Inspired by a SIF-ASEAN student fellowship alumni conference April 2005, the Indonesian alumni (Yayasan Indonesia Bright members) kicked off their volunteerism activities. More than 25 alumni fellows from batch 1995 to 2004 organized a mass circumcision for the unfortunate people. The idea was initiated by dr. Sinta (a 94 fellow) and Ibrahim Senen (a 94 fellow).
In a joint event held by Yayasan Indonesia Bright, the Medical Faculty University of Indonesia, and the Menteng Atas administration, 25 kids were invited to the circumcision day at the Menteng Atas district office on July 3, 2005. We also gave goodie bags from sponsors such as ACNielsen, Panasonic, and Nestle to the children. Three days later we returned to the area to check the kids’ health condition.
SIF has worked with its partners and volunteers to collect more than 600 books to be distributed to school/community library projects in ASEAN countries. The books are in English, Chinese & Tamil. The alumni, coordinated by Yogi, distributed the books to eight elementary schools.
Earthquake relief fund
When a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia during the early morning hours on Saturday, May 27, 2006, more than 5,000 people were killed and 25,000 others were injured. At least 17,485 residential houses were destroyed by the quake and 259 elementary and secondary school buildings were totally or seriously damaged. Eka, along with his friends, on behalf of Yayasan Indonesia Bright, supplied ready-to-eat meals, instant noodles, toiletries, medicine, etc to villages in remote areas not reached by the government aid.