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Currently, the region of Karangasem has the lowest rates of literacy in Bali with more than 50% of students far below the minimum competency limit.
With high poverty rates and low education rates for adults, sadly, education is simply not the priority for many families in Bali. In fact, countless parents that we work with have only received an education up to grade 4 and many are illiterate. This in collaboration with hidden school costs up to $40 per month, pushes many students to choose work over school.
We collaborate with communities in Bali’s most impoverished region of Karangasem, where more than 43% of children are directly impacted by poverty living off of less than $0.73 per day.
With a minimum wage of $180 USD per month and most families not even making half of that, even the few families in Karangasem that do, often face the impossible decision of allocating their resources between electricity and food expenses or sending their children to school.
With over 70% of Bali’s economy being attributed to the tourism industry. It is little surprise that starting from a young middle school, students are encouraged to work in tourism. Most of the students we work with attend vocational high school (SMK), focussing on jobs such as housekeeping and waitressing, limiting their ability to explore diverse interests.
On top of this, 70% of vocational high school students don’t seek any kind of education after high school, and unemployment rates for SMK graduates are staggering.
SEE THE IMPACT
Our programs have taken concrete steps to worked in collaboration with our global community to address these issues and create positive impact for communities in Bali.
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More than 45 local Balinese students have been sponsored through The Suwandi Foundation, removing the high cost of local education for families and teaching children valuable financial management skills.
Thanks to our incredible donors, since 2022 we have directly invested over $100,000 into locally operated programs in Bali. This includes our support for Yayasan Loka Mawa Upadhi and the development of sustainable programs for the community.
More than 55 international students have found life-changing experiences, partaking in our international service learning trips and internships, giving back to the local community in sustainable ways.