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    Atma Jaya Jakarta organized fundraising to support research and humanitarian activities

    Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (AJCUI) organized a fundraising gala, HOPE a Music Concert 2019, at Semanggi Campus, Sudirman, South Jakarta. The fundraising was done by opening donation and auction in which the profit would be used to fund programs contributing to education and society. This event was special as it was near the 60th anniversary of AJCUI. It was also to celebrate the 30th year of the visitation by the late Pope John Paul II. 

    All performers in the concert had relationships with AJCUI and presented their performances for the sake of fundraising. They were alumni and lecturers of AJCUI who had talents in arts. Several alumni’s names performing in the concert are: dr. Jodi Visnu, MPH., dr. Adrian Purwadihardja, dr. Handrawan Nadesul, Michelle Oswari, Boris Manurung, Christ Billy Aryanto, S.Psi., M.A., M.Si, Laurensia Harini Tunjungsari, M.Si., Psychologist, Dr. Weny Savitry Pandia Sembiring, M.Psi., Psychologist. There was also a special performance from Desy Ratnasari who was an alumnus and current student of the doctoral program of psychology of AJCUI. The concert was accompanied by Yoan Theodora Orchestra (YTO), who has had experience in national events.

    Aside from performances from alumni and staffs, AJCUI also held an auction of art works collected from all civitas of AJCUI. They also opened donation for the rain-water harvesting program and refugee supporting program which is in partnership with UNHCR. The events had the participation of hundreds of philanthropists, partners and donors of AJCUI.

    The fundraising event was a part of mid-term strategical plan and collaboration. The mission of the fundraising was 3YVM (3 years, 3 vision, 3M rupiah). In the next 3 years, AJCUI will focus on 3 sectors (social care, student exchange and basic research) with the target budget of 3 billion rupiah.

    In the aspect of social care, the collected profit will be used to fund the rain water harvesting (RWH) program and refugee support program. The RWH program tries to answer one of biggest issues in the suburb side of Jakarta which are: clean water supply and 4 meter-land subsidence of Jakarta since 1970s. Regarding refugees, AJCUI realized that their existence in Indonesia needs attention. Different from common public conception, most refugees are young professionals or productive workers. However, refugees do not have the right to get fixed salary. Without any income, their incapability to fulfill their needs is a big issue without any solution. By partnering with UNHCR and ILO, AJCUI provides social entrepreneurship training so that refugees can partner up with Indonesian young generation in order to bring benefits for both sides.

    For student exchange program, there are still many of AJCUI students who have not got the opportunity to go abroad due to financial problem. Meanwhile, for the basic research program, the donation will focus on medical and humanitarian research. The profit from the fundraising will be granted to two researchers: Dr. Eko Adi Prasetyanto (chemistry, material, drug delivery system, 50 publications and 10 patents) and Dr. Asmin Fransiska (law and social sciences, the best-selling authors in London for non-fiction: The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line).

    The donation is hoped to support research in order to bring solutions to social problems, which therefore will bring improvement to community quality.

    AJCUI believes that through inter-disciplinary collaboration, they can contribute to the national development. Through the Fundraising Gala, HOPE a Music Concert 2019, AJCUI gets collaborators who are willing to take an action in solving existing issues.

    “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa.

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