Giving Back ...
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“I always saw my involvement with Social Welfare as a chance for me to give something back to the Indonesian people. I loved my years in Indonesia and gained so much from my many experiences during our time there.”
Many expats enjoy a prosperous lifestyle while residing in Indonesia. Their companies take care of paying for their housing, transportation, utilities, medical insurance, and even household staff. In addition many receive incentive pay for living overseas and tax reduction benefits. Yet all around us, many Indonesians live in utter poverty, due to the lack of opportunities to improve their lives. We expats are where we are today because of the opportunities we have had access to and been able to take advantage of in our lives.
Recognizing this disparity ... many expats, and their multinational employers, are heavily involved, either personally or financially, in many projects around Indonesia to provide life-changing opportunities to those in need. Time and time again we hear of expats who are “Giving back” ... sharing some of the bounty that is the result of the many opportunities they were giving in life in order to give back to those Indonesians in need.
Below we feature some of the projects that would welcome your support. Contact the projects direct for more information.
Yayasan Prima Unggul (YPU) is an orphanage and entrepreneurship high school. Our vision is to transform 10,000 orphans into entrepreneurs. Our organization is the first of its kind in Indonesia and is a force of change in education and orphanages in Indonesia. In addition to regular classes, our students undergo entrepreneurship training and run their own businesses within the school. The aim is to break the poverty cycle and dependence is common within orphanages. Here at YPU, students are taught to be independent. They learn real world skills early on as they go out to sell their goods and have to face rejection and stand up again from that experience. As an organization, we are currently 25% independent through our student-run businesses. YPU Eating House, a student-run business, currently generates 15 million Rupiah a month. With further support, we aim to be self-sustainable and independent of donations in 4 years time. (2/2013)
Yayasan Usaha Mulia - Foundation for Noble Work is a non-profit organization established in 1975 that works to improve the quality of life of the poor and destitute in Indonesia. YUM is a registered charity in Indonesia and is a member of the Susila Dharma Association, which has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). With offices in Jakarta, Cipanas (West Java) and Bukit Batu (Central Kalimantan), YUM operates a range of Health, Education and Community Development projects for over 15,000 beneficiaries. YUM's doors are always welcome to those who would like to donate their time, for example at our Vocational Training Center or Community Library in Cipanas, which is just a 2-hour drive from Jakarta. Check the "Get Involved" page on our website for more information. (11/2012)
YKIP (Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi or the Humanitarian Foundation for Mother Earth) was founded six days after the 2002 Bali bomb blasts. Originally set up to assist in the recovery efforts in immediate aftermath of the bombing, YKIP’s mission has expanded to span a diverse range of educational programs for which the works are still dedicated to the memory of the victims both overseas and local. Each year YKIP through its four main programs is sponsoring around 500 children from elementary to high school (KEMBALI), vocational studies (VES) and university (UNI) for the orphans and disadvantaged children from poor families; and providing scholarship to those who lost a parent or who had permanently injured parent during the Bali bombing through KIDS program. (8/2012)
Yayasan Baik provides educational treatments for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. All interventions are based on ABA (applied behavior analysis) that is internationally recognized as the most effective and scientifically supported treatment for autism and other developmental disabilities. Treatments focus on the child's acquisition of functional skills (such as communication, self care, social interaction) to increase the independence and social integration of the child. The Yayasan also offers treatments for individuals that display severely problematic behaviors (such as aggression, self-injury, disruption). The Yayasan is based in Jakarta but committed to provide interventions and professional training everywhere in Indonesia and especially in those areas that lack qualified services for people with learning disability. (08/2012)
Yayasan Goodwill International is a registered Indonesian charity which gives multi-year scholarships to the brightest and most needy potential future leaders. Students are selected from Indonesia's top two public universities, the University of Indonesia (UI) and the Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB). They are given financial assistance, soft skills training, care, resources and advice until they graduate, gaining skills to lead their communities and country. As of June 2011, Goodwill had given more than 700 disadvantaged, bright and motivated students a scholarship, and 650 of them had already graduated with their degree. Almost all secure good jobs due to their high degree of motivation, networking skills, job hunting advice, peer support, and interview training. There is now a Goodwill Endowment Foundation and a self-governing Alumni organization. It costs a sponsor about Rp 6.9 million to sponsor a student for whole year, which pays for their tuition fees, special training and a small living allowance. Contact us to see who still needs a sponsor. 7/2012
Founded in 2006 in Solo, Central Java, Yayasan Gunungan provides a range of social services to various target groups within the local community. For orphaned and neglected children, Yayasan Gunungan runs a Children’s Refuge in the city center providing them with a stable and loving home, together with a variety of extra-curricula activities. Plans are underway to hopefully build and relocate to a small Children's Village in the countryside just outside the city. A rehabilitation center called "Sehati", or "One Heart", has also been established for young women and children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking and abuse to help rebuild their lives. In addition, Yayasan Gunungan also runs a Charity Shop in Solo, which sells items donated free by local businesses, to help raise funds for the organisation’s activities, while providing training and employment opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. With these initiatives, Yayasan Gunungan is dedicated to supporting and educating those suffering the worst hardship and distress, by giving them opportunities to enhance their lives and thereby help themselves. Contact us and find out how you can help. 10/2011
The John Fawcett Foundation/Yayasan Kemanusiaan Indonesia has been working in Indonesia since 1991 providing free cataract surgery to poor people. Since that time over 32,000 people who cannot afford the medical treatment to restore their sight have been provided with free operations. In addition the Foundation provides free corrective cleft lips and palates surgery for children from poor families, and runs an educational assistance program for children whose parents cannot afford to keep them in school. In 2006 Yayasan Kemanusiaan Indonesia was awarded the status of Best Humanitarian Foundation in Indonesia with particular reference to its high level of management and administration, and in 2008 John Fawcett received a national award for his outstanding humanitarian work. The Foundation relies on donations to run its programs. 9/2011
ANZA Social Welfare Activities The Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) is a non-profit organization committed to welcoming and assisting expatriates living in Indonesia. As goodwill ambassadors for Australia and New Zealand, ANZA members show compassion toward and contribute practical assistance to disadvantaged people in the Indonesian community through the work of the ANZA Social Welfare committee. The ANZA Social Welfare Committee is made up of a group of local and expatriate volunteers (ANZA members) who dedicate time and effort to provide much needed assistance to the impoverished and underprivileged in Jakarta and, to a lesser extent, others areas in Indonesia. This is achieved through regular, monthly funding of local charitable foundations as well the provision of one-off assistance in response to requests received. Much is also accomplished through the committee’s student and medical sponsorship schemes and orphanage social support/play programs. 8/2011
Emmanuel Orphanage People who care can make a difference. This is witnessed in the efforts of Emmanuel and his many supporters and contributors in the expatriates community who have established an orphanage to provide care and education for orphans in Bogor. Find out what you can do to help their efforts. 7/2011
Encompass Trust Daniel Braden from Brighton, was one of 202 people killed when terrorists detonated three bombs in Bali on the night of October 12, 2002. He loved life with a passion and was in the Sari nightclub celebrating with his rugby team, the Taipei Baboons the night that he was killed. Determined that something positive should come from such a senseless act, his family and long-term partner, Jun Hirst, established Encompass Trust. Encompass - the Daniel Braden Reconciliation Trust, brings young people together from conflict zones around the world to explore issues of cultural understanding and peaceful coexistence. Encompass works extensivly in Indonesia (as well as Israel, the Palestinian Territories, the UK and the USA), having developed a network of contacts in the Islamic State Boarding School and University system. 7/2011
Wisma Cheshire provides life altering opportunities for the handicapped to obtain job skills in Indonesia. Through their training facilities paraplegics are trained to build beautiful doll houses and other crafts, which are sold in The Red Feather Shop. Visit soon and find out more about these remarkable efforts to give hope to those in need. 7/2011
XS Project Foundation activities involve large scale design efforts and through recycling, find new ways of using non recyclable waste to create fresh products, reduce trash and provide livelihoods for the poor. XSProject Foundation works across sectors, developing community-specific recycling and environmental awareness programs and innovative product design. All of our programs help raise the quality of life for Jakarta’s trash pickers who live in extreme poverty as well as teaching people life skills at NGOs. The simple pilot projects developed by XSProject Foundation are intended for replication across Indonesia, providing new income opportunities for the poor while reducing the huge, growing volume of trash. 7/2011
Side By Side Organic Farm in East Bali now has an organic restaurant, a home stay program, hiking and biking tours, and we offer Bali Dance and Kecak chanting lessons. Thanks to hard working Global Concerns student groups from around the world, we also have three new fresh water prawn ponds, blossoming fruit trees, and a beautiful outdoor shower with a view of the stars at night. Side By Side Farm offers the opportunity for visitors, both individuals and groups, to participate in a unique program where interaction with the local villagers brings smiles to every face. Groups and individuals of all ages are welcome to visit the farm and participate in a voluntourism project or to enjoy a delicious meal in the quiet environment in the rice fields of traditional Bali. All projects are self sustaining, profits are returned to the farmers. Our mission statement is to start locally and think globally. 7/2011
Yayasan Kupu-Kupu is a legally registered non-profit organization (NGO) with offices in Spain and in Bali which is focused on improving the lives of physically and mentally disabled children and young people in Bali. The ultimate goal is to assist these people is to achieve the highest possible level of physical and economic independence. Kupu-Kupu assists disabled young people who, even though they may be 25-30 or even 45 years old, have never been out of their houses in their lives. Many have never been to school so they cannot read or write. Many have never seen a wheelchair before. Kupu-Kupu run facilities in Ubud include a school, kitchen, physiotherapy centre and workshop open in 2002 and in 2009 has opened another Centre in North Bali in Bangli with the same facilities. We have a shop as well opening in 2004 for selling handicrafts made by people with disabilities, the shop is in Jalan Raya Ubud at the corner with Jalan Hanoman, in front of the BPD Bank. The shop is very important for us because not only we are helping them to sell their handicrafts but as well we try to support the projects, activities and programs of the Foundation with the profits we get from the shop. Please if you are in Bali, come to visit us! 7/2011
The Bali Smile Foundation, Yayasan Senyum Bali, is a non-profit, independent organization giving assistance to patients with cranio-facial disabilities including cleft lip, palate, and a variety of other serious conditions. They inform the community of available surgical services, provide transportation to the hospital, pre and post surgical treatments of patients, liaison with surgeons, and accommodation for patients. The foundation serves patients from Bali, Lombok and Eastern Indonesia in partnership with local and international health care professionals. The Bali Smile Foundation relies solely on the support and generosity of donations and proceeds from its charity shop in Ubud, the Smile Shop, to continue its mission. The funds provided from the sale of donated goods at the shop cover all of the Smile Foundations administrative costs. 7/2011
Yayasan Cipta Mandiri (YCM) was conceived in recognition of the limited opportunities available to young people of underprivileged families in Bogor. Since 2002, YCM has been providing free motivational alternative education programs to disadvantaged young people in Bogor, ranging in age from 10 to 24 years old. Affectionately referred to as a "House of Dreams," YCM works to equip its students with the confidence, knowledge, and skills necessary to make positive sustainable changes in their lives. Over the years hundreds of students have passed through the YCM doors and have left to find employment and other opportunities unimaginable beforehand. 3/2011
Yayasan Balita Sehat Formed to assist the children in a Kemang kampung, Yayasan Bali Sehat has expanded its worthy work to other neighborhoods, providing education, feeding programs and medical care for children, and job training for mothers. See how you can help ... a little goes a long way! 1/2011
The Learning Farm is an organic farm in Puncak, Indonesia that grows more than 30 kinds of vegetables as well as herbs that are hard to find in Indonesia’s warm climate. It is also a non-profit organization that works with vulnerable youth, providing them with training in organic farming, entrepreneurship and life skills. Vegetables are delivered to customers within a day after harvesting. Your vegetable orders help this organization as all proceeds are used to support educational activities for vulnerable youth. The organic veggies will be great for your family too! 2/2010
Yayasan Anak Bantuan Anak Indonesia was established as NGO in January 2003 for charity, humanitarian, and cultural activities without political and religious concerns. “Anak” envisions a nation where all children will have access to quality education allowing them a decent human life and preparing them for a better future. We support the education of over 200 children from very poor families in Bali through a system of a “Godparent” sponsoring the annual cost for his/her Godchild. We have projects such as purchasing school books, renovating school facilities, and improving health and hygiene. We have two centers in northeast and north Bali where children have access to a library, and can learn English, computer, drawing, theater, and dance after school. Donations are welcome to help our NGO registered in Bali, France, Spain and Switzerland. In Europe we are all volunteers and have no offices, no paid staff or no marketing budget. 4/2010
Yayasan CIMD is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with an educational and social purpose and helps the poor families and orphans in Bali. Educational: CIMD not only focuses for children but also gives the young adults and adults the opportunity for education. Supporting children with sponsorship to continue their education, follow up on each sponsor child personally, opportunities for children with learning problems and organizing an extra program available for all the children from the community. Social: CIMD gives a chance for decent medical treatment. Medical programs based on the actual needs; efficient and adequate. Nutrition deficiency with baby's and children asks for our special attention. Reorientation and rehabilitation for persons with special needs becomes a very important aspect for CIMD. 8/09
Rahmania Foundation Noted for its scholarship work with underprivileged children in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, Jogjakarta, and Aceh, the foundation assists in providing funds for abandoned, orphaned and needy children so that they may attend school. 4/09
Children Of Bali is a charity based in the United Kingdom that helps children in Bali with their education all the way from junior to senior school, and beyond and maybe university education too. We sponsor them all through their schooling giving them a good start in their lives. This is surely what every child is entitled to have? We will support them with pens, books and other essentials. We will be looking specifically at schools with the greatest needs and concentrate mainly on children who have lost one or both parents. Anybody travelling to Bali on holiday from the UK could get involved with a school that needs help and support. Please contact the Team at Children Of Bali for more information. 5/09
Yakkum Craft provides income-earning opportunities to physically disabled young adults. YAKKUM Craft markets quality handicrafts made by under the RehabCraft Label. These remarkable efforts are easily supported through the purchase of fine leather and wood crafts. 7/09
Kampung Kids This group is a fantastic example of what the idea of one person can start ... an avalanche of service! This yayasan started with an expat working to improve her neighborhood. She succeeded in growing her programs by garnering wide reaching personal involvement and support within the generous expatriate community. Giving back to your community can focus on the kids that play in your street and live down the alleyways of your neighborhood ... helping to give them a better start on life and their families new opportunities to improve their lives! 7/09
Half of International Humanity Foundation's mission is to educate the poor and the other half is to educate the world about the poor. Our vision is to strive for a world of leaders and citizens who have interacted with, and are truly knowledgeable about the world's poor. We believe in a "pass it on" philosophy where education is free and available for all who seek it. Those of us who have received a free education pass it on by helping others less fortunate by teaching, interacting and learning. With just a few hours a week, our volunteers, children and sponsors are changing the world we live in. IHF is a non-religious, non-political, non-profit organization that strongly believes in an equal opportunity for all and in preserving the cultures, traditions and beliefs of the marginalized communities it works in. Indonesia has IHF centers in Jakarta, Bali, Aceh, and Medan. These centers primarily focus on educating children through the TEP and Class Sponsorship programs with some centers teaching over 400 students. The centers provide an informal place for children from lower economic classes to work with volunteers, which teaches the children to feel comfortable with people from different backgrounds at a young age. Volunteer opportunities are available both as an at-center volunteer, and at home supporting the organization through online tasks. 10/09
If you are personally involved in an Indonesian yayasan that you feel would benefit from exposure on this website, please contact us!
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