Ann Dunham Soetoro's dedication to education for herself and her children, and to providing educational tools to communities in Indonesia, reflect her belief that knowledge builds the foundation by which people can help themselves and others.
Her commitment to partnering with others to create sustainable change is evident throughout her life's work and studies. While at the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, Ann worked with non-governmental organizations to support programs addressing women and poverty; later she established extensive microcredit programs throughout Indonesia and Pakistan. Ann personally sponsored dozens of students in Indonesia so they could work with her to learn about microcredit, research and crafts.
Through scholarships supporting graduate study in social science and Southeast Asian Studies, the Ann Dunham Soetoro Endowment supports action-oriented research and cooperative study that seek to influence the next generation of committed scholars working in Asia and the Pacific. Learn more »