Tanoto Foundation member Belinda Tanoto was featured in the Nov-Dec issue of NTU's Continuum Magazine (pages 15-19). The article below is shared with permission from NTU. A Gift for a...
Together in Community Service
In its fourth edition, Project Sukacita saw undergraduates comprising 17 Tanoto Scholars from Singapore and Indonesia, and four volunteers join forces in the spirit of community service.
The National University of Singapore medical students in the contingent conducted health screenings and learning sessions to raise overall awareness on health, hygiene and nutrition. They also handed out toothbrushing kits to local preschoolers to encourage good oral hygiene practices.
The group helped out with spring cleaning and painting the walls of the childcare centres. They also conducted English and art and craft lessons for the children.
History of Project Sukacita
Project Sukacita is a yearly programme that provides community service in less privileged segments of Pangkalan Kerinci, a town in which RGE business groups APRIL Group and Asian Agri have operations.
Project Sukacita aims to help raise the standard and quality of life of Kerinci residents through a cleaner environment, improved public health awareness and emphasis on early education for local children.
The programme gathers volunteers within and outside the Tanoto Scholar community, providing them the exposure to development issues faced in rural communities.
Tanoto Foundation creates opportunities for youth volunteers to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life in the less privileged segments of society.
Programmes like Project Sukacita provide the character and team building opportunities for participants, while supporting its beneficiaries with education campaigns and resources.
Tanoto Foundation continues to imbue in its scholars a sense of responsibility and belonging in the community, to constantly and proactively leverage one’s abilities and privileges to help others. It hopes to continue develop newer generations of responsible and engaged citizens who are sensitive to development and sustainability matters at the national and regional levels.
Education and Empowerment
Despite enjoying pioneering success in the plywood and forestry industry, Mr Sukanto Tanoto through Tanoto Foundation continues to support programmes to alleviate poverty and raise living standards in these communities. For someone who was unable to complete his education due to financial difficulties, he now empowers the young through education and platforms like Project Sukacita to pay it forward and help the young(er) and the less privileged.
Proud of these TF scholars. Fr NUS, NTU, SMU, UI, UGM, ITB & IPB -doing good work for the community!@tanotoeducation pic.twitter.com/KQQLR12Gt6
— Belinda Tanoto (@BelindaTanoto) December 9, 2015
Above: Tanoto Foundation Board of Trustees Member Belinda Tanoto commends the Tanoto Foundation scholar contingent in the Project Sukacita 2015 team.