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Ketut Titip (Tut Titip)
Ketut Titip, age 14 in 8th grade, from Karangasem, is the youngest child out of four. She has three older sisters. The eldest two were unable to finish primary school and the third only Jr High, all due to poverty. Ketut, however, is really smart and very much wants to complete High School. Her family wants her to also, but their income is just too low. Ketut is ranked the top 10 in her class. Ketut’s hobby is singing. Ketut joins the KSPAN (Kelompok Siswa Peduli AIDS & Narkoba) Club at her school as her extra curricular activity, a group that really helps others learn about healthy and safety.
Ketut’s father passed away when she was 9 months old due to a brain stroke. At the time, her family couldn’t afford the expense to take her father to the hospital. So her father died due to lack of proper medical attention and treatment after the attack.
Nengah Arya, from Kintamani, is a smart boy. He started school very late, which is why he’s age 17 and just entering High School this July if it’s possible. However, he ranked 7th out of 30 kids and is quite bright.
Nengah’s older sisters only graduated from primary school, and his brother from Jr High. Nengah and his younger brother, Nyoman, are going to be forced to drop out of school this month if they can’t get help or a loan from their relatives, according to their mother. They cannot afford school fees for the boys. Nengah’s father passed away two months ago from a heart attack. So now it’s only his mother who works as the bread winner, and the struggle is too great for her.
Now that Nengah and Nyoman are having a school break before the turn of new school year next month, they work by helping their mother taking care of the livestock and the field that they toil on. Nengah really, really wants to continue his school, but it seems impossible with his family’s current condition.
Nyoman Sumerta, age 13, in Kintamani, is on the brink of dropping out next month before he enters 9th grade. His mother cannot afford both his and his older brother’s tuition and entrance fees at the same time without borrowing money from their relatives. It’s not guaranteed as well whether their relatives would lend the money to them. Nyoman’s family could barely afford staples even when his father was alive. Now that his father passed away two months ago, Nyoman and his older brother, Nengah, have to work extra hard. They are both already hardworking students and sons, but they have to give help and support as much as they can for their mother.
Now that Nyoman and Nengah are having school break before the turn of new school year next month, they work by helping their mother taking care of the livestock and field that they toil on.
Ayu Widiawati, age 15 living in Jembrana in western Bali, only lives with her grandparents. Her father passed away 6 years ago and her mother got re-married, so now her mother is living with her new family as is the usual custom in Bali.
Ayu just graduated from Junior High School this month, thanks to her former sponsor. Without that support, Ayu wouldn’t have even been able to continue to Junior High School level. But her sponsor suddenly stopped, and Ayu once again is on the brink of dropping out after completing her junior high school.
Ayu had planned to apply to a local senior high school, so she could get a decent job once she graduated and help her grandparents back. Without her grandparents, Ayu wouldn’t be able to grow as wonderful as she is.
Ni Kadek Riska Maha Putri (sister of Ni Luh Putu Candra Dewi)
Ni Kadek Riska Maha Putri, age 13 in 7th grade in the far west area of Jembrana, has a humble dream. She wants to graduate from senior high school. However, considering how poor her family’s financial condition is, Kadek doubts that she will be able to continue school after graduating from junior high school in two years.
When Kadek started junior high school last year, she wished that she could get new school supplies, such as notebooks, pens, schoolbag and shoes. However, her school supplies are the old ones that she used in primary school, as her parents didn’t have the money to get her the new ones.
Meanwhile, a sponsorship now will give her the push she needs and enable her to cover current expense plus access to extra curricular lessons like her friends.
I Putu Krisna Widnyana
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.
I Gusti Made Rai Widana
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.
Dita Lia Wulandari
Dita, a 14 year old 8th grader in Denpasar, is the youngest of three. Her father is 83 years old, while her mother is 56 years old. Her father has diabetes and he is almost blind from it. He cannot work anymore and just stays at home. Her mother works as a house cleaner and she also sells tipat cantok (Balinese traditional dish).
At school, Dita has extra curricular activities with gamelan club and flag-raising troop. Dita’s dream is to be a soldier and be a part of the army. She feels that she likes the job. Dita is doing well academically, but she also shows talent in sports and physical activity. Dita has a talent in shot put sport. Her teacher sent her to a competition and she won the fifth place. Dita loves sports.
Dita has a large debt at school. She hasn’t paid one year worth of her school fee, which is IDR 2,610,000 (IDR 1,230,000 for the first semester and IDR 1,380,000 for the second semester). Eventually, that can be held against her and her final diploma withheld or the ability to continue school suspended.
I Gusti Ngurah Rahka Dipa
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.
Nyoman Soma Seada
I Nyoman Soma Seada, loves to play chess. He’s now age 12 and in 6th grade, lives in Karangasem in the East of Bali. Without a sponsor, this will be his last year of school. Both of his older siblings dropped out from primary school. Both now work as shopkeepers in Denpasar.
Nyoman dreams of being a primary school teacher or working in an office (such as in a bank, hotel, government or private office). His parents both work as manual laborers and doing any odd job they can find.
Nyoman really wants to continue school, but if his parents can’t afford it and he doesn’t get sponsored, then he will have to drop out of school and work as a laborer to help his parents.
I Wayan Agustina Putra
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.
Desak Ketut Juliartini
Desak Ketut Juliartini (nicknamed “Desak Juli”), is a 12 year old who hopes to start 7th grade in July in Karangasem. Desak Juli is a really smart girl. She ranks the second in her entire class.
Her parents want her to stop after graduating from primary school this month. However, because she’s smart and begging her parents to let her continue with junior high school, her parents are considering taking a loan to pay for her entrance fee. However, it’s not guaranteed that her parents could get the loan. If they can’t get it, and her older sister can’t help (the sister, a primary school graduate, makes only about $75/month), then Desak Juli has to give up her dreams. Her older brother cannot help either.
Desak Juli is an avid reader, an absolutely extraordinary quality in Indonesia, which ranks among the lowest of the countries in actual reading (not literacy). She usually spends her break time at school in the library. She’s also quick in answering the questions posed by her teachers.
I Nyoman Sutama
I Nyoman Sutama, age 13 and in Kintamani, is on the verge of dropping out after finishing grade 6 in primary school this month. He’s supposed to continue to junior high school but his parents cannot afford the school expense at all. Both of Nyoman’s older sisters were primary school dropouts. They work in Denpasar currently as a cleaning attendant and a housekeeper.
During his school break, Nyoman makes wooden fruit boxes. He gets paid IDR 1,000 (about 75 cents) per one box. In a day, he could make up to 15 boxes. But sometimes he can only make 10 or less.
Both his parents work as laborers. They earn about IDR 60,000 to 90,000 per day. They usually get to work about 15 days, more or less, in a month. They are in debt just to survive.