14 October 2017 marked a momentous occasion in the calendar of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation (“Foundation”) as its representatives travelled to Lombok, Indonesia, to participate in an opening ceremony of three bridges totalling 49 metres, sponsored by the Foundation. This is the Foundation’s first corporate social responsibility project out of Singapore.
Why are we doing this? Who are we helping?
Helping the disadvantaged is one of the goals of the Foundation.
A rural village in Lombok had to rely on makeshift bridges to get across different river sections from their village to the mainland. These bridges were unstable and collapsed at each monsoon season, presenting dangerous situations for both adults and children. After various discussions with both Singaporean and Indonesian contacts, the Foundation was pleased to support the construction of the bridges, benefitting 15 farmers and 75 of their family members whose main source of income come from the farming of chillis, vegetables and rice.
The objectives of this project are to:
Present safety passage for the villagers to cross from their village to the mainland
Allow mini trucks to travel across the sturdy bridges, opening up economic opportunities for the villagers and future generations
Allow the villagers to earn an income even during the monsoon season
The Foundation’s Associate Director Christabel Lim was in Lombok and in her opening remarks said, “We are very happy to be here in this beautiful country and hope the bridges will be a blessing to you and your families. Now that the bridges are built on strong foundations, you can travel to and fro your village and the mainland with a peace of mind. Thank you to everyone who helped to build the bridges under the hot sun, sometimes working late into the night as well. Your skills and perseverance to complete the bridges in a short span of time before the monsoon season are admirable.”