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 (when we are able to run them in person) are hosted 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 was originally aimed at keeping young girls at school, who due to financial hardship would have been forced to leave and find work. We worked 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, and we 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.
I had a long chat with Budiani recently and the situation in Bali due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has made life very difficult. Many are back to just trying to ensure they have enough rice to eat. She told me of three little boys who are working every day ensuring birds do not eat the rice who get $10 pay after two months. The money goes to electricity for the family and the biggest issue for her is they get no education in the meantime.
In light of this, we have decided to broaden the Kartini project to support boys also and immediate needs identified at Budiani’s discretion. Bali are our neighbours and we have benefitted by their generous hospitality for a long time, this is an opportunity for us to give back.
If you would like to donate directly to the Kartini project, please email me for details. There are no administration costs or other costs associated with running the project.