Reports from Previous Years
The past year has been a busy one as we continue to grow
and increase the services we provide. In
Bali, Made Yudiana (“Yudi”) not only serves as our liaison with the
children, taking funds to them each month and encouraging them with their
studies, but he also provides a dramatic role model for them.
Functionally blind since early childhood, it took his family almost
twenty years to save enough money for Yudi to have the eye surgery necessary to
restore his sight. Despite his
blindness he has taught himself English, Japanese and computers.
We have provided him with a laptop computer, and through our intervention
he is now enrolled in Udayana University on a full scholarship provided by the
Bali Hati Foundation. When he
has completed his studies, Yudi has plans to create a foundation to promote
environmental education in Bali, a project with which we too shall be
associated. We ourselves were able
to spend six months in Bali during 1999, working with the children and locating
new ones to support..
In the light of our experience, Yudi and we have decided
that in future it will be better to start helping children at an earlier age.
By providing music and dance lessons, and having regular visits from a
role-model mentor, we hope to encourage the children to start envisioning a life
full of exciting possibilities. We
have found that girls, by the time they reach the age of eleven, are so
conditioned by their culture that they can rarely envisage a life beyond raising
Nyoman has chosen to study to be a mechanic. His parents moved to Sulawesi three years ago, but as there were no educational facilities there he stayed behind, living with his extended family. He lives in a mountain village, where his uncle is encouraging him to finish high school. This he will soon do, helped by the sale of metal candleholders and ornaments that he creates from discarded scrap.
Riska lives with her aunt and uncle because her
parents are too poor to look after her and live in an isolated village without
any school facilities. She is very
bright and hopes to study computers after High School.
Although very shy and quiet, she is kind and lovely.
In spite of wearing thick glasses, she always has a beautiful embroidered
gift for us when we visit her.
Putu lives with her parents and aged grandmother on the edge of a cliff halfway down a ravine. Her grandmother is the local midwife and climbs hundreds of steps every time she goes to deliver a baby. The family lives in one room, barely the size of one of our bathrooms. We are not yet privileged to know Putu’s dreams for the future.
Herma loves to dance, and does so exquisitely. Her parents are simple day laborers earning the equivalent of one dollar a day carrying rocks and gravel, and helping to harvest rice. They returned from Sulawesi where they were working after Herma’s father became paralyzed in an accident, from which he is now only partially recovered. The family was taken in by relatives and lives in a tiny cement room. Herma works hard at school, is bright and doing very well. She is full of potential and we have high hopes for her.
Superniti is a wonderful artist and will graduate from high school soon. We hope to help her to continue and develop her talents. She wants to attend the Tourism School, where she would learn English and computer skills, and we plan to provide her with this opportunity. The family has one cow, which will be reared for a year or two and then sold for a profit of perhaps $150 – one of the few ways a poor family can create income.
Agus is an endearing rascal from a poor family, but shows little interest in school. He will probably not continue in the program after this year, but at least he will have finished his basic education.
Wayan, Made and Ketut are three sweet brothers living outside the mountain village of Gobleg. Their father has been called to become a priest, but is having difficulties responding to the pressure and cannot support the family. Their mother struggles to run a roadside warung or stall, but cannot earn enough to provide for the children. At this point they need help with basic survival as well as assistance to continue with any kind of education.
Sri lives in the village of Bongan and is in her final year of high school. Her parents have no rice fields and are very poor. Sri’s mother works as a laborer in the market, where on better days she makes and sells cakes.
Putu has an amazing story. She was found abandoned as a newborn baby, covered in flies out in the rice fields. Her adoptive parents have found in her a daughter with incredible spirit and enormous talent. Putu is a dancer of high ability, and shines in her dance classes at Puri Lumbung.
All schools in Bali struggle with large classes and a shortage of
materials. Teachers, mostly
dedicated and caring, are poorly paid and overworked.
The classrooms are bleak and barren, with inadequate desks and
furnishings. The Bali Children’s Project helps to provide basic
materials – books, pens, paper, visual aids and games – to several schools
in Muncan, Bangle, and Munduk and around Ubud.
We want to expand the number of schools we are able to help.
Every time we and our friends come to Bali we bring whatever medical
supplies we can purchase or have donated. If
you have access to any kind of medical materials, from aspirins and Band-Aids to
equipment for clinics and childbirth centers we would love to hear from you.
Several young adults have previously worked in Bali through the
Children’s Project, teaching English and health education while learning about
Balinese life. We can connect
people to a variety of interesting and worthwhile projects in Bali where they
can both teach and learn. .
We are always looking for graduate students and others who would like to
volunteer their time and talents to help in language, health and environmental
visitors to Bali see only a flourishing island paradise — the natural beauty
and the spectacular hotel compounds that clearly attract abundant tourist
dollars. In reality little of this tourist revenue reaches ordinary Balinese
families, many of whom survive in rural areas on a pitifully small annual
provides an escape from the oppressive burden of such poverty, yet for many
children the cost of education is beyond the family’s reach. The Bali
Children’s Project helps young people, particularly girls, to realize their
dreams of a better life by making education attainable. Our dream is to bring
this opportunity to as many children as possible.
Bali the dollar goes a long way. The cost of a single café latte alone can
provide a Balinese child with nourishing breakfasts for more than a month. Your
contributions make a very real and significant difference, with every penny
going to help those in need.
your help, fifteen children are now receiving our ongoing support. They are able
to attend school clothed and fed, with necessary books, pens and uniforms; their
families secure in the knowledge that these needs are covered.
those of you who have been with us from the beginning, you will be pleased to
learn that we now have six high school graduates, all leading productive lives
and with two going on to higher education.
in Bali, particularly those in rural areas, are unbelievably rudimentary and
lack even the most basic necessities for learning. Most consist of little more
than four bare walls, often with broken doors, windows and desks. We are
continuallly shocked by the desperate condition of most schools in Bali.
This schoolroom was better than most, but today it is unusable because
the roof has collapsed. As you can imagine, it is difficult and sometimes
impossible for children to learn without a secure building or basic learning
materials. Currently, plans are underway to provide a roof for a school
near Muncan, and in the mountain village of Tamblingan, where it is frequently
rainy and foggy.
have been active in bringing teaching materials, ESL books, dictionaries and
children’s books from the United States. Clothing and medical supplies have
been provided to poor village areas. Teaching materials of every kind are still
have recently established a new children’s lending library, which will be used
at several schools on a rotating basis. We are also developing a literacy
program for encouraging reading. This brand-new program needs funding for more
books and training of teachers and volunteers.
Bali Children’s Project provided funds to help finish the construction of a
new studio near Singaraja. This will enable distinguished dance teacher,
Nyoman Arya, to provide traditional music and dance lessons to local village
children in a new area.
was provided for traditional dance costumes needed by the children who take
lessons with Nyoman Arya at Munduk, where he runs a highly successful program
for village children.
Bali Children’s Project, through Nyoman Witama, has begun to find ways to help
local families in the Munduk area in dire need. Here and in other areas, on a
very small scale, we have provided emergency monies to help widows and
distressed families become self sufficient through funds to purchase a cow, a
pig or goats. These animals are able to be raised at little or no cost and
eventually sold at substantial profit, providing a major source of family
have made a financial donation to the Children’s Library in Ubud, which is the
first and only library for children in Bali. In a culture in which it is not
customary to read for pleasure, the library broadens children’s horizons and
provides early exposure to English, a proven way to escape the noose of poverty.
The library is also a hub of community activities – twice weekly dance
lessons, spontaneous gamelan sessions and a place where westerners and children
Bali Children’s Project is working with the Kupa-Kupa Foundation, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to improving the lives of Balinese children and adults
with disabilities. We have recently provided for them a printer and a cell
phone, and assisted in setting up an art exhibition. More joint projects are
are immensely grateful to our Program Coordinators, Yudi (Made Yudiana) and
Nyoman Witama, for their ongoing dedication to the children and their needs.
They regularly visit students, families and schools, distributing scholarship
money and providing encouragement & hope. We also are fortunate to be
working with Gail Baillergeau (Berkeley) and Evelyn Crow (San Antonio) who are
giving tremendously of their time and resources to help raise money and enable
the project to grow.
make all the difference in these children’s lives. One hundred percent of your
support goes directly to helping in all the above ways. If you are not already
sponsoring a child, we hope you will consider doing so.
you can think of a friend who might like to sponsor a child for $20 a month, or
who may be interested in the project in any capacity, please forward this
information to them or have them contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worlds continue to have two houses available for rent in Ubud and Munduk to
raise funds for the project. They are also available for the use of students and
the very end of the year 2001, we are proud to announce that The Bali
Children’s Project has finally come of age. We are now a fully
independent tax-exempt charity in our own right, registered in the State of
The year 2002 is proving to be an important milestone in the life of the Bali Children’s Project. Just before Christmas we took a major step in becoming a formally registered charitable foundation in our own right. In the spring, Rachel Sugiharto of New York contacted us, and offered to organise a big fundraising on our behalf. Anticipating a significant increase in BCP income, the decision was made to move ahead on plans to convert our house in Ubud into a permanent project office and create a volunteer program to help teach English and environment education in village schools.
The first step was to appoint
Jenny O’Donnell as volunteer coordinator and office manager.
Jenny, who speaks Indonesian, had previously developed an English
language teaching program while volunteering for us herself in the Munduk area.
Joyce flew to Bali in May to make the necessary arrangements, before heading to
New York for the fundraising.
Although the fundraising failed
to generate the money expected, despite good attendance, it proved a valuable
learning experience that will be of great help in staging future
events. More importantly, it
provided the impetus for initiating the volunteer program, which has proved
Our first official volunteer
program is off to a very promising beginning. On July 22nd, seven
volunteers arrived in Ubud, Bali to begin their one-week intensive training
period. The volunteers come from many different places, there are two from
Holland, two from England, two from America and one Australian.
Yudi, our program assistant in
Ubud, Indonesian Language teacher, and friend began the training week with
intensive Indonesian lessons daily. Every morning the volunteers gathered in
Ubud for three hours of Indonesian language with Yudi. The lessons were fun
filled and lively, and after one week our volunteers were successfully able to
speak very basic Indonesian. Along with language lessons, our volunteers also
received lessons and training on how to teach English in Indonesia, cultural
expectations, and lesson plan and curriculum development. During the cultural
segments of our training week our volunteers meet many Balinese figures,
including a Balinese healer, went on a sunrise rice field walk, and an early
morning market excursion, led by expert guide and teacher, Darta..
This basic language knowledge
was necessary and important for our volunteer’s next move.
Five of our volunteers moved to Munduk, a rural village in northern Bali,
and one moved to Gainyar, Ubud (one volunteer returned home to America, due to
her job as a teacher there, but she continues to help us from there). Three of
our volunteers are currently living with Balinese families, and the other three
are living in our volunteer house in Kayu Putih, Munduk. We currently work with
9 schools (3 in the village of Munduk, 2 in the village of Kayu Putih, 3 in the
village of Tamblingan, and one in Gainyar, Ubud). We also have created classes
for adults at the central community hall in Munduk. These classes consist of
government workers, village locals, and market women.
For our volunteer
group in September, we hope to expand the number of schools where we have
placements. Likely areas are the villages of Gesing, Marga, Muncan,and Tabanan.
We are currently creating a number of gardens at our center in Ubud. We are establishing a medicinal plant garden, a vegetable garden, a flower garden, and a compost system. We have also set up recycling for plastics, glass, and paper. Once all is in place and running, we will begin a series of environmental awareness classes for kids to teach waste management, recycling, composting and gardening, and the important uses of specific herbs and plants. This is also a lecture that we can take on the road to visit our schools.
Along with this, we would like
to begin a mobile classroom to travel with with our developing mobile library.
We can visit outlying schools with various themes and topics, as well books and
materials to share. Yoga and art classes for children are also in their
beginning phases of development. We continue our sponsorships of children who
could not stqy in school without our and your help. There is still a long
waiting list of children hoping for a sponsor.
We have many wonderful people contributing their time, energy and ideas towards our projects. With time, love, and patience; and with the generous help from sponsors and friends around the world, our programs continue to grow and flourish. Thank you.
John remain the pro bono executive directors in the US, spending time in
Bali with the programs and the children whenever possible.
PROGRAMS BEGIN AGAIN
with your help, that together we can reach more children and more schools in
need. An automatic bank deduction of $20/mo/child is now available through CHI
[Caring Habits, Inc]. All money donated goes directly to the child or the
will continue to run a smaller, more focused volunteer program, providing
positions for two volunteers in the impoverished mountain area of Tamblingan and
two working with our Montessori kindergartens in Tabanan.
continued our association with the Bali Children’s Library, Kupu Kupu Bali [a
non profit for children with disabilities], and the SOS orphanage.
Our volunteers have worked with these programs during 2003 and we have
been able to supply clothes, books and educational materials.
We look forward to working even more closely with these organisations in
A big hug
and thank you to Elizabeth Wallace (of France and Boston) who spent many hours
creatiing our new, professional and very beautiful website.
The earlier website can still be found at www.hidden-worlds.com/bcp.htm
continue to welcome visitors and supporters who are interested to see our
programs and whenever possible, visit the local schools. Yudi, Nyoman and Darta,
who also teach volunteers about the Balinese
culture and Indonesian language are often available. They are tremendouly
knowledgable and care a great deal about children and education in Bali. They
will be happy to meet with you.
Volunteer Program Report, 2003
A few major new projects are
underway. Karin Goris, our lovely Art Program Director from Belgium,
has been a wonderful hit here in Ubud. She teaches creative arts to
local children from around the areas of Ubud, Campuhan, and Sanginggan.
Every Tuesday and Thursday around 2:00 PM the welcoming sound of
pitter-pattering feet and giggles enter our compound. These are the
sounds of Karin’s dedicated art students arriving for their art lessons.
In her art lessons, Karin engages the children in fun, colorful, and creative
crafts such as collage making, leaf and flower stamping, music makers, painting,
drawing, and more. On Mondays Karin also teaches an art class at the
local children’s library in Ubud. Future plans are to start a
children’s art gallery, to hold a children’s art fundraiser, and
refurbishing donated iron chairs for promotion and fundraising.
John Krautkremer from The USA is
in charge of our environmental awareness project. The aim of this
project is to raise awareness and sensitivity in children to environmental
issues through hands on activities, art, and fun lesson plans. John
has been working hard touring some of Bali’s house and organic gardens in
order to gain a better understanding of agriculture and environment in
Bali. He is composing and collecting a series of activities and
lesson plans that will be piloted with our children soon. Our future
goal, along with Karin’s art project, is to transform these activities into
mobile classrooms, where we would visit our network of schools with traveling
topic based workshops. John has also set up a waste management
system at our volunteer house in Ubud, including recycling bins, waste
separation bins, and a composting system.
Sandra Lee, also from the USA, has
been working towards establishing a curriculum for our project. Her
former school in China has donated to our program an amazing and complete set of
New Enterprise ESL books. This series consists of
student’s books, workbooks, teacher’s guides, and audio tapes from an
introductory level up to advanced. Sandra lee has spent many hours
photocopying, organizing, and reviewing each of these books. She is
creating a functional system that will allow our future volunteers in the field
and in Ubud to have a clear and useful curriculum. Future projects
for Sandra Lee are to work with our friend and teacher, Yudi, to review the
National Indonesian curriculum for English and to ‘Indonesia-fy’ our
Davis and Emily Thomas took over our office here in Ubud.
Unfortunately, both of these wonderful women have finished their terms with our
project and are traveling onwards. Dawn put to use her extensive
experience and friendly disposition to network The Bali Children’s Project
into some new circles of NPOs in Bali. She worked very hard to
create properly formatted grant proposals (for future use) and other documents
for funding. She also volunteered at the Children’s Library every
Wednesday, where she spent four hours reading books and playing with the local
children of Ubud. Dawn is presently in Malaysia in route back to
Canada. She has brought a sufficient amount of work home with her,
and plans to join The Bali Children’s Project again later this year, and until
then we will miss having her here. .
came to join our program straight from Japan, where she had spent four years
living and teaching English. She is clearly a computer whiz and has
a program for virtually everything. She worked on our promotional
side, creating and formatting a brochure for the BCP, reviewing our current
website, and taking digital photos for us to upload onto our website.
Emily has finished her period with us, and is now continuing her travels in
Indonesia. She may also join us again in the future.
Now here is a wonderful and
commendable group of people! Let me introduce everyone to you!
First we have Shane Coffey from Australia and David Kennedy from New Zealand who
are living and teaching in Desa Baturiti. Next we have Emma Castle
from England and Shirani Alfreds from Singapore in Desa Tajen.
Finally, Louise Wilson from England who was in Gianyar. These guys
all deserve a round of applause for their work. They all live with
local families in these rural Balinese villages, and they live a very local
lifestyle. They eat with their families, take local transport, and
teach in Public elementary and junior high schools. They do their
best with limited materials and communication. On their spare time,
they have been known to teach extra evening classes the village children and
schoolteachers. We are very proud of them!! We are also
very sad, because both Louise and Shirani have completed their terms with
us. It is always very sad to lose great volunteers. We
owe an extra thanks to Shirani, who is a Lawyer in Singapore, as she tidied up
all of our files and researched legal documents concerning non-profit
organizations in Indonesia.
Several teachers have been running free public
English courses at our volunteer house in Ubud. Currently we run
classes for children twice a week. Soon we will start classes
for adults, and in the near future also a class for women at the library in
The BCP has been working in
association with SOS Bali (international children’s villages). We
have visited their site in Tabanan on several occasions, and at the moment three
of our volunteers are there running short workshops. Karin will run
an art workshop, Sandra Lee will teach the ‘mothers’ basic English, and John
will explore their home gardens. We hope to work together more with
SOS Bali in the future.
We are very proud of our
accomplishments and of our hard working volunteers. They are the
true backbone of our organization so a big thanks to our all of our past and
present volunteers. With the skills and experience of our
volunteers, we hope to continue creating and developing strong and sustainable
projects that will enhance the quality of our educational services in Bali.
About the BCP
The Bali Children’s Project is a tax-exempt non-profit charitable foundation registered in the state of California and in Indonesia (EIN 26-0021623)