About Us


MUM Manusia untuk masyarakat
(People for the Community)

Manusia Untuk Masyarakat (MUM) or People for the Community, was founded in 2006 and is a fully registered and legally compliant not-for-profit foundation based in Indonesia.

MUM’s community development work strives to build thriving communities where those in most need can enjoy opportunity, security and fulfilment.

Within our programme areas we work with communities on a range of issues to improve and sustain their quality of life. MUM’s aim is to vitalise these communities to become self-reliant through sustainable economic development and education. When working with these communities, our number one priority is to empower them to escape the poverty cycle and live a life of self-sufficiency.

Our team understands how to facilitate transformational development in communities in need whether it be due to natural disasters, extremist activities or poverty.

MUM’s Board of Governance, Senior Leadership Team and each and every staff member are dedicated to the belief that every community in Indonesia deserves a future free of poverty and subsistence. Our Board is comprised of a team of experts in the Indonesian aid and development sector and have led several for purpose foundations in various parts of the archipelago. Individual members of our Board and team were on the ground during the devastating 2002 Bali Bombing and 2006 Boxing Day Tsunami in Banda Aceh coordinating the delivery of much needed aid and relief. This foundational experience of navigating the Indonesian NGO landscape ensures our approach is evidence based and aligned with leading national and international

Concept & Founder
Richard Flax


Pendiri (Formal Founders of the Organisation)

Dr. Andre Dipa

Head of the Sanglah Hospital
Emergency Department (Indonesian Citizen)

Nurse Kim Patra

Australian Midwife now an Indonesian Citizen

Pengawas (Overseeing Board)

Viebeke Asana

Senior member of the organization of 17 banjars (village councils) that make up the Kuta area (Indonesian Citizen)

Linda Garland

Long term resident head of the Bamboo foundation (Indonesian Citizen) www.bamboocentral.org

Nattalia Sinclaire

Founder of Kanak-kanak Montessori School Bali (Indonesian Citizen)

Pengurus (Board of Directors)

Budi Harsono

Chairman - Indonesian Citizen

Hanny Wijaja

Treasurer, Accountant at Surfer Girl, Our treasurer (Indonesian Citizen)

Petra Schneider

Founder of the IDEP Foundation - Indonesian Citizen
Vision and Mission


MUM is committed to improving the quality of life for Indonesia’s most vulnerable and at risk through education and primary health programmes. These programmes are a comprehensive way to tackle vicious poverty cycles across the country, usually targeting several villages and communities at a time.

MUM’s team works with local communities to develop, plan and direct programmes to support and sustain advancements in quality of life. Our programmes are designed in a robust way to ensure resilience in the face of the ongoing, persistent and destructive natural and man-made disasters that have occurred over recent years throughout the country.

Our team’s extensive experience in disaster relief management and sustainable economic development has guided our base strategy to be centred around the provision and upgrading of primary community health clinics, primary education centres and the construction of clean and reliable sources of water.

Organisation-wide, MUM believes that the most effective means of delivering successful programmes is through an inclusive approach involving local communities, government departments and change-markers across a shared vision. MUM believes all people can contribute positively to their own development. We always strive to incorporate local values and customs into our programmes to ensure sustainable local buy-in and participation.

We recognise our role as guardians of the funds entrusted to us to deliver much needed change to communities in need in Indonesia. We commit to being 100% transparent with all of our funds and pride ourselves on being effective stewards ofevery donation.

Central to our development efforts is the rigorous monitoring and evaluation of our programmes which is in keeping with global best practices. This ensures our programmes are delivering change in the most effective manner and can persist in the face of external shocks such as natural disasters.


MUM is a fully registered Indonesian
based non-profit organization

MUM’s charter is to deliver community programmes which involve the development of:

  • Effective formal and informal Institutions
  • Orphanage shelters and homes for the elderly
  • Primary health care facilities, hospitals and laboratories
  • Sport and training facilities
  • Scientific research facilities to conduct studies into social and environmental justice issues

Effective Distribution

Of Aid and Support

MUM’s approach fills the gap between scientific research about what works and practical, on-the-ground solutions for communities in need.

Government commissioned studies indicate that programmes which are intended to provide primary healthcare to the most marginalised parts of society tend to be utilised by more wealthy segments in society. These programmes have failed to address the issue that they were initially designed to tackle. Sources claim that in some cases less than a staggering 1% of the programmes reached the people they intended to assist at inception. (Reports available upon request).

It is this crucial strategic disconnect that has plagued much of the community development activities in Indonesia. Experimental programmes in three test sites in Indonesia confirmed that provision of primary health services to intended recipients was alarmingly low and ineffective in achieving desired outcomes.

At MUM we have developed effective strategies to ensure our promises are delivered to those most in need. These include but are not limited to:

People for the Community

  • Developing and fostering independent village and community led initiatives to encourage self-sufficiency
  • Empowering local change-makers
  • Embedding effective accountability mechanisms to ensure the funds offered by donors is received by it's intended recipients
  • Implementing robust monitoring and evaluation procedures to ensure programmes are constantly updated over time
  • Consulting with industry leaders
  • Collaborating with other not-for-profit organisations in Indonesia to better resolve issues and ensure effective outcomes in areas where expertise has been established in the field