July is the best time of year for Bali Children’s Project. Why? Because all the hard work of sponsorships really pays off, in the form of graduating children.
This year, we are delighted to have 22 children who have graduated from school. It may not sound like a huge amount, but these 22 children all now have significantly new paths to take.
Before finding sponsorship, these children faced dim futures. Coming from backgrounds of poverty, the children entered our Sponsorship Waiting List in a bid to secure their school futures.
It is a sad fact that in Bali, 18 % – around one in five children are destined to drop out of school. What faces them are limited opportunities, a cycle of poverty and most likely a future in basic labor.
Laboring is not something many children aspire to – instead it is a means to an end for poor families. Children who do not graduate from school are less educated and unable to find jobs.
This future is not the case for our 22 graduates in 2018.
Thanks to the wonderful ongoing support from their sponsors – the 22 children have all turned their futures around. Graduating from school, they now have a high school diploma. In most cases, they are the first children in their whole family to ever graduate.
To celebrate, Bali Children’s Project held our annual Graduation Party, bringing together graduates and hearing their stories. The feeling of jubilation was palpable, as students arrived to proudly tell us and their graduate friends about their plans for life.
Sponsorship Makes a Difference
Without sponsorships, none of this would have happened. Bali Children’s Project is forever grateful to the dedicated sponsors who kindly took on the commitment of helping their children through school.
These children, most of whom would have been basic laborers now have new futures. In fact, out of the 22 graduates, 14 have secured new jobs, while 8 are moving into college or further education.
Bali Children’s Project thanks sponsors who helped these 22 children to graduate from high school and gave them opportunities in life.