Transparency

Masarang International aims for transparency about revenue, expenses and supported projects. Masarang has a distinctive and effective approach to conservation and some other important features that ensure that donations are very well spent.

 

Minimal costs allowing more money to go directly to the projectsMasarang aims that for every Euro donated a minimum of EUR 0.95 goes directly to the projects. This can be achieved because Masarang minimizes overhead and administrative costs. The people of Masarang International are volunteers who do this work out of passion and receive no pay. Only for some much-needed external services (such as accounting, IT maintenance and payment handling) fees have to paid, however these are significantly discounted given the charitable objective of the Foundation. Also Masarang does not work with intermediaries (who cost money) and only with local employees who work in projects and receive a (relatively low) local wage. Consequently each donated Euro yields maximum return for the environment.Masarang starts working immediately with the money received Masarang has an existing local organization that can continue projects right away once money is available. It has local workers, it is entitled to buy land and is rooted in local society. No projects have to be found for the money that comes in and no local organizations need to be hired. So the organization can spend donations without delay and can make them productive right away.Masarang has Willie Smits, a unique ambassador for conservationWillie Smits, the leader and founder of Masarang, has been fighting for the environment for 25 years with tremendous passion and skill. The international media, and many leading scientists and politicians take him very serious. Being a respected and capable expert, Willie can reach thousands of people when telling about problems and solutions for nature (e.g. in media). When we support Willie and his projects he can inform, inspire and mobilize many more people to change their behavior and do the right thing.Masarang has experience and has been awardedMasarang is already supported by a reputable organization such as the Rabobank Foundation and has been awarded many times. The Foundation won the Padma Award 2009 of the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and it was a finalist in the BBC World Challenge 2007. In addition, 3 individual employees received the highest environmental award in Indonesia, the Kalpataru, out of the hands of the president. Willie Smits has been awarded many times and is often consulted for his opinion as an expert by (International) media, including the BBC, National geographic and CNN. Masarang also has the necessary experience; most projects are running at least several years.

Annual report 2021

Masarang 2021 

The year 2021 turned out to be another challenging year for Masarang in Indonesia. The COVID pandemic reached its peak and the impact was felt across the organization. Obviously, our immediate concern went to the health of the employees and local volunteers of Yayasan Masarang Indonesia, and the many animal primates in our care.
Impact of the pandemic
Beyond health concerns, the pandemic posed an ongoing financial and organizational crisis. Similar to 2020, there were no income streams from international volunteers, school visits, and Eco-tourism. Therefore, it was very difficult to fund the operational costs for running the local Masarang foundation and the Tasikoki animal rescue center. While there were creative cost-saving solutions such as home-grown vegetables and fruits for the animals, Masarang international had to reallocate funds from nature restoration projects to emergency aid.

Temboan Beach

Masarang International has continued to invest in the flagship Temboan Beach project. The land acquisition of the Temboan project started in 2018 and is expected to continue in 2022. By the end of 2021, close to 570 hectares of beach and ‘hinterland’ have been secured and key steps have been made to implement the vision of Willie Smits and reforest the 222 ha of severely degraded grasslands. The first plots that we planted are already reaching crown closure and we also notice from the biodiversity surveys and monitoring in Temboan that birds are coming back to the rehabilitated areas. To support the completion of a comprehensive reforestation plan we needed a highly accurate topographic terrain map. This was made using the sophisticated LIDAR technology. Our research and field trials have demonstrated that using this LIDAR drone system, we can map individual trees with centimeter accuracy. As a next step, we will work on calculating the carbon capture of each individual tree from the LIDAR data.

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Organization in Indonesia

From an organizational point of view, it has been encouraging that Masarang Indonesia has been able to win the hearts of local volunteers. Highly qualified law students and young judges have joined the good cause to help combat the continuous infringements on Masarang land and other vulnerable assets. Furthermore, Masarang has started a collaboration with Mahayana, a new Indonesian foundation with young and talented people. We also hold regular open meetings on special subjects like organic agriculture, biochar, dangers of pollution, etc. We also produced a video manual for the 10 biochar units we built at the sugar factory and provided to several farmers as well as to Temboan and the amphitheatre.

 

 

Annual report 2020

Masarang International 2020 – Report from the BoardInevitably, the year 2020 has been impacted significantly by the COVID-19 virus. Many Masarang team members in Indonesia have experienced contaminations in their families, struggled with their own health, and suffered from the financial consequences. Similarly, the financial income of Masarang Indonesia has been hit severely. No more volunteers helping out in Tasikoki, no more international school visits, and no more tourists visiting the Amfitheater and the Eco-lodge. Meanwhile, the operational costs continued and the Masarang team had to scramble to feed the animals and pay the employee salaries.Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the Masarang mission is more relevant than ever. Clearly, the way our ‘civilized world’ has been dealing with the natural resources on our planet is not sustainable. We have to dramatically change our lifestyle and find new and innovative ways to help a growing population live in balance with nature and wildlife. This is exactly what Willie Smits and Masarang stand for. Next to financial emergency aid to the team in Indonesia, Masarang International has continued to focus her financial support on the strategic priorities below. A comprehensive financial overview can be found in the audited financial statements.
We kindly refer you to: 
Masarang annual report 2020 (pdf),
Masarang annual accounts 2020 (pdf)
Annual ANBI-form 2020 (pdf)

Masarang International 2020 – Report from the BoardInevitably, the year 2020 has been impacted significantly by the COVID-19 virus. Many Masarang team members in Indonesia have experienced contaminations in their families, struggled with their own health, and suffered from the financial consequences. Similarly, the financial income of Masarang Indonesia has been hit severely. No more volunteers helping out in Tasikoki, no more international school visits, and no more tourists visiting the Amfitheater and the Eco-lodge. Meanwhile, the operational costs continued and the Masarang team had to scramble to feed the animals and pay the employee salaries.Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the Masarang mission is more relevant than ever. Clearly, the way our ‘civilized world’ has been dealing with the natural resources on our planet is not sustainable. We have to dramatically change our lifestyle and find new and innovative ways to help a growing population live in balance with nature and wildlife. This is exactly what Willie Smits and Masarang stand for. Next to financial emergency aid to the team in Indonesia, Masarang International has continued to focus her financial support on the strategic priorities below. A comprehensive financial overview can be found in the audited financial statements.
We kindly refer you to: 
Masarang annual report 2020 (pdf),
Masarang annual accounts 2020 (pdf)
Annual ANBI-form 2020 (pdf)

Annual report 2019

Masarang International aims for transparency about revenue, expenses and supported projects. The publication of the official Annual Report may be viewed by anyone. By publishing the annual report, Masarang further complies with the requirements set by the government for an ANBI Foundation.In the 2019 annual report you can see that we have continued with the Temboan beach project. We have once again been able to purchase connecting pieces of land and thus also secure the hinterland, so that we can reforest them again.Unfortunately, we also have less news to report, as our Tasikoki animal shelter has had a difficult year. Due to the social unrest in Hong Kong and China, the number of school visits and volunteers from those countries has decreased drastically. This decrease puts great pressure on Tasikoki’s financial housekeeping.Since 2018, the Amphitheater in Tomohon (Sulawesi) has been the new suitable accommodation of the local foundation Yayasan Masarang Indonesia. Last year, in the presence of one of the sponsors, the new library was opened and the new building was officially put into use. It is always special when sponsors come and have a look themselves and Masarang Indonesia gives special attention to this with a festive touch!At the end of the year we also received nice extra publicity through several broadcasts on Belgian television. A few years earlier, in collaboration with Sintang Orangutan Center (SOC) in Kalimantan, we did a project to set up a new orangutan release area in a beautifully unspoilt area. This program was broadcast in 2019, see the previous reports on our website.And very special is that Willie Smits has received the Bambi prize. All this extra attention ensures that Masarang’s work is brought to the attention and thus provides new interested parties and donations.
We kindly refer you to the final
Masarang annual report 2019 (pdf)
Masarang anual accounts 2010 (pdf)

Annual report 2018

Masarang International aims for transparency about revenue, expenses and supported projects. The publication of the official Annual Report may be viewed by anyone. By publishing the annual report, Masarang further complies with the requirements set by the government for an ANBI Foundation.

Annual report 2018

Hereby we present the annual report of 2018. We would like to ask special attention for a new special project which Masarang started this year! In the Temboan Beach project we have started a purchase program in collaboration with the village chief of Temboan village to secure this special beach and the hinterland.The total area measures 500 hectares; Masarang International has been able to spend € 900,000 on the purchase of more than 400 hectares of land. After securing the area, we will start work in 2019 on a management plan for Temboan Beach, the start of reforestation of useless grasslands and restoration of broken corals with a special “Biorock” method. We kindly refer you to the
Final Masarang annual report 2018 (pdf)
Masarang annual accounts 2018 (pdf)