I have been reaching out to various wealthy individuals and big businesses to support the project I have created in Indonesia to empower women and girls through education. But I have been confronted with closed doors and empty talk. It truly baffles my mind how big businesses that have so much, do so little. I am but one girl, who has sold all her designer items and most of my worldly processions to ensure that 25 girls in a small village can have access to education. I have given up time with my family, personal relationships and professional progression all so that I can make a difference.
The mistake that I have made is that I have assumed that people do not care. But I know they do and I will keep on knocking until someone lets me come in and have a seat. I believe in this project just as much as I believe in my fashion dream. My mother said to me, ‘all you need is one person to believe in you’. The truth is that I cannot continue to fund this Art Village Education Hub on my own. I have nothing more to sell and I have to begin to focus on my own needs as a woman who wants a fulfilling life outside of her work. I have decided to give it 2 months of putting all my efforts to getting support. If it doesn’t take shape that someone will catch me when I jump. well then I will have a few scratches and close up shop.
The fashion I will always continue but the school for girls I cannot do without financial and management support. I am scaling the heights, but this time I am asking for others to help carry some of the weight. Together we can make a difference, but we must take turns otherwise we will burn out, I will burn out. In the future when I am independently wealthy I will create a fund called ‘change makers’, it will be a company of individuals making big differences in their community and funded to live at a standard comparably to their contributions to society. Why should those that sacrifice so much live on so little, sometimes less then the people they are helping.