SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia).

Bali is a province and island in Indonesia. Around four million people live in this province, whose capital is Denpasar. Every year, an estimated six million tourists visit the island. Bali's economic growth is therefore mainly due to tourism, but the benefits of booming tourism do not reach everyone. About 200,000 people on the island still earn less than $30 per month. Moreover, proper waste disposal is a major problem. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is one of the highest in Indonesia. Children are particularly vulnerable due to these difficult living conditions.

Since 1989, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Bali.

People in Bali live with HIV

Children vulnerable for HIV/AIDS

In Indonesia, about half a million people are living with the HIV/AIDS virus, including 19,000 children. In Bali especially, 22,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS. The country's national strategy aims to end AIDS by 2030. People suffer not only from the disease, but especially from the social stigma and discrimination that comes with the disease. Due to the low level of knowledge about the disease, not many people recognise the symptoms and therefore do not receive medical treatment at an early stage. Children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS have to fend for themselves and often have to take care of their siblings.

Of waste is disposed illegally in Bali

Lack of proper waste management

Indonesia faces massive problems when it comes to managing plastic waste. In Bali specifically, 4,000 tons of waste are generated every day, only half of which is recycled and sent to landfills. An astonishing 30% of waste is disposed of illegally, and an estimated 33,000 tons of plastic waste ends up in the sea every year. For this reason, the Bali provincial government has introduced an action plan to eliminate single-use plastic, which is a step in the right direction. Children are particularly vulnerable to the lack of waste management. Indeed, pollution has a negative impact on their health and living conditions.

Your support makes a difference for children in Bali

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Can stay together
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Children playing together. Siblings grow up with each other, and often form bonds that last a lifetime (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia).

How your support helps in Bali

Strengthening vulnerable families and communities
When parents face hardships, they can sometimes struggle to give children the care they need. SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities. Each family needs different support so that they can stay together. This support can include workshops on parenting and children’s rights. We also run training so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start their own businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to school.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.