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Indonesia: Pertamina pays tsunami orphan tuition fee in Jakarta

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Jakarta, Indonesia-Relief -- Around 168 tsunami orphans from Aceh continue their study in Pesantren As-Syaifiiyah, an Islamic boarding school in Jakarta. To help the orphans, Pertamina, state-owned oil company, donates Rp 403,200,000 for payment of the orphans tuition fee and cost of living for the next 6 months.
Pertamina's Financial Director Alfred Rohimone handed over the donation on Tuesday to Tuti Alawiyah, director of Pesantren Assyafiiyah, who is also former minister of Women Empowerment. According to Rohimone, the fund came directly from the company, as part of its community relationship and partnership program.

Tuti Alawiyah said the orphans were brought to the pesantren since early January. They have been brought to Jakarta to enable them to continue their studies in various levels of education, starting from elementary to university students.

As-Syafiiayh school complex in Jatiwaringin, East Jakarta, has several schools, from kindergarten school to university and academy.

Earlier on Monday, the pesantren was visited by 108 muslim from the US, headed by Tasneem A Osmani, Islamic community leader in Chicago, who is also vice president of Bank of America. Aceh orphans showed their oratory capabilities, as well as poetry reading, before them. © che