Christmas is right around the corner.
As people worldwide gear up for the holiday season, some businesses are working hard to bring cheer to the less unfortunate.
In this week’s ‘In Good Company’, we highlight four organizations that have warmed our hearts through their goodwill.
1. HP organizes paper-based coding curriculum for underprivileged kids.
For four-weeks, HP Indonesia joined forces with graffiti artist Darbotz, Prestasi Junior Indonesia, and Kumala Foundation to create a unique paper-based coding curriculum.
The goal? To show underprivileged kids that they too can learn coding.
Dubbed HP Street Code, the outreach was held in Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta where 20 kids relentlessly learnt paper-based coding under a toll bridge across the span of four-weeks.
The programme culminated with a unique code-based Darbotz and HP artwork that was displayed to the public as an AR projection in South Jakarta.
2. Make A Wish raises funds for critically ill kids.
After a three year hiatus, Make-A-Wish Malaysia returned with their annual WishBall which saw eight items sold to raise funds for critically ill children in the country.
The items sold include paintings, a limited edition Bonia crystal bag, limited edition Thermomix, a custom baju kebaya from Bill Keith, a pair of earrings by Amee Philips and an artworks by Stephen Menon and Nazneen Zofia, who was diagnosed with brittle bone disease.
In total, the organization raised RM114,000 (US$25,760).
3. 400 students graduate from Apple Developer Academy in Indonesia.
The Apple Developer Academy, which is now in its fifth year in Indonesia, recently saw 400 students graduate from its campuses in Jakarta, Surabaya and Batam.
The academy, equips aspiring entrepreneurs, developers and designers with coding knowledge and leadership training, empowering students with the skills needed to create meaningful apps in Indonesia’s thriving iOS app economy.
The 2022 cohort comprises students from diverse backgrounds hailing from all five major islands in Indonesia, and ranging in age from 18 to 39. The cohort also has the highest number of female participants since the programme began.
Some of helpful apps created include Comute which enables the deaf to travel with ease on the commuter rail in Jakarta, WonderJack which offers children with dyslexia a safe space to learn through an interactive and educational game, as well as Hexcape that utilizes AR and other technologies to bring to life to escape room-style puzzles through on and offline play.
4. Amazon donates S$100,000 (US$73,840) to support 31,000 underprivileged children.
Four NGOs that support underprivileged children in Singapore saw Amazon providing them with a total of S$100,000 (US$73,840) financial support.
Through the funding to Arc Children’s Centre, Beyond Social Services, SHINE Children and Youth Services, and Singapore Children’s Society, the donation will benefit over 31,000 children in Singapore, aged between three and 21 years.
The funding will give them access to better and more enrichment activities, meals and medical care, among other needs.