Jakarta, 18 April 2018 – PT FWD Life Indonesia (“FWD Life”), a pioneer of digital life insurance in Indonesia, today officially launches its partnership with Special Olympics Indonesia (SOIna) to conduct empowerment program for people with intellectual disabilities in Indonesia. This partnership is a part of long-term commitment of FWD Group’s Community Care (or Corporate Social Responsibility) in seven countries across Asia market, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan. Through this partnership, FWD will sponsor Special Olympics’ Unified Schools and Athlete Leadership programmes in all its operating markets.
In Indonesia, the Unified Schools programme every year for the next 3 years will target to engage 793 young people in workshops to address negative perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities, and unify six schools and communities for both schools and community for intellectual disabilities as well as general schools and communities.
Every year for the next 3 years, the Athlete Leadership programme in Indonesia will mentor 25 athletes with intellectual disabilities to develop skills that help them at work and in their daily lives, and train 25 mentors plus additional mentors from FWD Life’s employees to provide financial literacy program as one of the education materials.
FWD Life Vice President Director Rudi Kamdani said, “FWD wants to help lead positive change by encouraging social inclusion and advocating equal opportunities for people with disabilities. With this partnership, FWD Life will focus to empower the athletes to be confident, independent, and professionally active as well as promotes inclusion in Indonesia society.”
Following this launch event, FWD Life and Special Olympics Indonesia (SOIna) will start roadshow program for both Athlete Leadership and Unified Schools programmes in five cities in Indonesia, with Bandung and Semarang as the first two visited cities. Bandung and Semarang Roadshow will be held on May 2018 located in FWD Life’s marketing offices. During Bandung Roadshow, FWD Life will also invite PERSIB representatives to provide the athletes with information on how to do the right training, be fit, and live healthy.
Prof. Dr. Faisal Abdullah S.H., M.Si., DFM, Head of Central Board Special Olympics Indonesia said, “Today, the number of people with disabilities in Indonesia reached 2.75% from total population of 270 million or around 7.7 million people with disabilities. With these numbers, Indonesia needs sustainable programs for them. People with intellectual disability face number of barriers to obtaining acceptance from the society in term of education, healthcare and getting a job. That is why, we are heartened with FWD Life’s commitment to provide special attention and long-term support for people with disabilities. We hope that SOIna’s empowerment program will help to pave the way for our athletes to live up to their fullest potential independently after they step off the playing field.”
In addition to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and particularly addressing SDG 10- Reduced Inequalities, FWD Life’ partnership program with Special Olympics is also in line with Financial Services Authority (OJK)’s strategy in providing people with disabilities with financial literacy. “Last year in 2017, OJK released the revised National Strategy for Financial Literacy in Indonesia that added primary target for financial literacy program for every player in Indonesia’s financial industry, which is people with disabilities. This strengthens the reason why FWD Life’s partnership with SOIna is a strategic partnership that will have wide and valuable impacts. Most importantly, this partnership is helping us bring to life our Community Care vision to empower people to live fulfilled lives,” Rudi added.