Bali Children Foundation
The Indonesian island province of Bali is famous worldwide for its ancient culture, spectacular beach resorts, breathtaking landscapes that include steaming volcanoes, hectares of terraced, emerald green rice fields, tropical rainforests and the most warm and welcoming people. Idyllic in every sense.
However, Bali’s remote rural communities have been heavily impacted by both man-made and natural disasters and many families are caught in the poverty trap with little or no income. There is minimal government assistance and all education must be paid for. The drop-out rate in rural primary schools is very high. Children frequently have no option other than a lifetime of working on the land.
At Bali Children Foundation (BCF), their vision is to provide an educational pathway for disadvantaged Balinese children – a journey leading to growth and long term sustainability.
Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi
While Ibu Pertiwi is the Earth Mother for all Indonesians, for the Balinese she is a goddess both more personal and immediate. Ibu Pertiwi is unconsciously felt as a kind, nurturing being who is thanked for her life-giving powers by the daily placing of canang flower offerings in the center of Balinese family courtyards. Ibu Pertiwi is at the very core of life, guiding the Balinese in every endeavour and enterprise. Without her, there is nothing.
We at the Ibu Pertiwi Humanitarian Foundation, have chosen this symbol to guide us along our path of humanitarian aid to those who have suffered from the horrors of the Kuta Bomb Blast of October 12th, 2002. In her human form, we like to think of her a kindly grandmother, smiling her compassion into her descendents.
Yayasan Peduli Kemanusiaan Bali
Yayasan Peduli Kemanusiaan (YPK) Bali is a nonprofit organisation which was founded in 2001 to provide rehabilitation for Balinese people who have a disability, and who are unable to access formal health care facilities. Clients of YPK receive physiotherapy as well as ongoing psychological and emotional support free of charge.
In 2010, YPK Bali expanded its services, establishing an informal education program for children with disabilities, and also a community based mobile rehabilitation service. The education program is staffed by two teaching assistants and provides education and life skills training for children with disabilities.
The mobile service includes a community-based rehabilitation program staffed by a local therapist, and an informal education program staffed by a local teaching assistant
VISION – Our vision is to improve the independence and quality of life of people who have a physical disability and who live in Bali. We will lead the way in achieving real and rewarding futures for our clients and our people
MISSION – To support people who have a disability so that they can reach their potential. This is achieved by providing affordable, caring and professional services.
East Bali Poverty Project
The East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) is a nonprofit organisation established in 1998 by a British resident of Bali after an appeal for help by an isolated 7,200Ha mountain village, forgotten by time and progress. Participatory community surveys in 1998 with 1,056 of the 3,000 families in the 19 sub-villages revealed thousands of people living in abject poverty without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities and electricity. Illiteracy was approaching 100%. Malnutrition and iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) were endemic – iodine being the essential nutrient for healthy child births, brain and body development.
When interviewed in November 1998 to determine their priorities and whether EBPP could help, over 1,000 families requested children’s education as a foundation for a better future. An inspiring and productive collaboration thus began with the most disadvantaged communities. From education as a starting base, we have grown and are running various environmental initiatives that harness human and natural resources for mutual benefit to improve living ecosystems, provide sustainable food sources for thousands of people, provide sustainable livelihoods for the present and future, and ensure the preservation of the local environment and ecosystems.
With the philosophy of “helping people to help themselves”, all programmes are designed as models that can be replicated, and executed by local people who transfer knowledge directly, and appropriate technology within their communities.
Yayasan Solemen Indonesia
Yayasan Solemen Indonesia (‘Solemen’), an Indonesian nonprofit foundation, provides direct support and funding for the disadvantaged and ‘diffabled’ (differently abled) in Bali. Established in October 2010, Solemen is one of Bali’s most trusted and visible charities. The Former Governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika is Solemen’s ‘Pelindung’ (Guardian/Patron) and the charity is endorsed by the Bali Government Tourism Office and the Bali Hotels Association.
Solemen Founder, Robert Epstone, declared his intention to be barefoot until SOLEMEN have raised USD 1million. His reason for being barefoot is “to be in solidarity with all those who don’t have a choice to wear or not wear shoes”.
Solemen’s Outreach Programs benefit the poor, the disadvantaged, the ‘diffabled’, the homeless and the marginalised in Bali. The charity’s goal is to alleviate the misery of extreme poverty by bringing hope and sustainable solutions to those who remain hidden from public view and hence are separated from easy access to medical treatment. Solemen actively reaches people who fall through the cracks and are not helped by the existing network of charitable organisations and government programs.