For Cirebon Power, community development efforts are not just about responsibility. It’s about being human, it’s about making an impact, it’s about bringing meaning to our existence.
We believe the success of our business is driven by the well-being of the communities we serve. Over the years, Cirebon Power has been working closely with Government Institutions, community groups and related stakeholders to listen more to what our neighbors need and develop sustainable programs to cater to those needs. Creating initiatives in our Livelihood Restoration Program, to ensure the quality of life of directly impacted groups of the community.
Ultimately, we want to power the lives of others, especially those closest to us.
Making and Impact
- Focusing to those closest to us, our community development programs are catered to the locals living around our project, including taking care of the family members of our local employees from the surrounding villages.
- We want these programs to be about the communities, not about us. So, we bring together all elements of the society – Local Government, Community Groups, and all related stakeholders to join forces in planning, executing, evaluating and monitoring the community development programs.
- These programs aim to support community members to have what they need to improve their quality of life. We want to see our partners be self-reliant and grow stronger.
- These initiatives are designed to produce sustainable impacts, and build better lives well into the future.
The community development programs are performed in line with project management timeline:
- Survey and Study
A detailed study to uncover social, economic, cultural, statistical, educational and other aspects of the local community to ensure the developed programs match the need of the beneficiaries through Program Feasibility Assessment.
Analyzing information from the survey, to design the best-suited programs
Ensuring the programs are executed as planned
- Monitoring and Evaluation
Evaluating deliverables and measuring the impact
Community Development Areas
Our Contribution in Number
Shrimp Paste Production Facilities
Cirebon is one of the country’s largest shrimp paste producer. In March 2014, Cirebon Power initiated “Rumah Terasi” (House of Shrimp Paste) as one of the company’s Community Development Programs. In partnership with a local University, Universitas Swadaya Gunungjati (UNSWAGATI) Cirebon, the company provided training and capacity building to enable the 40 members of the business improve the quality of their products, increase production capacity, and distribute the products to a larger market. We assisted them in obtaining the Home Industry Certification (PIRT) and Halal Certification.
The Organic “Rumah Terasi” shrimp paste is now available online in Indonesia’s several e-commerce portals. Members of the group also actively participate in various Bazaar in Cirebon as well as nationally. This year, the program aims to provide marketing skills training, and assists members in partnering with local restaurants, souvenir shops and food vendors.
Following suggestions from the local community, in early 2016 Cirebon Power began its support for “Koperasi Annisa”, an established local cooperative. The company provided Cooperative Management, Financial Administration and Culinary Training. The latter in partnership with the Hospitality Faculty of Universitas 17 Agustus (UNTAG) Cirebon.
Members of this cooperative will be able to participate supplying snacks and catering as part of our local business opportunity development.
Today, members have started a small production line of shrimp crackers that were distributed to restaurants and souvenir shops in Cirebon. Soon, the program will diversify to produce more culinary products
Fishermen Support Initiative
In partnership with Universitas 17 Agustus 1945 (UNTAG) Cirebon, in 2014 we launched “Tatanan Ekonomi Masyarakat Nelayan ” or TEMAN (Friend) in short. Enabling families of local fishermen to start a small business producing crab and fermented fish crackers.
Program development, which includes microfinancing support for the 50 members will kick start soon as the program continues to build a stronger fishermen community
In 2014, Cirebon Power provided 40 fishing nets to enable them to catch more shrimp. Most of the recipients are
members of a community group we support. Previously in 2011, Cirebon Power distributed 180 nets to Waruduwur Villagers
The company renovated the jetty area of Coastal Mundu and Citemu Village in 2012 to provide the local fishermen with a better working facility. In 2015 and 2016, we renovated jetty areas and added concrete pathways in 4 villages: Coastal Mundu, Bandengan, Citemu and Waruduwur.
We set up a house to be an activity center for these
fishermen and as a communication facility between Cirebon Power and the fishermen. Here, the fishermen can hold discussion, forums and meetings. Until today, the house is used by fishermen of 4 villages: Coastal Mundu, Bandengan, Citemu and Waruduwur as part of their daily activities.
Started in 2015, the program began with initial analysis of social conditions, followed by thorough socialization to local government, prominent figures and prospective beneficiaries. Until 2016, this initiative channeled soft loans to 499 local business owners to help them expand. The second phase, which will be starting soon, Cirebon Power, in cooperation with Universitas 17 Agustus 1945 (UNTAG) Cirebon will focus on providing financing support for former salt farmers in the area.
Famous for its unique Batik, Cirebon developed as one of the country’s Batik centers. Cirebon Power believes that with proper training and assistance, Batik can be a potential source of livelihood for the locals. In 2014, partnering with Universitas Swadaya Gunung Jati (UNSWAGATI) Cirebon and local Batik studio “Katura”, we began training for 50 villagers living around the project site.
In 2015 to 2016, Cirebon Power continues training and providing Batik-making tools for participants.
Since early 2013, Cirebon Power has been conducting vocational workshops in:
Motorcycle Repair and Mechanical Skills; Welding; Air Conditioner Repairing Skills; Sewing and dressmaking; Make Up and Beauty. Following the program, each participants were required to undertake a 3-month internship program in home and medium industries in the area. Upon completion, participants are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills required to work in the desired fields. Cirebon Power further assisted these graduates in the settlement of their new vocation through the provision of necessary tools and equipment
Partnering with related Ministries, Cirebon Power aims higher. To create a training center, that would create skilled workers to power and build Indonesia through electricity infrastructure projects.
Supporting a Healthier Community
Free Medical Check Up & Treatments
Since 2010, Cirebon Power has initiated 6 Medical Check Up & Treatments annually serving local villagers around the plant. Starting from 2016, Cirebon Power financed and build 3 Medical Centers with supporting medical facilities in: Citemu, Waruduwur, Kanci Kulon and Kanci Villages.
The company will continue partnering with the District Health Service, Sub-District Medical Center (Puskesmas) and Universitas Swadaya Gunungjati (UNSWAGATI) to optimize the use as well as to maintain efficiency and quality of the established programs. So far, the program has served more than 8,000 patients from neighboring villages.
Baby & Toddler Food Program
Since 2014, Cirebon Power has been supporting 44 Village Mother and Baby Health Unit (Posyandu) in 8 Villages in giving additional nutrition to more than 12,000 babies and toddlers. Between 2015-2016, this program has served more than 3,000 babies and toddlers. This is something we want to continue doing, aiming to give nutritious supplements to more recipients in the future.
Life and AD & D Insurance
Over the past 5 years, Cirebon Power in partnership with West Java Marine and Air Police Force (Polairud JABAR) and Jasa Raharja Insurance Company has been supporting Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for fishermen of the neighboring villages. Focusing on 10 coastal villages around us, the program has insured more than 12,000 fishermen. This initiative has such a profound impact, that the West Java Marine & Air Police Force made it a pilot project to be implemented in other areas as well.
Noticing how clean water was hard to come by in some areas, Cirebon Power took the initiative to build Clean Water Pump. Three ground tanks began operating in early 2013 supplying clean water to more than 100 homes in Kanci Kemis Block, Kanci Kulon Village.
Increasing waste piles have created serious health issues in some villages in Kanci. Cirebon Power helped promote village sanitation by supporting waste clean-up in Kanci Kulon and Kanci Villages in. Over 25 cubic meter of waste were cleaned up resulting in a cleaner, healthier environment for the local people to live in.
In an effort to improve the living conditions of the people around us, Cirebon Power constructed public toilets in several villages around the plant. Partnering with village officials, the company also built drainage system and waste bins in neighboring villages.
Sustaining a Greener Environment
In a continuing effort to preserve the environment, Cirebon Power in partnership with local environmental NGOs have initiated environmental rehabilitation programs
We have been developing a seedlings bank, in cooperation with local environmental NGO Forum Masyarakat Peduli Lingkungan (FORMAS PL). Here we grow Soursop, Mangosteen, Longan Fruit, Custard Apple, and also protective plants such as Reutealis Trisperma, Cerbera Manghas, Polyalthia Longifolia, Swietania Mahagony and Terminalia Katappa. Thousands of seedlings are planted in surrounding villages every year, together with the local villagers, Village Officials, and Environmental Groups in the community.
Following a series of environmental rehabilitation conducted by Cirebon Power together with environmental NGOs and local University students, in
2015 the Community Environmental Forum (FORMASPL) was established. The group aims to intensify the cooperation and do even more great things for mother
nature. As a result the seedlings bank was established during 2015 – 2016.
Since 2011, we have been partnering with local environment NGOs, Community Groups, Local Government and Villages around us to plant over 70,000 mangrove seeds along the Cirebon Coast. The initiative aims to improve the coastal habitat so that fish, crabs and small shrimps can live providing a source of livelihood for the local villagers that’s closer to home. The project is conducted every year. This is part of our commitment to provide cleaner energy solutions and preserving the environment. These mangrove plants will make the coastal areas greener, prevent abrasion, and guard the coastal ecosystem.
Developing a Brighter Community
Educational Development Programs
Since 2013, Cirebon Power recruited locals to teach computer classes for 5th grade to 6th grade students in Kanci, Kanci Kulon and Waruduwur Villages. 20 students were given the chance to learn computer for a month. The program is conducted monthly, rotating between schools in the area. To make things easier, we also provided transportation to and from the plant. So far, 200 students have participated in these special classes.
We live in a world that has changed beyond recognition. A world driven by innovation, creativity and ideas. Imagine what it’s going to be like in the next 20 or 50 years. Education should be able to prepare the future generation for the new world. Learning, shouldn’t only be in classrooms. We want to make learning as fun as possible for the children
With our Storytelling Program, schoolchildren around our project site can participate and learn about the world of ideas and innovation from 20 trained storytellers.. Going around 20 schools in the area, twice a month, we partner with local University IAIN Syekh Nurjati and Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB) to provide the children with fun, interactive learning experience.
For most unfortunate children of Cirebon, education stops until the 6th grade. Most do not have the opportunity to continue to higher education, or do not have enough motivation to continue school.
Cirebon Power believes that motivation is crucial to keep these children in school. For the past 4 years, we reward top 10 students from every grade in 20 elementary schools around the project site. Every semester, 1,200 students receive school supplies from Cirebon
Nadran (Sea Festival)
Cirebon Power honors the region’s rich cultural heritage. Every year, we supported and participated local festivities such as the Nadran. A special moment for the local villagers, that brings everyone to the streets in the spirit of togetherness and joy, celebrating centuries-old tradition that is well preserved in the modern community of today.
Cirebon Power holds regular public hearing, discussion and forums both formal and informal with the local villagers and related stakeholders to listen to their needs, concerns and suggestions about how we can contribute to society. We want to develop programs that would best suited the recipient’s needs.
Since 2012 Cirebon Power conducted public hearing sessions to the local communities and NGO to find out how we can improve our Community Development Programs. It was forums like these that triggered the initiation of some programs such as: Mangrove Planting, Waste Clean-Up, Infrastructure Improvements, Cooperatives, and many more.