Putu Mei, 13, is an only child living in Denpasar. He has just started 7th grade, Jr High, which comes along with new high fees to enter and pay monthly.
He’s been raised by his grandmother ever since his father’s death five years ago due to liver disease. His mother left him behind to get remarried. This is usually the case, as women are not usually permitted to bring children from a previous marriage into a new one.
Mei’s late father used to work as a car washer in the local station. His 74 years old grandmother works by selling second-hand clothes, earning around $38 per month. His grandmother earns only enough to pay for their room rent and food.