Guardians of Petak Village, Bali (Part 1 of 3)
In this 3-part series, we follow the stories behind the children and young adults under the support or was supported by Ginantri Foundation.
Unemployment rate in Indonesia is around 12 percent for young adults below the age of 30. The reasons for unemployment are mainly due to the fact that children in Indonesia have limited access to education, low family income that obliged them to start hard labour at a very young age, and parental abuse.
Founded in 2007, Ginantri Foundation cares for children and young adults between the ages of 6 and 20 by providing them a safe haven complete with education. They seek out children with special needs throughout Bali and lend them a helping hand. For the young adults, vocational training and skill-building equip each child with the necessary tools and connections to pursue their place in society.
“Many in the villages without adequate education go jobless and we really work hard to help them reach employability,” said Ms Komang Merry, founder of Ginantri Foundation.
Her friends and teachers at the Ginantri Foundation calls her Ita; but her full name is actually Ni Putu Ita. In the Balinese culture, the first child is often named Wayan, Putu, or Gede.
Ita, now 12-years-old, was living with her grandparents when Ginantri Foundation met her. Her mother passed away when she was 7 and no one in the family knew the whereabouts of her father. Also living with Ita’s grandparents is Ita’s younger sister.
Having to experience the death of her mother at such a young age, Ita went through a stressful and significant period, which resulted in a difficulty to bond in relationships.
As her grandparents became too old to take care of her, she had to move to another Balinese compound to live with other families. In this other compound, she was responsible for preparing daily offerings to thank the Hindu God Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, preparing food, and cleaning the house.
A child has no place in these duties.
Subsequently, she came under the care of Ginantri Foundation where she enjoys Balinese dance.
“I hope to become a teacher one day so I can help other children too,” said Ita.
ALLOCACOC LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION POWERCUBE IN SUPPORT OF GINANTRI FOUNDATION
Allocacoc has partnered with Ginantri Foundation so children from Bali, Indonesia, can receive education that meet present day standards and increase their employment opportunities.
Allocacoc’s commitment to social responsibility stems from the belief that every child has the right to a healthy, secure childhood, and access to quality education. As part of this commitment, Allocacoc has launched a limited edition PowerCube whose design our supporters have voted for.
By purchasing one limited edition PowerCube (€27.95), you will help fund one child’s monthly school fees. By purchasing five of these limited edition PowerCubes, you will help feed 15 children for one month.
Your support to this initiative will help ensure children in this village have access to schools and finish their schooling leading to a secure and productive future.
Allocacoc stands for a different standard. Since our establishment in 2010, the industrial design company has focused on redefining our everyday products with an innovative twist. One of our top-selling products is the PowerCube: an award-winning product in multiple categories, amongst which the coveted Red Dot Award for Industrial Design. Currently, Allocacoc operates in three offices worldwide and distributes to more than 80 countries. We are also helping other designers develop their ideas into products to be sold in the market through our crowdfunding platform called DesignNest. This is a one-of-a-kind crowdfunding platform that provides design knowledge, sourcing, production, and assembly together with distribution and sales.