CHANGING THE LIVES OF THE POOR CHILDREN OF BALI
The Bali Dynasty Resort established a charity effort in early 2000 in order to establish a mechanism by which both guests and business partners could make charitable donations to an organization that could make a difference to the less fortunate people on the Island of Bali who were not directly benefiting from tourism.
The Bali Dynasty Resort was looking for a sustainable project that would make a real difference to the peoples' lives and something that they could directly monitor and ensure that the money was really making a difference to the people that needed it. After careful consideration, the resort chose the East Bali Poverty Project as their nominated charity, a registered "Yayasan" and run by it's founder David Booth (an Englishman) who first established his pilot project in a remote village of Eastern Bali in 1998, of which he started to fund with his own savings. The Bali Dynasty Resort has been fully sponsoring two education projects in two small hamlets since 2000 to make a difference to the lives of over 90 children.
Participatory community surveys in mid-1998 showed that thousands of people lived in abject poverty without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities and electricity. Illiteracy was up to 100%. Malnutrition and iodine deficiency disorders were endemic, iodine being the essential nutrient for healthy child births, brain and body development. When interviewed in November 1998 to determine the priorities over 1,000 families requested "children's education as a foundation for a better future". An inspiring and productive collaboration then began with the most disadvantaged communities.
The goals of EBPP reflect the Philosophy: Sustainable, long-term change begins with education, education begins with children, and children must be healthy to learn. They are:
1. Provided with integrated and relevant education for children as a foundation for future empowerment;
2. Given improved nutrition through a nutritious school meal and education for future growth;
3. Ensured a better health through health education, improved nutrition and hygiene;
4. Assisted to eliminate iodine deficiency among children and reproductive-age women;
5. Assisted to improve farmland organically for long term food security and eventual self-reliance
In addition to the education projects the East Bali Poverty Project has since expanded and now operates integrated projects in four hamlets in the remote mountainous region of North Eastern Bali. Projects include
-Cataract and Cleft Palate operations
-Improving Infrastructure with technology
-Clean water reservoirs
-Vetiver grass (Bio-engineering erosion control)
Integrated education programmes for illiterate children
With hundreds of illiterate children, support and approval from the local government education department, EBPP designed a literacy programme that would serve as a foundation for future development, especially in health, hygiene and self-reliance. The first programme began in Dusun Bunga in August 1999, sponsored by a Japanese foundation, Bali Shogaku Kikin. Two more programmes began in Dusun Cegi and Dusun Pengalusan in 2000, sponsored by Bali Dynasty Resort. In January 2001 a programme began in Dusun Manikaji that was sponsored by the Hard Rock Hotel Bali until December 2001. Now more than two hundred previously illiterate and malnourished children aged 6-15 attend EBPP schools in their isolated hamlets: the pride of their respective communities
EBPP provide the teachers: local people with the motivation to learn and lead their community forward through their own children. The curriculum is tailored to their needs. As well as reading and writing skills, children learn about nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, good health practice, organic farming, environmental education, social sciences, arts and crafts. Pak Made Budiana, a well-known Balinese artist, also visits Desa Ban regularly with a group of volunteers to help the children develop their artistic skills.
By 2003, children in three of our four programmes are now in schools with classrooms, a library, teacher's room and kitchen. Each one is funded by a different donor and built by the community with our technical and logistics support. We call these schools "community learning and development centres" as they are owned by the community and will double as vocational training centres. Creative arts for teenagers started last year; recently EBPP launched nutrition and organic farming theory for the kid's parents who have joined the organic farming cooperatives.
Education Project Costs
Of prime importance to most donators, is where is the money going, and how much is directly impacting those that need it most. Most children attend school three days per week. The following table gives an indication of the budget needed per child per day whilst attending school to ensure that the curriculum developed can be implemented
|Description||Cost per child per Day||% of total cost|
|Logistics - tutors, transportation||Rp 5,629||39.5%|
|Nutrition - includes fortified milk, multivitamins, nutritious meal and cook||Rp 4,000||28%|
|Health & Hygiene needs||Rp 307||2.3%|
|School books, equipment, paints etc||Rp 1,575||11%|
|Administration & Head office costs||Rp 2,736||19.2%|
|Total Cost||Rp 14,247 ( ~ AUD$2.60, US$1.70, EUR 1.50 )||100%|
The Bali Dynasty Resort has been fortunate to receive generous support from its' guests and business partners ensuring sufficient fundraising to maintain the education projects in two villages. Following the tragedy of the Bali Bombing in 2002, the hotel has found it more and more difficult to provide funds due to a lack of guests and tourists and therefore since January 2003, funding has been given as and when funds are available.
In addition to the support from the Bali Dynasty Resort and its' supporters had a tremendous amount of support from major organizations which lends greater credibility to the project work off EBPP such as Allianz Insurance, Standard Chartered Bank, Thames Water, Zurich Insurance, the British Chamber of Commerce, British Embassy and numerous associations including Australian New Zealand Women's Association, British Women's Association, Bali International Women's Association, American Women's association and UNICEF to name a few.