Maria Monique Happy Home - Marriott International Collaboration with Maria Monique Lastwish Foundation

Story By
Sri Utami

Marriott International with 8 participating Marriott hotels in Jakarta; The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan; The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place; JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta; Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel; Four Points by Sheraton Jakarta, Thamrin; Aloft South Jakarta; The Mayflower, Jakarta and The Westin Jakarta will be providing children with disabilities from Maria Monique Lastwish Foundation (MMLF) with their parents or custodians with a 2-days 1-night stay every month for the next 4 months, starting from 20 December 2021 to 30 March 2022. This special staycation experience is organized by Marriott Business Councils Indonesia, as part of the commitment to building a strong sense of Community with colleagues, and find Purpose in the work by making a difference in society.

Maria Monique Lastwish Foundation was founded by Natalia Tjahja, since 2006 until this very moment continues to help the community through various programs, covering wheelchairs distribution, build Maria Monique Happy Rooms, Maria Monique Happy Fashion, Charity Songs for the World, Charity Movie for the World, Movie Boccia, Asia Cooking Journeys, The Wishes Happy Homes.

"It’s such an honor to collaborate with Marriott International by connecting with Marriott Business Councils Indonesia. Our last collaborations were in 2009 and 2011, then God reunite us again to help the children through our new program Maria Monique Happy Home. It seems like a great Christmas and New Year gifts from God to us. On behalf of the children, parents and anyone in our foundation, I send the biggest gratitude for the support to make our special children happy. A hotel staycation will be such a new, memorable and valuable experience for our children. Really appreciate it!” says Natalia Tjahja, Founder of Maria Monique Lastwish Foundation.

Arun Kumar, Chairman of the Indonesia Business Council, Managing Director of The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan and JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta says, “We have been holding the charity program and event for years. However, this opportunity is different. We are honored to be able to open up our hearts and hotels to these special children, and the opportunity to be able to get to know them better and welcome them to their one-day happy home. We hope that their stay experience can be one they look back on with fond memories. Children, welcome to our family and enjoy your stay!” said Arun further.

The symbolic kick-off took place at The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan and marked by the handing over of a wheelchair from Maria Monique Lastwish Foundation as well as handing over of room keys from The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan to a representative of the children. The opening was attended by Ibu Siti Ma’rifah, the first daughter of Vice President Indonesia Ma’ruf Amin, as the Honored Family of Maria Monique Lastwish Foundation and Sidarto Danusubroto, Advisory Council to the President.