In a country with vast inequalities, an inefficient government and rampant growth of capitalism in private sectors, it’s easy for ‘the little guy’ to be left out. Indonesia’s economy is growing rapidly, but it doesn't mean that all our problems are being solved and that everyone is getting a fair share.
Enter Internet- An open, expansive means of connection and communication. Enter kind-hearted people of the world. What do we get? A future where we, the people, can cut out the bureaucracy, cut out the middle man and send money to where it’s needed. This is the future of crowdfunding, and StartSomeGood are leading the way in this global, social phenomenon. Best part is, it’s happening right here in Indonesia.
A community gathered, a cross section of Ubud residents, both international and local. Together they strived to rebuild the lives of the families who lost everything. Thanks to a StartSomeGood campaign, $17,821 was raised, helping to fund the reconstruction of the homes.
This initiative, based near Jakarta, used crowdfunding to start an educational program for refugees and asylum seekers in Cisarua. Families from Iran, Afghanistan, and others, are in Indonesia seeking asylum. Whilst they are safe compared to the home countries, they still have no life and their children are growing up without any learning opportunities.
One of the families seeking asylum
This funding wouldn't be possible through government, grants etc due to the sensitive political nature, therefore they used the power of community generosity to make it happen. Although the campaign was not out to support Indonesians, with it’s $9,330 crowd funding, these previously marginalized children were given an education and therefore a future, one that the Indonesian government could not provide.
Make a Change
You’ve heard the success stories. People around the world are helping to make changes right here in Indonesia. This country has numerous problems, but through such a platform like StartSomeGood, we can finally fund the numerous solutions to these problems.
The good news is, we can all start helping today. Helping the people around us that we don't realize need help. Helping people on the other side of the country, or on the other side of the world… Or perhaps we too can start our own campaign. You could be the next changemaker.
Right now there is a live StartSomeGood campaign happening in Indonesia. Bali Women’s Skills Education (BaliWISE) was established in 2007. Their program assists over a 150 young women each year to develop skills that allow access to fair-wage employment. Their students are from disadvantaged, low-income and at-risk families from all over Bali.