Administrators And Official
Messages from the the Executive and Administration
Mrs Hara ‘s message on the occasion of the Yayasan’s Tenth Anniversary is shown below
A Decade to Remember: Transition & Continuity
Timely encounters and a passion realized often combine to create significant transitions in our life.
It was in April 2000 when I was introduced to Catherine Weenk. Cathy had launched the Leadership Development Scholarship Program the previous year under the Community Service Department of the International Community Activity Center (ICAC), along with then Department Coordinator Sri Lienau and several other volunteers. She explained to me the purpose of the program and the motivation behind it, and then urged me to join their committee.
One morning soon afterwards, Sri invited me to meet the program’s students at the ICAC House. I was deeply impressed and inspired by the students in that moment, their smiles brimming with enthusiasm, energy and sincerity. My passion for the program took shape upon my meeting this group of future leaders who embodied all the goodness of youth.
The 1998 economic crisis that had prompted the ICAC Community Service Committee to help scholarship students to overcome their financial difficulties and work toward rebuilding Indonesia had, in turn, gradually weakened the membership infrastructure of ICAC, especially after the Bali bombing of October 2002. Many international companies that had supported ICAC since its establishment in 1975 were forced to cut down their funding of social activities; the expatriate demography changed drastically. Hence ICAC, once the most popular community center among expatriates, faced the very real possibility of closure in May 2003.
The ICAC Board of Directors met weekly to try and find ways to ensure the center’s survival and visited many potential patrons, but to no effect. All nine Board members believed passionately that ICAC should be sustained for their members. Having chaired those meetings, which were frequently heated with tireless discussions of numerous ideas and suggestions, my first encounter with ICAC’s scholarship students stayed in my mind. In the end, the Board decided that ICAC was to be maintained to provide only its counseling service for the expatriate community, and that its Community Service Department would be set up as a new entity.
While two ICAC Directors pledged to take charge of the counseling service, four others and myself committed ourselves to the establishment of a yayasan for continuing our precious scholarship program. Our effort was realized with the tremendous support of Charles Pollard, who had been sponsoring the program since its beginning. Yayasan Goodwill International was thus born in March 2004.
Yayasan Goodwill International’s establishment was just the beginning, and our challenges have been countless in terms of legalities, funding difficulties and many other aspects. However, we have met with many opportune encounters with incredibly generous people that have guided us through these past five years. It is truly overwhelming to recall each encounter, and I remain grateful to each and every one of these individuals.
As one student remarked at a Get-Together: “When there is a will, there is a way, and when there is a Goodwill, there is a good way.” It appears this has been proven, as we have been fortunate to meet with many good people along the way.
The YayasanGoodwill International Leadership Development Scholarship Program has also been blessed with the most dedicated Coordinator, Rosa Sibarani, who has been with the program since its ICAC days, and the honest and diligent Subroto. Without their selfless devotion, our program could not have run successfully.
The heart of the program is, of course, our scholarship students – 540 future leaders to date – who encountered one another through the program and who, by their own admission, have now grown into “one big Goodwill family”.
It is my wish that each student enriches this unique encounter with their passion for contributing to the betterment of life in Indonesia, and in so doing, contribute to the future health of the world.