Providing Bali’s Children with Education and a Sustainable Home
Themes: Children's Issues, Education, Community Development
Related GLA Program: Bali: Land of Discovery™
Grant Recipient: Narayan Seva Children’s Home
An organization run solely on donations and tireless volunteer energy, Narayan Seva was founded in 2004 as a school for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Today, Narayan Seva continues to operate, now as a combined education center and children’s home, housing and educating over 85 children and providing them with food, clothing, shelter and healthcare.
Many Balinese families survive on a low income of only $15 a month, preventing them from being able to provide these basics. Narayan Seva also infuses the children’s lives with ways to enhance personal development and practice spiritual well-being, through meditation, yoga practice, leading sustainable lifestyles and participating in the Home’s community activities.
1. Narayan Seva Children's Home is run by a group of volunteer women who manage the daily tasks of the Home and have also guided its expansion. The Children's Home now houses over 85 children between the ages of six months to 21 years, twelve of whom are studying at university.
2. Operating solely on donations, Narayan Seva has been able to introduce several advancements to the Home in the last couple years: starting their own organic fruit and vegetable garden, replacing their water filter, introducing a biogas system that sustainably powers their gas cooktops, and building three new buildings as well as a new kitchen (which was previously a fire pit on a dirt floor!).
3. Keeping everyone at the Children’s Home in school, fed and healthy rings up approximately $3500 per month in operational costs.
At Narayan Seva there are endless costs associated with educating and feeding 85 growing children. Many development projects could be sustained with raised funds. The foundation has identified a few projects where funds are needed most and donations can directly affect the children’s growth:
+ School uniforms are a compulsory element to gaining a primary education in Bali, and constantly need replacing.
+ University is an unattainable goal for many Balinese children, particularly in rural areas such as Singaraja; however, Narayan Seva has managed to help 12 of their children attend university. With more whose time will soon come, covering semester fees for students is a great area of need.
+ The Children's Home has also taken in newborns with preexisting conditions such as cleft palate. Narayan Seva has found ways to fund early reconstructive surgery for these babies, a life-changing operation that improves both functionality and appearance and gives the child a chance to live a normal life free of disability and discrimination. Similar healthcare costs are an important area of need.
+ The Children's Home continues to develop its hydroponic fruit and vegetable garden, creating a sustainable food source and generating income through the sale of excess produce. Funds raised can help Narayan Seva continue to utilize its land efficiently.