Earth Mother

So­cial ac­tivist, hu­man­i­tar­ian, mother of three, speaker, and en­tre­pre­neur… Is there no end to what Nadya Hu­ta­galung can do? Maina A. Har­jani finds out

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Nadya Hu­ta­galung’s na­ture for nur­tur­ing and nur­tur­ing of na­ture are all re­vealed here

Born to an Aus­tralian mother and In­done­sian fa­ther, Nadya Hu­ta­galung spent her child­hood in the Aus­tralian coun­try­side as an only child with her mum. Thus, from a very young age, Nadya was ex­posed to the beauty and won­der of na­ture, which, she be­lieves, gave her the ground­ing that has made her the woman she is to­day.

“My mother spoke to me about the planet, sus­tain­able liv­ing, the orang utans she res­cued, and how we need to be mind­ful about the way we live and our im­pact on the earth since my early child­hood days,” she tells In­done­sia Tatler. “Most of my time out­side school was spent climb­ing trees, build­ing tree houses, or horse-rid­ing.”

This brings us nicely up to date with Nadya’s cur­rent pas­sion project: she has joined forces with a team of peo­ple in­volved in a scheme sur­round­ing the wel­fare of Su­ma­tran ele­phants. She is also cur­rently de­vel­op­ing story-telling con­tent for a project that has been in the mak­ing for three years.

Down to earth and hum­ble, this mother of three is now based in Sin­ga­pore where she lives with her fam­ily. There, she be­gins her day with med­i­ta­tion and spir­i­tual me-time be­fore pre­par­ing her daugh­ter, Nyla, for her home­school­ing ses­sions.

“While Nyla works on her classes, I usu­ally get my work done on the lap­top,” says Nadya.

In the 90s, Nadya par­layed some 30 years of en­ter­tain­ment-in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence to be­come one of Asia’s lead­ing voices in the green move­ment. “I re­alised the power of a plat­form and a voice, and recog­nised that if used cor­rectly, th­ese can be used to ef­fect great change.” It was the first time that Nadya spoke at an en­vi­ron­men­tal con­fer­ence and she has not looked back since.

Through her years in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try and af­ter, Nadya was able to truly

iden­tify the per­son she as­pired to be. With a voice in the coun­try and a plat­form where mil­lions of peo­ple were able to hear her out, to­gether with her de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­se­ver­ance, Nadya chose to also live her life while mak­ing a liv­ing. And be­cause of this, she be­lieves that one must never stop rein­vent­ing one­self to be a bet­ter per­son and ul­ti­mately, to give back to the world.

“I am in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to be where I am to­day es­pe­cially af­ter re­al­is­ing that we need to con­stantly rein­vent our­selves to take ac­tion when it re­ally mat­ters,” she ex­plains.

Nadya also goes on to say that it was her chil­dren who drove her into in­volv­ing her­self in hu­man­i­tar­ian causes, and, as the years passed, mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the world we all share was what ul­ti­mately gave her a

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