Keeping girls at school

‘Kartini’ is our Keeping Girls At School project which we run with the manager of the Zen Resort in Bali, Ms Budiani. The project is aimed at keeping young girls at school who due to financial hardship would have been forced to leave. 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. We also set them up with the necessary basic equipment to commence the school year.

Ms Budiani is the girls’ study mother. She keeps them accountable in terms of 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. The project costs about US$100-150 per child per year.

We are planning to have four groups running every year, a group in each class. So far we have raised money for the project through workshops and through donations from our lovely Bali retreat participants.

All the money goes directly into the Kartini bank account in Bali and there are no admin costs or other costs associated with running the project. If you feel that this is something you would like to be part of, please contact 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 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 life.

Our students

Some of our Keeping Girls at School programme participants


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.