Mandiri Assistance to Benefit 1,000 Orphans

 Jakarta, 11 July 2014 – Bank Mandiri has handed over assistance totaling Rp 370 million to help 1,000 orphans. The assistance was symbolically presented during a breaking-of-the-fast event with orphans by Bank Mandiri CEO Budi Gunadi Sadikin, witnessed by NU Executive Board Chairman, KH Said Aqil Siradj, in Jakarta on Friday (11/7).

Of the Rp 370 million, Rp 120 million will be provided in the form of prayer requisites and Rp 250 million in the form of allowances to help support the one thousand orphans.

Budi G. Sadikin said that the provision of the assistance was motivated by Bank Mandiri’s concern for the community. He said it would help to ease the burden on orphans and make their lives better.

“Ramadan is the right time for sharing. It’s a time when we are called on to share and to help children, especially those who are disadvantaged economically so that they too can share in the happiness,” said Budi G. Sadikin.

During the event, Bank Mandiri also symbolically handed over a donation of Rp 350 million to facilitate the annul “mudik” exodus from the cities for Idul Fitri 1435 H. The donation was made in recognition of the close relations between Bank Mandiri and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Islamic organization in Indonesia.

The assistance was provided under the Bank Mandiri Environmental Development Program, which currently is based on three main pillars, firstly, self-reliance through education and entrepreneurship, which is promoted through the “Wirausaha Muda Mandiri” (Mandiri Young Entrepreneur) Program and the Mandiri Peduli Pendidikan (Mandiri Cares for Education) Program, both of which are designed to help mold future leaders who are capable of meeting the challenges of global competition.

Secondly, the creation of self-reliant communities through the “Mandiri Bersama Mandiri” (Self Reliant with Mandiri) Program, which involves the integrated mentoring of community groups and communities in the areas of capacity, infrastructure, capability and access.

And finally, promoting financial literacy so as to make the public better aware of the importance of financial management skills as part of long-term life planning.