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 2020, as you can imagine, has been a challenging year. 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.
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.
During 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic (ensuing health risks and all education moving online), Indonesian Government policies due to COVID and acknowledging widely recognized best-practices for reunifying institutionalized children with their families, many JOS children were returned home where and when it was safe and appropriate to do so.
The purpose of this website is to give overall information, explain current changes and insights, and explain how JOS supporters can help. To clarify:
- Where a child can be reunified with family, the process continues to be undertaken with care, caution, and the support of a team of professionals, both 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, the child will remain in care at JOS, supported by sponsors and donors as before.
On December 31, 2020, JOS House was home to 34 children, and JOS continues to support 34 children that have already been reunified with their families.
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.