ExxonMobil Opens Two New Schools in Padang Pariaman’s Earthquake-hit Area
Padang, 14 July 2010 - The reconstruction of two elementary schools supported by ExxonMobil in Anai sub district, Padang Pariaman, West Sumatra, has been completed. A handover ceremony of the two schools, SDN 11 Batang Anai and SDN 25 Sungai Sarik, in Sekolah Dasar Negeri (SDN) 11 Batang Anai will be attended by local and regional government representatives’ and communities of Padang Pariaman Regency, West Sumatera Province.
A commitment of US$ 300,000 (approximately 3 billion rupiah) in relief aid was pledged by ExxonMobil to help rebuild the two elementary schools, which were severely damaged by the earthquake in September 2009. ExxonMobil employees also donated an additional 300 million rupiah of their own money which ExxonMobil matched, for the renovation of SDN 25 Sungai Sarik.
“ExxonMobil believes that education is the key to opportunity and achievement. We also believe that this program will support, and have a profound and lasting impact on children affected by the earthquake,” said Terry S. McPhail, President and General Manager of ExxonMobil affiliates in Indonesia.
“We hope that the improvements will make a difference, provide much needed learning space and a more comfortable atmoshpere for the students,” he added.
Working closely with Dompet Dhuafa, this program includes the reconstruction of classrooms, teacher’s and the principal’s rooms and the schoolyard. The non-physical support includes a comprehensive teaching and school management training program for the teachers.
Subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corporation and its predecessors have been operating in Indonesia for more than 100 years – 35 years in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province – and since 1968 have invested more than $19 billion in the country. ExxonMobil currently has more than 900 employees almost 90 percent of whom are Indonesian. During its presence in Indonesia, ExxonMobil has been active in developing and assisting communities around its core areas of operations.