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Yayasan Cahaya Samudera Indonesia

Luminocean Foundation

Non-profit: News

About the Luminocean Foundation

Yayasan Cahaya Samudera Indonesia is a foundation registered in Bali, Indonesia. It was founded as the non-profit equivalent to Luminocean and is the literal translation of Luminocean in Indonesian. As the name says, the aim of Cahaya Samudera Indonesia is to bring brightness and light to the ocean and its future. This is done by facilitating environmental education for children and young adults living on remote islands in Indonesia. By educating about the impacts that human habits can have on the environment and by teaching about the alternatives every one of us can choose to lead a more environment-friendly and sustainable lifestyle, Cahaya Samudera Indonesia hopes to contribute to the conservation of sensitive ecosystems, such as coral reefs. Fulfillment of the aim is approached by teaching about waste reduction, -separation and -recycling, about the role that coral reefs play for the ecological balance in the ocean and for the provision of oxygen to our atmosphere, about the utilization of solar energy as alternative to diesel generators, about how and why to build waste water gardens, and much more. Cahaya Samudera Indonesia also aims at inspiring children and young adults to read books, open up their minds, think critically and understand that every single one of us can make a difference.

By supporting Yayasan Cahaya Samudera Indonesia you will give somebody a chance to decide her or his own future and the future of the environment where she or he grew up.

Non-profit: About Us

Our Projects

What we currently support

Non-profit: Programs

Scholarship Program

For students from Banda Naira University

We select 4-8 undergraduate students from Banda per year, teach them diving, how to conduct coral reef surveys and mentor them during their Bachelor thesis. We hope that this will shape well educated young adults with a passion for marine conservation.

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Recycling Ship

Plastic pickup and recycling

Since April 2021, we are picking up plastic waste from all of the inhabited Banda Islands. This ship was kindly provided by the Tirto Utomo Foundation (Jakarta, Indonesia) and BandaSEA (Bonn, Germany). Our team on bord is training all villages visited in how to sort plastic and is preparing the collected plastic for further processing in our recycing facility or for shipping to Surabaya. We are extremely happy about this nw development.


Recycling Facility

Collection, sorting, shipping

Since 2019, we are operating a recycling facility on Banda Naira. Here, plastic waste gets collected, sorted and prepared for either shipping to Surabaya (recycling into plastic pellets) or for our on-sight pyrolysis machine. This Indonesian-built plant turns 10 kg of plastic (per run) into a total of in average 8.5 l fuel (diesel, bensin and kerosene). The best is that we only need the self-produced kerosene to heat up the machine. This fuel is used in our rubbish car and for our plastic shredder.



Income for women

Together with our German partner BandaSEA e.V. we aim at creating a rubbish-free ocean and island. We, for example, have initiated the recycling of plastic packages into beautiful wallets. It is now done by groups of women from different villages and is working as a self-sustaining concept.

Download this info sheet to read about how it all started till where we are now.

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Environmental Education

Children are future

Together with BandaSEA e.V. we have set up an environmental education center for children at Hatta Island. This non-profit project is contributing to a future in marine conservation at the Banda Islands. We also funded the first green school of Banda to become disposable-plastic-free. Here, children learn a responsible way of handling and reducing plastic waste.

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Computer Classes

For children

Computer classes for young children are extremely important to keep up with the quickly changing world. Nonetheless, most children on Banda don't have access to computers. We helped launching first lab Kali-Kali in Nusantara village in 2016 and then started classes in Kampung Baru village in 2018. Classes in Kampung Baru are still ongoing.

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