EQUIPPED FOR SCHOOL – Porelea’s elementary school has 125 students and four teachers, including the principal. In total, the school was supplied with 140 conference bags and 120 packs of stationery (Image above)
School children in a remote Indonesian village have been equipped with versatile schoolbags and essential stationery in an initiative sponsored by dmg::events, organiser of Gastech, and Qatari LNG company RasGas.
As anyone who has attended Gastech will know, all paying delegates are entitled to receive high-quality conference bag – yet not everyone actually picks one up. Given the size of the event, which attracts thousands of delegates, the spares number in the hundreds.
In the spirit of “reduce, re-use, recycle”, dmg::events and RasGas, which sponsored the bags for the 2012 event in London, decided to find an appropriate alternative use for the surplus.
The idea they came up with – working with Qantas Helping Hands Community (QHHC), an Australian-based group of volunteers that assists under privileged children in Indonesia – was to distribute the bags to schoolchildren, along with the necessary stationery. RasGas paid for the costs of shipping and distribution.
Porelea, the village selected for the initiative, is located in the Sigi District of Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi Province – and takes some getting to. From Palu, the province’s capital city, it is a three-hour drive by car, and then another two hours by motorcyle, the only land-based form of vehicular transport capable of reaching it. Its citizens work as traditional farmers and have very low incomes.
The village’s elementary school has 125 students and four teachers, including the principal. In total, the school was supplied with 140 bags and 120 packs of stationery. Logistics were handled by Agility F&E UK and Agility Indonesia.
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