Bali Life Newsletter
January - March 2016
Bali Life staff were blessed through a parenting seminar in GBI ROCK. They were able to grow their abilities for caring for all our children in the children’s home and develop more skills to ensure our children can get the best love and care possible.
Our partnership with Bali Kid’s continues as we are blessed every three months with visits from their medical team giving our children medical checkups and helping our children stay healthy through dental and general checkups.
Our children enjoyed an afternoon of painting workshop. At the end of the afternoon, some of the children were able to proudly show off their artworks. It's always special when visitors can come spend time with our kids and help them develop their skills and grow in their passions and talents.
Thank you to Yopie Salon for coming and spending time in Bali Life and treating our children to haircuts. Everyone feels more fresh and new with their new haircuts.
Thank you very much for your visit, Google Team Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Our children enjoyed a fun afternoon with a soccer tournament and painting with our kids in the children's home with the team.
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We are so thankful for all the donations of clothing and resources we receive from visitors, the people who ask what we need and bring it from overseas when they come to Bali, the volunteers who give their time freely to help out, and the support of our friends and family and the honour to serve many, many people through Bali Life Women’s Centre.
We have continued our monthly Feeding Families program. The past three months have seen over thirty families come to the Women’s Centre for a nourishing meal, fun and seeing friendships formed. All the families are able to take home leftover food so they can enjoy another meal later. The principal of a local school where we teach English has provided us with the names of nineteen local underprivileged people whom we can contact and invite for a meal in the future.
We now have Anuschka, an intern working with us from Belgium. She has been such an asset taking on lots of English teaching, planning our pamper day, craft class and generally doing many of the practical jobs for us. She will be with us until June. We also welcome Mathine, who has taken on English classes even though she hadn’t ever taught before. She does an amazing job and the children and women love her.
The KRIK team from Norway was again able to provide us with some financial input plus we had two teams who on day one cleaned all the windows in the Centre and on day two cleaned and weeded the farm and all the outside area. They are wonderful supporters of the Women’s Centre and we are very grateful to them.
International Women’s Day
For International Women’s Day, we decided to offer a pamper afternoon to thirty of the local women that have been part of our programs at the Centre. We purposely invited each woman as we wanted them to know right from the start that this was an event to make them feel special, which is not always easy for women in Bali to realise. We had a wonderful afternoon with lots of volunteers offering to help. Face masks, makeup, hand massages, nail polish, craft, cooking, health check, and a new dress were all given to the women. We had a guest speaker, a widow, who encouraged them through her own difficult life story to keep going and to know that they are never alone. At the end of the day the women left looking stunning, happy and strengthened; our goal was achieved.
The Street Centre is continually growing with new and different children and mums coming into our centre. The women’s workshop currently has twelve mums regularly attending, and we have 20-30 children between the ages of 10 months and 15 years old coming into our centre, where older children are in classes, learning to read and write or study to enter formal education, and younger children are given a safe place to play and learn and be together. All children and mums are given a healthy lunch each day and children are given breakfast before entering classes each day, as well.
At the end of January, Ibu Jum decided to leave our women’s workshop so she could spend more time in her home with her young children. The women’s workshop continued to grow, however, and in March we were able to welcome back Ibu Claudia as our women’s workshop coordinator. Everyone is excited to have Ibu Claudia back with us and bringing joy and love to the mums and their young children.
We welcome to our centre Jan and Hanne, new interns from Belgium. Jan and Hanne have been an asset to our centre, teaching classes, playing games and blessing our children and mums through building relationships with them. Jan and Hanne will be with us until June.
Once again the Street Centre has been blessed by the Norwegian KRIK team joining our centre each week. This year we had two teams each week helping out. One team came in the classrooms blessing our children with English lessons and the other team got busy in the yard and rest of the centre helping with maintenance tasks such as fixing electrical outlets, lights and donating storage shelves and boxes to help us keep our centre a tidy and safe place to learn in.
Medical Check Up
We are always blessed when the medical team from Bali Kids comes to our Centre. Our children are given vitamins, wounds cleaned, and dental and general medical checkups they otherwise cannot afford. We also appreciate any donations of medical supplies such as disinfectants and bandaids, etc that we can use to clean wounds our children may have when they come into the centre. This helps our children to stay healthy and able to learn and grow.
Over the past several years, we have been building relationship with some mums and their kids on the streets of Kuta. Thanks to the generous donations of many friends, visitors and supporters, we were able to visit and bring blessings for them and their community. We brought many clothes, books and pencils, and hygiene packs with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and vitamins to bless the children and mums. Our interns, Hanne, Jan and Jim did a toothbrushing demonstration and talked about how to look after our teeth and why it is important to have strong teeth. We were then able to take twenty of these children to KFC for a rice and chicken lunch and an amazing fun time in the play ground, an opportunity these kids would not ever have had the opportunity to experience before. Thank you to all those who have been involved in this blessing, directly and indirectly.
Little Miracles came to the Centre again for a special time in March and were able to share some stories and songs and also do some Easter activities, sharing an Easter story with our children and mums and painting some Easter egg pictures with our children. All the children and mums enjoyed this visit from Little Miracles team.
Bali International Women’s Association (BIWA) and Sanur International School have blessed our centre with many donations. We received many clothes from the women in BIWA and also from Sanur School we received clothing, hygiene products and games for our children to play with in the centre. We now have many clothes to give out to our mums that we have in our centre and also whom we visit in the streets of Denpasar and Kuta. Thank you to all who teamed up with BIWA and Sanur International School, to support Bali Life.
Sanur Festival Market
Bali Life was blessed with a table at the Sanur Festival Market 2016. There we were able to promote Bali Life Women’s Workshop and School, and also sell some of the items our women made. Three of our women from our workshop were able to join the market and do some demonstrations, showing the customers how they were able to make some of the handicrafts that were being sold. Several of our children were also able to join in the two days and do some activities within the market, such as learning about environmental care and also have some fun on the beach and learning some hula hoop skills. Thank you to Power of Now Oasis for sponsoring this event and giving this opportunity for Bali Life Street Centre.
Bali Life could not be where we are now without the support and kindness of our many friends and sponsors. We are grateful for all who come alongside Bali LIfe, including the ones we cannot mention below.
We'd like to honour the following sponsors and partners:
ACC International Relief
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Dinas Sosial Kabupaten Badung
InterContinental Bali Resort
Integrity New Homes
Jaya Pratama Teknik
Little Miracles Childcare
Thank you to: Alexander Ressos, Andreas & Ladina Feller, Annabel Deane, Anthony Smith, Bennet Brown, Blair & Kelly Muldoon, Chris & Marita Leifheit, Cheryl & Michael Basha, Cosmeston Church, C3 Hepburn Heights, Cherish Woodhams, David Gaunt, Denise & Andrew Hodgson, Erik Van Leer, Georgia Mandarino, Helene Ogaard, Geoff & Christine Graham, Hamish & Julie Bohannan, Herbert Kronenberg, Ingelin Minde, Jayde Roddis, Johan & Arlita Lazaruto, Joshua & Melissa Hagenaar, Julie Margareth Davis, Jillian D Price, Kym Upton, Drs. Ketut Budiartha, Lena Ryman, Lexy Lane, Lynn & Col Campbell, Marcel Chollet, Michael O'Rourke, Michael & Helen Clay, Michael Wiersma, Neil & Elle Brooks, Nina Eines Maeland, Nicholas & Ashleigh Brown, Paul & Sue Crocker, PTFA Bali International School, Dr. Renate Brosch, Solvor Maeland, Steinar Saltbones, Tracey Casari, Verena Von Schlenk, Zach, Anymous