Nusantara Development Initiatives
Congratulations to Nusantara Development Initiatives (NDI), a non-profit social enterprise that tackles the problem of energy poverty by empowering women in rural Indonesia. The group has been awarded the fourth Jetstar Flying Start grant, to help “Mothers of Light’ train more women in villages to be solar lamp entrepreneurs. Not only do the women earn a living through the sale of lamps, the potential widespread adoption of the environment-friendly solar lamps will also reduce CO2 emissions.
As one out of every four Indonesians does not have access to electricity, their choices are to rely on kerosene, which can be an expensive and harmful. The alternative is to have no light after dark, preventing children from studying at night. With Jetstar’s grant of $10,000 cash and $10,000 flights, more Mothers, or Ibu Rumah Terang, will be trained to encourage fellow villagers to switch from kerosene lamps to solar lamps, which only require sunlight to operate.
The Flying Start judging panel loved the ingenious concept of promoting sustainable energy and enabling women, especially mothers, to gain financial independence whilst at same time educating and driving social impact in Indonesia.
For more information, please visit http://www.ndi.sg/.
Congratulations to Culture Kitchen, an organisation that promotes cultural exchange between locals and migrant workers through food. As the third recipient of Jetstar's Flying Start grant of S$20,000 in Singapore, the organisation can now institutionalise Culture Kitchen by locking in a series of ‘Kitchen’ gatherings, setting up education funds for foreign nationals and their children in Singapore, and providing flights for low income Myanmar nationals in need of aid to return home.
Led by Ms Adrianna Tan, Culture Kitchen was set up in 2013 and had organised three ‘Kitchens’, each with a specific national or community as its theme. It held its first gathering in September 2013 where Briyani was featured, and guests from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia and Singapore were invited to kick-off the inaugural event. Myanmar specialties and Pakistani delights have also been featured, with more than 1,000 participants benefiting from these events so far.
For more information, please visit http://culturekitchen.sg/
Children of Cambodia
Congratulations to Children of Cambodia, a charity organisation based in Singapore that provides valuable healthcare training programmes to disadvantaged areas in Cambodia, for becoming the second recipient of the Jetstar Flying Start grant. Led by Jonathan Ng, the team will receive a grant of $10,000 cash and $10,000 flights, which will be spent on cross border training for healthcare professionals in Singapore and Cambodia, and a scholarship programme for youth to participate in the organisation’s programmes. Over the last nine years, the group of young adults from Children of Cambodia has created impactful programmes at Angkor Hospital for Children. Driven by a common vision to make a difference, their achievements include setting up an open heart surgery programme, opening an intensive care ward for new borns in partnership with National University Healthcare System and creating a burns programme with Singapore General Hospital. By providing a structure for Singapore doctors to train their counterparts in Cambodia, these partnerships have gradually transformed Angkor Hospital from a small and ill-equipped clinic to one which is able to perform over 200 surgeries a year, and sees more than 400 children everyday.
Running the project entirely on school allowance has proven to be challenging. With the $20, 000 Jetstar Flying Start grant, Children of Cambodia can look forward to creating sponsorships for more youths to take in the project, as well as paying for trips for healthcare providers to participate in cross-border training and education. With a focus on commitment and knowledge transfer, the group’s ultimate goal is to enable local doctors to be self-sufficient, thereby achieving self-elimination from each project.
Project Give Pray Love
Congratulations to Project Give Pray Love, a charity programme that provides aid to villages in southern Vietnam, has been awarded the first Jetstar Flying Start grant in Singapore. The grant comprising of $10,000 cash and $10,000 flights will allow the Project reach even more beneficiaries in Vị Thủy, Sóc Trăng and Kien Giang villages, located six hours from Ho Chi Minh City. For over 20 years, mother and daughter team, Monique Lim and Jeanine Lim, have been helping these communities through their personal capacity, providing necessities and helping children stay in school longer.
The grant will enable Project Give Pray Love to embark on new initiatives, such as starting a food donation project by offering food and rice, as well as providing more bicycles so children do not walk long distances to school. The provision of tuition fees for more will also ensure the younger generation receives more education for a better future.