Passing It on
Inspired by his learning stint in Singapore, Iwan and other SIF-Asean Fellows set up an NGO to support underprivileged Indonesian students with bursaries.
Moch N Kurniawan never imagined his semester at the National University of Singapore (NUS) would lead him to support underprivileged Indonesian students in their own studies.
Iwan, as he’s better known, took part in the SIF-Asean Student Fellowship in 1997. His experiences at NUS further instilled in him the value of education and inspired him to set up Yayasan Indonesia Bright with the other 121 Indonesian Fellows who remained connected for over a decade through the Fellowship.
The organisation provides bursaries to children and youths from elementary school to university.
Iwan, now an editor with The Jakarta Post, and the other Fellows have also organised fundraising events to finance these bursaries, as well secured sponsorship from private companies.
"The Fellowship opened an important door for me. It’s right that I now help underprivileged students pursue their dreams, too," he said.
These connections open doors to the sharing of ideas and deepening of relationships that enriches lives in a variety of ways.Back
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