San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering Indonesian diaspora communities in the United States and abroad, expresses gratitude to the White House Office of Public Engagement, White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and White House Council on Women and Girls for its generous invitation to the organization’s chairman, Sonita Lontoh, to attend a celebration to honor a small group of AAPI women as Champions of Change. These are women who are doing extraordinary things to create a more equal, safe and prosperous future for their communities and their country.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of individuals, businesses and organizations who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
According to a statement by Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, these women represent the strength and diversity of the AAPI community and are wonderful examples for young women across the country. This sentiment is also echoed by Tina Tchen, chief of staff to the First Lady and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls who said, “As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May, we pay tribute to the many AAPI women – from Bernice Pauahi Bishop to Congresswoman Patsy Mink to Sunita Williams -- who have shaped the story of America.”
IDF seeks to empower Indonesian diaspora communities in the United States and around the world, estimated to be between 8 and 10 million people, by helping to expand connections, multiply opportunities and promote a shared prosperity through philanthropic activities. Through its Computers for School, Foster Family One-on-One, Quarter a Day and Diaspora for Diaspora programs, IDF seeks to strengthen the educational system for underprivileged children, provide humanitarian assistance and equip the Indonesian diaspora communities in the United States and abroad with the network, infrastructure and resources necessary to help them not only survive, but also thrive and succeed in their new country. Through focused dedication, Sonita Lontoh and her colleagues at IDF seek to personify the essence and spirit of the Champions of Change program. They understand that despite diverse backgrounds and experiences, we all shared the same collective dreams and aspirations. The borders in our global village are disappearing and in this interconnected world, it is of utmost importance that the world’s citizens have a truly global perspective, embrace our differences and celebrate our similarities. IDF aspires to be a catalyst in fostering a more complete understanding of diverse peoples and a more genuine embrace of our differences, and thus helping to create a better world.
“I am honored and grateful for the invitation to attend the Champions of Change celebration at the White House,” said Sonita Lontoh. “We applaud the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to spotlight ordinary citizens who are demonstrating extraordinary commitment to their communities, country and fellow citizens. The Champions of Change program fits in beautifully with what we all aspire to achieve.”
To learn more about the Indonesian Diaspora Foundation, get involved or donate, please visit: http://www.indonesiandiasporafoundation.org/support.
About Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF)
The Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF) is a nonprofit organization focused on empowering Indonesian diaspora communities in the United States and abroad, strengthening educational system for underprivileged children and providing humanitarian assistance. IDF’s flagship initiatives include Computers for School, Foster Family One-on-One, Quarter a Day and Diaspora for Diaspora programs. For more information and to get involved, please visit http://www.indonesiandiasporafoundation.org/support.