18th August 2015.
We are urgently seeking sponsors for two siblings living in extremely sad circumstances. Please help us sponsor Gede and Kadek for school. They desperately need help.
*** UPDATE: AMAZING NEWS AS SUPPORTER KRISTY STEPHENSON HAS KINDLY SPONSORED KADEK AND GEDE JUST HOURS AFTER OUR APPEAL. THANK YOU. ***
For many children in Bali, the new school year has just kicked in and they are enjoying new experiences. But for 7 year old Kadek Ariasih and her 11 year old brother Gede Supariasa, nothing could be further from the truth.
Living deep in the mountains of Munduk (north Bali), Kadek and Gede have known nothing but poverty their whole life. Both parents struggle with poor health and neither is able to work. The family can’t even afford the funds to buy school uniforms – just one of the many costs to send a child to school in Bali.
The family is supported, just barely, by their grandparents who themselves are struggling. The area where they live, in the mountains around Munduk, is very poor and offers little opportunity without school.
Their home is basic to say the least. In fact, they are one of the few families whose living conditions are so poor, they have qualified for help to build a new small house to live in.
The actual situation of this family is so bleak that the village leaders have called on Bali Children’s Project to help.
It is deeply saddening to see these children living in such poor conditions. Iluh, our area co-ordinator, was brought to tears when she visited the family home.
We are urgently seeking sponsorship for Gede and Kadek.
We know that the only real opportunity these children have is by giving them an education. It will give them a fighting chance to break the cycle of poverty. No child should be restricted this basic human need.
***KADEK AND GEDE HAVE NOW BEEN SPONSORED BUT YOU CAN SEE OUR CURRENT WAITING LIST ON THIS PAGE***
Please get in touch if you have any questions. More information about sponsorship can be found here.
When our staff coordinator Iluh went to visit this family, this is what she wrote:
Yesterday, I have visit this family and also the kids. I cried to see the situation and their condition. Both mother and father are sick. The leader of the village suggested to help the son who is the oldest and now entering grade 7. It is about one hour walk to get to the school, and the roads are very hard to get through.
Gede has written a brief letter that he hopes will find him and his sister a sponsor;
Hello my name is Gede Supariasa. I am 11 years old. I really want to go to school but my family can’t help me to pay my school expenses. My parents are sick and both of them can’t go for work. I want to go to school because I want to change my family in the future. When I finish my school I want to get job to help my family and my 2 younger sisters.