Iris Tries to Save an Indonesian Village from Flooding by Putting it on Airbnb

For $70 a Week, You Can Rent a Room

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Oct 01, 2013

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In the rainy season in December, a slum in southern Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, gets flooded, thanks to a canal clogged with debris that blocks the flow of the rainwater.

It's a sad fact of life, but to date, nothing has been done about it. Iris Worldwide Indonesia happens to be located nearby, and has usually collected donations to help the slum residents repair their homes and buy food every year. This time, they decided to do more -- and you can help. On Airbnb, the slum's villagers have put up rooms for travelers. The ad reads:

"Your room is cosy and simple. A mattress, a fan and if you're lucky, the children will share their toys with you. The room sleeps one comfortably, although you'll be alright with two people. When it's shower time, bring your own towel and head down to the communal shower area. Surrounded by banana trees, it has clean running water and a couple of roosters for company next door. You might want to carry a flashlight with you if you shower at night!"

It "costs" $70 a week and $300 a month to stay there -- and money collected from bookings or bookings in absentia will be used to solve the problem. The plan is to raise enough to hire people to unclog the canal, and fix up the huts' roofs.


Oct 01, 2013

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