Yayasan Gunungan was established to provide support and assistance to those who were considered to be in most need, helping them to become independent and self reliant. The organisation itself would also be as self sufficient as possible, not relying entirely on outside support but also undertaking business ventures to provide an income to help support the organisation's charitable activities. In addition these business ventures would provide work training and employment opportunities for those in need.
The Charity Shop was the first project started in April 2007. The shop receives furniture and handicraft items donated by local companies and individuals and then sells these, with all the profits going towards the charitable activities of the organisation. Since beginning it has provided a total of more than US$ 10,000 for the organisation, and has provided work training and employment to seven young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Gunungan Children's Refuge then opened it's doors to the first children in July 2007. It now provides a stable and loving home to 22 children in need, and has already seen 2 of it's first graduates be accepted to study at university.
In December 2009, Yayasan Gunungan launched ‘Sehati' or ‘One Heart' to address the issue of the disturbingly high number of children and young women suffering as victims of commercial sexual exploitation and abuse in the area. It is this that has been the recent focus of our work and has taken up so much of our time over the past few months.
Below are the current operating divisions of Yayasan Gunungan.