Lahindaro is located on the east cost of Buton, some 80 kilometers from Baubau. (refer Maps)

This was our second major effort to house refugees and provide a starting point from which they could advance their lifestyle. The major difference between the people of Batauga and those here in Lahindaro is that these folk put together enough of their own money to buy a valley which they cleared and and now built their homes in. The village site abuts the main road from Lasalimo to Pasar Wajo and will eventually reach the sea.

Perhaps the proudest day for Lahindaro was 02 March 2000 when it became recognised officially as a village and was entitled to proclaim its own name publicly. Prior to this day it was generically known as Kanawa, which is the next closest village.

After preparation for raising the new sign, it was time for posed photos for all those involved. The SAO Buton team, Thamin, Ashadin, Rais and Junaidin, are seen with La Mane and La Mei, leaders of the village.

The 2000 wet season in Buton has been exceptionally wet and the Lahindaro region has been inundated with rain runoff. The design of our houses has meant that no families have suffered the effects of flood damage, but the road in the village has washed away and there has been some necessary rebuilding.

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