|Like many noble foundations, "I'm an Angel" started by the determination of a few individuals and has evolved into a project that relies on many. After successfully completing Jakarta's most elaborate wedding celebrations of 2003, Mr. Mike Mohan, Mrs. Danielle Van Poppel and Mr. Yawahar Punjabi (founder, 'Alta Moda') realized a celebration was an optimal way to raise funds. Acting with great speed, Mr. Mohan contacted KU DE TA co-founder Arthur Chondros and they immediately began collaboration on the first IAA charity fundraiser.
In 2003, KU DE TA staged the first IAA fundraiser. With just over USD $20,000 raised, the setting and the fundraiser was an expression of goodwill throughout the island. Along with providing the establishment and accommodation for entertainers, KU DE TA rallied local merchants and private donors to participate. Mr. Yawahar Punjabi, Mr. Mike Mohan and Claude Challe provided the entertainment for the evening of celebration.
Following the success of the event, the IAA committee began the exciting task of fund allocation. Committee members Tina Shazell (dedicated to the "Kuta charity program") and Danielle Van Poppel began assessing development projects and programs existing throughout the island. Following recommendations by members of the local government and the "Kuta-Legian-Seminyak Community Forum", the committee met with Asana Viebeke Lengkong.
'Viebeke' began to provide dietary needs to rural communities in 1996 and at the height of the Asian economic crisis of 1997-1998. Even though access to rural regions was difficult, Viebeke was dedicated towards providing support to communities in need. Maintaining the program with her own funds, Viebeke supplied communities with basic health care and dietary needs from 1996-2002. In charge of the environmental and population division for the World Bank communication forum in Bali, Viebeke was involved with evaluating, strategizing and implementing sustainable development throughout the island.
The committee was impressed by the means in which Viebeke empowered rural communities. IAA immediately began distributing the funding through direct channels. Viebeke and her team of graduate engineers, architects and health workers applied the aid towards sustainable development projects throughout poverty stricken regions in Bali.
Building upon the success of the first KU DE TA fundraiser, the 2nd annual IAA fundraiser surpassed all expectations with over USD $30,000 raised. With an impressive increase of aid provided for the 2005 year, the funds from IAA reflected an outreach of on-going support. With an increased monthly stipend, Viebeke and her team where able to extend their support to rural regions throughout the island. Additional emphasis was provided towards assisting underprivileged children.
Each annual IAA charity event since has held as much passion and dedication as the previous fundraisers. With more than 100 merchant and private donors joining KU DE TA for a night of wining, dining, auctioning & dancing, KU DE TA and the community continue to raise funds to provide ongoing support for the following years.
Specifically, I'm an Angel raised the following amounts;
2003 - US$20,000
2004 - US$30,000
2005 - US$30,000
2006 - US$30,000
2007 - US$45,000
2008 – US$70,000
2009 – US$75,000
2010 – US$97,000
The I'm An Angel committee is dedicated towards the various projects and continuing their events to raise money for this worthy cause.
Empower communities to sustain themselves through a system that enables aid to be shared and extended to each member of the community.
I'm an Angel to collaborate with Program Director/Coordinator and team to ensure proper engineering, construction and monitoring of various sustainable development projects.
Supplement food and school supplies throughout school program to extend to over 15.000 children (2010)
Enhancing 'BALI CLEAN' campaign -environmental awareness and empowering local community through educational tools towards promoting local wisdom.
Scholarship projects - Sponsor kids who wish to and have the potential to maintain a higher education. Skilled training and specialized programs for those who qualify.
Sponsor undernourished and medically handicaped children: provide money towards medical procedures. IE: cleft pallet surgery.
Guaranteed mobile unit for transport to rural communities- distributing necessary supplies and administering health care.
Customized health plan for women and children in rural communities.
Empower community to encourage goverment to match funds provided by I'm an Angel.
Foundation will be the mediator between the goverment and communities (if desired) with problem solving situations.