Sixteen year old Siska is scared that she won’t be able to continue in High School. She was been first in her entire grade all through Jr High and is maintaining her high grades. She is already significantly in debt with school and her parents are unable to pay or take out loans.
Siska’s parents have basic jobs and have no fixed income. Her father is a manual labourer and her mother make kebeab skewers from bamboo (known as ‘satay’ sticks).
Siska’s dream is to be a doctor. However, knowing how limited her family is financially, she also hopes to work in a hotel at as the receptionist.
I Made Sujana is in his first year of Jr High School, grade 7, and is 12 years old. Sujana’s mother and father work as part time rice field farmers, while looking after Sujana’s disabled brother. If they’re ‘lucky’ they earn about $40/month. Financially, the family’s life is a vicious cycle of paying off debt and trying to survive.
Sujana’s parents really believe in education, something admirable in people who did not get one themselves and struggle to get by. They want their son to have a better life.
Age 14, Ika lives in Jembrana in the far northwest of Bali. She’s now in 9th grade, hoping to be able to start high school next year.
She ranked second in her class. Ika says that If she got helped and could continue to high school, she would like to go to a Vocational High School and choose a major in computer software engineering (rekayasa pangkal lunak).
parents are willing to take loans for her school, although they’re already so poor and can barely afford to buy staples for their family. They even usually owe money to buy rice.
Ristia is in grade 8 in an Open Junior High School in far north Buleleng Regency. She’s now 13 years old. Ristia almost suffered the same fate as her older sister, dropping out after finishing Elementary School. Her sister now works as a maid’s helper in Denpasar, and although she works full time her income is barely enough to cover her living expenses.
Ristia loves school, and she dreams of being an Elementary School teacher or working in a hotel. However, due to her family’s financial limitation, she cannot afford to keep going to school. She will drop out after junior high if she can’t find a sponsor.
13 year old 7th grader Dimas (from Bangli) dreams of becoming a tour guide. He would very much love to learn foreign languages to increase his chance of one day getting work. In order to help pay his expenses and help his family, he works as a shopkeeper after school every day near his house. He gets paid about $8.50/month for that.
He loves school and really hopes to be able to continue, and even afford English lessons. These are very cheap, but not when you have no money.
Widya’s father lost his leg to diabetes and uses a prosthetic. His mother has asthma and supports the family selling snacks.
Ni Kadek Widiantari, a 16 year old 10th grader in her first year of High School, had to quit school for a year because of her family’s financial struggles. She was heartbroken, because she knew how dim her future will be if she can’t graduate.
While Kadek was not in school, she worked and helped her parents with their work as laborers, making offerings to sell.
Her parents worked for a company that went out of business. So they had to take out exorbitant loans with high interest to survive, and this is why Kadek Widiantari had to drop out.
Kadek also needs to take courses in English and computer. Her dream is to work on a cruise line in Food & Beverage, so she can work as a cook or waitress later.
Ni Putu Era Juniarsani, a 12 year old 7th grader. She loves studying languages, especially English and Balinese, and wants to continue her extra English course. Sadly, her sponsor had to stop due to illness.
As well as a passion for Balinese dance, she also makes Balinese offerings to sell. The money from that goes to help buy meals for her family.
Her father is a manual laborer with no fixed income, and it’s doubtful that they can afford to keep Putu in school, though they really want to. After high school, Putu Era would love to go to University if it’s possible, and work while attending it. She would love to major in English Literature.
15 year old 9th grader Wayan Wali Martini will not be able to advance into Senior High School if she doesn’t get sponsored before her junior high school graduation in 2019. Even now, her family is struggling to get her transport money, as she needs to use public bus to go to her school.
For years Wali’s hobby has been cooking, and she has always wanted to be a teacher. She also loves reading stories, which is extremely unusual in a country that has one of the lowest levels of reading anywhere.
Wali loves going to school and is a serious student. She really wants to graduate and have a better future than her parents are now living. Wali is always helping her parents at home, feeding the cows and pigs, and helping to plant and harvest chili.
Juliawan lives alone with his elderly father since his mother passed away 8 years ago from heart disease. His two older sisters only finished Junior High and are now both married.
Juliawan, although he doesn’t want to, is on the brink of dropping out of school as his father cannot afford the more expensive Senior High School.
He already spend his spare time helping is father with labour work and at the moment, it looks like that will be his future. Juliawan would also dearly love to finish High School and work towards a new future.
I Nyoman Wahyudi
Currently grade 6, is the youngest of 3 brothers. His older brothers are laborers and they graduated only from Junior High School. Wahyudi and his parents live in a temporary house which is actually a shack. His father has had two strokes so he cannot work as before.
Wahyudi must drop out of school if he doesn’t get any help, as his mother really can’t afford his school supplies for Junior High School and his father can’t work.
His dream is to work at a cruise line. He would love to improve his English skills. His hobby is playing sepak takraw, a sport mixed of soccer and volleyball.
Ayu is the younger sister of I Gusti Ngurah Putu Adnyana (also awaiting sponsorship). She is hoping to be able to enter Junior High school this June. The sad truth is that her mother cannot afford to pay for her school uniforms and fees once she graduates from Elementary School. She will have to drop out after graduating from Primary School, as her mother could barely buy staples for her family from selling the Balinese offering.
Utari is the second child out of three, and since her father died of a stroke more than 5 years ago her mother has been the sole support of the family.
Wayan Agustina Putra, age 17, has one more year to finish in high school. His home is the bare minimum, and he, his sister, and his parents all sleep in one room on mats on the floor.
Wayan currently has an internship in Ubud Terrace as a housekeeper. He is working hard to do everything it takes to graduate, but it’s stressful and difficult. He also feels terrible that his parents, already desperately poor, have taken out loans for his school.
His parents are already in debt for his school fees and they hope that they will be able to support him through graduation.
RahDe to his friends, Made is the younger brother of I Gusti Ngurah Raka Dipa, also awaiting a sponsor. RahDe has a dream to be a tour guide. He would love to be able to speak English more fluently. His father works as a wood carver, meanwhile her mother stays at home and makes Balinese offerings to be sold in the market. Sometimes his mother also works as laborer for other people.
His father owes IDR 7 millions in the village cooperation, while his older brother also still hasn’t paid 6 months of his SPP/school fees, about IDR 1.5 million.
With one more year to go in school, 17 year old RahKa is the oldest of two brothers. Because of the family’s poverty, he has a debt at school for about IDR 1.5 million for his SPP or monthly school fee. Currently he’s majoring in hospitality and he would like to work in the housekeeping department at a hotel or a villa once he graduates from his vocational high school. RahKa is a diligent student and never skips a day. He studies hard and enjoys school a lot.
RahKa also helps his father work, sometimes carving wood. The family are in serious debt and need a break to cover the two sons’ school costs.
The 15 year older brother of 2 sisters, is hopeful that he will be able to continue in school after finishing Jr. High this year. Ngurah is supposed to advance to Senior High School in June. However, he will have to give up school if he doesn’t get any support. His mother absolutely cannot afford the expensive school fees of Senior High School.
Ngurah loves going to school and never skips a day. His grades are good. His father passed away more than five years ago, when his sister was still a baby. His mother took a loan to pay for his father’s medical bills, and is still struggling to pay it.
His youngest sister is named Gusti Ayu Komang Lindawati, and she will be included in our backpack program this year (2018) and his other sister, I Gusti Ayu Made Utari, is also on our Sponsor Waiting list.
Krisna is in his last year of Junior High and fearful that he will not be able to start Senior High at all.
Krisna’s father cannot afford his high school entrance fee and the school fees for 3 years in Senior High School. So his father had asked him to drop out of school once he graduates from Junior High School this year. However, Krisna still would like to continue school very much, as he wants to get a better and decent job so he can support his family, or at least not be a burden anymore after finishing school.
His mother (his father’s first wife) passed away about 5 years ago from breast cancer and his father has now remarried. His father owes about IDR 16 million (about $1,200) in total in three different places. The loans were to pay for his mother’s medical bills, cremation, their daily staples, and an allowance to buy meals for the children at school.