Jakarta was covered by flood again in January and this year looks to be a bad one as the city has been crippled by the floods, which are already higher than the 2007 deluge.
With the main road in the central business district turned into rivers that caused many government offices and businesses to close. Many residences were submerged by the water that reached 2-3 metres high and thousands were evacuated. Cars and motorcycles broke down and were abandoned. Public transport came to a standstill. Travel through the streets, even on foot, was nearly impossible in much of the capital.
To keep true with our DeloitteSHINES objectives, Deloitte Indonesia have initiated a Shine for Jakarta initiative, led by Ibu Henny Dorothea in coordination with the Clients and Markets team, to help in any way we can those affected by the floods. Through Shine for Jakarta, we hope that any assistance that each of us contributed would help those affected by the heavy flooding. In order to make it happen, we decided to collect some donations which were primarily clothing and cash from 22-31 January 2013.
During the donation period, we managed to collect for various charities both for the adults and children including items clothes, bags, sarong, praying utilities, blanket and toys. Some of the items were new and especially purchased for the cause. The cash donation was done via bank transfer or through Donation Boxes which was available on each of the Deloitte office floors. The response was tremendous.
The cash donations reached a total of IDR 30 million. The cash and clothing was donated to orphanage house Panti Asuhan Kampung Melayu. This orphanage has about 60 children ranging from 6 to 19 years old. Last January they were affected with 1.5m high of floodwater. The Clients and Markets team surveyed the orphanage house and it is now in the process of being renovated. As a manifestation of our “As One” motto, we did not want to only focus help externally to Deloitte but we also identified some of our own people, who were severely affected by the flood and donated some of the cash to them.
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