Recently, one of this year’s Project Sukacita participants – Jessica Chandra from the Singapore Management University – shared her excitement about the project as she completed her third visit to the town of Kerinci. The project enjoys the full backing of businessman, Sukanto Tanoto, chairman of the RGE group whose investment in the region has changed lives for the better.
Over the past five years, Project Sukacita has given talented university students from Singapore the opportunity to make a difference in the rural Malaysian province of Riau.
The town of Pangkalan Kerinci has been transformed over the past two decades, thanks to investments in the local paper pulp and palm oil production industries by Asian Agri and APRIL – two of the successful businesses that make up the RGE group of companies founded by Mr Tanoto.
To match economic success with human development, Project Sukacita student participants from prestigious Singaporean universities visit Kerinci each year to mentor children in the village and help them to become young success stories of the future.
Tanoto Foundation scholarship students give back to the communities
Jessica Chandra joined the project three years ago and has been an active participant ever since. A business management major specializing in finance, Jessica is also a Tanoto scholar and is keen to give back to the community in Kerinci in the spirit of the Tanoto Foundation which supports her studies.
The opportunity to interact with local children, teaching them vital skills and providing them with hope are just some of the benefits that participants reap from their time in Kerinci.
According to Jessica, the experience got her thinking about the role of parents and other mentors in the successful education of children – sparking a passion for development that will hopefully stay with her forever.
To learn more about the community-based projects that are supported by RGE and its dynamic founder, we invite you to follow Mr Sukanto Tanoto via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, About.me or LinkedIn.