On September 2015, the new sustainable development agenda was adopted by the United Nations. This agenda contains 17 sustainable development goals with specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. The Van Empel Goldman Foundation is primarily committed to promoting goal 1, goal 2, goal 3 and goal 4 by taking three concrete actions.
Sustainable development goal 1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. In 2013 11,4% of the Indonesian population lived in extreme poverty. Another 28 million Indonesians lived with less than IDR 293.000 (roughly €20) a month. Considering 25% of the Indonesian population (60.000.000 million) are children between 0-14, children are heavily impacted and action must be taken.
We, at the Van Empel Goldman Foundation, believe that ending poverty for children consists of increasing their opportunities and increasing their life standard. These aspects, we believe, require investments in quality education, investments in good healthcare and investments in sufficient nutrition. Considering this, our goal according to article 2 of our articles of association should come with no surprise:
“The Van Empel Goldman Foundation aims on increasing opportunities for underprivileged children and to increase their life standard. This contains securing access to: good education, good healthcare and sufficient nutrition.”
Because we are a young foundation we will implement these concrete actions one by one, subsequently we are now focusing on action 1: Investing in Education.
Action 1: Investing in Education
In order to eradicate poverty amongst children we need to invest in opportunities. A part of our goal is to increase opportunities for underprivileged children. We strongly believe that the key to opportunities, the key to a better future is education. Therefore, we are committed to increasing the quality of education by providing schools and projects with materials such as, tables, chairs, whiteboards and books. The schools and projects we support are schools that offer education to the underprivileged, in many cases children that would not get an education otherwise. In addition, we contract youth ambassadors and volunteers to teach English, because speaking a world language opens doors. This also matches sustainable development goal 4 which is to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Another part of the goal of the foundation is to increase the life standard of underprivileged children. Because we believe part of tackling poverty is changing the circumstances children live in today. These are actions we wish to to implement as our organization grows.
Action 2: Investing in Healthcare
This matches sustainable development goal 3 which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages.
Action 3: Investing in Nutrition
This matches sustainable development goal 2 which is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.