ExxonMobil Foundation partners with Dompet Dhuafa to advance education programs in Indonesia
Grant to support Indonesian chapter of Partners for a New Beginning
The ExxonMobil Foundation announced a US $1 million grant to the Indonesian non-governmental organization Dompet Dhuafa to fund education programs in Indonesia and commemorate its leadership role in the Indonesia chapter of Partners for a New Beginning.
In partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, Dompet Dhuafa will implement a program called ‘Education for Everyone,’ which is designed to improve school facilities and teaching methods in the Papua, West Papua and East Java regions of the country. The program will also include the creation of a Teacher Development Institution, which will train Indonesian teachers in proven educational methods and enable them to share creative best practices with their peers.
Since 2008, ExxonMobil, the ExxonMobil Foundation and ExxonMobil Indonesian affiliates have invested more than $11 million in educational initiatives in Indonesia to improve schools and help teachers provide a strong foundation of learning for the next generation of Indonesians.
“Access to quality education is one of the most important building blocks of modern society,” said Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. “The partnership with Dompet Dhuafa is an excellent opportunity for us to strengthen our local education efforts while supporting the Partners for a New Beginning initiative.”
Partners for a New Beginning, a vision of United States President Barack Obama, brings together public-private partnerships committed to broadening and deepening engagement between the United States and local communities around the world. With the formation of Partners for a New Beginning Indonesia, there are now 11 global chapters tasked with identifying local needs and supporting projects that improve access to financing for entrepreneurs and small businesses; boost business capacity and development services; improve educational opportunities for students and teachers; foster physical and virtual exchange programs; and enhance science and technology solutions.
Partners for a New Beginning Indonesia is chaired by Asep Sulaeman, senior vice president of ExxonMobil Affiliates in Indonesia. The local organization includes representatives from other multi-national companies including Intel and Coca-Cola, as well as local business and community leaders.
“ExxonMobil has been doing business in Indonesia for close to 115 years,” said Sulaeman, “and we remain committed to continuing our strong history of supporting programs that deliver long-term benefits to local communities. The ‘Education for Everyone’ effort will play an important role in meeting the educational needs of areas where we have operations, while at the same time demonstrating the effectiveness of collaborations like the Partners for a New Beginning initiative in Indonesia.”
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, chair of Partners for a New Beginning and the Albright Stonebridge Group commented on the announcement, “The partnership between ExxonMobil and Dompet Dhuafa exemplifies the true spirit of Partners for a New Beginning, advancing President Obama’s vision to strengthen the bonds between the United States and local communities around the world and Secretary Clinton’s continued commitment to implementing this important initiative.”
Ahmad Juwaini, Executive Director of Dompet Dhuafa Foundation, said, “We are proud and honored to be ExxonMobil’s partner to improve education quality in these areas. This collaboration is what Partners for a New Beginning is all about.”
About ExxonMobil Foundation
ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) in the United States. Globally, ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation provide funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2010, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided US$237 million in contributions worldwide, of which US$110 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contribution programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.
About Dompet Dhuafa Foundation
Dompet Dhuafa Foundation was founded in 1993 as a non-for-profit organization that has long built its portfolio in social services. Raising its fund from the tithe (zakat), Dompet Dhuafa has marked a number of community services funded by donation from Zakat, Infaq, Shadaqah, Waqf, and Strategic Alliances and has officially been recognized as the National Zakat Institution. It envisions a community development through community empowerment based on a fair and just system.
PNB Indonesia exists as a locally operated entity, with support from PNB’s U.S.-based steering committee. The committee is led by Chairwoman Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state under President Bill Clinton, along with vice chairs Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, and Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute.