The world has never felt smaller, as people all over Bali and the world forego social events for Zoom chats and gyms for living room yoga sessions. It’s a time of unity and togetherness, and also a time to support those who need it most. As Covid-19 continues to spread in Bali, Bali Life Foundation is working hard to maintain support for all the families and children that depend on its services, such as the street kids of Denpasar.
Denpasar, the capital of Bali, is the gateway to the entire island. Naturally, Denpasar is very populous, with multitudes of visitors and a large population working in the tourism industry. Over 5.2 million travelers land in Denpasar each year. And, as we in Asia know, that begging is common in tourist hotspots. However, travelers may be unaware that the street kids are in need of much more care than what they can beg for. The children are sometimes sent out on the streets by their parents to beg. On the streets, they are susceptible to being influenced by gangs or other negative influences and they are unable to receive an education which could offer them a better future.
To support these street kids, Bali Life Foundation has created the Street Kids Centre. The goal of the Street Kids Centre is to create a space where children and their families can come for support. The center works to ensure that the children have hope, dignity, and purpose even if they don’t have access to formal education.
The Street Kids Centre currently offers classes for children and their mothers, in hopes that this education would be the starting point to a better life. The children are offered informal schooling along with lunch and snacks. The Street Kids Centre tries to provide each of the 40 children attending with a balanced diet, knowing that for some of these children lunch is their only meal. In addition to monitoring the children’s education, the health of the children are also monitored through check-ups.
During tough times like this the services and support that the Street Kids Centre provides are more critical than ever to ensure a better future for these kids. Unfortunately, they are facing the same financial pressures due to Covid-19 that the entire economy is facing.
That’s why we’re partnering with Bali Life Foundation to donate HALF of every COCO+ new signup from now until the end of June.
Simply sign up to become a COCO+ Member here, forward your confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org with BALI LIFE in the subject, and we’ll donate half of the membership payment to Bali Life Foundation for every new member added!
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Let’s support one another and ensure everyone in Bali comes out of this crisis stronger than ever, from the children of Despasar, to tourism industry workers, to our favorite local cafes and restaurants. Stay strong Bali!