Thursday, 13 October 2022

Tanoto Foundation Philanthropy Asia Summit 2022

A year ago, Grandma Lee from Wulian, Shandong in China was struggling with her grandson who could not speak or interact with people around him. Now, he enjoys reciting traditional Chinese poetry and playing with other children.

What has changed that? Bringing him to a HOPE centre, run by Tanoto Foundation.

Research has shown that the first 1,000 days of a child’s life is a critical period and proper caregiving will make a big difference in the child’s development. There are about 16 million children aged 0 to 3 years in rural China, with more than 80% of them not having access to #earlychildhooddevelopment and care services.

To address this, the Tanoto Foundation adopted the Nurturing Care Framework, developed by WHO, UNICEF and World Bank Group, and created a contextualised, localised, and highly implementable model of primary caregiving and care centres. Under a pilot, 39 HOPE centres in China and 23 similar centres in Indonesia have impacted more than 5,000 children so far.

Speaking to a highly-esteemed audience of #philanthropists and thought leaders at #Philanthropy Asia Summit 2022, organised by Temasek Trust and Temasek Foundation, Tanoto Foundation’s Head of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Michael Susanto, and Head of Early Childhood Education and Development, Eddy Henry, shared the Foundation’s model and experience, and more importantly, issued a call to action to replicate in the model in other parts of Asia.

“We want to give children their rights to good health, good nutrition, a safe space and relationships, and also opportunities to learn.”


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