San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 11, 2010
Give2Asia, a leading U.S. philanthropic services nonprofit, today announces a partnership with Yayasan IDEP Foundation (IDEP), an Indonesian non-profit NGO that provides sustainable living solutions for households, businesses, schools, and communities. The partnership will make it possible for US donors to more easily support IDEP’s efforts to promote responsible development for Indonesian communities.
“IDEP’s combined focus on disaster response and responsible development go hand-in-hand,” said Ray Klinke, interim CEO of Give2Asia. “As communities rebuild and grow, their ongoing success depends on implementing sustainable solutions that will work for them into the future.”
IDEP takes an active role in disaster preparedness, emergency response and community recovery across Indonesia including Aceh and West Sumatra. Through their disaster preparedness initiative, IDEP builds on early warning systems, evacuation plans, first aid education and resource management. In terms of emergency response, IDEP specializes in providing support in areas that are difficult for the larger organizations to access.
Following the 2004 Tsunami, IDEP established the Greenhand Field School, where Tsunami survivors were trained to use Permaculture to rebuild their homes, villages and communities. The school spun off as the Yayasan Permaculture Aceh, and true to IDEP’s mission, the school is sustainable, with its own graduates now running the school.
U.S. donors can make tax-deductible donations online to Give2Asia in support of IDEP Foundation at http://www.give2asia.org/idepf, or by sending donations to Give2Asia of cash, securities, and other assets.
IDEP was founded in 1999 to address the country’s growing economic crisis at the time. Its objective was to enable communities to provide food, shelter, energy and other needs in sustainable ways. The innovative strategy selected was Permaculture, a term coined in the 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren that describes the method of designing that integrates natural elements with appropriate modern technology. Between 1999-2000, Yayasan IDEP successfully conducted several Permaculture Training of Trainer courses and graduated over 200 people from throughout Indonesia. From these courses and graduates, there was a rise in Permaculture related projects not only nation-wide, but currently spanning across 100 countries.
Give2Asia (http://www.give2asia.org) promotes charitable giving by providing personalized philanthropic services for individuals, foundations and corporations. Founded by The Asia Foundation, with more than 50 years of grantmaking experience in the Asia-Pacific region, Give2Asia helps overcome the common challenges associated with giving overseas and has made possible more than US$130 million in giving since launching in 2001.
Give2Asia’s Fiscal Sponsorship services help approved Asia-based charitable groups establish a U.S. presence, provide professional donor stewardship, and make possible tax-deductible support for Asia-based groups. Give2Asia currently provides fiscal sponsorship to over 100 charitable institutions across the Asia-Pacific region.