Aramco Fights Poverty in Batam, Indonesia
Aramco’s donation to Habitat for Humanity will provide for the building of 15 houses in Kabil Village
Aramco Singapore joins Habitat for Humanity (HFH) in their fight to eliminate poverty housing in Batam, Indonesia with a donation to build 15 houses in the Kabil village, located in the sub-district of Nongsa, Batam where 40% (1,822 families) of the 4,557 families (20,451 residents) are living in substandard houses. Additionally, employees from Aramco Singapore will also participate in the house build project.
Aramco has a long tradition of giving generously to charitable agencies and institutions working with the least fortunate members in Saudi Arabia and other communities around the world.
“Aramco strongly believes in improving the communities in which we operate and where our customers and suppliers are located. We are very pleased to work with Habitat for Humanity on this meaningful Batam Build project to eliminate poverty housing and provide safe shelters for the needy in Batam, Indonesia,” said Mr. Nader Al-Arfaj, representative director, Aramco Singapore.
In Batam, the local government has provided 550 plots of land, measuring 60 sq. m. each, in Kabil to help with the resettlement of the residents currently living in illegal housing. However, most of the families are unable to build proper homes on their assigned plot of land due to financial difficulties and complex social issues.
“These homes are susceptible to structural collapse during the monsoon season. We believe that the donation by Aramco will not only ensure that these families will have proper access to potable water, electricity and toilets, but also enable them to focus better in school and at work, and thereby improve their general physical and mental well-being”, said Mr. Yong Teck Meng, National Director, Habitat for Humanity Singapore.
Besides the house build project, HFH in Indonesia also aims to provide the Kabil villagers with basic construction training, basic hygienic practices, and financial education training.
To date, HFH has helped 6.8 million people by providing safe, decent and affordable shelter in over 70 countries around the world.