpung di dunia perlindungan orangutan yang tidak akan pernah terlupakan. Salah satunya adalah setiap kali menjadi panitia kegiatan COP School. Saya paling senang menjadi bagian dari tim dapur. Pertama bisa cicip makanan, kedua cicip lagi, ketiga cicip lagi, dan lagi (hehe). Selain itu saya suka makan. Cocok ya. Eitsss tapi jangan salah persepsi. Saya cuma mau memastikan makanan di COP School semuanya sehat, bebas dari formalin dan aman dikonsumsi oleh peserta juga para pengisi acara. Ini namanya adalah bekerja di garda depan. Alibi.
Hmmm… sebenarnya menjadi tim dapur itu artinya harus menghadapi kenyataan bahwa jatah tidur sangat berkurang. Bayangkan pagi buta sebelum ayam berkokok kami para kitchen angels sudah bergerak menuju arah matahari terbit. Di saat yang lainnya masih nyenyak tidur di dalam sleeping bed.
Rutinitas selama COP School, setiap hari paling lambat bangun sekitar pukul 3.30 pagi karena wajib memasak air untuk kebutuhan minum dan pergi ke pasar membeli sayur mayur. Mengambil makanan di catering dan juga harus menyiapkan ini dan itu. Pagi yang sangat sibuk. Dari kegiatan ini saya menjadi banyak belajar tentang bagaimana mengorganisir waktu yang baik dan bertanggung jawab dengan pekerjaan.
Dapur adalah tempat paling strategis untuk bertemu dengan semua orang. Sembari para peserta membuat teh atau secangkir kopi panas, saya banyak mendapat kesempatan untuk berbincang. Obrolan hangat di pagi hari membuat susana menjadi lebih dekat dengan para peserta. Para peserta COP School sangat multikultural. Mereka datang dari berbagai macam latar belakang. Ada mahasiswa kedokteran hewan, biologi, desain, hukum, eknonomi, komunikasi, bahasa, dsb. Secara tidak sadar saya menjadi memahami berbagai macam karakter orang dan membuat lebih mudah beradaptasi di lingkungan baru. Ya, COP School adalah tempat dimana saya mendapatkan keluarga baru, saling menginspirasi dan menguatkan satu sama lain. Terimakasih COP.

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