We have enjoyed working with the people of Indonesia for 20 years, and together, we continue to find new ways to collaborate for good. This has truly exemplified the gotong royong spirit. This Indonesian culture of mutual cooperation and concern for one another is complemented by our desire to learn, share and forge lasting friendships.

Through sending doctors, surgeons, teachers and artists to places such as Aceh, Bandung, Jakarta, Malang, Medan, Solo, Surabaya and the Riau Islands, and through welcoming their students, arts professionals and social entrepreneurs to Singapore, we provide platforms for people to come together in meaningful ways.

We've set up a three-year Water for Life project in Lamongan, Indonesia which will give over 50,000 school children and adults in over 100 participating schools and communities easy access to clean drinking water. This project is the fourth installation of the Water for Life programme, which was first launched in Cambodia in 2010. We are currently working with our partner, Metro for Children charity, to raise funds in support of this project.

We’ve sent Singapore volunteers like Zulkifli Bin Amin, a children’s librarian from the National Library Board Singapore, to take part in the Words on Wheels project in Bandung, our first mobile library project in Indonesia. Together with a few other colleagues, he travelled with the mobile library van, visiting primary and secondary schools in Bandung and telling interactive stories to the students.

We’ve also worked with Singaporean Lynna Chandra, founder of Rachel House in Jakarta, to help build new standards of palliative care to relieve suffering of terminally ill children. The series of trainings conducted by Singapore’s palliative care experts have helped establish Rachel House as one of the first paediatric palliative care service providers in Indonesia.

Indonesians like Ibrahim Senen and Moch N Kurniawan have come to Singapore under the SIF-Asean student fellowship programme. Inspired by their stints here in 1994 and 1997 respectively, they, together with 120 other Indonesian SIF-Asean Fellows, set up Yayasan Indonesia Bright to provide bursaries to underprivileged students.

Moch N Kurniawan, better known as Iwan, has also gone on to become our representative in Jakarta, maintaining connections among our alumni there.

Husband and wife duo, Kabul and Mintio, through the Singapore Internationale arts grant, collaborated with batik makers from a Javanese village. Together, they created self-portraits, and explored the role of women batik makers as culture-makers in the Indonesian society.

Whether developing skills or facilitating meaningful conversations, our work with Indonesians has led to cross-border collaborations that are resulting in positive change for communities in both countries.

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