History and Achievements
The Bali Children's Project was born in the early 1990s in
response to a growing awareness that a cycle of rural poverty in Bali was being
perpetuated through lack of education. As we looked at the bright, eager faces
of village children we became acutely conscious of the enormous wasted potential
and of the many young lives that were being blighted by lack of opportunity. In
particular, it was the plight of girls that distressed us, for they are
invariably the first victims when families are forced to economise in times of
We began informally by helping a few children with tuition, and soon developed a
network of schools to which we brought pens, pencils, notebooks and other basic
It soon became apparent that in many cases, successful educational help could
not be confined to the classroom, but had to extend to the home environment as
well. It was to address this need that we started a pilot micro-investment
program, offering families a capital loan for the initial purchase of a pig or
We have been very fortunate in the Balinese friends who joined us at the
beginning. In particular we are grateful to Ni Ketut Resni and Nyoman Witama,
whose dedication, integrity and personal histories as role models contributed
greatly to the success of the project. From humble beginnings, tempered and
tested through practical experience, the Bali Children's Project is now
flourishing and able to touch the lives of a growing number of young people.
Over time more projects have been added, including art classes and a program for
volunteers. More recently the BCP has become actively involved in the creation
of Montessori-based village kindergartens and pre-schools as a way to help a
still larger number of children. In a gratifying ripple-through effect, teachers
in the state system who have had an opportunity to observe the impact of our
innovative kindergartens, are themselves stimulated to adopt similar approaches
to education in their own classrooms.
Through the generosity of the Hammerax Corp. BCP now has both
a boys and a girls gamelan orchestra that performs at temple ceremonies and in
local hotels. Children in the schools we support have been provided
with backpacks containing a range of educational aids provided by Loretta and
her Pencils-for-Kids program.
For a detailed list of year-by-year achievements go to Details.
For current activities and programs go to Current News.