(International / Regional Organizations )
Asia Philantrophy Circle
GEKKO Co-Founders Amara Rachmat and Anna Sennelius presented GEKKO - its principles, aspirations, initiatives and organizational arrangements - to the annual conference (Venn2023) of the Asia Philantropy Circle on 3 November in Singapore. The only “high school” presenters, Amara and Anna shared (during the Q&A part) their experiences and learnings on establishing and operating GEKKO in addressing social issues.
“All of the GEKKO projects and initiatives would not have been possible without the relationships we have built with the community as well as the partnerships with GK Indonesia. Relationships are essential to understanding the community's needs. Any foundation and group can develop programs and projects to help communities. But if those programs do not really address their needs, it defeats the purpose. That is why Gekko believes in a ground-up approach. Without understanding their needs, giving could turn detrimental. Giving in some cases, can even breed poverty”. - Amara Rachmat
“I have had the privilege of working on many GEKKO projects with many talented people. However, the one commonality I learned from all these projects was that while I helped the youth in the communities, they also taught me. I learned that the youth from the “other side” also have dreams like me but they can’t flourish if we don’t help by giving them the opportunity to. Through my GEKKO involvement, I have learned that Poverty is not due to the lack of resources but due to the inability to help the poor have access to these many needed resources.” - Anna Sennelius
GEKKO members, Anna Sennelius and Kyle Zachary Lee, met with some members of Paris-based Climate Overshoot Commission last 10 February 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Kim Campbell, 19th prime minister of Canada; Felipe Calderón, 63rd president of Mexico, Arancha Gonzales Laya, former minister of foreign affairs, European Union and cooperation of Spain, and Geoff Lamb, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's chief economic and policy adviser, were at the meeting.
Kyle and Anna exchanged views with the commissioners on GEKKO’s ambitions and future work to combat poverty and climate change in Indonesia.
The Climate Overshoot Commission is an independent group of eminent global leaders and chaired by Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization. The Commission recommends strategies that could reduce risks of climate overshoot.
Climate Overshoot Commission
ThinkCity/French Development Agency
(A project of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and GK Indonesia)
GEKKO collaborated with ThinkCity to raise awareness about the phenomenon of "the sinking of Jakarta’s coastal areas” and the challenges faced by the poor communities affected by the rising water level. Communities permanently flooded; livelihoods lost; clean water access obstructed.
Together with GEKKO, the residents of the affected areas and the local street artists created murals along the long sea wall and on some selected chosen walls in Rusunawa Muara Baru (GK community) on 22 October 2022.
With the funds provided by Agence Française de Développement (AFD), workshops were organized, over a period of 3 months, so that the inhabitants could better respond to the challenges they face. Artistic training workshops (dance, music, painting) as well as sports activities for children, youth, adults have been carried out to facilitate the expression, the link and the reinforcement of the cohesion of these populations in situation of vulnerability.