The evening of December 7th 2006 was a truly moving moment for many who have journeyed with us from the time Rachel House was a mere dream. On that evening, the dream was passionately shared by 510 guests who attended the event; and in that moment, we knew that we were one step closer to bringing the vision that “no child should die alone” to reality.
A “Call to Action” by the ex Chairman of Unilever Indonesia, Mr. Nihal Kaviratne, reiterated clearly the purpose for the evening which was to seek support for a private partnership to build an in-patient hospice for children in Indonesia, where palliative care will be provided to children ravaged by cancer and AIDS. And that, as Mr. Kaviratne said in his speech, “rather than being abandoned, such children should be given hope and the will to live. From this small beginning, it is our hope that one day, as community and support awareness grows, children with HIV can be encouraged to lead purposeful lives, and meet death when it comes with dignity.”
Mr. Kaviratne closed his speech by urging all who were present that evening to pledge their support for the cause and make a difference. “I have no doubt that you share a collective urge to do some good and make a difference. Your presence here tonight is proof of this. If you are willing then, let us together lay the small foundation stone of Rachel House, let us support its community of dedicated workers, let us learn from its birth and study its growth, let us help them add life to the remaining days in the lives of these children”
The evening raised over USD 300,000. Our grateful thanks go to our corporate sponsors Piaget, The Time Place, Coutts Private Bank, Metro, Moët Henessy, Tod’s, Leo Design and Art Explore. And to our faithful supporter and media partner, Prestige Indonesia and DestinAsian Group, without whom the evening would not have been possible. And to our wonderfully generous donors, we are humbled by the show of faith and confidence bestowed upon us.
The journey has just begun. The team at Rachel House will commit to keep our intentions and vision clear at all times: that we are here to serve the community that needs our help so that no child should die alone, unloved and uncared for.
We were truly blessed to have the wonderful support from everyone on our inaugural fundraising evening. We would like to invite all to travel this journey with us, in the quest for a better world – not just for some of us, but for all of us.
On January 15th 2007, the Rachel House administration team moved to Graha Indramas in the Slipi area. We are grateful to Jimmy Masrin, a member of the Board of Trustees (“Pembina”) for the generous assistance he and his team have given us.
In late March, we will be adding to our team a Project and Operational Manager who will oversee the setting up of our first hospice in Jakarta. Anil Sharma is currently in the UK visiting hospice facilities such as Helen House and Rachel House.
Land in Cibubur
We are finalizing the purchase of a property to build a 60-bed in-patient hospice facility. We hope to soon be able to announce the good news when the purchase is completed and the construction plans begun.
Invitation to participate and contribute
As we set up our administration office and begin to prepare our first hospice, we continue to seek assistance from our friends and family for donations of office furniture and equipment, such as desks, chairs, computers and printers to allow us to channel as much of the funds donated to us to the care of the children.
|A list of the furniture and equipment currently needed (click here). We will update this list from time to time as needs are filled.|
Finally, we are planning to have our first 10-bed hospice facility ready for operation by the 2nd quarter of this year. Our biggest challenge continues to be finding a home for this facility. We would like to take the opportunity now to seek your assistance, and your generosity, should you know of or own a property that is perhaps available for us to rent for a period of time to allow us to begin our operations.
It is an exciting time in Rachel House’s journey. We remain grateful for our friends’ and family support and your faith in us.
Yayasan Rumah Rachel was established!
We are pleased to announce that on October 12th 2006, Yayasan Rumah Rachel (“Rachel House Foundation) was officially established.
Our grateful thanks to Didi Dermawan and his team at Dermawan & Co. for making the “almost impossible” possible, and for patiently guiding us through the many unfamiliar territories. Most of all, we are grateful for Didi’s generosity and tireless support to all of us at Rachel House.
Placed on our Board, we have been blessed with a group of trustees and advisors who have offered their time freely to support and direct the work of Rachel House. The Trustees and Advisors were chosen, first and foremost, for their integrity and generosity of spirit followed by their passion in our vision that NO CHILD SHOULD DIE ALONE.
Our very first office in Kapuk
We have an office!! A 300-sqm shop house located in Kapuk has been generously offered to us by PT Mandara Permai. We are truly grateful for their generosity and kindness.
With this office we will be able to, for the first time, gather our team together and operate from one location! A relieve for all of us, as we have for the past 10 months been “camping” from YCAB’s offices. Having said that, I have no doubt however, that Wulan and Ernie will have tremendous separation jitters when the time comes for us to finally leave YCAB’s offices – which have been a wonderfully warm, supportive and welcoming home for all of us!!
Renovation of the office will begin soon under the guidance of the talented architect Ong Santoso, who has generously offered his time and creativity to the project.
First fundraising event – by Chris and Bernice Franck!
A huge thank you goes out to Christopher and Bernice Franck for choosing to contribute Chris’ 40th birthday celebration to Rachel House. And what a celebration it was!!
Chris and Bernice told us that Rachel House “is a natural cause for us to support”. Because as parents we are moved by its focus on terminally ill children and making their precious shortened lives worth living by surrounding them with care, dignity and love. And also because this is the story of a great friendship between two special people. One whose human qualities and spirit embodies Rachel House’s values; and another who founded Rachel House to make a difference for those who are the most innocent as well as to keep her dear friend’s qualities and spirit alive. And finally, because we are so blessed as individuals in our own lives and so blessed to have been touched by the friendship between Rachel and Lynna.
The evening raised over S$ 6,000 from friends and families who attended the Carnival party, where clowns, pop corn and marshmallow filled the evening with glee and joy. How appropriate for Rachel House’s very first fundraising to be from friends and families, where some can even testify how their lives had been touched by Rachel Malcomson’s life, and the joy she radiated through adversity!
We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to the generous contributions from Chris and Bernice’s guests.
Inaugural Charity Ball at the Ritz Carlton Indonesia
Finally, on the eve of the inaugural charity ball on December 7th 2006 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Jakarta, we would like to say thank you to all our friends and families, our dedicated volunteers who have given us their time, support, encouragement, guidance and advice through the last 18 months. Without you, Rachel House would not have been possible.
From what was born out of a dream and a conviction 18 months ago, we are now just steps away from setting up our first operation – the first purpose built children’s hospice in Indonesia.