The Street Centre just continues growing all year. I am so happy to see the kids continue coming and learning. Over the past 6 months we have had 60 different kids come into our centre. That is 60 kids given a chance for education, food, a safe place to play, and a place to receive love. We also have twenty women joining our women’s workshop. On average 25-30 kids come each day as not every woman and child will come every day, but the spreading impact we have over these women and children through Bali Life Foundation is worth it.
International Children’s Day
We had a fundraiser for international children’s day in the children’s home. This fundraiser goes towards the running costs of the street centre for another year. The kids did me proud as thirty children joined the event and sung “Hall of Fame” by the script, not all of them knew ALL the words, but they could all sing “I can be a champion” again and again in the bridge. And that’s really what we’re teaching these kids, they CAN achieve their dreams. They can become what they set their hearts on. The only difference between these kids and any other kid is opportunity. What opportunities kids in Australia get for free education, government assistance, food care programs, and pensions, all these things go so far. Bali has none of that. These kids don’t get free education, but through the support and sponsorship of people who care, doors of opportunity are flung wide open, where before they were locked tight.
Graduation into formal education
In June four of our kids (wearing medals) completed bridging school. Three completed their primary education and ready to go into grade 7 and the other completed middle school and ready to go into high school – grade 10. This opportunity is only possible because of the sponsors and teachers they have to put them into bridging school and bring them their education. Their next steps into formal education is such a big opportunity waiting for them, we pray for people with open hearts, who see the value of education and opportunity for these kids, that they can have brighter futures because of the opportunity education and training can afford them.
It’s always great when visitors and volunteers come to our centre. Not only do many of them bring a gift which goes towards either bringing work to our mums, education opportunities to our children, or food and medical donations, they also get to see firsthand the work we are doing, go back to their homes and share about the work we do here. Thank you everyone who comes, bringing donations, and sharing in the vision we have for making change to these women and children.
I’d like to share some testimonials from the kids I work with here in the street centre and also on the street visits.
One day in June I was on the streets in Kuta and playing with some kids on the beach like usual. It was almost time for us to leave and we were going to take the kids to their homes first. Suddenly a young girl, 11 years old, gave me a big hug and said, “I love you and think of you like my big sister.” Even though I just see her once a week for a couple hours on the streets, it’s a simple thing on my part, but means so much to her.
Another girl, 7 years old, in the centre was sitting having a quiet time with me and Gregoria. Greg turned and asked her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” She said, “A teacher.” Greg asked again, as she is in my class, “Like K’Adrienne?” This little one nodded and smiled shyly.
For me, it’s not about wanting kids to be like me, they can be whatever they want and whoever they want. But this totally warmed my heart because before learning in the street centre, maybe she’d never know what it’s like to read and write. Maybe she’d never know what it’s like to dream about something for her future, not only that, but over this year I have seen a change in her as she comes regularly now to classes and is excited each day to come when I pick her up for school. So thank you to all who support me and who support Bali Life, that we can be here and help these kids dream something and know a different life.
Aside from everything happening in the Street Centre these past months, at the end of June I had to take another trip to Singapore for my visa. This time I was accompanied by Ika and Mey. Ika and Mey, for those who don’t know, are staff in the children’s home, and my long-time friends. We made a holiday out of my trip, did some site-seeing to Little India and stayed in Chinatown. And we also went to Universal Studios and had an absolute ball. The girls made me go on the scary spin-you-upside-down rollercoaster that I’d thought I’d never-ever go on, and it was fun and freeing to just go and scream and let it out. Thank you to those who came and supported me with financial gifts helping me out on this trip, you know who you are. I appreciate it. And yes, I am back for another six-month period with my new visa.
Thanks to all who continue supporting me and helping me in Bali Life. Thank you also to all who continue praying for me. I did fall ill for a few days before Singapore, but thankfully restored to health now. Continue praying for my health, the kids, the mums, and the staff in all departments of Bali Life, and I pray that God continues blessing all those who support and sponsor Bali Life Foundation.
God bless you all,