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HOW WE GIVE BACK
Keeping girls at school

Mindfulness simply means being in the present moment and we know that living in the present moment allows you to create the future and life that you want.

With this in mind, we are committed to helping the next generation create a better future.

Our retreats are run at the incredible Zen Resort in Bali. It is a place of pure beauty, simplicity and peace, which brings us to how we give back to the community we work in.

The Kartini Project

The project is aimed at keeping young girls at school, who due to financial hardship would have been forced to leave and find work. We work closely with Ms Budiani, the manager of the Zen Resort, to run and manage the project.

We chose to focus on young girls as they are typically given less priority than boys and are 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 their life, both now and in the future.

How it began

In July 2012, teachers and principals at two local schools helped Ms Budiani identify 12 girls to be sponsored, based on their financial circumstances and their wishes to stay at school.

Sponsorship covers their uniforms, shoes, schoolbooks and additional costs that arise during the year. They are also set up with the necessary basic equipment to complete the school year.

Ms Budiani is the girls’ study mother. She keeps them accountable for doing homework and studying, and supports them when necessary.

The girls have also benefited from English classes, provided by the beautiful Tina from Germany, as well as IT training.

Funding

The project costs about USD, $100-150 per student, per year. Thus far we have raised money for the project through workshops and through donations from our kind Bali retreat participants.

All the money goes directly into the Kartini bank account in Bali. There are no administration costs or other costs associated with running the project.

A note from Charlotte

If you feel that this is something you would like to be part of, please contact me directly via email and we can talk about how it could work.

Our students

Some of our Keeping Girls at School programme participants

KARTINI: WOMEN'S RIGHTS PIONEER

Raden Adjeng Kartini (21 April 1879 – 17 September 1904) was a prominent Javanese and an Indonesian national heroine. She wrote about her views of the social conditions of native Indonesian women. She wanted women to have the freedom to learn and study, and much of her writing was protesting the tendency of Javanese culture to impose obstacles to the development of women. Kartini’s letters also expressed her hopes for support from overseas.