Sponsorship Waiting List

Our Sponsorship Waiting List of children needing sponsorship is regularly updated. Please see below to see the children and read their stories. You can help change their lives. To sponsor, click here and remember to input the name the child you would like to sponsor. Each sponsorship is set at $40 USD per month.

Important notice: please review the years remaining of school for each student. We kindly ask that sponsors commit to supporting students for this amount of time as we never want to tell students they no longer have a sponsor. If you would like to donate monthly, without a minimum time commitment and flexible amounts, please see our Champions for Children Program.

Mancika

Current Grade: 10
Years of Sponsorship Required: 2 years and 2 months

Cika, 16, is is a first-year student of senior high school or a grade 10 student. Cika has two years and a couple of months left in school and will graduate from the senior high in June 2026 if all goes well. Cika goes to a vocational senior high school and majors in Digital Business in Denpasar. Cika could go this far in her education thanks to her previous sponsors, who unfortunately had to stop. So, Cika is on the brink of dropping out of school again if she does not get sponsored soon.

 

Cika chose to major in the Digital Business program after seeing how the digital world flourish due to the pandemic. Now Cika aspires to become a business owner or an entrepreneur in the future, hoping that her education will come in handy when she has saved up enough money and could establish her business.

Her father works as a street salesperson, but even after the pandemic, he’s been struggling to earn even half than his old income from before the pandemic. Her mother is a laborer and doesn’t always get to work. They earn barely enough to afford their food expenses.

Cika is the youngest of three. Her older siblings are married and live with their own families.

When Cika is not busy with her school, she usually makes offerings with her mother to be sold in the market. She also does various chores to help her mother such as sweeping the floor, doing laundry, and washing dishes. She never complains about doing chores since she likes to help around the house as much as she can.

Cika joins dance club at her school as her extra-curricular activity, as she loves dancing. Cika likes to sing as well as her hobby.

Meilani

Current Grade: 11
Years of Sponsorship Required: 1 years and 2 months

Putu Meilani (Mei), 16, is the older of two sisters. She is currently in her second year of senior high or grade 11. Fortunately, Mei was sponsored for a while, however, her sponsor had to stop, and Mei is on the brink of dropping out of school without a sponsorship. Mei goes to a private vocational senior high school in Tabanan. Although it is a private school, it is as affordable as a public senior high school and her sponsorship was keeping her in school. She majors in hotel accommodation or hospitality.

 

 Mei chose the hotel accommodation or hospitality program since she aspires to work in a cruise line. Mei saw some of the people from her village who managed to work in a cruise line and they got paid handsomely, although the job is a tough and laborious work. At the hotel accommodation program, Mei is being taught the works of front office, food and beverage service, and housekeeping.

Mei and her sister have been living and being raised by her paternal grandparents in the past three years after their father died from liver disease. Not long after their father’s death, their mother left them to get re-married to another man.

Both of Mei’s grandparents work only as laborers and earn less than $80 per month. They mostly grow their own food or forage veggies in the field. Mei’s aunt, who’s married and lives somewhere else, often sends small amount of money or food to help them to get by. However, it’s still not enough to continue support for Mei to complete senior high school.

Mei is such a bright girl. She’s ranked second in her class out of 33 students. Mei dreams big. She really wants to improve her family life’s quality. She hopes she could work in a cruise line and earn a lot of money to support her grandparents and sister. Mei is really thankful toward her grandparents and she feels sorry that they have to raise her and her sister, while they’re already old. Even if it’s not a cruise line, Mei wishes that she could work abroad.

Mei’s hobby is dancing. It is free and she can de-stress with dancing. She often performs during religious ceremony in her village’s temples. Mei has Youth Red Cross club as her extra-curricular activity at school.

 

Ferdi

Current Grade: 7
Years of Sponsorship Required: 5 years and 2 months

Thirteen-year-old Ferdi is in grade 7 or first year of junior high school in Tabanan. Currently, Ferdi lives with his paternal grandmother only, who is elderly and often sick. His grandmother is a rice-field laborer, earning less than half of the minimum wage. So, Ferdi has to work as well when he is not busy with his school and studies. He usually harvests flowers that are used for Balinese offerings. Ferdi’s sister lives with her maternal grandmother in the other regency.

The reason why Ferdi and her sister have to be raised separately is because their grandmothers cannot afford to raise two kids on their own. Ferdi’s father passed away five years ago in 2019 from a brain tumour. His mother then got remarried after his father’s death, and is now living in the other island in Sulawesi. Ferdi has not seen his mother for years, as his mother is now with her new family.

Ferdi’s grandmother is poor. She cannot get Ferdi a phone or a motorbike to support his school and studies. Ferdi gets a lift from another parent of his friend to go to school and back home. He has to go to his friend who has a phone for when he needs to do homework or assignment that requires internet. Although the pandemic is over, a lot of schools keep using online teaching method. His grandmother also does not have a phone.

Even now, Ferdi still owes his school around $165 USD for the entrance fee and uniforms. Ferdi has to pay it back before he could advance to the 8th grade in July, else he will have to drop out of school.

Ferdi is an active boy and is great with his motoric skill. Naturally, his favourite subject is Physical Education or Sports. His hobby is playing volleyball with his friends from the same school and village. His village has a decent volleyball court. Ferdi, in fact, loves volleyball play so much that he wishes he could become a professional volley athlete.

However, Ferdi is aware that being an athlete is not easy and the pay might not be enough. So, Ferdi is already grateful if he could at least graduate from a senior high school, as he wishes to go to a vocational senior high school, so he could find work right away after graduating. Unfortunately, it would only remain a pipe dream if Ferdi does not get sponsored.

Arini

Current Grade: 10
Years of Sponsorship Required: 2 years and 2 months

He is from Jembrana, a poor area in the far west of Bali. He’s the second child out of four. He has an older sister who’s in grade 12, will graduate this June and is also sponsored through BCP. His father is a laborer, but he’s struggling to find work even after the pandemic. His mother is
staying at home, as she still needs to take care of his little brother. She makes offerings to be sold in the warung as their side income.

 

Krisna has no means to stay in his current senior high school without a sponsorship. Krisna was sponsored for three years, but unfortunately his sponsors had to stop. That is why he could go this far in his education. He will have to drop out of school if he does not get sponsored, as his
family cannot afford the school fees at all. Krisna goes to a vocational senior high school of hospitality that also offers a secondary diploma to find work in Japan after he graduates.

Krisna is desperate to break the cycle of poverty in his family, so he aspires to work abroad, where he could earn much more money compared to in Bali.
His family also has over $1,000 debt from buying a motorbike, as they didn’t have any motorbikes before, and purchasing their ceremonial needs as well as basic needs. Their debt used to be a lot more, but since both Krisna and his older sister are sponsored, his parents could pay their debt bit
by bit.


Krisna is quite an active boy. He likes all kinds of sports, and he’s part of the volleyball club at his school as his extra-curricular activity. His team won the first place in a volleyball competition as well.

Arini

Current Grade: 8
Years of Sponsorship Required: 4 years and 2 months

Thirteen-year-old Arini is in grade 8 or second year of junior high school in Jembrana. Arini is the middle child of five daughters. The oldest is married. Arini’s second older sister is in grade 9, who is sponsored through Bali Children’s Project, and two little sisters; one is a third-grade student and the other is a toddler of three years old. Arini lives with her parents, who dropped out of school, so they could only work as laborers due to their limited skills. They earn less than the minimum wage to feed six family members, especially after her mother got into an accident and broke her cheekbone last year, rendering her unable to work.

Moreover, her parents struggle to keep her in school since they already accumulated debt for about $680 USD to afford their basic living expenses. They cannot take any more loans to keep Arini at school. So, Arini will have to drop out after she completes her junior high school next year.

Arini joined the athletic club at her school as her extra-curricular activity and she became a runner. Due to her family’s extreme poverty, Arini aspires to work abroad in order to break the generational cycle of poverty in her family.

She has seen some of her villagers who managed to work abroad and they could save some money after several years of working abroad. These successful people used their savings to establish lucrative businesses. Arini really wishes she could be like those people, and not following her parents’ footsteps if she could get the opportunity.

Arini is a diligent girl. She always helps her parents in babysitting and teaching her younger sisters, while their parents are working. She also forages and prepares banana leaves to be sold in the market. When she is not busy with her studies, Arini always helps with chores as well. Arini is an active girl and she likes being productive.

Winda

Current Grade: 10
Years of Sponsorship Required: 2 years and 2 months

Sixteen-year-old Winda is in grade 10 or first year of senior high school in Tabanan.  Winda is an only child. Although usually Balinese families would try to have sons to continue their family line and land, Winda’s family is so poor that her parents do not think they can afford another child to raise.

Her family is actually originated from Karangasem. However, due to her parents’ limited skills, as they dropped out of school, and lack of job opportunities as laborers in their hometown, Winda’s mother and Winda moved to live in Gianyar, near her maternal uncle’s place, who lives in Tabanan. So, Winda goes to school in Tabanan, as she needs to borrow her aunt’s motorbike to go to school. Meanwhile, Winda’s father stays behind in their hometown to take care of his mother Winda’s elderly and sickly, bed-ridden paternal grandmother. Winda and her mother come back home to their hometown during big religious holidays.

Winda majors in Culinary Arts. She will graduate from a senior high school in June 2026 if all goes well.

Winda’s parents actually cannot afford Winda’s senior high school enrolment and expenses. That is why Winda still owes her school about $300 USD. If Winda does not pay her debt next month, she will have to drop out of school. Winda and her mother work hard to earn money by making Balinese offerings every day. Unfortunately, they can only earn around $2 USD per day or $3 USD at most during religious holidays. Worse, Winda’s family also owes the village bank in their hometown around $400 USD for their living expenses. So, Winda and her mother have no money left to spare for her school.

Winda is driven and determined to go to school, so she never skips her classes. She really wants to at least graduate from the senior high school, so she would not follow her parents’ footsteps. Winda is desperate to break the cycle of generational poverty in her family. However, it would be impossible without a sponsorship for her school.

Winda loves learning Mathematics and Bahasa Indonesia the most out of all subjects taught at her school. However, since Winda has a hobby in cooking, she majors in the culinary arts program in her school. She also aspires to become a chef, as she thinks being a chef would mean she could find work not only in the tourism or hospitality industry, but also in the culinary business. Winda has girl scouts and dance club as her extra-curricular activities.

 

Krisna

Current Grade: 10
Years of Sponsorship Required: 2 years and 2 months

Sixteen-year-old Krisna is the younger of two. He has an older sister, who is already married and cannot help Krisna much financially, as her husband is suffering from a brain tumour. So, Krisna has been living with only his father, who has asthma and is often sick. Krisna’s mother passed away in December 2022 from complications of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease that she already had for years. His mother used to be the breadwinner for their family, due to Krisna’s father ailment.

Both of Krisna’s parents dropped out of school and could only work as labourers. Krisna’s father is tending to a small field that is owned by his nephew, and he gets paid a third of the profit. Krisna always helps his father with labour work, so his father would not overwork himself and fall sick more often. Krisna also takes labour work as a construction worker every now and then to afford his living expenses. His family is deep in debt. He even has not paid his junior high school fees for about $50 USD, and they have $1,000 debt at the village bank and their relatives.

Krisna’s family only has one old motorbike that Krisna and his father use for work and school. Krisna works in a canteen or cafeteria at the police quarter in their district. He earns $2 USD per day by working there every day. Krisna aspires to become a soldier in the army. He considers that profession to be the most stable and well enough paying job. He hopes he could get accepted later, but it would be impossible without completing senior high school first. Unfortunately, Krisna will be forced to drop out of school next term if he does not get sponsored, as his family does not have the means to keep him in school.

Krisna likes to run and it is his hobby. It is free and it is good for health. His favourite subject to learn at school is Social Science. Krisna has boy scouts as his extra-curricular activity. He used to join the athletic club in his junior high school due to his passion in running.

Jeya

Current Grade: 10
Years of Sponsorship Required: 2 years and 2 months

Sixteen-year-old Jeya is in grade 10 or first year of senior high school in Jembrana. She will graduate from a senior high school in June 2026 if all goes well. Jeya goes to a vocational senior high school and majors in hospitality or hotel accommodation.

Jeya is oldest of three. She has a younger brother, who is in primary school, and a little sister, who is not of school age yet. Jeya’s parents got divorced when Jeya was in junior high school due to her mother not being able to stand living in poverty with three children anymore. Her father got depressed after the divorce, then decided to take his own life and committed suicide.

Her mother could not be contacted after the divorce, so Jeya and her little siblings were left to be raised by their paternal grandparents, who are too old and lack skills to get a good paying job to raise these kids more than feeding and clothing them. They even often receive second-hand clothes from their relatives and neighbors, as their grandparents most of the time could only afford to feed them.

Jeya’s grandparents only work as laborers by foraging firewood and bananas, since they dropped out of school and lack the skills to get a better job. Jeya’s grandparents had to take loans of about $300 USD in order to purchase their basic needs and some school supplies. Otherwise, Jeya and her brother would not have been able to go to school at all.

Even now, Jeya is struggling to stay in school since the cost is going up every year. Jeya will have to drop out of school after she completes this semester if she does not get sponsored, since Jeya and her grandparents have run out of options to get the funds to keep her in school.

In order to enroll in her current school last year in July, Jeya had to borrow from her uncle about $220 USD for her senior high school uniforms. Otherwise, Jeya could not attend her current school.

Jeya’s favorite subject is Mathematics. That is why she aspires to become a mathematics teacher if she could get the opportunity. However, she is aware that being a teacher might not pay much, so she is pursuing the hospitality industry in the hopes of landing a better paying job.

Her hobbies are cooking and dancing. She has been helping her grandmother to cook for the whole family ever since her mother left the family. She also has been raising and babysitting her brother and sister in place of their parents, while the grandparents are at work.

Jeya’s family only have one old motorbike that her grandfather uses daily to work. So, Jeya has to hitch a ride with her friend who owns and rides a motorbike. Even amidst her struggles, Jeya is a bright and optimistic girl. She had to plead with her grandparents to continue school due to her fervent drive to stay in school.

Jeya wishes to be able to graduate from a senior high school at the very least, so she does not follow her parents’ footsteps, who dropped out of school. She believes with proper education; she could have a good job and support her family to break their cycle of generational poverty.

Jesita

Current Grade: 9
Years of Sponsorship Required: 3 years and 2 months

Fifteen-year-old Jesita is in grade 9 or third year of junior high school in Badung. Jesita is the older of two. She lives with her parents, little sibling, and grandmother. Her father works as a laborer, while her mother only makes and sells Balinese offerings in the market. Their combined income is still less than the minimum wage of one person in Bali. Jesita always helps her mother in making the offerings to earn extra money so she could buy meals at school. Sometimes Jesita has to go to school hungry when her parents cannot give her any money.

Jesita is the older of two. She lives with her parents, little sibling, and grandmother. Her father works as a laborer, while her mother only makes and sells Balinese offerings in the market. Their combined income is still less than the minimum wage of one person in Bali. Jesita always helps her mother in making the offerings to earn extra money so she could buy meals at school. Sometimes Jesita has to go to school hungry when her parents cannot give her any money.

Jesita goes to school by hitching a ride with her friend who rides a motorbike, as her family only has one old motorbike that her father uses to find work and to go to work. Jesita joins the flag raising troop at her school as her extra-curricular activity. She aspires to become a police woman so she could get a stable income.

However, Jesita will have to bury her dream if she does not get sponsored since her family is deep in debt. Her family owes the local bank around USD 3,000 to fix their home and kitchen in since 2017. Even now, they still cannot pay off the debt and mostly could only pay the interest fee every month. The money was also used to enroll Jesita into the junior high school. Unfortunately, her parents cannot take any more loans to afford Jesita’s senior high school enrollment after she graduates from her current school in June. So, Jesita is expected to drop out of school by her parents.

Jesita, as a child, was often sickly and hospitalized due to malnutrition. Fortunately, by the time Jesita hit age 8, she got better and did not get sick as easily. Part of her family’s loan was used to afford Jesita’s medical bills as well. Jesita likes to dance and it has been her hobby since she was a child. She often performs at the village temple during religious ceremonies.

Nyoman Pera

Current Grade: 9
Years of Sponsorship Required: 3 years and 2 months

Pera’s father used to work as a construction laborer, earning less than half of the minimum wage. Unfortunately, he got into an accident and broke his leg, so he had to be put into recovery for six months. Ever since, her sickly mother became the main bread winner for the family. Her mother is sickly as well and had undergone a surgery. She has a chronic disease and could only work by selling various goods in the market. Her mother had to borrow money as well to purchase the goods and to pay for Pera’s father medical bills.

Fifteen-year-old Pera is in grade 9 or third year of junior high school in Badung. This means she has three years and six months left at school as of January in order to graduate from a senior high. She will graduate from a senior high school in June 2028 if all goes well.

Pera is the younger of two. She has an older brother who dropped out of school and could only work as a laborer. She is supposed to have an older sibling but they died after being born.

Due to Pera’s family poverty, Pera will have to drop out of school after completing her junior high in June. Her family cannot afford the senior high school expenses at all. Pera hopes she could get sponsored so she could pursue her dream and break free from the cycle of poverty.

Pera aspires to become a chef. Cooking has been her passion and hobby since she was young. Since her mother often gets sick, Pera is used to cook for herself and for her family. At school, Pera joins the KSPAN (group of students concerned with drugs/substance abuse and HIV & AIDS) as her extra-curricular activity. Since Pera’s family only has one old motorbike, Pera has to hitch a ride with her friend from the same village who goes to the same school.

Made Riski

Current Grade: 7
Years of Sponsorship Required: 5 years and 2 months

Riski is the middle child. He has an older sister who dropped out of school due to their poverty and could only work as a daily worker. He lives with his father, stepmother, younger half-sister who is in grade two, grandmother and uncle. Riski’s mother passed away when he was two years old. Then his father remarried his current stepmother when Riski was four years old.

Riski does not feel loved by his stepmother at all. She treats him differently and coldly. The only one who cares for him is his father, but his father often has to go to work as a laborer. Riski relies only on his father to get allowance so he could by some meals at school, but he often does not get any money since his father earns way below the minimum wage, and they could barely buy food for the whole family.

Riski sometimes feels jealous with his friends who have mothers or have good relationships with their mothers. However, it makes him even more motivated to do well in life, so he does not follow his parents’ footstep and continue their generational poverty.

Riski aspires to become a teacher. His teachers inspire him a lot, so he feels grateful for their support. Riski likes to play volleyball with his friends as his hobby. That is why Riski joins the volleyball club at his school as his extra-curricular activity.

Thirteen-year-old Riski is in the first year of junior high school or grade 7. So, as of January, Riski still has five years and five months left at school until his could graduate from a senior high in June 2029. Riski goes to a government junior high school in north Badung

Luh Lila

Current Grade: 8
Years of Sponsorship Required: 4 years and 2 months

Lila is the oldest of four sisters. She lives with her parents and three younger sisters who are still in primary school and the youngest is just a baby. Lila often helps her mother in babysitting her baby sister. Her father is a small merchant in the traditional market. Her mother cannot work much since the youngest still needs a full-time care. So, her mother can only make offerings to be sold in the market. Lila and her sisters always help their mother to make more offerings so they could earn more money.

Fourteen-year-old Lila is in grade 8 or second year of junior high school in Badung. This means she has four years and six months left at school as of January. She will graduate from a senior high school in June 2028.

Lila is the oldest of four sisters. She lives with her parents and three younger sisters who are still in primary school and the youngest is just a baby. Lila often helps her mother in babysitting her baby sister.

Her parents also have debt around USD 2,000 at the village bank to afford their living expenses, purchase the goods that her father sells, and to afford Lila’s school expenses. Lila’s parents want Lila to drop out of school after she completes her secondary or junior high in grade 9, as they do not have the means to afford senior high. They cannot take any more loans.

Meanwhile, Lila does not want to follow her parents’ footsteps in dropping out of school. She really wants to finish senior high school at the very least. Lila aspires to become a cook or a chef. Her biggest dream is to own her own restaurant or warung.

Lila has the dance club as her extra-curricular activity at school. Her hobby is singing since it is free and is relieving her stress or boredom immediately.

Kadek Mela

Current Grade: 10
Years of Sponsorship Required: 2 years and 2 months

Mela is the second oldest of four siblings. She has an older sister in grade 11, who receives support from the priest in their district to go to school, as her older sister also works for the priest. Otherwise, Mela’s older sister would have dropped out of school. Mela also has twin little brothers in grade one of primary school.

Mela almost dropped out of school as well last year after she completed her junior high. Her parents dropped out of school, so they asked Mela to not continue school or wait until her older sister graduates and gets a good job to help with Mela’s education. However, Mela appealed to her parents sincerely to continue her school. So, her parents relented and they took loan in the village bank to pay for Mela’s senior high school’s entrance fee, uniforms, monthly fee, and other mandatory fees from her current school. Since July last year, her parents already took loan for about USD 425 just for Mela’s school fees in senior high.

Fifteen-year-old Mela is in grade 10 or first year of vocational senior high school of tourism in Gianyar, where she learns hospitality. This means she has two years and six months left at school as of January. If all goes well, Mela will graduate in June 2026.

At this rate, Mela’s school cannot continue taking more loans to afford Mela’s school. So, Mela will have to drop out of school this term if she does not get sponsored.

Meanwhile, Mela dreams big. She aspires to become a chef in a cruise line. She really wants to be able to work for a cruise ship, so she could earn a lot money and break free from her family’s generational poverty.

Mela has Barista Club at her school for her extra-curricular activity. She likes learning the art of making coffee. When Mela has free time, her hobby is singing. It is free and relieves a lot of her stress.

Mela’s father works as a laborer, earning way less than the minimum wage. Her mother suffers from skin cancer, so she cannot work. Her family also took loan for her mother’s cancer treatment around USD 450. This is also the reason why her family cannot take any more loans.

Juita

Current Grade: 9
Years of Sponsorship Required: 3 years and 2 months

Juita is the younger of two sisters. Although her older sister is working, she earns only enough to afford her own living expenses and cannot help with Juita’s school expenses. Her parents dropped out of school in junior high. Juita will have to follow her parents’ footsteps as well if she does not get sponsored soon.

 

Her parents work as laborers and her mother also makes and sells offerings in the market. Juita always helps her mother in making them every day so they could earn some extra money. However, her parents’ combined income is still less than USD 110 and they could barely afford food.

Juita aspires to become a chef. She really wants to continue to a vocational senior high school of tourism so she could learn culinary arts. She often helps her mother cooking in the kitchen and it has become her hobby.

At school, Juita joins KSPAN (Kelompok Siswa Peduli AIDS & Narkoba) as her extra-curricular activity. KSPAN is a group of students who are concerned about AIDS & HIV and drug abuse.

Since her family only has one motorbike, they take her to and pick her up from school. Sometimes Juita hitches a ride with her neighbor as well. Juita did not go to the school excursion like her classmates did since her family cannot afford it. She felt left out, but she has accepted that it was inevitable due to her family’s poverty.

Komang Gopal

Current Grade: 8
Years of Sponsorship Required: 4 years and 2 months

Komang is the second youngest of four siblings. His two older sisters dropped out of primary school and got married young due to poverty. His younger brother is in grade 6. Next year, his little brother will also need a sponsorship in order to continue his school.

Komang goes to a government junior high school in Bangli, which is the only junior high school in his area due to its remote location.


Komang almost dropped out of school as well after graduating from primary school, following his sisters’ footsteps. Fortunately, Komang insisted and appealed to his parents, so they enrolled him into the local junior high school in their district. However, they could not and still cannot pay for his uniforms and books, so they still have debt to his school for about USD 125. Komang will have to drop out next term if he cannot pay the debt by then. He also starts feeling ashamed for owing a debt to his school. Since Komang has not paid any of his school fees, he is also not allowed to receive his academic reports.

Komang’s parents are mere laborers who work for other people’s fields. They dropped out of school in primary level as well, so they do not have specific or significant skills that would enable them to seek a better paying job. Their combined income is still less than the minimum wage.

Komang and his brother always help their parents with their labor work after school or when they have a day off from school. The money that they earned is mostly used to buy more food and other basic living expenses. His family lives in a humble shack with two rooms, where Komang shares a room with his brother.

Komang actually aspires to become an athlete or soccer player. Soccer has been his lifelong hobby. He feels the happiest when he plays with his friends at school. However, Komang is aware that it is an almost impossible dream to pursue due to the competition and strict requirements. So, Komang will be happy if he could at least graduate from the senior high school then land a decent paying job in any field. He really wants to grow and improve the quality of his life and his future.

Putu Indah

Current Grade: 8
Years of Sponsorship Required: 4 years and 2 months

Indah is in grade 8 and goes to a junior high school in Buleleng. Since her family only has one old motorbike, Indah’s father takes her to and picks her up from school. Indah is the oldest of three children in her family. She has two little brothers in grade 6 and 2, age 12 and 8 years old respectively.

Indah is the oldest of three children in her family. She has two little brothers in grade 6 and 2, age 12 and 8 years old respectively. Her first brother also needs a sponsorship in order to continue to the junior high school in July next year.

Indah’s family is tremendously deep in debt. They owe USD 2,150 to the bank to purchase goats that they could raise and sell. They do not want to rely on the demand of labor jobs, considering how during the pandemic they could barely eat.

Her parents only graduated from primary schools and are working as laborers by harvesting flowers and moving heavy loads around. Indah always helps her parents in taking care and harvesting the flowers that they can sell. The flowers are needed to make Balinese offerings.

Part of Indah’s family debt was used to purchase Indah’s school uniforms as well. However, now they struggle to buy shoes and bags for Indah and her brothers’ school needs. They mostly receive second hands from their neighbors.

Indah aspires to work in the tourism industry. She does not want to continue her parents’ poverty if she could help it. She hopes she could graduate from the senior high at the very least.

Unfortunately, at this rate, Indah might have to drop out of school before she could graduate from the junior high school.
Actually, deep down Indah wants to become a professional martial arts athlete. She even has martial arts club as her extra-curricular activity due to her passion and hobby in sports. However, she knows that realistically it would be too difficult and it is more feasible to land a decent paying job in the hospitality industry.

Indah is a smart girl. She has always been ranked within the top three in her class since she was in primary school.