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21 May 14

Ars86care Foundation’s Inaugural Event Garnered Much Support for Betterment of Learning Facilities in Indonesia


Singapore, 20 May 2014 – Through a three-day photo exhibition of the work of Indonesian architects and photographers Gamal Hendro and Rini Martadi on May 16-18, 2014, ars86care foundation garnered tremendous support for the betterment of learning facilities in Indonesia’s underprivileged areas while raising awareness on the importance of passing on eco-friendly lifestyle to them.


“I am extremely pleased with the result of our inaugural event in Singapore. This being our first private event in Singapore, we did not expect such great interest and support towards our cause,” said Ria Sitohang, ars86care foundation’s co-founder.


The journalistic photo exhibition, titled “Giving Back to Our Community, Transforming our Legacy”, showed honest yet powerful imageries of the living conditions of underprivileged Indonesian children in rural villages where ars86care is doing, or has done, their work. Hendro’s and Martadi’s works are self-narrative,melancholic yet hopeful.


More than 500 people, including children, attended the three-day event, many of them part of the Indonesian diaspora in Singapore or clients and employees of Credit Suisse, the events’ main sponsor.


The first day of exhibition at Credit Suisse Wealth Institute May 16was officially opened by Mrs. Ferial Hadi, wife of the Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore. The evening featured heavyweight speakers Bernard Fung (Director and Head of Family  Office Services and Philanthropy Advisory – Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse), Nadya Hutagalung and Desmond Koh (Eco-Activist and Advocate for Sustainable Living, Green Kampong, Let Elephants Be Elephants Collective), Dr. Johanes Widodo (Associate Professor at National University of Singapore, Adjunct Professor at Yonsei University) and Nadine Zamira Sjarief (Green-Activist, Miss Earth Indonesia 2009), who shared their experience in philanthropy, campaigning for eco-friendly lifestyle, and creating a sustainable living environment for the future generation.


The event continued on May 17-18 with two days of photo exhibition for the whole family at Blue Bali on Cluny, where children were exposed to traditional play scenarios of Indonesian children while their parents viewed the artwork of the photographers.


The event was made possible through the support of Credit Suisse, Mrs. Anita Tanjung and CT Foundation, Allied Pickfords, Element Art Space and Blue Bali restaurant, and more than thirty volunteers.


The artworksfor“Giving Back to Our Community, Transforming our Legacy”arestill on display at Element Art Space at Raffles Hotel Arcade #02-13 until Sunday, June 8.


“We hope the event stirred something in everyone. Having been so blessed in Singapore, we have a responsibility to give back to our community and teach good values to the next generation. In ars86care’s case, the way to do it is to build sustainable learning space for children as well as model eco-friendly lifestyle to them,” Ria concluded. [ES]


Ars86care foundation

Ars86care foundation started with a group of Indonesian architects who were concerned about the environment and wanted to improve environment quality as legacy for their children. Ars86care is a registered foundation for children, the environment, and education, with three main programs, including Space to Build, Words to Share, and Value to Do. The mission of ars86care foundation is to promote and to create high quality, child-friendly living spaces in order to achieve a better quality of life for the children, who are the future of Indonesia. The group has worked with over 1,000 volunteers sinceit’s establishment in 2007.

21 May 2014