Community Development Programmes
As the master developer of Bintan Resorts, our objective at PT Bintan Resort Cakrawala (PT BRC) is to build and maintain a stable, harmonious and healthy relationship with the local community living in the vicinity of our resorts.
Through the PT BRC Community Development Programme, we are committed to collaborating with the local government and other volunteer organisations to provide assistance and support to the local community, especially those subsisting below the poverty line.
We are glad that our initiatives are bringing continuous benefit to the community around us. We do this through:
- Employment opportunities at our resorts
- Opportunities and means to create and provide a sustainable livelihood for local families through tourism-linked activities
- Financial assistance for the younger generation in the areas of education and skills acquisition to prepare them for future employment at the resorts
- Programmes that enhance the general health and well-being of the people
- A better understanding of the nature of our business through numerous education and social events and activities.
Our community development projects focus on these broad areas:
- Education Assistance
- Employment Assistance
- Micro Business Enterprises
- Bhakti Sosial Charity Projects – medical, dental and eye-care projects
Additionally, Bintan Resorts hotels also run their own community development programmes.
Primary and secondary school scholarships
Annually, PT BRC awards scholarships to local students who perform well at the primary and secondary school levels. The scholarship covers the school fees, workbooks, bags, uniforms and stationery. We are pleased to announce that we have given out more than 5,000 bursary and scholarship packages since 1999.
Tertiary education financial assistance
To encourage local students to aim beyond the secondary school level, we also provide financial assistance to able students to further their post-secondary education in polytechnics and universities in Indonesia. To date, seven students have benefited from this programme.
Recognising the need for skilled hotel employees, PT BRC introduced the Tourism Education Programme in which selected local students are sent to SHATEC (Singapore) for courses every year. So far, 11 students have graduated from their courses – four of whom were awarded the Gold Medal in their respective courses.
PT BRC facilitates interaction between foreign and local schools to learn about one another’s culture via projects and community activities. Schools such as Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC), Crescent Girls’ School and Concord Primary School have made Bintan their annual Community Involvement Programme (CIP) destination.
To date, ACJC together with volunteers from Singapore National Library Board (NLB) have built libraries in four Bintan schools and conducted 10 CIP missions in Bintan. In addition to providing the books for the school libraries, the teams from Singapore have also shared their knowledge of the library management system with the local school teachers and students. They have also taught Mathematics, Science and Art to the local students using the English language.
Crescent Girls’ School has visited Bintan islands six times since 2006. Each time, their CIP has brought them to SDN 005 Teluk Sebung, which is located in the village of Pengudang.
These projects not only assist in providing study needs to the local schools, the exposure to foreigners also helps build confidence among the local students.
PT BRC provides job-matching services for employable manpower living in seven villages in the Bintan Resorts vicinity. We do this by publicising the job vacancies and helping applicants with their resumes. Additionally we provide conversational and grooming coaching to help candidates handle the interview process confidently, thus boosting their chances of a positive outcome.
Kasih Sayang 1, 2 and 3
We realise that people have goals and ambitions from a young age. Therefore PT BRC’s Kasih Sayang events are conducted annually for graduating students of primary, junior high and senior high schools.
While the event for primary school students tend to be excursions to open their minds to what is available at a resort, junior high school students get to practise creativity, confidence, teamwork as well as basic English in the On-the-spot Art and Spelling Bee competitions. Senior high school students are provided with information on the types of jobs and scholarship opportunities available to them, and the prerequisites for these options.
Camp Garuda Muda
A series of four camps per batch of students make up the Camp Garuda Muda. The aim of this programme is to equip students with the right knowledge and skills to prepare them for higher education scholarships or employment.
Level 2 students from senior high schools are selected to undergo residential camps in Bintan Resorts hotels during their term holidays. They attend lectures in curricular modules such as confidence, motivation, English and computer skills, and take part in teambuilding and outward bound activities.
Capitalising on Bintan island’s natural habitat, cultural environment and demography, we worked with the local government to develop tourism-linked ventures to enable the local community to have a sustainable livelihood. Today, there are two Yayasans (Community Enterprise Cooperative made up of members of the local community) at Sri Bintan and Sebong Lagoi which run the various business ventures like Pandan handicraft, kampung tour, and mangrove seedlings nursery.
Housewives in the villages are given training on how to weave products like bags, hats and mats from the pandan plant. These handicraft items are retailed at various galleries within the resorts.
Traditional fishing tour
Fishing is an important occupation for the villagers. During the tour, fishermen bring visitors out on their fishing boats to show them the different traditional fishing methods. Visitors also get to try their hand at casting a fishing net after an on-the-spot lesson.
Gunung Bintan adventure trek
Local guides bring visitors on a hike up the 340-metre Gunung Bintan. Along the way, the guides will highlight and talk about the flora and fauna which flourish in the dense forest.
Home industry tour
Situated in the village of Sebong Lagoi, small-scale home-based food and garment businesses open their doors to visitors on the home industry tour. Visitors enjoy hands-on experience in making traditional Indonesian food like tempe, jamu and keropok, and can also try their hand at traditional Flores batik weaving.
Mangrove seedlings nursery
With the expert input of BRC’s Environment Division and facilities sponsored by Kyushu Electric Company in Singapore, the women from fishermen families in the village of Sebong Lagoi have set up a mangrove seedlings nursery. This nursery grows and sells mangrove seedlings in support of the environmental conservation efforts at the resorts.
Proceeds from the seedlings contribute towards the household income of these fishermen families as there is no fishing during the monsoon period from November to March.
Sri Bintan Kampung eco tour
Local guides bring visitors to a typical kampung (village) to experience an authentic village lifestyle. Visitors can witness activities like rubber tapping, forging of agricultural tools using traditional methods by a blacksmith, weaving of pandan handicraft products, and experience local kampung cooking and culture.
Medical and dental care
Annually since 1998, together with medical and dental volunteers from Singapore Dental Association and Singapore Red Cross Society, we have been providing free medical and dental checkups and treatments to the villagers. To date, close to 15,000 patients have been served at the free clinics.
This programme is coordinated and jointly run by PT BRC in collaboration with the local government health department.
In March 2004, PT BRC and Singapore Polytechnic’s Department of Optometry conducted the first-ever eye-care screening for some villagers. About 2,300 villagers benefited from this project, and some 1,500 pairs of spectacles were donated to those who needed them.
The project also provided the local government health department with valuable data on the prevalence of common eye diseases among the local villagers.