Traditional Balinese Garden of Life - A sustainable, teaching Balinese Garden for children and community
The Balinese Garden of Life is a traditional Balinese Garden which will serve to teach the youth and their families about the land and its richness and create gardens which can flourish with an abundance of traditional plants and herbs.
The goal is to create a viable garden which will reinvigorate the land and recreate the traditional gardens of multiple plants and herbs which have been grown and produced for centuries. While people from around the world come to Bali and wonder at the historic culture, rich in fertile rice fields and the traditional healing arts from plants, trees, herbs and other forms of nature, the youth today is forgetting how to grow these plants and no longer knows the meaning or value of their heritage.
The Garden will continue these great Balinese traditions. It will enable the youth to sustain their culture, improve their environment, and make a living selling the herbs and plants they grow. The area is now unused for any productive crop, but is fertile and will be a wonderful environmental project for the youth and the village. It will be sustainable and exciting not only for the children but also for the elders who can see the culture and the knowledge of centuries continue.
It will also be income producing and help the village and, eventually, surrounding villages, become more self sufficient. Because of the tourist industry, classes will be offered and lectures and day trips offered at a cost, to bring in Westerners eager to learn this traditional knowledge.
Not only will this bring in income but it will also greatly aid in inter-cultural awareness and cultural exchange.
Bali Children’s Project (BCP) is a tax-exempt non-profit charitable foundation registered both in California in 2001and in Bali, Indonesia. However, it has been helping children in Bali for almost 20 years. It is dedicated to education as a means of improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in Bali. BCP was founded on the belief that children, empowered to realize their potential, will enrich their own lives and their villages and contribute to the world we all share.
Trapped in a cycle of rural poverty, it is quite often girls who are especially disenfranchised and in need of help.
Our programs include sponsorship of individual children, classroom support, teacher training, workshops and classes for Sex Ed and HIV-AIDS awareness and health. We have an active volunteer program which goes into villages and teaches English and, when possible, holds workshops for kindergarten teachers.
Bali Children’s Project serves disadvantaged children throughout Bali, and currently sponsors over 200 children so that they can complete primary and high school. This is done by individual sponsorships on a one-to-one basis, and we are now helping some of these children after high school completion. This sponsorship program is very often the difference between staying in school and dropping out. Our staff is involved with every child and sponsors are encouraged to meet them.
We are active in poor communities and very aware of living conditions and needs of these families. Our goal is to serve them and improve their lives through education.