Yayasan Ksatria Medika Airlangga was competitively selected to participate in the Innovation Lab by the Frans Seda Foundation in 2019. For us, it was an engaging and beneficial experience for a fresh set of eyes to take a portrait where we are now and recommended a set of useful guidelines for our strategy towards a more sustainable Non Profit Organisation.
The key question we had for the four fellows was how we could sustain our programs going forward especially how to make the organization more professional and how to make the funding more sustainable. For that, we had 3-4 conference calls with the fellows while they were in the Netherlands/Indonesia via skype to prepare them to understand what we did and what we wanted to achieve. In any of such exercise, the more you give the more you get. The fellows made good impressions on their detailed and probing questions.
The one week session in Cirebon that followed, the fellows took a deeper dive. We had key management on site the entire week to be with the fellows. That really helped both ways. We got to know them beyond fellows working on our case, but we became good friends, they became as passionate as us on the mission of the floating hospital to the remote islands in Indonesia. Their recommendations contain practical advices on the suggested organization, as well as programs for short, medium and long-term.
We really appreciated their engagements. The variety of their background helped with everyone giving specific advice on their expertise such as marketing/communication, legal, organization. What we like best, the engagement is beyond the one week in Cirebon. Two weeks after that, we invited the Indonesian fellows to present the findings to the whole of management of the Yayasan on the campus of the Airlangga University. And the connections to the Netherlands also continued with introductions to similar organisations there.
We would like to sincerely thank the Frans Seda Foundation and the fellows: Roel, Inra, Johanna, and Najima.
Written by Dr. Amir Amiruddin, Yayasan Ksatria Medika Airlangga