Presiding Patron's Address
Thank you for your interest in Jodie O'Shea House (JOS). We are an Indonesian foundation, based in Bali, providing refuge and support to children in need, in order to break the cycle of poverty. We do this by assisting underprivileged children so that their nutrition, education, and well-being are assured; for both children at home or in the JOS premises in Denpasar, Bali.
100% of our costs are covered by donations and from early 2020, as you can imagine, we have experienced extremely challenging times. If you are a current JOS sponsor or donor, we would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your ongoing assistance, without which we would simply be unable to continue. If you are not, I urge you to consider helping us help some of the most vulnerable and in need at this time-the children of the poor.
The Jodie O’Shea (JOS) House was initially founded after the Bali Bomb in 2002, in memory of Jodie O’Shea; an Australian national who tragically passed away in this horrific terrorist attack. There have been significant management changes since 2019, with founder Alison Chester and manager Sari resigning. The majority-new board appointed a new JOS management team and began to implement improved systems in order to fully comply with both Indonesian and international regulations on the safeguarding of children.
The biggest shift at JOS commenced mid-2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic (ensuing health risks and all education moving online), latest Indonesian Government policies and the now widely recognized best-practices for reunifying institutionalized children with their families. Many JOS children began the careful process to eventually return home-where and when it was safe and appropriate to do so, and with full, ongoing and direct support from JOS.
The purpose of this website is to give overall information, explain current changes and insights, and how JOS supporters can help support the poorest of Indonesian children that JOS assists. To clarify:
- Where a child is in JOS, and can be reunified with family, the process continues to be undertaken with care, caution, and the support of a team of professionals; before, during, and after the child returns home. In most cases, reunified children continue to require financial aid in various forms, with sponsorship packs available.
- In the case that a child has no suitable immediate family to live with, the child will remain in care at JOS, supported by sponsors and donors as before.
Despite the uncertain world outlook, we are pleased to report that JOS is a highly transparent organization, kindly supported by individuals, businesses, charitable and government institutions in Bali, Indonesia, and all around the world. We welcome any inquiries and are happy to forward any details of our annually-audited operations.
Thank you once again for your kindness and generosity. You are giving poor children a future.
With my best regards, Sarah Forbes, Presiding Patron.