The philanthropic act of building schools in Besitang was the birth of the Tanoto Foundation. What had started as a straightforward school development initiative quickly transformed into a holistic, integrated social development program. The provision of good quality education also opened doors to further engagement with parents as key partners in transforming their children’s lives. Classrooms were also used as venues for health and hygiene seminars, as well as training centers aimed at developing new skills for new income opportunities.