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Language 4 Lombok

| Martin Kocher

Kids crouching around a bag of bookx
Three people standing in front of a whiteboard
A man putting books on a shelf

The Department of Languages is happy to share updates from our alum from the Chinese Certificate program about his impactful work in the community.

First, I would like to thank everyone for supporting my nonprofit project, Language 4 Lombok. It has been a truly rewarding experience this past year working with each of you and connecting the Chippewa Valley community to rural Indonesia. I felt compelled to write based on our most recent updates.

Currently, I live in Dubai, where I am pursuing my Master of Science in International Business at Hult International Business School Dubai campus, which is an American and British business school. Living in such a vibrant and diverse place surrounded by passionate people inspires me every day. Each of you played a part in me achieving my goals; for that, I could not be more grateful.

With Language 4 Lombok, the book packages have been received by the school, and the students made a bookshelf for them.

In December, another book package was arranged by my brother Andreas (pictured). Andreas is a sailor-in-training on the tall ship "Picton Castle" and before his 18-month voyage around the world, he gathered books together for Lombok. He sailed out of Lunenburg, Canada, and will circumnavigate the Earth upon his arrival this July. 

The crew and the ship's captain supported my brother, and when they stopped in Indonesia, He and his shipmate (also pictured) flew to Lombok to deliver the books. Andreas also received an award from the school district for what he has done on behalf of Language 4 Lombok.

As Andreas and his shipmate visited Lombok, I talked to the co-founder, Iqbal Adrian, and he told me about the positive impact Language 4 Lombok has had on the local community. The students can hardly put down the books that were donated. Again, this could not have been possible without the help of UW-Eau Claire Faculty & Administration, Eau Claire Area School District, and the Chippewa Valley community. 

In 2024, we want to continue working with the Lombok community. We plan to continue to deepen the relationship between UW-Eau Claire and the Lombok community and build on our successes in 2023. I am looking forward to continued support and engagement this year.

Thank you for the support, and happy new year!