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Eva Celia: Water for Life

The talented jazz singer shows her love for the environment.

Eva Celia

Besides developing her career as a jazz singer, the daughter of jazz maestro Indra Lesmana and Sophia Latjuba, is an aspiring environmentalist. Through her activism, UNDP appointed her as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) Movers. Her role is to raise public awareness of the importance of SGDs as a global agenda to eradicate poverty.

“I get excited about helping people,” says the 23-year-old. “I was flattered and honoured to be invited to become and SDGs Mover.” SDGs is a series of 17 goals agreed by world leaders during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit last September. These goals are part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“It’s such a great experience to be involved,” says Eva, who recently became a vegetarian. “I always cared about social issues and wanted to help in some way, but I didn’t know where to start. Now UNDP Indonesia has given me an opportunity to be a part of its family, and so I get a chance to go out in the world and do something that will make a difference.”

Eva is supporting UNDP Indonesia’s Bring Water for Life crowdfunding project in East Nusa Tenggara. The goal is to provide access to clean water for about 300 families living on 8 hectares of arid agricultural land in Tamma Village in East Sumba District.

The cause is perfect for Eva, who spent three months shooting the movie Tongkat Emas in Napu Village, East Sumba. “All the people there were just so kind and warm,” she recalls. “But behind the smiles, I didn’t know they were struggling so much. And I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t aware that they had very limited access to clean water. Right now we are at the fund-raising stafe through Once we hit our Rp350 million target, we will go to East Sumba to install the equipment. I’m really looking forward to it.”


Fashion Direction: Peter Zewet

Photography: Denny Tjan

Styling: Koko Namara

Outfit: Tory Burch