Help a little Bali girl break free

I lived in Bali for 11 years and still go there regularly. Whilst living there, I was inspired by the story of my maids family. From the desperately poor North East of the island , she and her husband had moved to the South to find opportunity , and provide a better future for her children. At that time she had just one child, a 2 year old boy called Oki. I made a commitment to provide for him, sponsor his education and give him opportunities he wouldn’t have had otherwise. He became like a son to me ( I have no children of my own) and we travelled, hung out, surfed and I watched him grow into a fine young man. He is now 18 and about to graduate as a chef, before going to a tertiary tourism school. He now has a little sister , Olivia. A good friend of mine offered to sponsor her education - an even more powerful affirmation as Balinese Culture is quite misogynistic , and girls often leave school early and are ‘ married off’ in their teens. Olivia is enrolled in a wonderful school , is nearly fluent in English, and has flourished . At 13 she is on the verge of breaking free of the stereotypical roles and associated hardship that often come with her background. Unfortunately , my friend that was supporting her was hit by a car while crossing the road and injured badly . For some months he has been unable to work , with no compensation . ( self employed ). I’ve taken up the slack and have been paying myself but we struggle to cover the school fees of both Oki and Olivia, especially due to having to relocate ourselves last year in order to be closer to loved ones due to deaths in my immediate family. We’d love to keep Olivia at school and her dreams alive. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Donations

  • Ian Christofis 
    • 300 $ 
    • 24 mos
  • Jennifer Bohmann 
    • 270 $ 
    • 26 mos
  • Robyn Morgan 
    • 100 $ 
    • 26 mos
  • maurice Goldberg 
    • 150 $ 
    • 26 mos
  • Donna Deane-Freeman 
    • 100 $ 
    • 26 mos
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Organizer

Guy Morgan 
Organizer
Adelaide, SA
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