As we believe that all positive change begins at home, we actively support the following initiatives in our back yard that deserve all the help they can get:

Our neighbours from YPAC provide a home to children with a mental or physical handicap. In Balinese society, like all Hindu communities, people believe a handicap is divine punishment for sins committed in a former life. Disabled children often find themselves excommunicated with nowhere to go. YPAC offers them both shelter, and an education with training that prepare them for an independent life as a handicapped adult. YPAC’s staff also fulfill these childrens universal human need for respect and warmth.
To achieve this goal YPAC hires professional caretakers who can give both mental and medical assistance to all children in their care. Kids from impoverished families can receive care, food and shelter 100% free of charge. And when a child has completed his or her education, YPAC actively helps the student to find a suitable job.

Bali Street Kids is an orphanage in downtown Denpasar, that aims to assist the many children living on the street in and around the capital.
As a society, Indonesia is generally poor, with the most people still living in, or close to serious poverty. In Bali children can easily be found living, sleeping and begging on the streets of Kuta or Denpasar. This is usually due to extreme poverty of the parents, who push their kids to the street. Sometimes abusive adults at home lead their children to run away. In other cases both parents die, or parents or village leaders want an easier life.
These children have little or no schooling and cannot read. They end up living on the streets and fall victim to abuse - whether from a parent, the police, or other persons. They have difficult and painful lives, do not learn healthy habits or skills, and may become sex workers. Hunger, thirst and dirty clothing become normal for them. They work long hours on street corners in the sun, walk the streets or beach selling fruit or just begging. Late at night they mix with prostitutes and foreigners around bars and discotheques.
These children are usually 'owned' by a boss - an adult who takes their earnings in exchange for a small space on the floor to sleep. Bosses typically dont have a job, other than managing their children, requiring them to work from dusk until 6am. If a child does not bring back enough earnings, they cannot come 'home'. Physical violence against them is common.
Interviews with teenage girls taught that after their many years on the streets, girls aged 13 or older are actually eager to move into the prostitution trade, because of its higher earnngs. Most cannot read, and have no understanding of sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, or avoiding pregnancy. Becasue of this, HIV rates among sex workers here is now about 25%. A sad percentage for an island so rich in natural resources and with such high tourism industry revenues. Bali Street Kids aims to lower this percentage to zero for future generations of Balinese children.