This page will be devoted to the orphanages we hear about in Bali and Lombok.
Our own favourite is Panti Ashuan Alas Kasih in Negara, a town way out on the south west coast of Bali, reached through different but still picturesque scenery and some unbelievable surfing and swimming beaches, but well off the common tourist routes.
If you would like more information about charities, orphanages and the organisations which support them, including places in the tourist areas where you can drop off donations if you don't have the time to visit, then visit our HOME PAGES and look for the 'Bali Travel Forum Recommendations' page in the left hand column. Search for 'Charities' or 'Orphanages' in the alphabetic contents list at the top of the page or use this link which I try to keep up to date - http://www.filosbali.net/BaliOrphanages.htm.
Give it plenty of time to load as it's in a big file.
Another that is bound to become a favourite is Panti Asuhan Kesa Yanikang Papa in Gianyar, on Jl Elangga. There are only about 25 kids but they all suffer from some disability, mainly deafness, speech impediments or no voice at all, deformities or intellectual impairment. They are a fun bunch of kids despite all of their problems and the carers seem especially dedicated. I intend to write more about our visit and post some pictures in our '06 report which will be listed on our Home Pages.
To The Orphanage -
My curiosity was piqued and I resolved to visit during our forthcoming holiday in September of 2000.
I was not prepared, mentally, for what we found, and to this day I am relieved that most of the children were at school when we made that first visit.
Subsequently I wrote about this in my Bali Story 2000 diary (Day 15) which was posted on the Forum. It stirred an unexpected and pleasing response from a number of readers and I like to think that it persuaded many other travellers to make the visit also.
In answer to a number or readers questions I wrote these directions to the Orphanage, originally for a poster named Michael.
The details of the orphanage and the orphans which follows these directions are from Si Badak.
I'm not sure that I can put you right on the doorstep of the Orphanage but I can get you to the village of Tuka and your driver can ask directions of locals when you get there, Tuka is not a large village and the orphanage is well known to locals.
I have used a 'Periplus Editions Travel Map' of Bali (ISBN # 0-945971-49-4) for the following description.
From Tuban/Kuta/Legian take the north road. 'Jalan (road) Raya Tuban' which changes its name to 'Jl Raya Kuta' and then to 'Jl Raya Legian' and then 'Jl Raya Seminyak' before taking a sharp right turn and becoming 'Jl Raya Kerobokan', still heading north to the large village of Kerobokan which really joins onto Seminyak these days and is a little north of due west from Denpasar and just over 4 Km from the very centre of Denpasar.
From here you have two choices.
- either go further north to the village of Tegeh then generally west on side roads which wind left, right, left, right and right again to Tuka - or probably better -
- turn west (left) at Kerobokan and take the road to Tanah Lot Temple which has a signpost, although its not too big and can be missed if you're not looking for it. A good clue is to watch the traffic as many vehicles turn off here. About 3Km along this road you pass through Canggu before arriving at the village of Kayutulang. A right turn here (heading north again) brings you to Tuka, about 3Km further on from Kayutulang.
The total trip is about 15 km as the crow flies over the roads but perhaps closer to 18 or 20Km given the small twists and turns that the map does not show.
You could make a scenic day trip by going the Canggu/Kayutulang route and returning via the side roads to Tegeh. The scenery makes it worthwhile.
Farm house and rice paddies near Tuka.
Tuka is a quiet locality, only about 3 Km off the busy tourist road to Tanah Lot temple, but it feels like another planet after coming from the Kuta/Legian area. There are other pictures and information at 'Tuka Pictures'.
The address of the Tuka orphanage is ;
PIATU = WITHOUT MOTHER.
YATIM-PIATU = WITHOUT ANY PARENTS.
The main problem for the Orphanage is money for education and medication. However, donations of food or clothing are welcome also. Nothing is wasted. If there is no immediate use for something it is traded, sold, exchanged or bartered for something that is needed, or altered to fit a need.
The problem with education is that after the children have gone through some tuition at the Orphanage, they then have to attend formal school outside. Every single stage of the education process has to be paid for, up front. Uniforms are compulsory, books to be bought, nominations, teachers' fees, exam fees and every possible charge associated with education has to be paid for.
If sufficient money is not available at any time then some children have to wait their turn until the money turns up from somewhere.
Visitors are always welcome and the smallest donations are received with genuine gratitude.
A special Religious Service is held each Saturday evening when everybody prays for the well-being of donors.
In Tuka is there the first Catholic Church built in Bali. Anybody interested in more details of this may email me, firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
I hope this is a help to you, Michael. For more info the e-mail address at the end is Si Badak who often writes on the Forum.
The orphanage now has a web site, thanks to the generosity of a Forumite. It is http://www.tukaorphanage.net.
THE PALASARI ORPHANAGE, WEST BALI.
With Si Badak putting on the pressure with a fund raiser in Perth I thought it about time I got down to providing information about the Franciscan orphanages we visited at the beginning of July. The orphanage at Tuka has been reasonably well documented on this forum and details are on www.bali.tripod.com/orphanage.htm and www.guidetobali.com.
However, searching the Charities page of the BTF host, I found that the Bali International Women's Association (who distribute funds to needy organisations) had passed a donation to another orphanage in Palasari, West Bali. Email contact was made with Julia, who was able to provide me with contact details and a list of needs. The children here are older, nominally teen to 21. As always in Bali, there are exceptions, and there are some boys from 8 years.
We departed Kuta around 8:30am for the 3 hour trip towards Gilimanuk. About halfway between Negara and Gilimanuk (around Candikusuma), we headed away from the coast, asking along the way for directions. The orphanage, Panti Asuhan Maria Goretti, is actually on the same block as the Catholic Church. It is easier to get directions to this, and then drive around to the southeast side. The orphanage backs onto the church grounds.
The Sister in Charge (Susteran OSF) is Sr. Lisbeth OSB. She speaks English rather well. This was a blessing as the day would have been much longer if my driver had to translate. After insisting we join the sisters in a simple light lunch, Sr. Lisbeth showed me around the buildings.
The impression is one of much poverty. Sr. Lisbeth explained that, with no one to fix things, and no money to buy materials, they had to make do with what there was. Everything was clean, but very bare and well worn. Newspaper at the windows to stop the wind through broken louvers, badly chipped walls, and rickety furniture was the norm throughout the areas. It seems that a hotel, recently renovating, donated beds and mattresses. My mind could not comprehend what they might have had prior to this! The beds were covered with a sheet, no other covers. Several of the beds had two pillows, indicating two younger occupants. A couple of the beds in the girls sleeping rooms had teddy bears. Their clothes are stored in cupboards about small single wardrobe size. They are allocated one half for all their clothes and possessions. The ablutions area was tiled and mopped clean, but very, very basic.
The dining area had all the square wooden chairs upturned on the bench tables so the floor could be cleaned. The kitchen was a narrow room with a small servery into the dining area to distribute the food. The "sink" looked more like grandma's laundry tubs. The pantry was a wood framed wire cage with a padlock. Three large pots simmered on gas burners, cooking the "side dishes" for the next meal. The rice is cooked outside over an open fire near the pigpens. Drinking water boiled there also.
The study rooms had old wooden desks. Sr. Lisbeth told me that there was a serious need for lockers to store the children's few schoolbooks and pencils. Whilst I didn't see the "music room" or the "TV room", I was told they have a small organ and a TV. (In a later phone call, after the Presidential election, Sr. Lisbeth told me that the children had wanted to see some of the news but the TV was broken.)
The laundry consists of a bench and buckets. The washing water drains to a below ground cement holding tank with a small opening in the top. The electric pump that is supposed to move this water to the vegetable garden has not worked for a long time. Indeed, seeing the bare wires and open switchgear, I wondered how close the children had come to being electrocuted. Two 12mm hoses ran from the tank opening in a vain attempt to siphon the water. I was told later that the children try to bail the water but that is very difficult.
I was able to leave a small donation that Sr. Lisbeth gratefully accepted. However, I knew that I would not be able to walk away unaffected by what I'd seen.
Back home, with some of the video stills printed, I asked around, small article in the local parish newssheet, etc. Three weeks later, a pump purchased, an offer to take it to Bali (on honeymoon no less!) and A$400 TT'd to the orphanage account! Very pleasing result.
We had also visited the Tuka orphanage the same evening as I had been to Palasari. Rae was asked to individually present the pencil cases we had carried from Aus. That was a rather moving event. The other packs of biros, pencils, balls, skipping ropes, etc were left for the nuns to dispense.
Made Wirya Adnyana is an experienced and reliable driver who is familiar with the Bali Orphanages. His home phone is (0361) 429 435 and his mobile is 0818 343 093.
The boys Dorm and boiling drinking water.
PATMOS, Jl Abdullah bin ABD, Kadir Munsyi No 20, Ph (0370) 626 441.
Supported by a Dutch woman, Lieke Rotsteeg, who stays at the Sengiggi Beach Hotel for 6 months each year who can be contacted through the Front Office manager at the Hotel, Putu Indiawan, for more information.
There are about 80 children of all ages up to young adults who help to tutor the younger children.
Donations are very welcome. Clothing which your children have outgrown, school equipment of any sort, treats and toys for the children and of course cash donations to help pay school fees (nothing is free in Indonesia).
THE HOPE CHILDREN'S HOME.
A posting by 'Traveller' on 8th Nov about another orphanage caught our attention and I took it with us as we intended to visit several places.
This particular home is Wisma Anak-Anak Harapan in the village of Untal-Untal Dalung, 1kilometre to the west from Sempidi and about 12kms north of Kuta.
A bit hard to find but if you drive past the large motorcycle repair place you have passed it so turn about and go back 200yds and is up a side alley about 5 yards.
We arrived unannounced in pouring rain and were warmly welcomed by the Father, Rev. Daniel and his wife whom the children call Mother. He speaks excellent English and is 75yrs old. Mother speaks no English but another young woman who was raised there also is fluent.
We felt so at home there and could feel the love surrounding them which was reflected in the happy children. The place itself is very old and rundown but exceptionally clean. Toilets are a good indicator of cleanliness and I couldn't fault theirs.
There are 108 children including the 1yr old toddler whose mother is blind. All happy healthy and well kept.
Father is a man who realises the need for education and was fortunate to receive some obsolete computers from a Thai business man. They cannot afford a printer and the thought of internet access is way beyond their means but at least they will get a training in the use of keyboards etc.
To obtain money for the school fees they play music at various hotels and have been invited to the Ritz-Carlton to play carols for Christmas.
We were most impressed by this place and left reluctantly after about 2hrs.
This is a poem Father gave us:
a song is not a song until you sing it,
and love in your heart is not put there to stay,
love is not love till you give it away."
THE PANTI ASUHAN SALAM ORPHANAGE in Tabanan, about 20 Km north and west from Denpasar.
Posted on the Bali Travel Forum by DonRon on Sunday, 6. February 2005 at 17:22 Bali Time: in reply to the query: orphanage visit 15-22nd Feb05 by lbennies on Sunday, 6. February 2005.
PLEASE CARRY FOR THE KIDS
OK 1st go check out this site: www.carryforkids.org it will give you all the info you need about needy kids in Bali regardless of religion etc......
On our Bali trip in July last year we visited the PANTI ASUHAN SALAM orphanage.
JALAN RAMA Gg.1/No. 9
PH: 62 361 810 086
DIRECTOR: MR GUSTI KETUT SUARDANA
To the north-west of Ubud, en route to Tanah Lot Temple you will find Salam orphanage. The orphanage is currently home to 28 boys and 17 girls aged from 6-18 years of age.
Because of its small size we felt that with the few donations of clothes, toys and school items that we donated we "touched" each and every one of these kids... (a bit harder to do at places that have hundreds of kids).
We phoned ahead first and when we arrived the Director and his wife had all the kids seated and waiting to greet us. We were given refreshments and we were treated to a Balinese song sung by the kids which we enjoyed.
If you can, please help....... this is a small orphanage run by a very dedicated couple who need help as they do not get government assistance like some of the larger orphanages.
The region is very poor and the orphanage would like to be able to accept more children but are limited by funds and space. The children enjoy table tennis, music and limited access to television, which is a new addition. They especially like top 40 music and a CD or tape of the latest chart hits will be very well received! The children were very happy and spirited. Thrilled to see visitors from overseas taking time out to visit.
A visit to Salam orphanage will remind you of the things that are really important in life and how a little love and understanding can go such a long way.
The orphanage is very happy to receive visitors at anytime however an appointment is preferred. Please contact Carry for Kids at least 4 weeks prior to your departure date from Australia if you would like to arrange a suitable date and time. They will need your flight details, address and contact in Australia, place of stay in Bali and any transport requirements if needed although the driver we hired had no problems finding the place.
As a group of 7 we donated 500,000 rupiah in cash to the Director as a parting gesture. Whilst that only represented about AU$10 from each of us you would have sworn that we gave him a million Aussie dollars. He explained that an average well paid tour guide, for example, only received 250,000 rupiah per month in wages so our donation was the equivalent of 2 monthly incomes for the orphanage.
I say this because as much as some clothes and odds and sods are very much appreciated just like the rest of the world "CASH IS KING" and that donation will allow the Director to pay for repairs to the orphanage, pay an account or buy supplies other than those which are donated.
Don't go to Bali with empty suitcases....PLEASE CARRY FOR THE KIDS
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