Bringing Indonesia to Brainfood: Meet YSEALI Fellow Tisha Rumbewas (Part 1)

I’d like to begin my story by introducing myself. My name is Tisha Rumbewas of Indonesia. I am one of the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program participants in the Fall 2017 cohort.

In my country, I work as the director of SAGU Foundation, which I co-founded with my friends in 2015. SAGU is based in Jayapura in the Papua province, the easternmost province of Indonesia. The name SAGU is derived from our staple food sagu (English: sago, Metroxylon sp.), but it also stands for Strengthening, Assisting, Generating, and Utilizing. Our work focus is on human resources development and research. Since being established, we have been focusing more on our HRD programs as we learned that this is our community’s immediate need, and also because it is in line with the mission of our current government. Services we offer are mostly related to English proficiency development since English is one of the key skills every youth should have in order to be hired and to get promotions in any workplace.

the SAGU Foundation team ready to lead an IELTS workshop

In SAGU Foundation, we have a General English and IELTS Preparation Course. IELTS, or International English Language Testing System is an international standardized English proficiency test for non-native English language speakers. The IELTS certificate is one of the requirements to apply for scholarships and universities in countries where English is the language of command. Moreover, SAGU Foundation has recently opened an English for Young Learners (EYL) course. Not only that, we also have conducted many workshops and seminars to introduce young Papuans to IELTS as a globally acknowledged English proficiency test. We also have a Community Learning Center (CLC) named Faimbari House in Argapura Bawah, Jayapura.

Young Papuans learning English from SAGU Foundation

Being a newly established organization, we realize that SAGU has a lot to learn. Another crucial thing for SAGU’s development is to expand networking. As the leader, I see the need for me to keep learning and developing both personally and professionally so I may support the growth of my organization as well as my staffers. In short, this was the very reason I applied for the YSEALI program.

Tisha teaching a class for SAGU Foundation


Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn how Tisha got involved at Brainfood!