Building a foundation

Cargill leaders lay first bricks for kitchen at orphanage in South Sumatra, Indonesia

At the end of March, Emery Koenig, executive vice president and chief risk officer, and David MacLennan, president and chief operating officer, laid the first bricks for the foundation of a new kitchen and dining facility at the At-Taqwa orphanage. The two executives participated in the event while visiting Cargill’s Hindoli palm oil plantation.

Improving living conditions for children

Prior to receiving support from the Hindoli plantation, its employees and other community members, the At-Taqwa orphanage relied on public donations. Life for the children it served was much harsher. They slept on dirt floors while rain seeped through worn roofs. The too-few toilets at the orphanage were frequently broken. In short, the situation was desperate.

However, since Hindoli and Cargill’s support began in 2006, the facilities are dramatically improved. New dormitories are constructed. Proper toilets with sanitary fixtures are installed. The recent groundbreaking for the kitchen and dining facility was simply the latest development. Hindoli employees also continue contributing personal funds to support regular operations at the orphanage.

Cargill in Indonesia

Our activities in Indonesia started in 1974 by establishing a small feed mill in Bogor, West Java. Over the years we enjoyed substantial growth, and today our expansive operations comprise the origination, processing, handling, shipping and marketing of a wide range of agricultural and food products and related services. Headquartered in Jakarta with offices, manufacturing plants and facilities throughout Indonesia, we employ over 10,000 people.