On December 14, 2019, the Tanoto Foundation, in collaboration with Wahana Visi Indonesia, officially launched ‘Go Baby Go’. According to the Tanoto Foundation, this new pilot project is intended to “create a model for nurturing while optimising children’s growth”.
The Tanoto Foundation was founded in 1981 by billionaire businessman Sukanto Tanoto and his wife, Tinah Bingei. What began as a small kindergarten in Besitang, North Sumatra, became the fully fledged philanthropic organisation of the Sukanto Tanoto family, with a keen focus on improving education, health and nutrition, and personality development for Indonesia’s youth, beginning from early childhood.
The Tanoto Foundation is primarily active in countries where Tanoto has a major business presence, such as Indonesia, Singapore, and China. Over the course of its 39-year history, the foundation has provided over 20,000 scholarships, initiated programmes to improve the quality of education and teaching in operation areas and funded medical research into diseases that are prevalent across Asia.
Wahana Visi Indonesia is a Christian humanitarian social foundation that works toward sustainable life changes for children, families, and communities that are stricken by poverty. The Foundation has been running programmes for community development that focus on children since 1998. Since then hundreds of thousands of children in Indonesia have received assistance from these programmes.
Wahana Visi Indonesia currently assists some 80,000 children across 52 service points in 14 provinces in Indonesia.
The ‘Go Baby Go’ collaboration between the Tanoto Foundation and Wahana Visi Indonesia was launched under another programme of the Tanoto Foundation called SIGAP, which focuses on developing early childhood education and preventing stunting among children in Indonesia.
Those who attended included Global CEO of Tanoto Foundation J. Satrijo Tanudjojo and National Director of Wahana Visi Indonesia Doseba T. Sinay.
‘Go Baby Go’ focuses on children aged 0 to 3 years, particularly those who come from families that have been categorised as vulnerable. The programme aims to provide these children with a strong overall foundation for their lives as adults.
Hence, the programme also considers a family’s ability to contribute to their child’s nutrition, education, and holistic development.
“Go Baby Go is a testament of Tanoto Foundation’s continuous support to early childhood education and development in Indonesia.,” said Tanudjojo. “We hope Indonesian children can enjoy optimal growth so they will be ready to attend their next phase of education.” He added that, “It is in line with Tanoto Foundation’s mission in which we believe that quality education accelerates equal opportunity creation.”
On the project, Sinay commented, “We expect this pilot project to produce a best practice guide which will be replicable throughout Indonesia. We appreciate Tanoto Foundation’s attention towards the advancement of Indonesian children’s health. This level of attention makes us optimistic that we can continue to work on improving Indonesian children’s overall wellbeing.”
‘Go Baby Go’ is currently operated in eight Posyandu (Child Integrated Health Post) in the sub-districts of Kenjeran and Simokerto in Surabaya, East Java. At present, it hopes to support a minimum of 320 children in its selected age demographic.