From the destruction, sadness
and social upheaval of the Bali bombings came the opportunity to give
tangible form to that principle through support for the establishment and
ongoing operation of YKIP (Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi) or the
Humanitarian Foundation for Mother Earth.
Originally set up to assist in the recovery efforts after
the Bali bombing in October 2002, YKIP’s mission has
expanded to span a diverse range of educational programs for
which the works are still dedicated to the memory of the
victims both overseas and local.
Each year YKIP through its
four main programs is sponsoring around 500 children from
elementary to high school (KEMBALI), vocational studies
(VES) and university (UNI) for the orphans and disadvantaged
children from poor families; and providing scholarship to
those who lost a parent or who had permanently injured
parent during the Bali bombing through KIDS program.
was the natural outcome of the work done by Mitrais and the Bali Recovery
Group during the immediate aftermath of the bombing. A group of concerned
citizens wanted to ensure that assistance to victims would continue long
after the aid agencies pulled out.
Mitrais staff became involved
from the first day working with the Australian and UK Embassies and later
with various relief agencies.
The company continues to
support YKIP in many ways including the provision of IT support, development
and design services for its website and assisting with YKIP’s educational
scholarship program by providing soft skills development, packing and
distribution of school supplies.
Individual Mitrais staff
members are YKIP office bearers and the Foundation is further supported with
serviced office space and part time accounting services.