UPDATE! Phase 2 Interior Work Has Begun!
We are excited to announce Phase 2 of the library renovation project has begun. This phase consists of creating three interior murals, adding bookshelves and furniture, and stocking the shelves with books. We have uploaded many photos to our Bali Library Renovation Project website to show the building's progress.
We still need to raise $663 to reach our $14,900 goal, which will allow us to complete the library renovation and purchase the books entirely. Please consider donating to this project.
Phase 2 of the renovation has started. To view more photos, visit our website.
Background - Original Post
This past summer, my wife and I enjoyed a great visit to Bali, Indonesia, where we had a truly unique and inspiring experience. As we toured the island, we became acquainted with many people who welcomed us to their community. On one of our excursions, we toured an elementary school where the kids showered us with their kindness and hospitality.
As we made our way around the school, we came to the school library. As my wife is a librarian in an elementary school, we both knew that what we had just stepped into was a beaten-up room used chiefly for storing old books, worn bookcases, and other unused items. Yet the kids that surrounded us and shared their smiles were just amazing. From that moment, I knew we could help do a small deed that would go a long way to bring a pleasant and cheerful place for these kids to go and learn.
During our visit, we learned that many families in Bali live in extreme poverty. Their schools were filled with old wooden desks and wooden benches—virtually no technology except for some older model smartphones.
When we returned home, we decided to raise funds to renovate the SD NEGERI 6 MANUKAYA School library. Having made contact with the Bali Children's Project, our goal is to raise the needed funds to provide a warm, friendly, and inspiring place where students can go and learn about their culture and the world.
With your help, we can make this small project a reality for these deserving students. Our goal is to raise $14,900, which will completely renovate the space with new electrical, flooring, furniture, paint, internet connection, mural, computer, bookshelves, and many books. The space will be transformed from a dreary room to a magical and happy learning center.
With your help, we can fund this renovation project, with construction to begin in early 2023. We hope you will join us in the summer of 2023 to see the new library during the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the students, staff, and families.
The Bali Childen's Project is a 501(c)3 USA federally tax-exempt non-profit charitable foundation (EIN 26-0014889). You can make a tax-deductible donation through the Go Fund Me page, which is connected to the Bali Children's Project charity. You can also send a tax-deductible donation to (please include a note that states for Alcalay Library Project)
Bali Children's Project
1480 Moraga Road, Suite C
Moraga, CA 94556
Thank you in advance for contributing to this cause which means so much to us.
Michael and Marisa Alcalay
The Current Library Space
More information about Bali Children's Project: Bali Children's Project sponsorships to the poorest & neediest Balinese children so they may escape poverty through education. All donations go to support our charitable programs.