Our First Annual Report

by Setra Yappi | August 15, 2012

For our accountability to all stakeholder of MITRA: students, mentors, and donors ...

It is in the new section in our website: Publications

Education in The Midst of Economic Hardship

by Setra Yappi | May 18, 2012

Courtesy of, an article by Rini Kustiasih (May 18, 2012)

Those who are pragmatic often consider education as a way of achieving better welfare. For the poor, the main needs are food, clothing, and home.

Education has been dragged down to become "the way of instant" in order to reach prosperity. When hope never seems real, what is the point of education?

The web connecting education with welfare that makes Robi Rionaldo (14), student dropout from Kalijaga Village, District Harjamukti, Cirebon, West Java, no longer go to school.

"There are Asep, Odah, Olik, and many others who do not go to school here," said Tureni (39), Robi's mother, mentioning a number of names of children in the village who do not attend school.


Reading culture: The long journey to becoming a developed nation

by administrator | November 10, 2011

By Betsy Sahetapy, Jakarta | Sat, 10/15/2011 11:19 AM, The Jakarta Post

In the past, I used to see a Finnish girl, who rode the same school bus with me, reading a book every day during the bus journey.

Curiously, I once asked her, ”How long does it take you to read a 500-or so page book?” She replied, “Two or three days.” As a book lover who needs one or two weeks to finish such a book, I was astonished at how fast this fifth grader could read books that are as long as Harry Potter novels.


So... Really... What is the Problem?

by Robert Ongko | April 03, 2011

I was reading about this organization called KickStart.  I think they are doing an amazing job being social entrepreneur.  What makes them amazing in my opinion is that they are working smart.  What they are doing right now is helping millions of people in Africa out of poverty, by promoting sustainable economic growth and employment creation in Kenya and other countries.  They develop and promote technologies that can be used by dynamic entrepreneurs to establish and run profitable small scale enterprises.

However, their 5 steps process is what I think make them stand out.


MITRA Mentoring Blog

by administrator | March 20, 2011

There is an old saying that is still true even today, "Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day.  Teach him how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime."  Therefore we at MITRA are living out our vision by launching a mentoring blog, check it out at, to train and inspire our students about entrepreneurship and to update our partners and friends about MITRA.  Entrepreneurship has been the engine to transform innovation, creativity, resilience and opportunity into economic goods and services.  They are the the beginning of economic growth, jobs creation and community development.  Can you see the potential?


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