Speech by Mr Reginald Wee, SIF Division Director (Programmes), at the Closing of Water for Life Programme in Lamongan, Indonesia
Bapak Benny Sampir Wanto, Director, Administration and Cooperation Affairs Bureau, East Java Provincial Government
Bapak Aris Wibawa, Head, Regional Planning Board, Lamongan Regency
Bapak Mochamad Wahyudi , Head, Cipta Karya Public Works Agency, Lamongan Regency
Singapore International Volunteers,
Selamat Pagi. Thank you for joining us to mark the completion of the Singapore International Foundation or SIF’s Water for Life programme in Lamongan, East Java. This has been a successful four-year partnership with the Government of Lamongan Regency and Cipta Karya Public Works Agency. Together, we have brought Singaporean and Indonesian communities to collaborate and effect positive change to the lives of the people here.
The clean water programme, which addresses gaps in rural communities’ water ecosystem, have provided over 53,000 teachers, students and villagers with convenient access to clean drinking water and improved hygiene practices. Since 2013, Singapore International Volunteers or SIVs have made 33 volunteer trips to install 150 water membrane filters in schools and communities. They held basic hygiene classes in hand washing and tooth brushing and distributed over 15,000 hygiene kits to students.
In addition, 15 specialist volunteers from Singapore worked alongside 190 local officials to manage Lamongan’s water resources. They share their knowledge and expertise in areas such as managing water demand, water treatment processes, maintenance and storage of clean water, membrane technology and rainwater harvesting. Eight Cipta Karya staff visited Singapore in March last year, to learn more about Singapore’s water management facilities and expertise as well as to foster personal and professional networks that we hope will endure beyond this project.
The SIF’s first installation of the Water for Life programme in Indonesia would not have been possible without our valued Indonesian partners and project funder Metro for Children Charity. Your support in this Singapore-Indonesia collaboration paved the way for us and our SIVs to contribute towards positive and sustainable development in the region, while providing opportunities for cross-cultural learning and understanding. We are deeply grateful to our volunteers, comprising individuals from all walks of life, corporations and students from Pioneer Junior College who gave their time and resources to make Water for Life (Lamongan) a success. Your participation is a continuation of an important tradition of friendship underpinned by a spirit of “mutual concern and cooperation” between our peoples.
At the SIF, we believe that when communities with common interests connect, it opens up possibilities for cross-border collaborations that effect positive change. Water for Life (Lamongan) serves as a testament to that. Its positive outcomes are realised by the mutual sharing of resources and experiences between Singaporeans and Indonesians and the enduring relationships built in the process. We are grateful to our Indonesian partners for their friendship and look forward to future possibilities to work together for a better world.
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