Indonesia is a place where a lot of people do good.
For every worthwhile cause, there are honest, hardworking individuals and organisations that strive to rectify the ills prevalent in the world today.
There are almost as many charities working within Indonesia as there are islands that make up the country. And not unlike man, no charity is an island, and they would love to receive your help.
So here are 11 charities that are making Indonesia a better place…
1) The Pricilla Hall Foundation
The Pricilla Hall Foundation is one of the largest charities operating within Indonesia. They endeavour to provide direct and on-going assistance to Indonesian children in need, with a focus on meeting their basic nutritional, shelter and educational requirements. They achieve this by distributing funds to existing projects run by other reputable charities or exercising their own meaningful programs. Every child needs protection, and the Pricilla Hall Foundation provides just that to those who would not otherwise receive it.
2) Yayasan Usaha Mulia
Inequality is perhaps the greatest enabler of a society’s ailments. That’s why the work that Usaha Mulia does to provide equal services to all regardless of gender, ethnic, cultural or class differences is so important. Through their sustainable and holistic approach, they are an important stalwart against rising inequality.
3) Wisma Cheshire
Wisma Cheshire is a charity dedicated to housing adult men and woman with mobility disabilities, whose families are unable to care for them. Since 1974, they have been empowering disabled individuals to learn vocational skills that allow them to find their own employment in carpentry, handicraft, sewing, tailoring and even computer programming. Wisma Cheshire provides dignity and a financial independence that would otherwise be unachievable.
4) Yayasan Amal Mulia
Yayasan Amal Mulia Indonesia is a centre of social services and shelter for abandoned children, the elderly and children with disabilities. More than being your ordinary orphanage, it is a home for the maligned and ostracised, instilling values of social responsibility – values that, sadly, they have not been exposed to. At least, not until they were cared for by Yayasan Amal Mulia.
5) Yayasan Goodwill International
Goodwill International focus on getting bright and unprosperous young adults the university education they deserve. By investing in the intelligent Indonesian’s who otherwise wouldn’t receive a higher education, the country’s future is brighter as a result. In the past 11 years, Goodwill International has sponsored 600 students through university and onto the rest of their lives.
6) Yayasan Kasih Anak Kanker Indonesia
YKAKI is a wonderful organisation that provides help and support for children with cancer, and their parents embroiled in the trauma. Such a tragic situation has no guaranteed happy ending, and they build foundations built on love and empathy for the allotted time. Their vision? For every Indonesian child to be entitled to treatment, care and the undeniable right of a child to learn and play while hospitalised. We couldn’t agree more.
Amongst the hustle and bustle of Bali’s wealthy tourist life, there are many do-gooders who care for those who get left behind. ‘SOLEMEN’ is a Bali-based Indonesian registered non-profit foundation working alongside accredited agencies and projects to alleviate suffering and support the disadvantaged in Bali. Solemen provides health and safety education as well as teaching how to respect and protect the environment.
8) Yayasan Senyum
The Smile Foundation of Bali provides health care, advice and emotional support for people with craniofacial disabilities. When the world is robbed of a young person’s beaming smile or cheeky grin, the world is darker as a result. Nothing spells happiness like the smile of a child, and with Yayasan Senyum’s efforts, they bring smiles to the faces of children who otherwise would never be able to.
9) Greeneration Indonesia
Greeneration’s outlandishly visionary mission is to bring greener behaviours and better environmental practices to Indonesian society. Through enchanting educational films for youngsters, systemic recycling programs for businesses and retailers, and encouraging a waste management service, they strive to make incremental changes in the way we treat the environment. Do you work for a waste producing business, and don’t want your children to live in a post-apocalyptic Indonesian wasteland? Why not get in touch!
10) Orangutan Foundation
When dealing with the destruction of the planet’s lungs, it’s not just the atmosphere that is affected, but the animals that live within our jungle origins. Orangutan (literally meaning “person of the forest”) suffer from practices that evict our primate cousins from their homes. In fact, 80% of their habitat has been lost in the last 30 years. They save orangutans by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education. Their approach goes beyond that of purely protecting orangutans. It recognises that orangutans are essential to their habitat, which is unique in its rich biodiversity and is crucial for local communities, who are as dependent on the forest as are the orangutans. Together with Yayorin, the Orangutan Foundation continues to conserve the largest population of orangutans outside of protected areas. Love their work? Help them out!
Not restricted to our shores, Avaaz is an organisation that understands that some causes require the organisation of people, not money. They led the thousand strong ‘People’s March for the Climate’ in Jakarta in September, ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit. This was in accordance with millions of people in 150 countries and made the world’s leaders stand up and take note. The globe’s most pressing issue requires direct, affirmative action on a global scale. Avazz does just that – organising important efforts for fundamental change.
Remember, there are far more charities than we can fit on this list, ranging in size and serving a plethora of causes. If there is a plight in Indonesia, you can be sure that someone is trying to make a difference and could do with your help
It’s only the beginning of 2015 – why not make this the year of giving back?
So come on, no need to be stingy when a good cause is involved! Get your wallets out, or better yet, invest some time in one of Indonesia’s fantastic, obliging charities.
Did we miss your charity out? Get in touch! We would love to get the word out about the great work you are doing.