InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Suku Anak Dalam (SAD) is one community that gets no modern life still. They live in the Bukit Dua Belas National Park where it is specialized for them. PT SAL, as the subsidiary of Astra Agro Group that operates next to the national park, as the corporate social responsibility (CSR) tries to keep in harmony with SAD.
There are 4 major programs of PT SAL for the jungle society, such as, the education, the economy, food security, and health.
It needs seriousness to convince the SAD so they have the will to learn. For they have different culture from the common people, it is the obstacle to do. But everything was done so that the children of SAD would learn. “We did many things for their education,” Community Development Officer, PT SAL, Thresa Jurenzy said. To run the programs in 2009, PT SAL constructed a school in 2011 called PAUD Nurul Ikhlas.
As time goes by, and the approach runs, the children of SAD started to learn. “One of SAD has become the teacher. He is the good person that connects the education and the children of SAD. We facilitate the education of SAD, starting from the school construction, uniform, salary of the teachers, and the food for the children,” she said. The parents of SAD do not pay anything to get their children in school. It is hoped that they could learn well without considering the costs. Until now there have been 11 schools for SAD both general schools and schools in the Bukit Dua Belas National Park.
PT SAL also constructed the boarding houses which are prepared to the children of SAD who do formal education. While for the formal education, the children of SAD could get scholarship. The company is in charge to the scholarship, and also the development supervision to their education. The CSR education of PT SAL was got by 345 students. “We fund three students to get higher education in Yogyakarta within scholarship,” she said.
Not only that, PT SAL also developed the program to increase the income of SAD. Some programs that have been running are horticulture, livestock, and fishery. Some participants succeed their business, such as, Tumenggung Tarib who succeeds in catfish breeding. Some still develop their business.
This article once published in InfoSAWIT, July 2020