Alexandre Wettstein – founder of Fair Future – The aim of the organization is to provide free health and medical care, dedicated to needy people. They get funds by running the restaurant.
Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?
The Foundation is really successful. The hospital we are building is a huge thing. And our restaurant is the only place which allows you to have good food and pay for medical check of kids at the same time. It covers most of our expenses. Before we had the medical center here. Then we moved it to a bigger place and we decided to do something different here. Few young people had the idea of making juice to earn money for the foundation. It was difficult, there was no kitchen, nothing. But it was successful. Now, we have 22 young people from 15 to 20, we cook 250 meals per day and we give medical care to thousands of people only with the profit of this place. Every day it’s full, you can’t come here without booking. Every evening there is one doctor giving a speech. We show some movies about the Foundation and we have live music. All people working here get paid and get insurance. They work 8 hours per day, 2 weeks holiday, best conditions in Indonesia.
Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?
I don’t know, I work since so many years in Indonesia that I got used to the conditions here. The most challenging is corruption, of course. But you can get used to it, in Europe you pay taxes, here you pay corruption, it’s exactly the same. And another challenge is that everything here is so slow. People tell me: you are so lucky to live in South East Asia, it’s so beautiful. I answer: you don’t realize how lucky you are to live in a country where everything is so easy, so fast. You need the passport, a bank account, it’s so easy. Here? No way.
Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?
The Hospital, we have the opening and the first surgery in July. I will cry, I guess. It took very, very long. It’s a 3 years project and there are many challenges on the way.
Would you like to add something more?
Right now because of building the new hospital, I’m very busy. I also do medical research on the field every day. We find small kids, like this one yesterday, a mute. Those kids have never seen the sun, 9 years old, he lives secluded. There is so many of them living like that. Here you will not see poor kids on the street, because of religion. They believe that if people see their poorness, it’s a bad karma. So they keep kids closed in the backyard of their house. They are Hindu. It’s not majority. There are a lot of poor people, but they still come to the hospital to get health care. Most of them are not insured. Only 10% of people have any insurance. We give free medical care to almost 3000 people per year.
The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.
Singapore, 22nd April 2016