Sayap Ibu was founded in 1955 in Jakarta by some of the most influential women of the time, Mrs Hj. Sulistina Soetomo and Mrs Soekardi. Their mission was to improve the conditions of young children, up to the age of five years old, mostly abandoned due to mental or physical disability, financial hardship, or cruelty. The journey of Yayasan Sayap Ibu in fulfilling its mission wasn’t easy as the foundation almost perished in 1968 due to financial problems. However, because of some great efforts by some of the coordinating members, especially Mrs. Johanna Nasution, Yayasan Sayap Ibu reopened and established two new branches in 1978. Since then the Sayap Ibu Foundation has grown considerably with the support of Mrs Ciptaningsih Utaryo and others.
In executing its daily operation, Yayasan Sayap Ibu needed some substantial financial support. The major contribution of funding is collected from the society’s donation. In addition, YSI also received some routine subsidies from:
- Government (Social and Welfare Department)
- Local Government
- Dharmais Foundation
- Private Companies
Along with financial support, Yayasan Sayap Ibu also received some spontaneous donations from the society in the form of materials, food and goods. All of the donations that we received are used for the daily operation the foundation. The largest funding is used for child care, health care (including operation procedures) and operational fee of nurses and staff. Yayasan Sayap Ibu gives out the details of our performances and cash flow report to the supervisors of Yayasan Sayap Ibu, Government and the society.