Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa and Leica Launch Photography book capturing the struggles of Indonesian women
For Immediate Release
JAKARTA, June 2, 2014 – Today, Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB) along with Indonesia Leica Community (id.L) launch a photography book called “Angel of Change: On the Flipside” at Kinokuniya Bookstore, Plaza Senayan.
This book tells the story and the struggle of Indonesian women as agents of change in their families. The photographs that were taken by id.L portrayed the dedication of Indonesian women who were the backbone of the family struggling for the welfare of their children.
During the launch, there was also a book review by Oscar Motuloh who also curated the beautiful photographs. Also present were Andy F. Noya, the steering committee as well as Jerry Justianto, a representative from Leica.
The event also commemorates International Children’s Day which falls on June 1st, wherein children as the successor of the next generation are to be equipped by education as the foundation of his or her life.
Founder / CEO Veronica Colondam YCAB Foundation says: “For some of us, dreams are part of our everyday lives, but not so for underprivileged children. Having a dream is a luxury for these children; luxury that cannot be bought with money. Money is only available with economic stability. Without economic stability, the children are not going to be able to finish school.”
Microfinance by YCAB is an extension of the YCAB third pillar, namely HOPE (Hands-on Operation of Entrepreneurship) which aims to help the disadvantaged families to educate their children through the micro-credit program offered to disadvantaged mothers who runs small businesses. Moreover, the program requires that the children stay in school.
“We hope that through this photo essay, we can sense the economic pulse and the breath of dozens of women survivors. Not only it stirs our feelings, but it can inspire all of us. Inspiration can lead us to be able to make sense of life in our respective places,” adds Veronica.
Each purchase of the book “Angel of Change: On The Flipside” is donated to the YCAB Foundation.
“Coming from our admiration for YCAB’s good work, we want to create a photo essay project to show the optimistic side of underprivileged communities. We try to document these pictures not only through our eyes, but also through our hearts. In the communities, we feel that there is a genuine passion, and pride from these remarkable women. At the end of the project, we feel that we have been giving too little compared to what we get from them. We hope the photo essay is able to say what we feel when we meet our sisters face to face,” said Jerry Justianto, id.L representative.