This trip, so far, has been nothing short of inspiring. It is so easy to fall in love with Indonesia and the people of Bali. I love the local-unspoken rules of the road (even though it is a bit scary at times). I love the language and the way the locals respond when you make such a small effort to communicate with them.
I adore BaliLife. The kids are ridiculously cute and they are so clicked-on. They are smart and fun, down-to-earth and just lovely. Albeit cheeky and posers!
There are currently 20 kids residing in the home, but with a building a project underway which will allow them to add an additional 40 kids. We were able to spend some time there today. They have nearly completed stage 2 (due to be finished in September). There are three stages left to complete. All of this dependant upon outside funding. You can read more about their building info here.
They have also cultivated ways of self-sufficiency. They have a fish farm, so they have a constant source of meat. They also use the fish excrement for fertilising seedlings which they plant in their garden, ensuring a year round crop of organically grown vegetables and fruit. Not to mention their own chickens. Read more here.
I wish I could fully describe in words the way these kids are loved. Where they come from and what they have experienced is beyond comprehension by the Western mind. It is easy for us to disassociate and put it down to “that’s just their culture and way of life.” But it’s not. And we shouldn’t be OK with that reasoning. They don’t want to be living this way!
BaliLife is catalysing change in a new generation of Indonesians. They are rescuing kids as young as three off the street from a life of prostitution and starvation, and bringing them into a loving home with food, clothing and education. Opening doors for them that would otherwise not be open to them. Aiding them in getting real jobs and reversing the cycle of poverty. Giving them hope, dignity and purpose.
Why do we go? Because every child needs a home.
home |hōm| (noun)
1) the place where one lives, esp. as a member of a family or household
2) a place where something flourishes