THE BALI CHILDRENS PROJECT

Escaping Poverty Through Education

aka BALI CHILDREN'S PROJECT   |   Orinda, CA   |  https://www.bailchildrensproject.org

Mission

The Bali Children's Project is a non-profit dedicated to education as a means of improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in Bali. It is founded on the belief that children, empowered to realize their potential, will enrich their own lives, their villages and the world that we all share. Bali Children's Project's programs include School Sponsorships for Children, Schools Renovations, Library Renovations, Sex and Health Awareness, Child Protection Workshops and more. The Bali Children's Project is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit charitable foundation registered in the USA (EIN 26-0014889) and in Indonesia (NPWP: 02.096. 823.903.000). The work of the BCP is wholly dependent upon the generous donations of individuals and organisations.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ms. Linda Moselle Venter

Main address

1480 Moraga Road Suite C Mailbox #170 Moraga

Orinda, CA 94556 USA

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Formerly known as

balichildrensproject

EIN

26-0014889

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bali is a land of contrasts. In tourist areas of the Bali, there are hotels, jobs, education and thriving economies. However, when delving a little deeper and there are many families who struggle to get work. Living in poverty means families often cannot afford to pay for schooling. Children from poor families become part of the cycle of poverty, leaving school early just like their parents, such is the desperate need to family income.

Meanwhile, HIV and AIDS is rising approximately 20% every year, mainly in 20-29 year old males. Other subjects such as child abuse are under reported and taboo subjects.

In early stage education, many preschools and kindergartens are run without formal standards or supplies, often from broken down buildings.

Libraries in elementary schools all too often fall into disrepair, with a lack of teacher training, engaging facilities and books. Indonesia ranks 60 out of 61 countries in literacy amongst children in a recent study.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sex Education and HIV/AIDS Awareness

Sex education is minimal in Balinese schools. Bali Children’s Project works with schools and villages in Bali to deliver sexual education workshops.

These workshops help children to understand sex , and to make informed decisions in the future. Compared to last year (20,666 cases), HIV and AIDS increased by 3,799, representing an 18% rise in just one year.

The program reaches thousands of children in every single region of Bali. Undertaking specially designed workshops, the Bali Children's Project team visits a minimum of 45 schools per year.

A special focus is on capacity building, helping schools to set up their own awareness 'clubs' that give communities and youngsters the ability to self-educate. The project makes inventive use of a mobile phone sex-education application.

Population(s) Served

High fees and little income mean Balinese children from the poorest families regularly drop out of school. Without funds to support their education, children do not finish high school. Based on government statistics, 17.84% of children will not graduate from senior high school - this equates to two out of ten children.

The temptation to drop out of school is amplified when considering many families have little choice but to stop paying school fees and send their children directly into work. Our sponsorship program pays fees for children from the poorest families to stay in school.

It literally changes lives, helping children to grow up to realize their dreams. Sponsors are made up of caring people from around the world.

You can become a sponsor too for a donation of $40 a month.

Population(s) Served

As most of the children supported by Bali Children’s Project are from poor families, most are also missing out on the basics of life at home.

Many children sleep with no mattress or covers. Some have to walk miles to get to school. Other children cannot even afford lunch money for healthy food. With donations for Quality of Life, we are able to give essential home comforts such as mattresses, duvets and pillows.

We donate bikes to children who need them and pay for food costs too.

Population(s) Served

Bali Children's Project encounters many children in need of support to access school. The school backpacks are given to children who are on our sponsorship waiting list to at least help them to start school while waiting for a sponsor to support long term costs.

Why School Backpacks?

Most children whom we come across are in desperate need for support. Many families just cannot afford to buy school supplies such as backback4uniforms, bags, shoes and more. Without these basic materials, children are unable to start school. Their dreams of an education and a future are lost before they have begun.

School backpacks remove entry barriers and enable children to start school.

For some, it can be as simple as giving them the basic equipment and materials needed to start school. While these children still may need sponsorship later on, giving a school entry backpack is the perfect solution for helping children with immediate short term costs.

A school entry backpack includes:
– 3 school uniforms
– 1 Physical Education uniform
– 1 pair of black school shoes
– A school backpack
– School supplies (books, pens, pencils & pencil case)
– The school admission fee (known as ‘SPP’)*
Additional items as needed by each child
*Note: Primary students backpacks are cheaper ($100 USD) than Secondary students ($150 USD), as entry fees cost less.
– A school backpack
– School supplies (books, pens, pencils and pencil case)

Additional items as needed by each child

Population(s) Served

There are many under equipped schools in Bali – especially those for early years. Poor families cannot afford the luxury of private well equipped pre-schools. While there is a growing number of well equipped pre schools, there are also many which lack support.

There are many schools that have been set up to serve young children in the local community, that do not qualify for support. These schools lack the resources, equipment and materials to provide effective early stage education.

Providing Supplies and Materials

Many preschools and kindergartens that exist in poorer areas struggle with minimal supplies.

Many schools are left bare, with little books, equipment or learning materials for children.

After firstly identify the schools in need, we create a list of needs and try our best to provide the schools with all they need.

From April 2016 until June 2018, Bali Children's Project have built or renovated 15 schools in Bali.

Population(s) Served

Elementary and high schools in Bali are run mainly by the government. As a formality, each school will have a library building and books donated.

However, there often is no infrastructure or training in how to run a library. With no training or operational structure to libraries, many are poorly run and have fallen intro disrepair.

Bali Children’s Project’s Libraries Support Program aims to make these libraries functional.

Through renovating and reequipping libraries, the program is bringing a new kind of library to Bali’s youth.

Bright and engaging, the libraries are immediately more interesting places for children to learn.

Population(s) Served

Bali Children’s Project’s Child Protection program was launched in 2016, with the aim to help children understand and react to abuse.

Like many other countries in the world, children in Bali aren’t always protected from abuse, which can manifest in many forms.

While there is support to help children suffering abuse, cases often go unreported, because children are not educated to respond properly.

The workshops aim to equip children and communities with knowledge and signs of abuse. In providing this key information, children can be better equipped to avoid and react.

Working through videos, engaging role play activities and information sessions, the workshops are popular with children and their school faculties. Special guests from local police and child protection authorities also participate, helping to deliver the program.

Take home materials, including posters with key messages developed by child psychologist Mandy Braeur, serve as reference materials for children in future.

Through delivering these simple messages (for example identifying ‘stranger danger’), we can achieve our goal in raising awareness amongst young children.

Ultimately, this will decrease the numbers of children suffering from abuse.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Bali Children's Project aims to enable access to education for children from poor families in Bali. There are huge issues with accessing education in Bali. Whether it is a lack of early stage education, the high costs of school fees, ineffective sexual education or lack of access to quality early stage educaiton, many children in Bali a missing out on a full education.

Bali Children's Project aims to help children 'escape poverty through education'. We believe that children, It is founded on the belief that children, empowered to realize their potential, will enrich their own lives, their villages and the world that we all share.

That is why we are working to address multiple issues that help 1,000's of children access education in Bali.

Our strategic plans are to grow our small but effective programs to create the largest impact on children's lives in Bali.

The aim is to provide holistic support for children that need to 'escape poverty through education'. That is why our programs focus on early stage learning, supporting latter stage learning and providing essential health awareness.

We aim to grow all of our programs to benefit as many children, schools and families as we can.

Programs can only grow with support, and thankfully we are receiving large numbers of donors, supporter and people who care about our mission.

Growing funds through supporter, business and grant funding means we are better able to increase and manage our existing programs.

Bali Children's Project have been working in Bali since the early 1990's and are one of the longest established non-profits in Bali. Our team of experienced and dedicated staff work hard to deliver each of our programs and their goals.

Dedicated project managers oversee each program and are responsible for delivering specified goals. Our staff are the people who work every day to change lives for children who are less privileged.

We have also focused on increasing fundraising and communications areas to attract new donors to grow our programs.

The Bali Children's Project is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit charitable foundation registered in the USA (EIN 26-0014889) and in Indonesia (NPWP: 02.096. 823.903.000). The work of the BCP is wholly dependent upon the generous donations of individuals and organizations and have an ethos of transparency and dedication.

Bali Children's Project has made huge progress and is growing quickly. Starting from 2 sponsored children in the early 1990's, we now sponsor over 100s.

The rate of sponsorships is growing, averaging at 5-10 new sponsors each month. Sex Education Workshops grew from 1 community workshop and 20 attendees to 40 workshops and over 3,500 students in 2016.

Bali Children's Project has renovated or built over 13 schools in Bali, along with renovating several libraries in elementary school.

There is always work to do though. There are so many children need sponsorship in Bali that the waiting list never ends. There are hundreds of thousands of children missing out on early stage education/sex education and more. We are dedicated to creating a Bali that gives a future to all these children. We aim to slowly grow so that we can impact as many children as possible.

Financials

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THE BALI CHILDRENS PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gary Venter

No affiliation

Term: 2017 - 2019


Board co-chair

Robert Moselle

Monica Alami

Amir Alami

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes