Day #1 @ Batam (21st March 2013)

We started the day by gathering at Harbourfront Ferry Terminal at 0730. Our ferry departed at 0930 for Batam and after placing our belongings at the hotel, we headed down to Alaqsho Orphanage once more to confirm the equipment we needed to buy.

We entered Alaqsho only to be informed that the installation of solar panels will no longer be feasible. By using solar panels, electrical energy is drawn from an alternative source from the government and this is illegal. We were also informed of the orphanage's need of a washing machine and completion of unfinished building on the roof.

Over lunch, we had a discussion and came to a conclusion to help Alaqsho finish the building, get a washing machine and as well as to follow the original plan of clean up. We cancelled the original solar panel plans as we recognised that it would be doing more harm than good to Alaqsho.

We then proceeded to order cement and bricks for the building, as well as cleaning materials and a washing machine.

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