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Monsanto Fund in Indonesia

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The recently published Monsanto Fund Report 2010-2011 includes three projects in Indonesia.

Dateline Indonesia: Accessing Clean Water 

In late October 2011, Monsanto Indonesia and Habitat for Humanity Indonesia celebrated the completion of their corporate social responsibility water project in Tajinan, a small village in the East Java region of Indonesia. A ceremony was held to recognize the completion of the project with the wife of the East Java governor featured as the keynote speaker. 

Access to clean water has an emotional meaning for the 1,700 residents of Tajinan. It means a better and healthier life for the local people, particularly in terms of decreasing the incidence of water-borne diseases in children. 

The program cost $67,000 and took a year to complete. Through this project, local residents now have access to clean water, public sanitation facilities, the ability to manufacture fertilizer, and biofuel storage tanks. In addition, Monsanto Fund has helped build a pump hydration system, two main water compartments, six small water reservoirs, two biofuel storage tanks and 100 toilet compartments, as well as installing a 450-meter pipeline from the water source. 

“The Monsanto Fund has helped the people of Tajinan to access clean water,” the Head of the Regional Body of Planning and Development of East Java Province said. “This program also supports Indonesia in achieving its Millennium Development Goals in diminishing poverty and helping provide almost half of the people with access to clean water by 2015.” 

Lending a Helping Hand after Mount Merapi Erupted 

Mount Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted over Indonesia on Nov. 8, 2010. This eruption affected more than 4 million Indonesians’ lives — destroying 2,919 homes and 217 schools, and covering several areas of local commerce with ashes. 

The eruption of Mount Merapi led Monsanto Indonesia and the Monsanto Fund to offer a helping hand in lifting the spirits of the people impacted by the eruption. 

Monsanto Indonesia employees got involved by distributing school supplies and farm equipment to the victims of the volcano. The school supplies helped maintain students’ learning, and the farm equipment helped rebuild the farms destroyed by volcanic ash. 

Thanks in part to the effort of Monsanto employees, farmers in Yogyakarta have returned back to their farming activities, helping to renew their economy. Students are also equipped with the tools they need to continue pursuing their future. Monsanto Indonesia, with the help of the Monsanto Fund, has touched the hearts and improved the lives of the people of Mount Merapi. 

Working Together to Open the Door for Students to Learn 

The reconstruction of a school in Sumberwono Village in Indonesia not only opened the doors for students to learn, but also engaged a community and fostered trust among Monsanto, a non-governmental agency partner and members of the community. 

With $60,000 from the Monsanto Fund, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity Indonesia and Monsanto rebuilt the Madrasah Ibtidaiyah Darul Falah school, which had fallen into significant disrepair and been declared unsafe. 

Throughout the rebuilding process — which included major renovations, making the school earthquake-resilient and the purchase of equipment — Monsanto and Habitat for Humanity initiated regular conversations with members of the community, often incorporating their ideas and suggestions. The open dialogue and transparency resulted in community support for the project. 

Now the school’s headmaster anticipates that the look of the renovated school may attract more students. 

This article is excerpted from Monsanto’s 2010-2011 Fund Report. To see the full report, please visit MonsantoFund.org.

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