About the BCP
Meet the Children
All About Bali
The BCP Team
Made Darsa, Managing Director of the Yayasan Bali Children's Project, has been
an elementary school teacher for many years and is an accomplished balian
(healer), using the techniques of traditional Balinese massage. His respect in
the community and his drive to help and serve others have made him
instrumental in transforming the BCP into an Indonesian yayasan
(non-profit foundation). He was one of the leading forces in the
creation of the kindergarten in Penestanan. Made Darsa joined the BCP
because its mission, to serve and educate the needy, especially children, fits
so well with his own personal mission.
Joyce, the moving force behind the creation of the Bali Children’s Project,
was trained as a child development specialist. She has a BA in Psychology and
an MA in Child Development. She is also an RN with a specialty in pediatrics
and maternal health. For many years she worked with the Infant Project through
Children’s Hospital in Oakland and with the East Bay and Golden Gate
Regional Centers in parent- infant home visiting and pediatric home nursing.
She is a founding mother of Birthways, an East Bay foundation serving the
needs of pregnant women, new mothers and babies, and for more than ten years
was a childbirth educator and labor coach at Alta Bates Hospital , Berkeley.
Joyce was for many years the guardian of her twin sister Judith, who had Down
Syndrome and was deaf. After thirty-six years in a state institution, Joyce
obtained her release, brought her to California and enrolled her in the
Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland . Against all odds, Judith became a
fiber sculpture artist of international repute. From this experience, and the
extraordinary flowering of Judith’s hidden talent, Joyce believes fervently
in helping the disempowered, the marginalised and those without hope, to be
given an opportunity to realize their inborn gifts.
LINDA MOSELLE VENTER
Linda’s education includes a
BA in Psychology & Anthropology and an MA in Forensic Psychology. For
the past several years, she has been working for STEPS (Support &
Training & Educational Program Services, Inc.), a non-profit in East
Harlem devoted to helping homeless families and adults improve their life
through education and employment services. Before that she was with
Incarnation Children's Center, a residence and treatment center devoted to
children and infants with HIV/AIDS. This was formed when the epidemic
started to affect "boarder babies" and was a place where they
could get both love and treatment.
Linda and her husband first went to Bali ten years ago. Falling in love with
the culture and the people, they built a house in the village of Penestanan
, close to the cultural center of Ubud, where they spend part of every year.
Through volunteering with the local primary school she met Made Yudiana
(Yudi) and became involved in the project to create Montessori-based
kindergartens in Tabanan. This led, in turn, to her spearheading the
creation of a kindergarten in Penestanan , and a continuing and deepening
involvement with the Bali Childrens Project, of which she is now a Director.
John taught Zoology at Oxford
University for eight years and later became a director of Oxford Scientific
Films, creating innovative TV wildlife documentaries. He is the author of
several books and numerous articles, some related to Bali.
A chance visit to Bali many years ago ignited a passionate love of the
Balinese people and an intense curiosity about their remarkable culture. This
resulted in frequent return visits and the formation of Hidden Worlds, a
travel company providing visitors a personal and intimate introduction to the
island and the Balinese way of life.
After leading cultural and environmental tours in Bali for several years, his
experiences in villages and the countryside brought awareness of the problems
faced by disadvantaged children, and led directly to the formation of the Bali
Children’s Project with his wife, Joyce Scott. His particular interest in
Balinese natural history, archaeology and antiquities has led him to explore
many remote and unvisited parts of the island.
is BCP regional director in the Munduk area. He has had a long-standing
involvement with the BCP and shares our commitment to improving children's lives
through education. Highly respected as a guide and teacher, Nyoman has a deep
knowledge of Balinese culture and religion, as well as the natural environment
in the Munduk region. Two of the children sponsored through BCP now live with
Nyoman and his wife as part of the family.
PAM WEATHERFORD - Board member
is the BCP accountant and business manager.
ANDY POLLOCK - Board member
is a tax attorney and BCP legal counsel
Special Projects Advisor
One Circle Productions
Ni Wayan Sri Ekayanti
is BCP's new administrator in Bali. Professionally trained in accounting and business
management, Eka has extensive administrative experience. Her
appointment marks an important advance in BCP's growth and development.
Email address: Eka.BCP@gmail.com
is well known in the Ubud area as an outstanding guide, and works closely with
the BCP in introducing our volunteers to the finer points of Balinese life and
culture. Darta’s infectious enthusiasm for imparting knowledge about Bali has
made him beloved by many visitors. At his family compound in Ubud, Darta and his
wife are renowned for their Balinese banquets.
Iluh, a recent high-school graduate and BCP alumnus, is the office
manager of the new Munduk office.