WADAH Titian Harapan is aN INTERNATIONAL, Jakarta-based foundation established "FROM women, BY THE COMMUNITY, for all." It grew out of a need to help mothers in need OF help themselves and create a better future for their families and their communities.
Wadah Titian Harapan is an international Jakarta-based foundation established "From women, By the community, For all." It grew out of a need to bring hope to people by helping them help themselves and share a better future for their families and their community. Wadah was founded in 2008 to specifically address the special needs of women as they participate in social, educational, community and cultural activities. WADAH, in the Indonesian language, refers literally to a “place” but WADAH Titian Harapan embraces a broader meaning that encompasses not only the sense and spirit of place, but the home and the community where one belongs. Wadah Foundation was established as an extension of the ARSARI Djojohadikusumo Foundation (used to be known as the Hashim Djojohadikusumo Family Foundation or YKHD), which exemplifies Ibu Anie’s concern in helping grassroots communities of Indonesia by focusing on character building and empowering human resource.
WADAH from the onset is an acronym derived from Wanita dan Harapan or Women and Hope; Titian Harapan, “a Bridge of Hope”. As the organization, its scope, its experiences and scale grew, it soon became clear that WADAH was driven by a much greater, much wider force and more meaningful purpose – that is, the people in the communities that it embraces and serve. Thus, WADAH now stands for Warga dengan Harapan or “People in the communities with Hope”.
Operating at marginalized and underprivileged levels in the society, WADAH supports Indonesian people by offering the opportunity to manage their lives beyond family survival, lifting them out of the spiral of illiteracy and poverty. WADAH’s support extends to initiatives that revive endangered traditional arts and artisan communities to ensure sustainability of their arts and crafts.
In 2014, Wadah spread its wings internationally, which saw the launching of Philippines Wanita Dan Harapan, Inc. and Pertubuhan Wadah Malaysia dan Selangor in the Philippines and Malaysia, respectively.
On February 2016, Wadah Foundation created the Wadah International Committee (WIC) which serves as the public relations and international marketing arm of the Foundation. Mrs. Neeru Singh and Mr. Alfredo Torno III, were named Chairperson and Co-Chairperson, respectively. In July 2016, Wadah India was officially registered in New Delhi, India, where the WIC will also set-up its hub and office.
On July 26, 2016, Wadah Titian Harapan Foundation was granted a Special Consultative Status by United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Envisages an empowered and dignified individuals and communities
Empowering individuals and communities by utilizing a holistic blend of education, health, and economic development programs
Identify and nurture untapped potentials of individuals and communities customized to their unique needs so they too become agents of change.
Develop reliable, trusted and trained community coordinators who ensure the efficient and effective use of resources
Establish partnerships with parties and/or organizations with the similar objectives
Provide continuous monitoring and guidance
Honesty and Sincerity
With the community growth in mind, WADAH conducts various programs and activities in its supported communities.
WHAT MAKES WADAH "UNIQUE"?
Its guiding principle of Caring in Sharing and Giving
It advocates values that uphold the dignity of the human being
It respects local culture and traditions
It is consultative, collaborative, inclusive
It does not impose its agenda of change, instead,
It engages the community, its leaders, its stakeholders, its beneficiaries
It seeks to bring out the best in the individual (it identifies individuals who are already doing good to become great)
It develops role models, who lead, not by word, but by deed and by example
It is not “project”-minded
It is focused on sustainability