We need more Agnes in the world.
Agnes Rini-Astuti founded PAUD Cemara Kasih
in 2010 with nothing more than her savings plus
family donations. And a big mission:
educate preschoolers from low-income families
with sustainable early development programs that
are nature-based, multi-faith and lifeskills focused.
How We Support
We support Agnes and her mission not just to share
funds but for sisterhood. Since our brand's inception
in 2017, we help in the school expansion, sponsoring
the annual fees of children from families facing
hardships, upskilling teachers to improve children's
learning, and connecting local and international
volunteer experts who are eager to contribute to
Agnes mission. In 2022, we funded a new idea -
a mobile school. When children cannot come to
school, the teachers bring the free school to them.
Agnes continues to be multi-awarded
. 2022: Agnes became the Head of Early Childhood
Development in Bali's Jembrana region. Agnes has
been designated by the Ministry of Education as
the teachers' trainer in Bali and Jakarta on the
implementation of the sustainable Reggio Emilia
. 2020: she was selected by the Ministry of Education
to take part in reshaping the country's required
sustainable early development curriculum.
She was the only teacher from Bali.
. 2019: she went to Italy for Reggio Emilia early education
teachers' training along with 15 nationwide teachers
sponsored by a government institution.
She was the only one from Bali.
. 2018: she was one of 12 "Changemakers of Indonesia"
(a national award annually granted by the Indonesian
government) for her innovative early development