In pursuing my enthusiasm for the people of Indonesia I have worked with a local foundation whose mission is to aid the underprivileged children of Indonesia. We are currently in the final stages of organizing a fundraising event that will bring the spirit of Indonesia to America and create something we can give back to its people. The fund raising dinner is designed to create a greater awareness of the Indonesian people, its customs, and its culture. The money raised will be targeted to provide financial aid for students in Indonesia that would otherwise have no hope of getting an education.
The act of volunteering to help someone half a world away in my home country has significantly contributed to my own personal growth. It is an opportunity for me to reassess the blessings that I have been granted and forces me to take the time to appreciate my own life. In addition, it creates an even tighter bond between me and my native land. As I make people aware of Indonesia at an event or on the street, I project the image that I am proud to be Indonesian. Working with this foundation has helped me focus on my heritage and I have grown to take pride in my country, my ethnicity, and my home.
My spiritual growth has also been complemented by my acquisition of more pragmatic skills. Getting the aid to the people that need it most requires me to work with a network of international organizations. It has introduced me to people that reflect the diversity of our shrinking global community. Dealing with