It all started in 2016, when Bali Children’s Project received a email asking to provide support to dilapidated schools in Bali.
At the time, Bali Children’s Project had no renovation programs, instead focusing our efforts on donating supplies to kindergartens and libraries in Bali. Unfortunately for the schools, their buildings would remain in terrible condition.
Having received an incredible donation of 25,000 USD from Karmagawa, we undertook our first ever full renovation in central Bali, opening the new building in the summer of 2016, accompanied by Karmagawa founder Timothy Sykes.
Timothy was so impressed with the renovation, that he announced to Bali Children’s Project’s Founder Linda Venter that he was donating a further 75,000 USD. It was an unbelievable turn of events for a small grassroots educational organization.
This set in motion the start of a wonderful partnership. Over the years, Karmagawa has continued to support Bali Children’s Project, enabling our renovations programs to flourish. Dark and dismal Kindergartens were transformed into bright and fully equipped learning spaces. Libraries flourished into learning centers, full of new worlds of imagination.
Karmagawa’s co-founders Timothy Sykes and Matt Abad make regular visits to Bali to see the impact of their work first hand – and we are so proud of what we have achieved together.
As renovations continued we were able to show the impact of renovating kindergartens and libraries. This helped us to formalize the program and attract other donors to support renovations too.
Their flexible funding has helped us to respond to other needs too; Karmagawa’s support has helped to supply 250 food packages to hungry families during the pandemic, sponsor children for school and provide transport for children who walk hours to school.