Bali Children’s Project started with a kind couple noticing children were not in school. From small beginnings, this started a series of events that would turn into Bali Children’s Project.

Escaping Poverty Through Education

Welcome to the heartwarming journey of the Bali Children’s Project, a registered non-profit charity in both the USA and Indonesia.

Born out of compassion in the early 1990s, founders Joyce Scott and John Cooke witnessed the harsh reality of children unable to access education, perpetuating a cycle of rural poverty, particularly affecting young girls.

Faced with the disheartening trend of families withdrawing their children from school during financial hardships, plunging them into low-paying work, John and Joyce took action. Their initial assistance with tuition costs soon evolved into a network of schools supplied with educational materials, laying the foundation for what would become the Bali Children’s Project.

Programs Grow

Central to our mission is the belief that education is the key to breaking the shackles of poverty. Embracing the mantra of ‘escaping poverty through education,’ we strive to provide children with the opportunity to transform their lives and those of their families.

After years of informal support for children and families, John and Joyce passed leadership of Bali Children’s Project on to Linda Moselle Venter.

Under Linda’s leadership, the organization underwent significant expansion, creating a new team, new programs and structured support for programs.

The evolution continued as Linda and the Bali team formalized ad-hoc sponsorships into a comprehensive program, diligently monitored both financially and logistically.

The sponsorship program blossomed into our largest program and to date has helped over 1,000 students to accomplish high school graduation. Other programs developed too, including sex education, child abuse education, kindergarten renovations and learning center buildings. Together, the program have changed the lives of tens of thousands of children.


Fast forward to the present, where Bali Children’s Project touches the lives of thousands of children and families across Bali, offering a life-changing opportunity for education. However, our journey does not end here.

Looking ahead, we envision a future of sustained growth in existing programs and the introduction of new initiatives that further empower children to break free from the clutches of poverty through education.

None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of individuals and donors. It is your generosity that fuels the Bali Children’s Project, allowing us to continue making a profound impact on the lives of those who may never have dreamed of the transformative power of education.