Once again the months have flown by & we have come to the end of the academic school year, the children have been very busy with their exams. At the end of July some children will be moving to high school and some others graduating to upper primary. It has been quite a task to find spaces in the local schools as they are extremely over crowded. We are very pleased to announce 3 of our pre school children will be attending the Flower of Knowledge Kindergarten built by The Bali Kindergarten Project
Trip to Sumba:
Maria, Jener, Adolfus, Runi , Toni, Roni, Titin, Ade, Sriwani and Asnat have all left to visit family in Sumba for 2 weeks of their holiday. One of our priorities for the children is for them to continue a healthy and loving understanding with their families, their cultural background and family values is most important to their social development.
As many of you already know our older children came from a previous orphanage and had many years of unhappiness. They had not seen any family members for more than 5 years & one can only imagine the trauma & suffering that they had endured. In the last few years since having these children under our care we have strived to rebuild their self esteem and sense of belonging. Children are only a product of their environment and it took some time for us to undo the damage and reassure them to feel safe and secure in our care.
Kasandra, Rian, Nyong,Yunus, Otnil,Andri, Frans, Roni and Risaldo have all started school at the local primary in Canggu. The schools situated closer to the orphanage were all full and even
though there is quite a distance to travel this was our only option. The children are extremely happy and have settled well into their new school.
Otnil, Nyong, Frans, Yunus, Andri, Nutri, Rince, Narti
Nike, Sandra and Rian
The children of year 6 and their teacher Kayti from Sunrise school once again hosted a day out at the Waterbom Park for the children. A fun filled day of laughter for all involved,
we cannot thank Kayti her pupils and their parents enough for so kindly enabling the children to have the opportunity to enjoy this fabulous day out!
All of our children were given the amazing opportunity to experience Dolphin therapy at the Melka Excelsior Hotel in Lovina, Mr Karl generously gave our children free accommodation
and food as well as the Dolphin experience. Martha and Kala organized this for us… thank you all so much
Hotdogs at Canggu Club:
Martha couldn’t help herself ! she just had to invite the children over to the Canggu Club for fun in the pool and hotdogs all round. Thank you Martha, the kids had a great time.
Christmas BBQ at Jodie O’Shea:
What a lovely evening enjoyed by all! Christmas carols, games and presents, many visitors who shared the spirit of Christmas with all of us. We must also say a special thank you
to all the people who made such a special effort in choosing gifts for all of our children. Joan, Ron and Brett - Sybil, Taylor, Jaiden and Mila; Rob, Patou and children -Peter and Robyn;
Shari, Eva, Aaron, Mark, Jill and Diane - Patricia and Claire – and a special thank you to the children and parents of Taman Anak Anak Montessori for their support.
On Christmas eve Santa came to town with Nasi Kuning, a magician, an enormous cake and presents for all! What a joyous event dancing and laughing, all thanks to Pepe, Yuni and Dewi.
Pepe, Yuni and Dewi bring Santa to Jodie O’Shea
These last months have been very busy indeed. We have had lots of visitors and without listing all the your names individually we want to thank you one and all for generous donations and support. It is with sincere thanks to you all that we are able to “ continue to bring light into the lives of our children.”
A very special thank you...
A few months ago whilst visiting some of the families of our children in Sumba Alison discovered that one of the fathers of of two of our children Pak Petrus had broken his wrist after having fallen from a roof top more than 2 months ago and had not received any medical attention at all.Not only was he in terrible pain but he had also lost the use of his left hand. Needless to say Alison could not leave him in this condition and we started the process of finding a solution to help in any way we could. There are some wonderful people on the island of Bali... With the help of our dear friend Rena and Yayasan Putri Bali, Doctor Nyoman Riasa donated his time to perform a 5 hour operation on Pak Petrus’s hand, the operation was a huge success and although there will be many months of rehabilitation the results so far are positive. We cannot thank Dr. Riasa enough for his kindness.
Just last week Alison overheard Risaldo one of our newest arrivals joyously singing his heart out in the bathroom…......
With this happy note we will leave you, until next time…
Lots of love,
Alison, Yanto and Julie