Jakarta, January 16th, 2019 – Tutor Time Indonesia supported the improvement of Indonesia children’s medical care by donating all funds raised from “Care to Share” program to Yayasan Rumah Rachel (Rachel House) and Yayasan Mari Cintai Kanak-Kanak (YMCKK). Over 1200 families contributed during this fundraising, which will go to support medical care & palliative care of children afflicted with cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, and more. The donation, worth a total of Rp470.000.000, was submitted by Tutor Time Indonesia Foundation Head Mrs. Melania Hamdan to Rachel House CEO Kartika Kurniasari and YMCKK Coordinator Julie van Laarhoven.

Improving the Lives of Indonesia’s Children
Care to Share 2018 program was launched in October 2018 in all 9 of Tutor Time Indonesia’s campuses. It is a biennial fundraising driven by Tutor Time Indonesia to encourage parents and students to donate to selected organizations focusing on Indonesian children’s education or health. Our parents & teachers made great efforts by contributing their time and talents to create exciting fundraising events, which included bazaar, car wash, crafts auctions, and music performances.

“This is our fifth charity program in our 23 year of operations in Indonesia. We are so blessed and grateful to be able to contribute to improving Indonesia’s children’s quality of life year after year,” said Mrs. Melania Hamdan, Foundation Head of Tutor Time Indonesia. “At each charity program our teachers and parents gave their best efforts, but this year they’ve exceeded themselves by raising the highest amount of donation in our history.”

Through the generosity of our parents and everyone’s efforts, Care to Share 2018 raised and donated Rp470.000.000, which were split evenly between Rachel House and YMCKK.

“We are truly honoured and blessed by this incredibly generous donation from the parents, students and staff of Tutor Time Indonesia,” said Kartika Kurniasari, CEO of Rachel House. “This donation will enable our nurses to care for many more children with serious and terminal illnesses in the comfort of their homes, so they can live free from pain and with joy for all of the days that they have left.”

Julie van Laarhoven, Coordinator of YMCKK also expressed her appreciation for Tutor Time Indonesia support, “There is so much love for the sick children at Tutor Time, it’s truly humbling. We can’t thank the teachers, students and parents enough for all their hard work and generosity in raising these funds to love on the sick and poor children in Indonesia. Heartfelt thanks to all involved.“

Empathy at an Early Age
Aside from the spectacular amount raised, Care to Share 2018 also succeeded in teaching Tutor Time’s children about empathy for others. Empathy is an important component of social and emotional development so it needs to be repeatedly modeled and encouraged to children from a very young age. As a part of Tutor Time curriculum we use Second Step program from USA which specializes in teaching social emotional constructs to children, such as empathy, how to stay calm, and dealing with other emotions.