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In Bali, IHF has a well-established education center on the island that promotes the TEP, teaches English and computer classes and serves as a center for religious harmony. On an island almost completely dominated by tourism, IHF hopes to help those who have been left high and dry, they look at what other jobs can be organized that will not depend on tourism and work to train people in those disciplines.
The IHF community center in Bali is located between a Muslim village and a Hindu village. Inside the walls of the center, there are no religious barriers and people of all ages, castes, and religions are free to work, sing, and study together. Currently, 58 TEP students are being helped in Bali. These children are mostly from remote villages with little or no infrastructure.
While the majority of our centers do indeed have orphanages, they are a part of our centers out of necessity. For most children orphanages are not the best option, and I do not endorse them. The children who live at the IHF orphanages have no other good options. In Bali, due to the communal family structures of the Balinese, children have many mothers and fathers to care for them. Some organizations have set up orphanages, but in the majority of these cases the children are taken away from family who dearly love them, but are poor. IHF feels it is better to provide schooling and other needs to these poor children, and allow them to stay with their communal families who love them, as the communal system is a beautiful structure that should not be lost. There are some exceptions, such as children brought to Bali from Java, and other unique situations, but these stories are few and far between, and there are better solutions already in place for those children. At IHF we only provide orphanages when it is the best solution for the children involved.
The children in our Bali communities are part of the V.O.I.C.E.S. program and have helped create some of the products you can find in our store. They have also, as another fundraiser, created a CD of them singing. For more information, or to purchase a CD please contact us by phone 858-449-4404.
Monday 19th, March 2103
We were still sore, but as a couple of girls came to the center early to show us a new dance routine they have been working on, we were still moving about trying to participate in the dancing.
Saturday 11th, May 2013
The students came early as they often do, and as I was about to cook lunch some of the girls offered to cook for me. Delicious nasi goreng!
Friday 10th, May 2013
We were all having a funny conversation assigning people differently flavours based on their appearances and I (the center director) was assigned the flavour strawberry as I tend to get a little pink in the sun!
Thursday 9th, May 2013
It was a fun day with a lot of playing before classes at the center.
Wednesday 8th, May 2013
This was Barbara's last day at the center and all the students were very sad to see her go. Many hugs were exchanged!
Tuesday 7th, May 2013
It was one of those very, very hot days and we were all melting away.
Monday 6th, May 2013
We had a very exciting moment at the center when one of our students found a live snake just outside the center entrance. The kids were more curious than scared though and the snake was removed by our handyman Pak Agus.
Volunteer Alexandra Brauchli teaching the alphabet at the Bali center
Testimonial from Katie Wefler, Volunteer in Bali May 2009
My name is Katie, and I just returned home today, May 27, 2009, from Bali, Indonesia. I volunteered with IHF for a month, and, to be quite honest, it was the best experience of my life!
I arrived at the IHF center with no idea of what anything was going to be like. Naturally, I e-mailed the directors and other volunteers, but in order to understand how wonderful the children truly are, it must be experienced first-hand. The children are so open and loving, and teaching and playing games with them was a pure joy that I think everyone should get to experience.
It was amazing to see the children benefit from the school, sponsorships, and daily classes. Not once did I hear any Balinese child complain or act in a way that showed they did not care for their work, and if a teacher was writing something down on the dry erase board, it was a sight to see them run up and start writing away.
The Indonesian culture is a beautiful one, and IHF works very diligently to be respectful of the surrounding people in the villages.
The children care about their future, and with IHF it is possible to help their dreams comes true.