Educational Institutions

THE BALI CHILDRENS PROJECT

  • San Francisco, CA
  • http://www.bailchildrensproject.org

Mission Statement

The Bali Children's Project is a non-profit dedicated to education as a means of improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in Bali.

It is founded on the belief that children, empowered to realize their potential, will enrich their own lives, their villages and the world that we all share.

Our major programs include School Sponsorships for Children, Schools Support, Sex and Health Awareness, English Learning and more.

We run other projects too, including Teacher Training, Child Protection, Libraries, Motivation Workshops and others.

The Bali Children's Project is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit charitable foundation registered in the USA (EIN 26-0014889) and in Indonesia (NPWP: 02.096. 823.903.000). The work of the BCP is wholly dependent upon the generous donations of individuals and organisations.

Main Programs

  1. Sex Education and HIV/AIDS Awareness
  2. Schools Support
  3. Individual Sponsorships
  4. English Learning
  5. Emergency Care Fund
  6. Quality of Life Support

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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Bali, Indonesia

ruling year

2006

Director

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Ms. Linda Moselle Venter

Keywords

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education, health, hiv/aids, arts & disability, micro-investment

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EIN

26-0014889

 Number

1736693069

Physical Address

171A Duboce Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94103

Also Known As

BALI CHILDREN'S PROJECT

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Bali Children's Projects programs have been carefully designed to address areas of need within education in Bali.

Sponsorship: The sponsorship program literally changes the lives of children whose prospects of graduating were slim to nil. Sponsorships enable these children to graduate high school (a huge financial pressure for poor families). Graduates are often the first in their families to finish school and are far more likely to gain jobs. Realising their dreams forever changing the direction of their lives.

Sex Education: Government figures in 2013 suggested the problem is growing exponentially, with more than 100 new HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed every month (and more undiagnosed), in comparison to 50 per month the previous year (2012) – a smiles 100% rise. Latest figures in July 2015 suggested this figure has reached 150-180 new cases each month. With no formal Sex Education in the Indonesian curriculum, the workshops provide life saving information for teenagers. Our team travel to over 40 schools a year and impact 1,000's of children in every single region of Bali. Student results have shown huge increases in awareness of these matters.

Schools Support: Many preschools and kindergartens in Bali operate in nearly bare rooms, with untrained teachers and a poor infrastructure. Bali Children's Project literally revamps these schools, providing supplies, materials, teacher training and renovation. It has already changed many pre schools and continues to grow, giving 100s of children from poor areas a better start to education.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Sex Education and HIV/AIDS Awareness

Sex education is minimal in schools. Bali Children’s Project works with schools and villages in Bali to deliver sexual education workshops.

These workshops help children to understand sex and make informed decisions in the future. There is a special focus on HIV and AIDS; an epidemic in Bali, having tripled from 7,300 in 2013 to an estimated 26,000 in 2015. Separate workshops on child protection and community workshops are major features too.

The program reaches thousands of children in every single region of Bali.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$25,000

Program 2

Schools Support

There are many under equipped schools in Bali – especially those for early years. Poor families cannot afford the luxury of private well equipped pre-schools. While there is a growing number of well equipped pre schools, there are also many which lack support.

There are many schools that have been set up to serve young children in the local community, that do not qualify for support. These schools lack the resources, equipment and materials to provide effective early stage education.

Many schools are left bare, with little books, equipment or learning materials for children.

After firstly identifying the schools in need, we create a list of needs and try our best to provide the schools with all they need.

We also promote Reading and Writing, run our own Pre School and 'book box' distribution.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

Budget

$15,000

Program 3

Individual Sponsorships

High fees and little income mean children from the poorest families regularly drop out of school. Without funds to support their education, children do not finish high school.

The temptation to drop out of school is compounded by the opportunity reduce outgoings and start earning money as basic laborers or farmers Our sponsorship program pays fees for children from the poorest families to stay in school.

It literally changes lives, helping children to grow up to realize their dreams. Sponsors are made up of caring people from around the world.

You can become a sponsor too for a donation of $40 a month.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$80,000

Program 4

English Learning

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$5,000

Program 5

Emergency Care Fund

Our emergency fund is set up to respond quickly to areas of immediate need for the children we help. It helps to provide interim funding for children whose sponsors have dropped out, and gives us the ability to respond to special individual circumstances.

This can be in the form of providing emergency sponsorships, home supplies, food, housing and more.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000

Program 6

Quality of Life Support

As most of the children supported by Bali Children’s Project are from poor families, most are also missing out on the basics of life at home.

Many children sleep with no mattress or covers. Some have to walk miles to get to school. Other children cannot even afford lunch money for healthy food. With donations for Quality of Life, we are able to give essential home comforts such as mattresses, duvets and pillows.

We donate bikes to children who need them and pay for food costs too.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$5,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Bali Children's Project aims to enable access to education for children from poor families in Bali. There are huge issues with accessing education in Bali. Whether it is a lack of early stage education, the high costs of school fees, ineffective sexual education or lack of access to quality early stage educaiton, many children in Bali a missing out on a full education.

    Bali Children's Project aims to help children 'escape poverty through education'. We believe that children, It is founded on the belief that children, empowered to realize their potential, will enrich their own lives, their villages and the world that we all share.

    That is why we are working to address multiple issues that help 1,000's of children access education in Bali.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategic plans are to grow our small but effective programs to create the largest impact on children's lives in Bali.

    The aim is to provide holistic support for children that need to 'escape poverty through education'. That is why our programs focus on early stage learning, supporting latter stage learning and providing essential health awareness.

    We aim to grow all of our programs to benefit as many children, schools and families as we can.

    Programs can only grow with support, and thankfully we are receiving large numbers of donors, supporter and people who care about our mission.

    Growing funds through supporter, business and grant funding means we are better able to increase and manage our existing programs.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Bali Children's Project have been working in Bali since the early 1990's and are one of the longest established non-profits in Bali. Our team of experienced and dedicated staff work hard to deliver each of our programs and their goals.

    Dedicated project managers oversee each program and are responsible for delivering specified goals. Our staff are the people who work every day to change lives for children who are less privileged.

    We have also focused on increasing fundraising and communications areas to attract new donors to grow our programs.

    The Bali Children's Project is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit charitable foundation registered in the USA (EIN 26-0014889) and in Indonesia (NPWP: 02.096. 823.903.000). The work of the BCP is wholly dependent upon the generous donations of individuals and organizations and have an ethos of transparency and dedication.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    All areas of work our monitored closely based on our own aims and objectives. All sponsored children are closely monitored by coordinators to ensure they are succeeding in their sponsorship.

    Sponsorships: It is not just about numbers, but we are encouraged to see more sponsors helping individual children from our waiting list every month, currently at a rate of approximately 10 new sponsorships every month. That is 10 lives forever changed each month.

    Schools: The difference in schools is possibly the easiest to measure. From what was a dark, crumbling school with no materials, becomes a bright, well run school with plenty of educational materials. An ongoing assistance helps these schools to reach and maintain high standards.

    Sex Education: While it is difficult to monitor long term effects, pre and post tests measure the knowledge learned in sex education workshops and our preschools are given constant support - with an average 40% increase in knowledge per student. This shows that students are leaving the workshops with a far greater knowledge of potentially life threatening issues.

    The single best indicator of progress is seeing a child's life changed by our work. Many go on to realize things they would have only dreamed of before and 'break the cycle of poverty' in their family.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Bali Children's Project has made huge progress and is growing quickly. Starting from 2 sponsored children in the early 1990's, we now sponsor over 100s.

    The rate of sponsorships is growing, averaging at 10 new sponsors each month. Sex Education Workshops grew from 1 community workshop and 20 attendees to 40 workshops and over 3,500 students in 2016.

    Pre Schools have gained sustainability and government support thanks to our support and children have had their lives completed changed.

    There is always work to do though. There are so many children need sponsorship in Bali that the waiting list never ends. There are hundreds of thousands of children missing out on early stage education/sex education and more. We are dedicated to creating a Bali that gives a future to all these children. We aim to slowly grow so that we can impact as many children as possible.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Bali, Indonesia

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Funding Needs

1. School Sponsorships for children on our Sponsorship Waiting List. Each sponsorship is $40 USD per month and makes a lifetime of difference. 2. Schools Support for the community and poorly equipped schools we support. Each year we aim to support over 20 new schools at an approximate cost of $1,000 USD per school (this figure varies depending on school). 3. Staff support costs are key to our operations. Running the sponsorship program itself requires over 10 staff (including local co-ordinators). Costs such as rent and overheads also become a struggle when the majority of funds are restricted.

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Operations

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THE BALI CHILDRENS PROJECT

Leadership

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Director

Ms. Linda Moselle Venter

BIO

Linda Venter's education includes a BA in Psychology and Anthropology and an MA in Forensic Psychology. Volunteering with children since high school made working with BCP a natural extension of her experience. Previous work includes NY Foundling Hospital and Incarnation Children's Center, a residence and treatment center devoted to children and infants with HIV/AIDS. Several years were also spent with STEPS, a non-profit in East Harlem devoted to helping homeless families and adults improve their life through education and employment services. She has volunteered with children since she herself was in High School and is now devoted full time to The Bali Children's Project.

Linda and her husband first went to Bali in 1993. Falling in love with the culture and the people, they built a house in the village of Penestanan, Ubud, considered the cultural center of Bali. The Venters spend part of every year in Penestanan, where they created a kindergarten for the village. This led to involvement with BCP, the creation of other kindergartens, and vast expansion of the Sponsorship Program, which she oversees. In addition, Linda fosters the personal relationships between BCP children and their sponsors.

In 2012 she launched a Sex Ed-HIV/AIDS Education program in honor of those children she worked with years ago, devoted to the education of Balinese youth for the purpose of safety and good health. She recently created a program of Organic Gardens, a Gardening Program which is both educational and cultural. It is designed to teach the children and community more about their rich heritage of Balinese plants and medicinal herbs, as well as organic gardening techniques.

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"At the heart of the Bali Children's Project is the Sponsorship Program – the idea that the way to change the life and the future of a child is to educate him or her. In collaboration with the many individuals who support our BCP Kids Program, and Education Rocks, one of our US partners, we are now sponsoring over 200 children, and through the recent fund-raising efforts of Sole Men,Indonesia,  many children will be able to go on to high school this year. We also build and sponsor Kindergartens throughout Bali.
 
In 2014, with the help of The Mel Wolfe Foundation, Health, Sex Education and HIV/AIDS awareness program is being welcomed into an increasing number of village schools, which we hope will reduce unwanted pregnancies and STDs, and keep more students in school.

Our volunteer program (www.balivolunteers.blogspot.com(http://www.balivolunteers.blogspot.com/) continues to attract a gratifying number of talented and enthusiastic teachers from many countries, who live in the community and contribute their skills in a wide variety ways in the classroom and  beyond.    Helping train teachers is a BCP volunteer program with long-lasting, sustainable results.

Among new ventures expected to reach fruition in 2015, we are planning the creation of a center that will bring opportunity, fulfillment and income to young artists with disabilities, through Founder Joyce Scott's connection to the arts and disability community (www.judithscott.org(http://www.judithscott.org/).

Ever aware that educational success is closely linked to a child's home environment, BCP from time to time intervenes to help alleviate dire poverty, generally through a micro-investment program."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. John Cooke

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Term: Jan 2012 - Jan 2013

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?