With a bloodline of philanthropists, Sukma Adisetiawan Sukadana – or Dodi for short – plans to use his Victoria University (VU) qualification to continue his family’s good work. Dodi was born and raised in a small village in northern Bali and came to Melbourne in 2017 to study his Master of Education with the goal to one day return to his hometown and teach English under his parents’ foundation, Peduli Sesama Philanthropic Work.
“The whole reason I came to VU is to strengthen my knowledge of education so I can empower people, especially those in need, through education,” Dodi says.
“We give scholarships to unfortunate kids who can’t continue their studies because of financial hardship, and we teach free English language and computer lessons because not many people in my village know about computers,” he says.
“Up to now we have also built more than 1500 houses for the less fortunate people who live in remote villages.”
As he gears up to graduate later this year, Dodi says he loves living and studying in Australia.
“I read a lot about Melbourne and it’s the most liveable city in the world so I wanted to experience it for myself."
“There are lots of Balinese people here also, so I feel at home.”
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