Impact Trips for TBN Asia 2018

Happening on 3 Aug 2018

Actxplorer is the proud organiser of TBN Asia’s annual conference in Jakarta, Indonesia this year. On 3 August, we will also be organising 11 follow-up impact trips to our social enterprise partners in Jakarta. Here, we give a rundown of these social enterprises and the amazing work they have been doing for the community.


Impact Trip 1: Pademangan District Housing Improvement Project

Having volunteers who are a part of the community is extremely valuable in effecting impact. This is a housing project sustained by volunteers who were themselves beneficiaries of the home improvement work that changed their own quality of life.

Houses with inadequate space for large households and vulnerability to flooding inside houses, are key indicators the volunteers look out for when highlighting houses for re-development. The houses are privately-owned by residents.

Witness the transforming work led by Tzu Chi Foundation in Pademangan district, and experience first-hand the warm and trusting relationship between volunteers and beneficiaries, right in their homes.

Impact Trip 2: Tzu Chi Jakarta

Head to Tzu Chi Centre Jakarta to learn about the amazing work they have done all around Indonesia. We will go on a intimate guided tour of the compound to visit the school, exhibition centre, and auditorium, and speak to the volunteers who are hands and legs of the projects all around Jakarta.

Impact Trip 3: YPU Youth Entrepreneurship Development

YPU stands for Yayasan Prima Unggul, a children’s home that promotes the arts and entrepreneurship. Most of the children and youth come from Flores Island and Papua, which are parts of Indonesia with the highest level of poverty. Yet, the children at the organisation are extremely confident, vocal, and entrepreneurial.

The Foundation provides opportunities for talent development of students through learning opportunities to produce different types of food, and learning a variety of business skills. Students are trained and have real experience with the entrepreneurial world, with the aim that the students have the skill to survive and thrive, and become change-makers and creator of jobs for their own community, when they leave the foundation.

Join students in their various business units: food catering, traditional music making, and up cycling workshops. Enjoy student’s performances and hear their stories of empowerment and dreams for the future.

Impact Trip 4: Great Love Village in Cenkareng

The people of Angke River used to live in unlicensed buildings, which were very disordered and caused negative health impacts on the people. However, there was an enormous improvement in their comfort and living conditions after they moved into the 1st Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Cengkareng.

In the Great Love Village, there is a free health clinic, schools, and occupational training center to help the residents raise the economic status for their family.

Find out why this village has been dubbed as the model rusunawa (low cost rental apartment complex) for the whole of Jakarta.

Impact Trip 5: AANII Boarding School – Entrepreneurship Sustaining Education

The mission of Al-Ashriyyah Nurul Iman Islamic Boarding School is to instil in its students love, virtue, character, and a capacity to care about others—in other words, to make them exemplary Muslims. With this mission, it is no surprise that ‘Nurul Iman’ means radiant faith, dazzling belief, or bright light of conviction.

When the Buddha’s compassion is combined with such “radiant faith,” the School is immersed in Great Love, the universal expression of love that is shared among all religions.

The school strongly believes in developing enterprises to ensure sustainability for the work done through the school, and through the wide variety of enterprises in the compound, the school has also developed many batches of young entrepreneurs.

Through an intimate guided walking tour of the compound, witness the beautiful confluence of two religions serving kids from destitute families through the provision of free quality education, boarding, and work experiences to prepare them for the challenges beyond school.


Impact Trip 6: Paloma – Rural Women Entrepreneurship Made Possible

Paloma Shopway is a consumer goods distribution that provides opportunities for women in rural communities to become entrepreneurs through catalogue sales. Paloma also seeks to improve the lives of members through providing new experiences like overseas trips and members are welcomed to join family camps and marriage counselling courses. Paloma’s distribution network covers most of Indonesia.

Through a guided tour of Paloma’s distribution center, get to know the ins and outs of the company’s operations. From how they design their catalogues, to women outreach. Even have a chat session with their founder Mr. Djunaidi, and hear his story of how and why he started Paloma.

Impact Trip 7: YCAB Youth Development

YCAB was established in 1999 and translates to Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa, or “Loving The Nation’s Children Foundation“. Their focus is in the area of youth development by empowering youth to be self reliant through healthy lifestyle promotion, education, and economic empowerment for a better and sustainable future.

YCAB has evolved from a non-profit supported by donations, into a sustainable social enterprise throughout the years. Under the YCAB arm are 5 enterprises that fund their work.

On this trip, visit the vocational center that conducts workshops and classes for the youth, and later get to know their micro finance arm “YCAB Ventures” which supports over 40,000 female entrepreneurs in low income families. You’ll meet the female entrepreneurs of YCAB in an intimate sharing session.

Impact Trip 8: MEEK Foundation Housing Project in Marunda

More than just housing people, a good rusunawa (low-cost rental apartment complex) should provide adequate social and economic support for residents, many of whom have never lived in apartments, and are also now located further away from their places of employment.

Rusunawa Marunda is a good case study of how public-private partnerships are necessary to meet the needs of residents in education, skills training, and job-creation.

On the guided walking tour of Rusunawa Marunda, we will discover the variety of enterprises and the quality of healthcare and education facilities in the complex, and the overall improvements made in the quality of life of residents who used to live in slum dwellings along Pluit River, and in the Kalijodo red-light district.

Through speaking with residents and the MEEK Foundation, understand what worked and the struggles faced especially in ensuring sustainable and adequate employment opportunities for the residents.

Impact Trip 9: Indonesia Care Community Development in Tambora


The term “rusun” is translated to public housing. Previously named Rusun Angke before the rebuild, Rusun Tambora has transformed from an old, dirty building, into a comfortable living abode for low income families. In 2016, 3 new towers were completed and Tambora now houses over 500 families within it’s compounds. Indonesia Care has been conducting it’s programs at Tambora, with 3 areas of focus: Education, health, and livelihood. This Impact Trip takes you throughout the housing estate of Tambora, of which you’ll be able to interact and engage with community members as well as Indonesia Care staff on various programs. TBN delegates will also visit hold discussions with the laides of the in-house sewing social enterprise.

Impact Trip 10: Habitat for Humanity Public Collaboration for Sustainable Development

The focus of Habitat for Humanity’s work is on providing decent housing and settlements for marginalised communities. Habitat’s ability to mobilise volunteers from all over the world to work together for the greater good has brought homes to numerous communities over the years. In addition to good housing, Habitat provides community facilities such as schools, libraries, community centers, and playgrounds as well. 

This impact trip will take you to one of Habitat’s community projects – Mauk. Since 2012, there have been over 630 houses built for impoverished households. Delegates will be able to engage with community stake holders as well as be able to see first-hand the work of Habitat’s housing improvements.

Impact Trip 11: Wahana Visi Community Project


Jatinegara, located in East Jakarta which consists of 28% of Jakarta’s population, is one of the most crowded areas in city. Typically a crowded settlement, this results in a variety of environmental and health issues due to overcrowding and unhygienic living conditions. Due to it’s location, Jatinegara is also vulnerable to natural disasters, most particularly, flooding. Such as the one happening in 2007, which affected many lives. Wahana Visi’s work currently impacts 4 out of 7 villages in the sub-district. Their programs focus on child, youth, and economic development. During this Impact Trip you’ll visit and hold discussions with the community led social enterprise, as well as the children development program committee.


Penjaringan is a coastal district of North Jakarta. Issues facing the communities of Penjaringan are those of hygiene and drug abuse. Due to rampant drug abuse, HIV and AIDS in the district is also on the rise. Clean water and sanitation is also a prevalent issue in the communities, as many are forced to consume ground water if they are unable to afford bottled water. Wahana Visi’s projects cover 2 out of 5 districts in Penjaringan. Their programs focus on child, youth, and economic development, as well as sanitation. During this Impact Trip you’ll visit and hold discussions with the community led business, as well as meet the community stakeholders.

For more information on our partner TBN Asia and and what they do, you may refer to their website here.