Foundation 18, Indonesia’s group home was established by Cate Bolt and Alit Semara in June 2010 and accommodates only children who do not have a living parent or whose parents have relinquished their children and are unable to be cared for by a family member.
Our first objective is to keep children in their family unit if at all possible and it is safe to do so. Rather than taking children whose parents are unable to provide for them we work with the families to offer the educational and financial support they require to keep them with their parents.
The group home was established to care for children in a safe and loving family environment, rather than a dormitory style accommodation. Children are raised with sympathy to local tradition and religion. All children in our care attend local government schools and are encourage to learn extension skills such as English language and conservation principals.
Our facility has 3 bedrooms for children – each child having their own bunk bed and meals are eaten as a family.
Our onsite staff play a parental role to our residential children and in compliance with Balinese culture there is a “it takes a village” philosophy with many children from the village welcome to drop in for a friendly chat or something to eat if they are hungry.
We are currently saving to build a virtual classroom at the group home so the village children can also attend for special classes to be hosted by teachers worldwide.