WHO WE HELP
In our experience here in Bali, some of the ‘orphans’ in orphanages are actually children who have parents. They just can’t afford to pay for their schooling, clothes, food themselves.
Life for the children is potentially better in an orphanage than at home for the reasons above. But can you imagine having to send your children, bothers and sisters to someone else to care for? We firmly believe, unless there is abuse / neglect of the child, children should grow up with their family, their home, their village, their relatives and friends.
By their very nature, an orphanage here can be quite well supported. Some are, some aren’t.
We’ve experienced incredibly generous people, churches, businesses and service organisations visit orphanages with donations of food, clothes, toys etc.
They are giving hope, education, food, clothing, a family atmosphere to these children.
Orphanages close to the tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak receive many visitors, volunteers and donations as they are close to where many tourists are holidaying.
Children living in poor villages in Bali are particularly vulnerable. The mountainous areas are not able to support growing of rice, fruit or many vegetables because of the cool climate and lack of water.
We are supporting a remote village in the NW of Bali, in the province of Jembrana. This area of Bali, although close to the sea, is far from the tourist 'track' and children living in these sorts of areas need the basics of clothes, shoes, stationery for school etc.
If you come to help us you will soon fall in love with these beautiful kids who have so little but the biggest smiles and appreciate any love and gifts we can bring to make their lives a little easier.
Unfortunately, due to lack of income, some mothers and their children from these areas head to the tourist areas to beg.
The children are very vulnerable.
Please take the time to read this article.
And some volunteer agencies don’t require a police check on people applying to volunteer helping young children, often unsupervised?
Please don’t apply with any organisation that doesn’t require a police check.
They obviously are profit motivated and ‘businesses’ taking advantage of very generous people
willing to give up their time and money to help others. And placing very vulnerable children at unnecessary risk.
Being in isolated villages, they don’t attract the donations and support that orphanages do and understandably.
Of course you know this a global issue not just in Bali. But here we are in one for the well known tourist destinations of the world and families and children are living in poverty behind the Australian Consulate in Denpasar, let alone in isolated villages that don’t even have enough drinking water in the dry season.
You probably know of this analogy… but it sums up what we want to try and do here.
A man was walking along a beach and saw a young boy throwing something into the sea.
He asked the boy, “what are you doing?”
The boy paused, looked up, and replied
"Throwing starfish into the ocean."
The man relied, ”Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?"
To this, the boy replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die.”
The older man replied, ”But, don’t you realise that there are km’s and km’s of beach here and there are starfish everywhere here washed up on the beach?
You can't possibly make a difference!"
At this, the boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,
"It made a difference for that one.”
We are a new foundation. We can’t tell you we have hosted volunteers for x amount of years, show you video clips of previous volunteers etc. But if you are interested in helping us helping others and want to have life long memories of your trip, and knowing the majority of the funds we charge go to the project you are going to help, send us an email!
And you won’t just be dropped off to an orphanage, organisation etc and left to your own. You will work with us. We will look after you as one of our ‘family”. You will have your own accommodation with us and have 24 / 7 care and support. We appreciate it is a huge commitment on volunteer’s part to travel, at times across the other side of the world.
culture & weather shock is real
adjusting to the diet can be debilitating for days
health? small cuts can quickly develop into tropical infections
If you come off your scooter or have any health issue, you are living with us.
We will ensure the best possible health care but we need you to have comprehensive travel insurance . We will take of copy of your policy and if you have to go to a hospital, it will be with one of us and as we will have all your family contact details, health policy details, you will be looked after as part of our ‘extended’ family here.