Sita Satar is no stranger to social causes. The wife of economist Rizal Satar has been active in many social institutions over the years, notably Yayasan Jantung Indonesia. She joined the foundation as a secretary. Now she is the Head of Fund-Raising.
“It’s very easy to be involved in YJI because it’s a solid and established foundation with a clear vision and mission,” says Sita. One of the main programmes she is proud of is obtaining medication and treatment for babies with heart defects. The foundation helps 60 to 70 children each year.
“Why are so many Indonesian babies born with heart defects? It’s usually because of malnourishment,” says Sita. “There’s a lack of education and proper treatment in remote areas. Many mothers are not aware of the nourishment needed in order to have a healthy baby. That’s why, when the baby is born, he carries diseases already, which is very heartbreaking.
“We need more funds to help these children get the treatment they need. We cannot afford to let our next generation of children suffer and waste their potential in the future.”