People

Hello! We are the people who made this Home together. Get to know us (the Home Team) and other community members who contributed to the project, from homes across Southeast Asia. 

Co-curators' final meetings

(from top left)

Singapore, 30/01/2022

Photo by Lily

Singapore, 20/03/2022

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(from left)

Hanisha Marni Astuti (Lily)*

Kudus, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

Yap Cai Ni 

Singapore, Singapore

Liza Elupre Sale (Liza)*

Oton, Iloilo, Philippines

Leong Man Wei 

Singapore, Singapore

Home Team

(cont'd next photo)

Nam Nei Tham Na (Themboi)*

Chin State, Myanmar

Mince Djara Lodu (Ince)*

Waingapu, Sumba Timur, Indonesia

(and back to Liza!)

Co-curator*  |   Facilitator

We had the greatest role in developing our Home's content and design, working closely with each other in a series of co-creation engagements involving focus group discussions and making activities. Among community contributors, we develop the greatest ownership in the exhibition project.

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Contributors
Special Thanks

Brenda B Martin

Dwi Lestari

Jonavie Gallo 

Kim Lhing

Maimunah Subagio

Maricel Lorilla Medes

Nano

Rekha Rai

Saroja Rai

Siti Mujiati

Tarmiati Binti Tenger

Uswatun Hasanah

Aleithia Low

Chloe Tan

Elizabeth Heng

Laura Miotto

Moe Yin Zaw

Rebecca

Sarah Huang Benjamin

Urban Jungle Folks

Beyond the Home Team, many other community members gave their generous support and assistance for this project. We thank these individuals and groups, as well as those who do not wish to be named. To all members of the Kampung SayurStory Facebook group, thank you for growing our initiative from the beginning.

Cai Ni:  I wonder if you can tell from looking at the knots who tied what...

 

From engagement building our Home's centrepiece

Making the centrepiece for our Home

Singapore, 30/1/2022

Photo by Lily

(from left: Man Wei, Liza, Tarmiati, Cai Ni)

Lily and Elizabeth's first ethnobotany event (Garden of Homes: Ethnobotany Walk)
Lily and Elizabeth's first ethnobotany event (Garden of Homes: Ethnobotany Walk)

Ethnobotany Garden, 28/02/2021.

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Lily's first visit to the Centre for Ethnobotany (Garden of Homes: Ethnobotany Walk)
Lily's first visit to the Centre for Ethnobotany (Garden of Homes: Ethnobotany Walk)

Centre for Ethnobotany, 28/02/2021.

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Lily and Elizabeth's first ethnobotany event (Garden of Homes: Ethnobotany Walk)
Lily and Elizabeth's first ethnobotany event (Garden of Homes: Ethnobotany Walk)

Ethnobotany Garden, 28/02/2021.

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ABOUT SAYURSTORY

SayurStory is a ground-up initiative that aims to grow an inclusive community with migrant domestic workers (MDWs) in Singapore through nature-based connections. Founded in 2020, it has engaged MDW and local communities in gardening and cooking activities, amongst other initiatives like nature art and ethnobotany walks.

Most participants in this co-creation project had already been engaged in SayurStory’s activities for some time. Co-curators especially were actively involved in various initiatives and had built their capacities for specific roles. Lily and Liza had co-created and led ethnobotany tours in the Ethnobotany Garden adjacent to the Centre for Ethnobotany, in season 1 of SayurStory's 'Garden of Homes' project. Themboi and Ince are leaders of a pilot community garden co-creation project 'SayurPlot (Our Kampung Garden)'.

 

This project aimed to engage community members from diverse backgrounds and homes across Southeast Asia, and meaningfully so according to participants' individual interests and capacities. Each participant brought her own unique views, skills and lived experiences into the project, helping to shape the outcome of our Home—which continues to evolve with activations by its creators and users.