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Old 31st October 2007, 11:40 PM
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Although I am new to this forum I am a member of several others so some of you may know of me from there. On most of the other forums I am known as Jamar also but on BTF I am known as Balibabe. Although I have only been to Bali 3 times, my husband twice and kids once we have learnt alot in that time. I founded and co-ordinate a sponsorship project for children in Bali (Educated Smiles Project) run through the Rotary Club of Gawler Light in SA and in conjunction with the Bali Sanur Rotary Club.
Our next trip is planned for August 2008 and during this time we will hold our annual distribution day for the Educated Smiles Project on Friday 15 August in Bontihing.
I hope I can be of assistance with some of your questions relating to Bali.

Jamar
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Old 2nd November 2007, 08:41 AM
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Good for you and welcome

I have always tried to help the kids of Bali, ever since I first went there in 1998/9. Where (what areas of Bali) does your project cover? I found that the tourist areas get so much yet the poor remote areas so little.

I used to run a commercial reservations site for Bali (and Thailand), but have now made it charitable; that is all the money it earns from people who book directly with the hotel and villas via the site goes to a local children's charity (The Bali Children's Project in Ubud currently for Bali). Check it out: Travel Ethos - I am soon to redirect my original site (Bali / Thailand Hotels & Accommodations) to the new site, but anyway all direct bookings on either site benefit the charity, not me.

Check out my new blog For the Children - I get a bit political at the end but that is just me
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Old 2nd November 2007, 10:59 AM
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Hi Mark

The project I run is focussed on the 4 schools in the village of Bontihing. The village is located 25 kms east of Singaraja (near Sawan) so is definitely a remote village. My family and I were the first westerners that most of the people in this village had ever seen so we were a bit of a novelty at first. They were fascinated by our white skin and the blonde hair of myself and our 2 daughters. Obviously now we are very well known in the village and are greeted like royalty when we return. Our family personally sponsors 2 children at this time and support another family within the village however if I could afford to I would sponsor all of the children myself.

The project was officially launced in October last year and we currently have 47 children who are sponsored. We have a further 230 students on our books awaiting sponsorship and a further 550 children who have not even made it to the books as yet as they are considered to be better off than the other children. We are currently also working on fundraising so that we can implement a fresh water supply to the village and schools. We aim to start the first stage of this project early in the new year. I guarantee 100% of the funds go into the children, the schools and the village and there are no administrative costs deducted. I personally cover any administrative costs as I believe that all of the funds need to go where they were intended. Our family also covers all of our own travel expenses and pour as much money as we can into the project.

Sponsorship for a child is just AUS$110 per year and this covers school fees, school uniform, sport uniform, scout uniform, 2 pairs of school shoes, school bag, socks, books, pens, pencils, pencil case, ruler etc. Any small amounts left over from each sponsorship goes into projects such as setting up a fresh water supply, electricity, increasing educational materials, improving school amenities and improving basic health care. As the project is set up through Rotary all sponsorships and donations are fully tax deductible within Australia.

Please feel free to ask if you have any further questions or visit our website Rotary Club of Gawler Light Inc. and then click on the Educated Smiles Project tab at the top of the page.

Jamar

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Old 2nd November 2007, 01:42 PM
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Hi again Jamar

That certainly is the sticks! I know Sawan, not well, but not Bontihing. I remember them boasting they have the finest rice in Bali, but they compete with their claims with the village of Sudaji. You certainly do not get many tourists there for sure. When I first went to Sudaji, right up to where the reservoir (maybe you know it) is, where the road literally ends, beyond where the bemos stop (villagers having to walk down a long way even to get that basic service), I think I was the second / third ever Caucasian the locals had ever seen (apparently a German couple beat me to that honour, having gone up the road by mistake). Funny how the adults would yaw (drop their mouths and gape) at you, but the kids would sort of hide, their little eyes peering out (I taught them everything they know about "peek-a-boo").

Good for you, they certainly need help in that area.

My sister-in-law's husband is a teacher in that area (not Sawan). I hope your teachers are as good as him and that you watch where the money goes. School budgets get divided up and allocated to each teacher; head teachers, unfortunately, are known to suggest certain percentages of the budgets are not spent on the children, but get divided by the teacher and them. My wife told me how teachers would take food from their 6, 7 and 8 year old pupils, and demand they buy all class materials from them. I credit you with passing 100% of the money down the line and hope that ethos goes all the way to the kids as it should. My wife (sorry, forgot to mention she is Balinese and from that neck of the woods), is now much more western and confident, and she talks now about life at school in Bali; it really does shock you sometimes. Growing up in Bali is really not an easy ride.

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Mark
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Old 2nd November 2007, 08:33 PM
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Hi Jamar
I know you from another forum, good to hear what you are doing, I have been going to paradise since 75 and now have established an importing business to allow us more time in Bali. We allocate a percentage of our profits to an orphanage in Kuta who look after about 50 street kids who would be destitute if not for Tina and a small group westeners assisting her efforts. It is good we can help where needed and I am pleased that others responding to you also feel the same - good work
Brent
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