What do we do?
Bali Children Foundation Australia (BCFL) is a registered Australian Charity with DGR Status enabling Tax Deductable donations to be made to fund the work of The Bali Children Foundation (BCF) in Bali. BCF is an education provider for disadvantaged Balinese children.
How does BCF help?
Starting in 2002, BCF has worked one village at a time to help a total of 76 villages. After identifying a village with disadvantaged families, our local staff members work together with the village leaders to introduce families to BCF and the opportunities our scholarships and curriculum provide.
In areas of disaster, such as in the village of Songan, which suffered severe landslides at the beginning of 2017, or in Lombok with the devastating earthquakes in August of 2018, BCF moves in to assist after disaster responses are finalised. BCF facilitates funds for our partner charities, who deliver health and dental care, disability management and environmental protection solutions during disasters, and afterwards BCF awards scholarships, English, computer programs, and ongoing education opportunities.
Educating Future Leaders
While Indonesia has experienced steady economic growth in recent years and achieved substantial development progress, development across the entire country is unbalanced and inequality remains a pressing challenge for the government. More than 72 million people in Indonesia continue to live under the World Bank’s $3.20 per day poverty line.
When viewed from this perspective, our work in Bali and nearby islands becomes even more important, providing educational dividends for Indonesia’s futures leaders. Sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Indonesia benefits Australia and contributes to regional growth and stability.
Scholarships for the deeply disadvantaged
Curated scholarships are offered to the poorest families in the remote communities. Based on the districts requirements the scholarships include contributions to school fees, uniforms, shoes, school bags, English dictionaries, books and stationery. Some areas require higher levels of support depending on economic and locational circumstances including annual travel bursaries.
On invitation, families are invited to apply for a BCF scholarship. To be eligible, the family must hold a Government Poor Card. Once identified, the potential applicant is “surveyed”. A typical community survey might involve a journey of 45+ minutes into remote areas where roads do not exist and the only method of transport to the family is by foot or motorbike.
With regular Expo’s throughout the year, The Work Ready program provides assistance to year 12 students, empowering them to identify their interests, skills and strengths and offers valuable information and advice on college and career options. The Hospitality scholarship applicants are treated to inspirational presentations by Industry leaders, alumni, University employees and BCF team members.
The Work Ready program also includes an 8 week intensive BCF training program which gives students accelerated industry specific English and other work place skills plus CV preparation and interview techniques.
BCF welcomes applications for internship programs in English education and social work. Internship periods can be for from three months up to one year. Interns must be fully self-supported.
Please get in touch with us on [email protected].
Regarding volunteering, we fully understand the natural desire to help Bali Children Foundation in a ‘practical way’, however our projects are remote and as a rule of thumb, we are not able to invite or allow volunteers to offer their services on an ad hoc basis.
Bali Children Foundation helps thousands of children to complete school, to find employment, and to improve their lives and the life of their community
BCF’s education program provides English, environmental and computer studies for disadvantaged children in 76 communities throughout Bali, Nusa Lembongan, Lombok and the Gilis. The curriculum is enhanced with videos and presented digitally in purposely fit out classrooms.
BCF employs and trains teachers via a unique training program, enabling teachers to develop skills and become better teacher practitioners.