Welcome Remarks By Mr David Chong, SIF Governor, At The Songs From The Heart Of Kupang Music Album Launch In Jakarta, Indonesia

Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening. Tonight, we celebrate the launch of the ‘Songs from the Heart of Kupang’ music album – a collaboration between friends from Singapore and Indonesia to benefit the residents of the Roslin Orphanage in Kupang, Indonesia.

The delightful voices of the residents at the orphanage have been put to music. The kids, Nita, Clement and friends have worked hard to produce this album with contributions from renowned artistes from Indonesia, Singapore and the international scene. Proceeds from the album’s sale will go directly to the orphanage so please, purchase your personal copy before you leave.

The Singapore International Foundation, or SIF is proud to have supported this meaningful collaboration between artists – Clement Chow and Nita Aartsen – as well as Budi Soehardi and his Roslin Orphanage. It’s also a realisation of the SIF’s efforts to bring Singaporean and Indonesian communities together to collaborate and effect positive change.

Indonesian and Singaporean artists came together last year through The Kupang Project, a year-long project under the SIF Arts for Good initiative. The artists collaborated to introduce arts-based activities into the children’s educational programme. They also conducted Train-the-Trainers workshops, to enable caregivers at Roslin to continue the programme for future residents.

A year on, Clement and Nita have taken the project a step further to create a music album. Inspired by their interactions with the kids, they wrote and composed the songs in this album. I hope that when you listen to the songs on the album you will agree that the kids exhibit confidence and have indeed grown positively.

At the SIF, we believe in building stronger people-to-people ties through collaborations that result in tangible good. In this regard, we’ve been working alongside our Indonesia friends over the last 25 years in projects that cover healthcare, education, environment, social entrepreneurship as well as arts and culture. This year also marks Singapore’s 50th year of bilateral ties with Indonesia. The SIF is honoured to have helped build strong friendships between our countries at the people-to-people level.

Thank you for joining us in this journey.  I wish you a pleasant evening ahead.



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