IHF Bali operates an Education Center in Buitan Village, Manggis, Bali, located approximately 2 hours away from Denpasar. English, math and computer classes are run at the center on a daily basis for students ranging from SD1 (first year primary school) to SMA (senior high school), and are taught by both local and international volunteers.
On an island almost completely dominated by tourism, IHF helps those who have been left high and dry. The immense discrepancy between the wealthy and the poor continues to grow as tourism continues to boom, leaving those struggling to survive through traditional means to be pushed further back into a poverty trap. We would like to share with our children the idea that there are other possibilities for their futures aside from tourism and that the world is open to those who are willing to explore.
The IHF Community Center in Bali is located between a Muslim and a Hindu village. There are no religious barriers within the Center and people of all ages, castes, and religions are free to study together. These children are mostly from remote villages with little or no infrastructure. Access is a main issue for these children, with public transportation only reaching main roads and many people living rurally not having their own private vehicles.
While some of our Centers at IHF are safe homes, this is only the case out of necessity. In Bali, due to the communal family structures of the Balinese, children have many mothers and fathers to care for them. IHF feels it is better to provide schooling and other needs to these poor children, and allow them to stay with their communal families who love them, as this communal system is a beautiful structure that should not be lost. By providing free education, a permanent support system, and running additional programs such as free healthcare check-up days, we offer our children a stable platform to gain the confidence and knowledge they need to excel.
There are ongoing projects being run through the Bali IHF Center such as celebrations for special Indonesian holidays, craft workshops and sport classes. These projects offer our students opportunities they would not have otherwise had access to and allow them to broaden their perspectives and have new experiences, helping with their development in becoming well-rounded adults.