Our journey started when a disaster struck our country. We were drawn to help. We feel that it is our calling to reach out and serve whenever we are able.
When the earthquake hit Central Java in 2006, Lily realized that she had another opportunity to help. She started the Titian Foundation with the objective of helping people to strengthen their livelihoods in a sustainable way – especially in times of crisis.
Working in Aceh helped Lily understand that people in such circumstances needed sustained long-term help to rebuild their lives and their communities. This principle was to be an integral part of Titian’s community work in Java, Sumatra and, in Lombok.
The Titian Foundation was established by Lily Kasoem in 2006. As project manager for Soroptimist International, Lily was the driving force to rebuild Lamreh, a village in Aceh that was devastated by the 2004 tsunami. Although she initially went to Aceh to see how she could lend a helping hand after the tsunami, she discovered how much she enjoyed working in the field. She also experienced first-hand the advantages of being with a smaller organization because it allowed for quick decision making and minimized bureaucracy during project where time was of the essence.
The subsequent years have seen Titian develop from its humble beginnings and blossom into a multi-faceted organisation centred around a core belief in the importance of education, for young people through access to proper schooling and for communities through community empowerment.
Indonesia is a country of untold potential. What Titian’s work has discovered is that its youngsters and the communities from which they come are the most precious representatives of that potential.
Founded by Lily Kasoem and built three schools in Bayat after Yogyakarta Earthquake
Three-year senior high school scholarship programme started
Built Vocational School, including a Community Learning Centre (CLC) Rebuilt 11 houses in Cigalontang
Teacher Quality Improvement (TQI) programme launched
University Scholarship Programme introduced
Introduced Indoartamics Programme at SMKN 1 ROTA Bayat
Inaugurated purpose-built office and CLC in Bayat, Central Java
Launched Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Education Programme for 13 schools in Yogyakarta and Klaten
Our first batch (Generation 1) graduated from university
Closeout of TQI Programme with ROTA
Start of Scholarship Programme and CLC in Tangerang Selatan
Inaugurated purpose-built office and CLC in Kaliurang, Yogyakarta
Start of Scholarship Programme and CLC in Pemenang, Lombok
Inaugurated purpose-built office and CLC in Rembitan, Lombok
Selected as one of the recipients of government assistance for the Mover Organization Programme (POP)
Start of Titian Pelabuhan Ratu CLC pilot project
End of 3-years POP Programme