Staff Employment & Training
Each year Raja Ampat Biodiversity employs a number of local villages and train them in different departments throughout the resort. In 2019 more than half our staff members will have been recruited from local islands and villages. Jobs include Boat Crew, Boat Drivers, Cooks, Compressor and Gasoline Technicians, Gardeners, Groundsmen, and General Maintenance techniciens.
We commit to those we take on with full employment contracts and to continuing their training and helping them further develop their professions to broaden their employment perspectives long after they leave Biodiversity.
Business Initiatives for the local community
In 2018 Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort started to pilot a program help the women of our neighbouring village of Yenbeser generate their own income from readily available natural resources, producing a product that is not only good for their health and their income, but good for the environment too!
By providing a coconut grinder for common use in the village, now all the women of Yenbeser have the chance to produce their own pure, organic coconut oil. The oil is sold by the women to local businesses (including Biodiversity!) as an alternative to palm oil. Palm oil is synonymous with aggressive rainforest deforestation in Indonesia and more specifically, the degradation of the natural habitat of the now critically endangered Orang-utan.
We’re proud not only to be empowering women in the local area, but also to be diverting business away from this destructive global industry. Biodiversity use the local coconut oil to cook with as part of it’s healthy balanced menu, and sell it in our onsite shop.
Annual Festive Contributions
In the spirit of the festive season, each December we make our annual contributions to a number of our neighbouring villages. We have regular meetings with the elders of Yenbeser village to evaluate what is needed most. Over the last six years we have given Christmas contributions consisting of rice, sugar, flour, coffee, tea, soft drinks and condensed milk.
In 2019 we are also launching Children’s Clothing Collection – a new initiative to help provide adequate clothing for the children who need it most in local villages. We’ll be asking guests to bring unwanted and grown-out-of items suitable for 0-12 years along to Biodiversity. We’ll be distributing the clothes every 3 months in the classrooms of local villages.
In every way we can we always try to buy local products from the local community.
We buy all of our fish from local fishermen who bring it directly to the resort (we only buy line caught pelagic fish in order to promote the protection of the reef and it’s smaller fish species.), and as much fruit and vegetables as we can from directly from small holding producers in and around the villages.
We have weekly vegetable deliveries from village, this vegetables are localy growm by the women from the village. Regular contributions include spinach, bananas, jackfruit, sweet potatoes, kasabi leaves and other green vegetables.
To all our guests we offer the chance to go bird-watching with a local guide. The guests deal directly with the guide, paying him in cash local currency, so the money is injected immediately and directly into the community to improve the lives of local families.
Biodiversity contributed €1000 to sponsor and organise a Health Project day in the neighbouring village of Yenbeser this week. We provided nurses, medicine for health screenings and health education presentations for the villagers, in the hope that people who do not easily have access to medical care or health education would benefit.
Healthy Eating Initiative
In 2018 it was determined that a trend was emerging in the local village of vitamin deficiencies. In response to this we started to sponsor food deliveries to the village, supplying mothers with the necessary essentials to ensure their children are getting the types of foods they need to grow into healthy adults.