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 name the child you would like to sponsor in ‘I want my donation to be dedicated: NAME OF CHILD’.
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Komang Juni Tiara Dewi
Nicknamed “Koming”, Komang Juni Tiara Dewi, age 16, is now in her first year of high school and needs a sponsor in order to continue.
Koming is the youngest of three. Her parents are divorced, and her mother remarried and, as is the custom, the children remained with their father. Because of the father’s religious status, he can only work as a farmer or laborer. Ever since her mother left her family, Koming and her older sister take care of themselves and do all the chores.
Koming really wants to continue her education and is a bright student. She was supposed to drop out of school last term, as her father couldn’t afford high school expenses. However, she was able to start high school but now needs funding to continue. In Jr High she rank Save ed the third out of 29 students in her class.
She chose hotel accommodation as her major in her current school, which is a public vocational senior high school.
Wayan Wina Aprianti (twin of Made Rangga Aprianta)
Wina is the slightly older of two twins. She has a younger brother named Made Rangga Aprianta. Both of them are 15 and in their first year of Senior High.
Wina and her twin brother will not be able to continue to pay their monthly fees and school expenses without a sponsor, as their mother cannot afford it. Her mother is a single parent since 2012, when Wina’s father passed away due to a heart attack. Her family still owes about $500 for their living expenses. Being a single parent of twins is a burden their mother cannot really afford.
Made Rangga Aprianta (twin of Wayan Wina Aprianti)
Rangga is the younger of two twins. His sister named Wayan Wina Aprianti is also on our waiting list. Both of them are in their first year of High School and really liking it. They are 15 years old and live in Tegallalang.
Neither Rangga nor his twin sister will be able to stay in senior high school, as their mother simply can’t afford it. His mother is a single parent since 2012, when Rangga’s father passed away due to a heart attack. His family still owes about $500 for their living expenses. The continued costs of High School for two children are too much for this widowed mother.
Since Rangga and his sister relentlessly plead with their mother to let them continue in school, Rangga’s mother will try to take another loan to keep them in school, but it’s not guaranteed that their mother will get it. Furthermore, it’s no solution for the family to get in more and more debt. Sponsorships for Rangga and his sister would ease this pressure.
Dewa Ayu Putu Suci Kumala Dewi
Suci, age 14, is the older of two and lives in Jembrana in the far northwest. She has a little brother who is a 3rd grader.
Suci loves going to school and studying. She’s ranked the first in her class. Suci aspires to become a teacher when she’s grown up. Suci really wants to continue to senior high school and take the Language Class major.
The family has had some serious medical and health issues, and as such has a huge debt to cover the costs. Suci’s aunt passed away due to breast cancer. Then, her brother got into an accident and had to undergo surgery for his legs. Her grandfather had a brain aneurism and is now paralyzed.
Her father is a basic rice field laborer and earns a very small daily payment. Suci’s hopes of graduating are extremely slim, but a sponsorship can change that.
Nengah Mudita (brother of Nyoman Sudana)
Nengah is the middle child of three children. He has an older sister who dropped out of school after completing primary school due to their poverty. Nengah is 17 and in his first year of High School in Bangli, grade 10.
Nengah has a younger brother, Nyoman Sudana who is also on our waiting list for a sponsorship. Just like his younger brother, Nengah will have to drop out soon. His family works hard laboring, but with their father passed away and their big sister already dropped out of school, they can barely afford food, let alone school fees.
Nengah is already in 3,000,000 IDR of school debt. He and his brother go to school on their fathers old motorbike. Both boys are desperate to stay in school.
Nyoman Sudana (brother of Nengah Mudita)
Nyoman Sudana, age 16 is the youngest of three children. He has an older sister who dropped out of school after completing primary school due to their poverty and an older brother in the 10th grade at the local vocational senior high school.
After his father passed away, Nyoman’s mother and sister are working hard in order to bring food to their table and afford Nyoman’s school expenses. Unfortunately, as expected, they couldn’t shoulder the growing debt, even though Nyoman and his brother also work on their days off from school and after school.
Both his mother and sister work as laborers in the field. They tend to the plants and are paid daily. They don’t always get to work unless there’s a demand for their labor. It seems as though Nyoman’s future is already written, but we’re hoping to change that.
Kadek, nicknamed “Dora” is the younger of two sisters. Her older sister used to help with her school expenses but ever since she has gotten married, she can’t help Dora anymore. Her sister works as a shopkeeper. Dora is a 16 year old 10th grader, the first year of senior high school. Dora dreams of becoming a chef.
Dora now lives only with her parents. Her father has stage 3 lymphoma. Fortunately, his chemotherapy treatment is covered with the government’s insurance for underprivileged citizens.
Dora’s mother is currently the bread winner for Dora’s family. She works as a laborer who carries materials on top of her head and earns IDR 30k ($2.20) for 3 hours work time per day. She does this work once every three days. Then, Dora’s mother also works as a laborer who paints souvenirs and little trinkets from 9 AM to 6 PM every day in Badung. As a paint laborer, her mother earns around IDR 1.5 million per month.
Made Gita Widani
Gita, age 15, is the oldest of three, with 2 younger brothers, living in Jembrana. She’s in her first year of High School – grade 10.
Since Gita’s determination to go to school is high and she had been pleading with her parents to let her continue to senior high school, her parents relented and took a loan to pay for her school and to buy her a motorbike so she can go to school. She needs a motorbike on her own to go to school since her house is located in a remote area.
The total of her family’s accumulated debt in the local village is about IDR 20 million (about $1500), which IDR 2 million is being used to pay her school entrance fee. Gita’s father is a rice-field laborer, while her mother is a housewife since she needs to take care of the youngest. Gita is afraid that she will have to drop out of school midway when her father can’t afford to take more loans.
Kadek Meta Aulia Loviana
Meta is the younger of two sisters. Her older sister almost dropped out after finishing Jr High but, fortunately, Bali Children’s Project intervened and now her sister is sponsored and will be going to school until she graduates in two and a half years. Meta is almost 12 and in grade 6 in Jembrana.
Meta currently faces the same crisis as her older sister last year. She’s in the last grade of primary school, but her father can’t afford the entrance fee to the secondary or junior high school.
Meta lives only with her sister and father. Her mother left the family years ago without any prior notice. No one knows her mother’s whereabouts even now. Meta’s father works in a trash bank and he earns IDR 800,000 (about $60) per month by sorting out trash into different categories.
Putu Yunita Dewi
Yunita is the oldest of three daughters. As a 6th grader, she’s supposed to graduate from primary school in June this year and then continue to Junior High. However, Yunita will have to drop out after 6th grade if she doesn’t get sponsored. She’s almost 12.
Yunita’s family owes about IDR 30 million (about $2,000) to the bank, and her parents earn only enough money to pay for the installments and interest rate. They took a big loan for her mother’s medical bills when she got critically ill after the birth of her last child. Her family also used the money to repair their home.
In order to afford her school supplies, Gita tutors her younger classmates in mathematics. Gita is a smart student. She’s always ranked the first in class. She also won First Place in a Bali Speech Competition, proving that she’s also confident in public regardless of her background. She dreams of working in a bank.
Gusti Ayu Widya Astiti
Widya, age 13, is the middle of three sisters. Widya is in 8th grade, the second year of Jr High, or secondary school. Her mother only graduated from primary school, while her older sister could only finish junior high school before dropping out. Widya will have to follow her older sister’s footsteps if she doesn’t get sponsored.
Widya is supposed to advance to senior high school in a year and a half, but money is very tight and High School too expensive. Even now, Widya has to work after school so she can have money to buy meals at school and to afford her school supplies. High school costs will be impossible, considering how little she and her parents can afford.
Her father works as a laborer and can only go to work when there’s a demand for him. Her mother is a housewife and makes offerings to be sold in the nearby market. Widya earns money by helping her mother and making special Balinese offerings by order. At most, Widya earns IDR 100k per month (about $7.50).
Gusti Ayu Putu Wiriyanti
Wiri is a 13 year old living in Karangasem, with 6 younger siblings and illiterate parents who work as laborers. Her story is an example of how a lack of education in parents creates a cycle of poverty that grows – unless we break the cycle through educaiton.
She’s now in 6th grade, and without a sponsor she will drop out after this term. Considering her family life and background, her future is bleak without a diploma and a chance to find work that offers a future.
Wiri struggled to learn to read and write, but now she is fluent in both and loves it. She loves going to school and loves her teacher. Her father is a rice field laborer, who works when he can find it, or he does other forms of labor. Witi really needs a chance to stay in school and graduate.
Made Nanda Putra
Nanda is a 13 year old 7th grader in Tegallalang who wants to grow up and be a policeman. He really enjoys studying Science. His school is a local government school and he loves going there.
Nanda’s father works as a construction laborer. His father doesn’t always get to work, since it depends on whether there’s an ongoing project that needs his work as a laborer. Nanda’s father earns up to about IDR 1.6 million (about $100) when he has work, which is way below the standard minimum wage, and it’s only enough to afford their daily expenses. He has had to get a loan from the village bank to afford daily life.
Nanda’s prospects of graduating are slim without a sponsor. While is current debt at school has been paid by donor Ruth, he’s already started accumulating more, so needs a sponsorship gaurantee graduation.
Komang Adi Astrawan
Komang Adi Astrawan (nicknamed “Mang Adi”) is a bright 13 year old 7th grader who has been raised by his grandparents and his two older brothers since his parents died when he was 3.
Mang Adi really likes being in Junior High. Every Saturday morning, Mang Adi has calisthenics at school. Sadly, as much as he likes it, there’s little chance of his being able to continue through High School without a sponsorship. The costs are just too high for his grandparents to handle.
His grandpa works by making plangkiran or a wooden box for praying for Hindus. Meanwhile, Komang’s grandma is a laborer. Komang helps his grandparents by foraging grass to feed the livestock or gathering firewood for cooking purposes. He also peels corn and cooks to help his grandpa after school. Their income as farmers/laborers is very minimal.
Kadek Arianta is a 9th grade 15 year old in Bongkasa, the younger of 2 sons. His older brother graduated only grade 9, and is now a low paid laborer like his father. His mother makes offerings and takes care of Kadek’s elderly grandfather.
Kadek really wants a better life, and knows the path is through education. His goal is to go into Tourism and then specialize in Food and Beverage. The chances of getting a job are strong with that specialty.
In the future, Kadek would love to become an Entrepreneur, someone who can own his own business and provide work for others. He dreams of possibly having a franchise when he’s an adult.
Kadek Adi Sedana Yoga
Kadek Adi, age 12, is in his first year of Jr. High in Wanagiri, lives with his parents, older and younger brothers, an uncle and aunt, and grandparents. His father is the head of the family and the main bread winner for nine family members. The only school nearby is quite a costly one in Bali terms, but it’s the only option.
Adi’s family has many problems. The grandparents are old and don’t work anymore. His uncle has a hearing disability and can only help with menial labor work. His aunt is a widow and can only help with some labor. Kadek Adi’s mother suffers from kidney failure and has to get hemodialysis twice a week.
Even now, Kadek Adi’s family owes money in the village bank after taking loans.