How we give back
Kartini is our ‘Keeping Girls At School’ project which we run with the manager of the Zen Resort in Bali, Ms Budiani. The objective of the project is keeping young girls at school who would, due to financial hardship, be forced to leave. In July 2012 Ms Budiani with the help of teachers and principals at two local schools identified 12 girls who would be sponsored based on their financial circumstances as well as their wish to stay at school. The sponsorship covers their uniform, shoes, school books as well as additional costs arising during the year. We also set them up with the necessary basic equipment to commence the school year.
Ms Budiani is their study mother. She keeps the girls accountable in terms of studying, doing homework and supporting them when necessary. The girls have also benefitted from English classes provided by the beautiful Tina from Germany. In 2015 many of them will receive IT training. The project costs us about US $100-150 per child per year.
We would like to have four groups running every year, a group in each class. So far we have raised money through workshops and donations from our lovely Bali participants.
All the money goes directly to the Kartini bank account in Bali and there is no admin cost or other cost associated with running the project. If you feel that this is something you would like to be part of, please just email me and we can organise it and I am grateful in advance.
We chose a charity that focuses on young girls as they are given less priority than boys, and therefore less likely to stay at school. We also believe that supporting girls to get an education leads to sustainable change and empowers women to make wiser choices in life.
Kartini (21 April 1879 – 17 September 1904) was a prominent Javanese and an Indonesian national heroine. A woman who wrote about her views of the social conditions of native Indonesian women. Much of this was protesting the tendency of Javanese culture to impose obstacles for the development of women. She wanted women to have the freedom to learn and study. Kartini was a pioneer in the area of women’s rights for Indonesians. Kartini’s letters also expressed her hopes for support from overseas. And here are our students.