Bali is famous worldwide for its ancient culture, spectacular beach resorts, breathtaking landscapes that include steaming volcanoes, hectares of terraced, emerald green rice fields, tropical rainforests and the most warm and welcoming people. Idyllic in every sense.
However, Bali’s remote rural communities have been heavily impacted by both man-made and natural disasters and many families are caught in the poverty trap with little or no income.
There is minimal government assistance and all education must be paid for. The drop-out rate in rural primary schools is very high. Children frequently have no option other than a lifetime of working on the land.
Operating in areas of rural poverty in North and West Bali, BCF supports over 1,100 children on education scholarships, including more than 40 at Tertiary level. BCF operates in 38 disadvantaged communities and children's homes where drop out rates are traditionally 40% – 60% at grade 6 elementary school. With BCF scholarship support those communities now achieve 97% retention through to year 12. Their students receive additional assistance with English and Computer classes (over 1,000 delivered each month into the communities) and graduates students are supported with a one year ‘work ready’ program to ensure they get and keep the jobs they and their families so rely upon. This sustainable approach to poverty eradication is supported by the communities of Australia, Bali, Holland and Norway.
BCF exists because of the generosity of our supporters. The more people are able to donate, the more projects can be established.
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Donations can be made by direct payment into our Commonwealth Bank accounts in Bali or, for Australian residents, via the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.