Due to our long stay in Indonesia, and especially due to our close relationship with our employees, we felt the desire and the need to start our own aid project. In our many discussions with the local people, it became obvious that the concept of helping someone to help themselves also serves this community best. Through education, a long-lasting and sustainable change for the better can be achieved. Most children in Indonesia are not able to learn to read, write or do maths, because their parents earn their sustenance as labourers on the rice fields or fruit orchards, it is simply impossible to cover school fees and pay for school uniforms and books. If there is not enough to live off, education becomes an unattainable luxury. That is not something we could stand by and watch. That is why BLOOM brought the project “Budhi Sarasvati” (Balinese for „The gift of education“) into existence, which allows children in the small town of Menyali, in the North of the Indonesian island of Bali, to go to school. By covering the annual school fees, we finance the primary school attendance of the kids and therefore lay the existential foundation for a better life.
BLOOM has already supported many children with this initiative and is keen to do more. We are therefore always happy to accept donations for our projects, but we get particularly excited about the personal sponsorship of a child. Each sponsor supports his sponsored child throughout the entire primary school period, which takes six years in Indonesia. The co-founder of BLOOM, Sarah Hättich, regularly visits the kids and sends a current picture of the sponsored child to each sponsor. For the kids, this visit is always an extraordinary event. Not much happens in this little village, so a visitor from a far-away country, such as Germany, makes for a special day for everyone, especially the kids. Many sponsors take the opportunity to accompany Sarah Hättich to Menyali to meet their sponsored child in person. These encounters have always been considered exhilarating and have equally created a lasting impression on the visitors, which has often led to life-long friendships.