In considering Bali, it's easy to recall only of the recent bombing tragedy. Yet many Australians have been visiting Bali since the 1980's and despite that event still have a strong affinity for the island. This personal link has at times been expressed in a desire to help the people of Bali and Rotary Clubs in Australia have been involved in a number of charitable projects on the island through Rotary International. The Rotary Club of Swan Valley in Western Australia particularly wanted to participate, but did not have a vast amount of money, so in 1999 it looked for a low-cost project that could have a lasting impact. Although schooling is compulsory in Bali, and the annual costs involved per child are equal to more than the average monthly individual income so many children are forced to drop out, despite being keen to gain an education. This is even more evident away from the tourist areas. The Club felt that this situation offered an ideal way for it to make a difference. Initially it chose to support schools in an area around Sembung and Sobangan, small villages in an agricultural region about 45 minute's drive north of Denpasar, with a second, and more needy, area added later in Karangasem about two and a half hours driving to the east.
WHAT YOUR $$$ PROVIDES……..
The area chosen is not of the poorest of areas, but an area where the children need a bit of a boost to gain an education that will define their future.
The children are keen to learn and your sponsorship provides the boost.
For A$130 a year per student, the following is provided:
1 set school Uniform
- 1 set exercise Uniform
- 1 set scout Uniform
- 1 Cap
- 1 School Tie
- 1 Belt
- 2 pairs of shoes (1 pair per semester)
- 4 pairs of socks (2 pairs per semester)
- 1 School Bag
- 12 pcs writing Books
- 6 ball point pens
- 6 pencils
- 2 rulers
- 2 eraser
- Plus some additional facilities or resources for the schools
The Swan Valley Club works in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Bali-Denpasar, with this project continuing to foster genuine international goodwill in a very personal way. Sponsors are encouraged to visit the schools and students while holidaying on the island, assisted by the local Rotary and Rotaract Club, and many have done so and been amply rewarded by the exuberant smiles and interaction with the children. When the Bali Sembung project began in 1999, it sponsored three children. There are now around 825 children involved with another 500 who have already passed onto High School. At least 75% of the children are sponsored by non- Rotarians and more than half of the sponsors are not from Western Australia, so any member of the public who wants to become a sponsor will be most welcome. One thing about this project is certain - the impact that sponsorship will have on the education of these children will greatly enhance their future lives and will foster regional unity and development.
MORE INFO ?
If you would like to know more about this or several other projects (and have an excuse to visit Bali), feel free to contact us at Bali School Kids Sponsorships. However, if you are already convinced and would like to become a part of helping the children, you can simply complete the sponsorship form in the Support Us page. Once we have identified a worthy child we will send you a questionnaire that the child's family have completed together with a small photo.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - PRIVACY ACT (as regulated by the Privacy Amendment Private Sector Act 2000)
Any personal details collected by Rotary from this Project are of the strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to any third parties for marketing purposes.
All people who become sponsors of these children must abide by the same ethics as any breach will bring an end to the project to the detriment of the children we are trying to assist.
Although we always give you the children's birthdates, these are not particularly important to the children themselves, apart from deciding when they start school. The children do not celebrate their birthday every twelve months as most westerners do. More important to them is the relationship between their date of birth and an important religious celebration. Hence, a birthday several days after Galungan will always be celebrated several days after Galungan, irrespective of the date. Bearing in mind that the Balinese religious year is 210 days, some may have two celebrations in a Calendar Year. However, children are unlikely to refuse a present.
In Bali your name is very important for the development of your character. At birth a personal name is decided upon for the baby, but many people may not know what the name of someone else is because he or she is more likely to be called by some nickname while growing up, or by his or her birth order name or caste name. The most common birth order naming system is that of the 'Wayan - Made - Nyoman - Ketut' cycle. If the family has more than four children, then the cycle begins again, with a different personal name. There are, however, other names to indicate order of birth. The first born could be called Putu or Gede, the second Nengah or Kadek, and the third Komang or Koming. Also, a name is given according to a person's caste.
In the Hindu-Bali system there are four castes;
- Brahmana - Priestly caste. Names are prefixed by 'Ida Bagus' for males and 'Ida Ayu' for females
- Ksatria - Warrior or Ruling caste. Names are prefixed by 'Tjokorde' for males or 'Tjokorde Istri' for females. 'Anak Agung' also indicates a person of this caste.
- Wesia - Blacksmith or Tradesman caste. Names are prefixed by 'Gusti' or 'Dewa' for males and 'Desak' for females.
- Sudra - Everybody else (i.e about 95% of Balinese). As well as using the birth order names, they are prefixed by 'I' for males, and 'Ni' for females.
Recently we have changed our banking system and now offer three payment methods via following the secure payment link on our website: www.balischoolkids.org/support-us. You can pay by credit card, internet banking transfer or by cheque. Your receipt will be emailed instantly and contain all the required details relating to your chosen payment method (ie: BSB and Account Number). You can use the requests section to specify whether you wish to sponsor a new little boy or girl and inform us of any other details such as if you are depositing money for a food parcel.
If you would like to provide addistional assistance for the family of your sponsor child, you might considering purchasing a Food Parcel. We offer two sizes of parcel which includes delivery of both daily food and household items. To transfer your payment simply use the secure payment link on our website: www.balischoolkids.org/support-us.
|Pack A (550,000rp / $55 AUD):
25 Kg of rice
1 carton instant noodel
1 carton milk (24x@200ml)
1 litre Cooking oil
1 Kg detergent
12 bath soaps
3 botles shampoo
Pack B (350,000rp / $35 AUD)
If you have other questions, please feel free to contact us. We will probably include it in this set for the benefit of other sponsors. Similarly, if you have any suggestions, we are always interested to read them.
YAYASAN PELANGI ANAK-ANAK BALI
ABOUT THE YAYASAN ( FOUNDATION )
An initiative of The Rotary Club Swan Valley - West Australia and The Rotary Club of Bali Denpasar - Indonesia, officialy established on May 20th, 2010 to support the daily operation of the Bali School Kids project in Bali and other focus of services.
VISION AND MISSION
" To foster genuine international goodwill and understanding in a very personal way by helping the children in Bali with schooling needs, health, environment awareness education and vocational development "
Rainbow or "Pelangi" is represent of various activities or focus of services of the yayasan in Bali, i.e:
- Bali School Kids project
- Mobile library management
- Nutrition for children
- Soy bean milk machine (Mechanical Cow)
- Spectacles for children
- Clean water
- Waste management
- Vocational training
- Drugs abuse prevention
- Soerjo Wibisono (District Governor 1993-1994 Rotary International D3400-Indonesia)
- Andrianto Kariadi (President Rotary Club of Bali Denpasar 2005-2006)
- I Wayan Suryawan (President Rotary Club of Bali Denpasar 2006-2008)
- Sisca Suhendra (President Rotary Club of Bali Denpasar 2008-2009)
Board of Directors
- Chairman : I Wayan Suryawan
- Secretary : I Made Sukadana
- Treasurer : Sisca Suhendra
- Projects Manager : Agung Adnyana