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Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Education for 70 East Bali Mountain Children
Indonesia's Independence Day flag raising ceremony
Indonesia's Independence Day flag raising ceremony

School is an important place for children to study and share their knowledge. Because education is so important to the intellectual and social growth of a child, EBPP raised funds using a crowdfunding campaign to improve Desa Ban’s Jatituhu hamlet where 12 children are reaping the benefits and thriving from their studies more than ever.

Through the help of an EBPP Art Teachers, children are now able to use art supplies to turn plain white paper into a beautiful work of art. They combine many colours to make incredible pictures. Only those children who enjoy art as a hobby and wish to work at it daily achieve such a high standard of artistic talent – it’s something they must work at and dedicate themselves to.

August is the happiest month of the year for children of EBPP because we celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day on August 17th, 2016. This year was the 71st Independence Day and the event was very fun and successful for everyone who attended. The day allows children to participate in competitions and races as well as perform music, dance and drama.

Before the event begins, all students receive a nutritious breakfast which includes bread and fresh fruit. Afterwards, everyone gathers to attend the flag ceremony and participate in competitions including: chess, 100 metre sprint, potato sack races, and Panjat Pinang (traditional Indonesian Independence Day game which has people climb up a slippery pole by working together in order to win the prizes placed at the top – it’s always a highly anticipated event)!

During the performance part of the day, children participated in music, dance and drama and this year they were very entertaining while also being educational. They started with a series of sketches entitled “EMpower”. These skits were about nutrition, reproductive health, and how to operate computers. Then, the traditional Balinese dancers wowed the audience with their incredible routines. Afterwards, there were musical performances that included singing and playing instruments. One of Jatituhu student, Ni Nyoman Sudarmi, performed “Merak Angelo” (Peacock) Balinese dance.

In this annual EBPP Independence Day celebration, some of our Jatituhu students were winners in the followingcompetitive events: I Kadek Suryanata came FIRST in our inter-schools chess competition; Ni Nengah Maga Ani, besides being good in Balinese dance, she also came second in the 100 metres girlsrace;I Ketut Rudi came 4th in for 100 metre boys race and Ni Komang Parti, Ni Wayan Sukerni & Ni Kadek Sudarmi all got first place in the clogs race!

At the end of the events, trophies were presented to all the schools, based on their scores from the different events and then all were given hygiene kits comprising towel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, all donated by Bali Dynasty Resort. Finally all of the children helped clean up the plastic waste that had been left after the festivities before heading home.

100 meter women run race
100 meter women run race
100 meter men run race
100 meter men run race
"Merak Angelo" (Peacock) Balinese dance
"Merak Angelo" (Peacock) Balinese dance
"Panjat Pinang" climb up a slippery pole
"Panjat Pinang" climb up a slippery pole
Inter-schools chess competition
Inter-schools chess competition
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Ni Nyoman Maga Ani (RHS in the photo above) was born on January 3rd, 2005 in Jatituhu hamlet on very dry slopes of Mount Abang in East Bali. She is the 2nd of 5 children and her parents are farmers who are only able to plant vegetables (corn and cassava) in the 4 months rainy season.

Her mother miscarried when she was pregnant with her youngest brother due to falling on the steep hill slopes whilst finding grass for their cow. At the time, she slipped and fell and her leg got impaled on a dry tree branch and became swollen, resulting in serious infection and weakness, resulting in the baby dying before birth.

Maga Ani never despairs, even though she is only 11 years old as she loves to help her parents. She wakes up every day at 6am then looks for grass for her cows and also looks for firewood for cooking. She also takes care of their pig after school hours.

Currently Maga Ani is in fifth grade of elementary school. Last year she felt sad when EBPP explained that one of the Jatituhu school sponsor stopped the donation due to difficult financial condition. She was though very happy when we told her that she still able to continue her education because EBPP managed to get sufficient funds for her and the other 11 Jatituhu children through the GlobalGiving UK crowd funding platform.

She loves learning the Balinese language as her favourite school subject and she really likes to work in groups. Her favourite school activity though is learning Balinese dance. Due to her high motivation, within a few months Maga Ani was able to master several types of Balinese dances, such as Pendet (welcome dance), Puspanjali, Rejang and Merak dances. She is often asked by the community to perform Balinese dance at the local temple when they have traditional religious ceremony. In the future, she wants to be a Balinese dance teacher and establish a dance studio to teach the children. Maga Ani also likes to paint, and would also love to become an artist one day!

In celebration of Indonesia’s National Education Day on May 2nd, 2016, Maga Ani and some of her friends was also chosen to represent Jatituhu elementary school for inter-school quiz contest.

Overall, EBPP’s 12 Jatituhu children who received sponsorship though GGUK crowd funding campaign last year are very motivated to study and promise to continue their education so that someday they can realise their dreams.

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Ketut and her friends, dreaming of a better future
Ketut and her friends, dreaming of a better future

Ketut, pictured here, is one of our twelve EBPP Jatituhu School students who are benefitting from this programme. Born into an impoverished and isolated subsistence farming family in Jatituhu hamlet on Mount Abang slopes, she is the 8th of 9 children (six girls and three boys).Every day before and after school, she helps out her family with household chores,raising cows, collects firewood for cooking, and walks for one and a half hours to fetch water.Although now 15 years old and only in grade 6 at school, she had attended the nearest government school from 7 years old, almost a 2 hour walk from home, and failed many classes due to poor attendance and lack of time to study at home and eventually dropped out. She joined EBPP School 4 years ago, in 2nd grade.

Tragedy struck Ketut’s family 2 years ago when her mother became seriously ill and eventually died from a stomach tumour that her father had tried to treat with traditional medicines and many local healers. The high costs involved him selling their livestock and taking many high interest loans that he still struggles to repay. Ever since her mother died, Ketut’s responsibility in the house doubled, but she still attended EBPP School. However, when one of her sisters came back home after getting divorcedand helped with the family chores, Ketut went to Denpasar city to find a job to help her father repay the debts that he still had for her mother’s traditional medicine before she passed away. However, being unskilled and underage (15 years old),she earned very little and could not save any money to send to her father.

Soon after, an EBPP teacher found out where Ketut was working and he persuaded her to return to Jatituhu to finish school so she can get a better paying job in the future. After somepersuasion, she understood and agreed that education will help her have a better future. Her mother’s ill-fated death has been an inspiration for and since coming back to school last December, she now aspires to be a doctor so she can save other children’s mothers from illness. The loss of her mother motivated her to work harder in school and at home and since returning to school almost 3 months ago, she has attended school regularly and excelled in her studies, especially in Bahasa Indonesia and Hindus Religion classes. Now that she fully understands that she will definitely be sponsored to complete her schooling, she has been more motivated and has become a leader and example for her peers.

Ketut explained: “I understand that by attending and learning as much as we can in school, there will be better future opportunities open to me that will not require arduous work like my father had to endure. Also, education will help me build my confidence to get a job that will help improve my lifeand my family’s.”

A huge thanks to all our wonderful donors who have enabled us to continue education for these 12 students and we do hope that you will continue your support to our GlobalGiving UK campaign until we have achieved our full 2 year sponsorship target.

Having nutritious lunch with friends at school
Having nutritious lunch with friends at school
Ketut after school, preparing to feed their cows
Ketut after school, preparing to feed their cows
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Ketut, who is 14, had never been to school prior to 2010. Not that she didn’t want to go, but there wasn’t one near enough to her home in her remote hamlet of Jatituhu until East Bali Poverty Project had funding to start Jatituhu School in 2005, the 5th of their remote hamlet schools at that time. As a one parent child, her father was unable to send her to school because he required her help with the daily chores as her mother had passed away very early in her life.

She soon settled into the school environment, with encouraging and supportive teachers, and enjoy­able lessons every day.

Like the other children attending school in Jatituhu hamlet, she was given sets of uniforms, a nutritious breakfast and lunch daily, and lessons in mathematics, science, social sciences, art, crafts, hygiene, nutrition, organic farming and environmental awareness.

Without your help, Ketut would probably have remained illiterate, performing daily household chores for the rest of her life.

Ketut attends school because “she wishes to have a better future and aspires to one day become a teacher.”

Thank you for helping us to help Ketut and her classmates by opening the door for her brighter future!  Thank you for your continued support.

We would love to hear from you.

 

Warmest Regards,

David Booth and the EBPP team

E: info@eastbalipovertyproject.org

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Story from a Jatituhu Primary School Student who needs your help to continue school: “If children my age didn’t attend school, I would teach them myself!”

When asked what Ketut would say to someone of his age who didn’t attend school, Ketut replied, “I would encourage them to come along and learn with me and if they refused to, I would teach them myself.”

Ketut is the first generation in his family to be able to read and write.

He is highly motivated and attends school because he would like to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to lead his family and his community to a brighter future.

When asked what Ketut’s favorite subjects are, he begins listing subjects as he enjoys school so much he cannot choose just one subject.

But, the sciences are most important to him as he aspires to one day become a doctor.

For Ketut, school is not just a place to learn, but also a place to build relationships and play with his friends.

He spends his break time in joyfulness with his friends as they play football in front of the school.

At home, Ketut regularly helps his parents with daily chores such as collecting food for their livestock prior to leaving for school. Both his parents are farmers and they own a variety of crops as well as some livestock.

Although Ketut aspires to be something different than his parents, he too enjoys farming and realizes its importance in sustaining his community and staying healthy.

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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia

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