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. Bali Children’s Project Preschool & Library
  3. Individual Sponsorships
  4. Quality of Life Support
  5. Backpack Program
  6. School Support

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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Bali, Indonesia

ruling year

2006

Executive Director

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Ms. Linda Moselle Venter

Keywords

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bali, education, poverty, schools, health, hiv/aids

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Also Known As

BALI CHILDREN'S PROJECT

EIN

26-0014889

 Number

1736693069

Physical Address

171A Duboce Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94103

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

Bali Children’s Project Preschool & Library

Thanks to fundraising efforts from supporters, Bali Children’s Project were able to build our own Preschool in Penestanan, Ubud.

The preschool caters for local children to enter early stage education, without the high costs. Local families, including children sponsored by Bali Children’s Project are able to access our high quality preschool.

Our Preschool runs each morning, but includes after hours sessions including reading and writing, a library, English lessons and more. Balinese children are able to enjoy all these extra sessions completely free.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

Budget

$2,285

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

$90,000

Program 4

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

Program 5

Backpack Program

We come across many children in need of support to access school. The school backpacks are given to children who are on our sponsorship waiting list to at least help them to start school while waiting for a sponsor to support long term costs.

Why School Backpacks?

Most children who we come across are in desperate need for support. Many families just cannot afford to buy school supplies such as backback4uniforms, bags, shoes and more. Without these basic materials, children are unable to start school. Their dreams of an education and a future are lost before they have even begun.

School backpacks removes entry barriers and enables children to start school.
For some, it can be as simple as giving them the basic equipment and materials needed to start school. While these children still may need backback5sponsorship later on, giving a school entry backpack is the perfect solution for helping children with immediate short term costs.
backpack3School backpacks include:
– 3 school uniforms
– 1 Physical Education uniform
– 1 pair of black school shoes
– A school backpack
– School supplies (books, pens, pencils & pencil case)
– The school admission fee (known as ‘SPP’)
Additional items as needed by each child
*Note: Primary students backpacks are cheaper ($100 usd) than Secondary students ($150 usd) as it includes less entry fees.
– A school backpack
– School supplies (books, pens, pencils and pencil case)
– The school admission fee (known as ‘SPP’)

Additional items as needed by each child

*Note: Primary students backpacks are cheaper ($100 usd) than Secondary students ($150 usd) as it includes less entry fees.


Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$3,500

Program 6

School 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.

Providing Supplies and Materials

Many preschools and kindergartens that exist in poorer areas struggle with minimal supplies.

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

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

In 2016 we partnered with a funders to build Preschools & Kindergartens. By then end of 2017 we will complete at least six schools, one library and several playgrounds in Regencies throughout Bali.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$75,000

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

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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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THE BALI CHILDRENS PROJECT

Leadership

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Executive 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 Executive Director

"The motto of Bali Children's Project is 'Escaping Poverty Through Education'. These four words sum up the efforts of our organisation to help children in Bali break out of the cycle of poverty by focusing on improving education.

There are significant barriers for children from low income families to access education. This expands across all areas of education - early stages, elementary, high school and even issues surrounding sex education.

At the heart of Bali Children's Project is our Sponsor a Child program. This connects caring donors with children who are at high risk of dropping out of school due to fees. At the time of writing, we currently sponsor over 250 children to stay in school. These sponsorships are the only thing keeping children in school, enabling them to graduate and change their own lives and their families.

This program is supplemented by an Emergency Fund, which helps children who require urgent assistance to stay in school. Quality of Life donations further helps to support children's home lives. Our School Entry Backpacks also assists younger children to access elementary school.

Moving to early stage education, our Schools Support Program has grown significantly in 2016. Focusing on underprivileged preschools and kindergartens, our team oversees renovations, full equipment provision and teacher training. This turns broken, unequipped schools into efficient and working preschools and kindergartens.

Our Sex and Health Workshops are a further key element of our work. With two workshop programs - one focusing on sex and drug use with teenagers and the other on child protection - we are helping Bali's youngsters understand and make decisions that can impact their whole lives. In 2016 alone, we were able to directly educate 5,343 students.

All our programs work because of the hard efforts of staff and supporters. Without our wonderful staff, we would be unable to give the intense direct support to children in need. And without our supporters, we would not have the ability to fund our programs and staff.

2016 marked a huge year of growth and we are looking forward to more major achievements in 2017. This will be marked by the growth of sponsorship, sex and health education and schools support. We will also be introducing exciting new supplementary programs such as our new Libraries Program to be delivered in existing areas where we work.

I thank all who make Bali Children's Project what it is, for your support and encouragement. I, and the whole team are honoured to be able to deliver such life changing work on your behalf.

Linda Venter"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gary Venter

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Term: May 2017 - Apr 2019

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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?